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Gestational diabetes taking toll on pregnant women: Docs

Gestational diabetes taking toll on pregnant women: Docs

Ludhiana: Meenu Farmaha, 35, who had been suffering from gestational diabetes for the past three years, had her miscarriage in January when she was in her ninth month of pregnancy.

Though she is thinking to conceive again, she knows that she needs insulin support for the whole pregnancy period and after delivery she has to switch over to medicines.

In the city, there are several women who are suffering from gestational diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes (high blood sugar) which develops during pregnancy, said Dr Parminder Singh, professor and head of endocrinology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. He said almost 20% of pregnant women in the city are affected by gestational diabetes, leaving them at a high risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery.

Furthermore, babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes are more likely to develop childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Dr Paramjit urged women aged between 18 and 39 years, particularly those with a history of gestational diabetes to go for screening and consult doctors.

He said more than 70% of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented through the adoption of healthy lifestyle.

Dr Gurpreet Singh, another endocrinologist from the city, said women are the focus of this year’s World Diabetes Day. “Women play a key role in taking care of families and wield a significant influence over the dietary and lifestyle habits of family members. If they lead by example, family members and friends may be inspired to do likewise,” he said.

Number of diabetic kids rising in city

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Ludhiana: Till a few years ago, it was rare to hear about a child with diabetes. But now, the situation has changed completely.

Dr Ramanabir Singh, endocrinologist at a local hospital, said the number of kids suffering from diabetes has increased over the years. He has received 10 cases of diabetic kids in the past two months. He said the situation needs urgent attention as poor dietary habits are taking a toll on children.

Parents of Vaibhav (name changed), who is suffering from diabetes, accepted that they had to keep a lot of patience while handling their 7-year-old kid.

Dr Parminder, endocrinologist, professor and head of DMCH, said, “At least two kids suffering from diabetes come to the hospital in a week. This number includes both type 1 and 2 diabetes.”

Explaining the symptoms, he said there are 4Ts — tired, thin, thirsty and toilet — which indicate that a kid has diabetes.

Kids with weak immune system are prone to infections and diabetes, added Dr Parminder.

“High intake of chocolates and toffees doesn’t lead to diabetes among kids, but type 1 diabetes is caused by the viral attack by the beta cells. To check this, kids have to balance their intake of carbohydrates (carbs) and maintain their insulin and activities to keep blood sugar levels under control,” said Parminder.

Dr Surinder, head of NGO Diabetes Free World, said, “Parents are advised to make sure that your child does some physical activity every day. Exercise has a huge effect on reducing insulin resistance.”

Dr Gurpreet, another endocrinologist, said, “Children especially teens may have a tough time making changes to prevent or manage diabetes. Parents, schools and government play a significant role in overcoming the problem. The government must intervene and impose a ban on advertisement promoting junk meals which cause obesity. Schools must not serve junk food in canteens and cafeteria and parents must follow a good diet plan for kids.”

Source: TOI

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