When it comes to gestational diabetes treatments, diet and exercise are at the top of the list. In general, many doctors encourage pregnant women with gestational diabetes symptoms to try lifestyle changes before going on insulin. (Of course, you should always consult with an endocrinologist or a diabetes specialist before making any decisions about treatment).
Some experts recommend a gestational diabetes diet of 50% vegetables, 25% protein and 25% starchy carbs. However, it is essential to speak to a diabetes dietician (also spelled “dietitian”) to develop an eating plan that is right for you, since these numbers are just general guidelines.
In terms of gestational diabetes exercise, safe physical activity is essential to a healthy pregnancy. Exercising can help not only with blood sugar but also with posture and back pain. However, before you begin exercising, it is important to speak to your doctor about what kind of exercise (if any) is right for you.
Although type 1 diabetes does not respond to diet and exercise the way type 2 diabetes does, maintaining a healthy lifestyle for diabetes is still essential. Proper nutrition and exercise can help decrease the risk of heart disease and other health issues related to diabetes.