Women who suffer from gestational diabetes are at a heightened risk for developing diabetes later in life, and their unborn child is also at an increase risk for developing obesity and type 2 diabetes in the future, according to the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. However, there are steps to take that can help people avoid suffering from these consequences.
Females suffering from this condition who want to prevent the risk of developing diabetes should try to inject a healthy lifestyle into their lives, says the paper. Maintaining a healthy weight by making healthy food choices and exercising for at least 30 minutes, five days a week, are two important steps that will help alleviate health risks.
Margaret Joosten, a registered nurse and director of Riverview's Family Birthplace, told the paper, "We want all mothers with a history of gestational diabetes to be aware of their long-term health risks, the health risks faced by their children, and steps they can take to keep themselves and their families healthy."
People who suffer from diabetes or obesity are generally affected physically as well as financially due to the amount of medication and treatment needed to control the diseases. Turning to a healthy lifestyle may help people realize lower payments on their life insurance premiums.