No Wonder India is Diabetic Capital !!

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No Wonder India is Diabetic Capital !!

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No Wonder India is Diabetic Capital !!: Its high time people realize the need to follow healthy eating practices as its consequences not only stays with one but passes from one generation to another. The above picture is an article from TOI stating that reasons for rise in gestational diabetes is the increase in obesity and poor diet habits.Obesity leads to increased incidence of various lifestyle disorder like diabetes,hypertension etc.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational Diabetes is a phenomenon where in the women during their pregnancy have high blood glucose levels even if they donot have the history of being diabetic before.

Gestational diabetes does not cause the kinds of birth defects sometimes seen in babies whose mothers had diabetes before pregnancy.However, untreated or poorly controlled gestational diabetes can hurt your baby. Also it can cause the child to be at risk of being obese.

Following are some tips to be followed in order to minimize the risk of getting gestational diabetes.

Tips to prevent incidence of gestational diabetes

  • Carbohydrates

Spread your carb intake over 3 meals and at least 3 smaller snacks. Choose complex carbs (whole wheat, oats, brown rice, fruits, and vegetables) over simple ones (table sugar, corn syrup, fruit juices, candies, white flour breads).

  • Fat

Limit saturated fats (Processed foods, pizzas, deep fried chips, etc). Include foods rich in omega 3 and 6 (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, avocados, fish, flax seed, etc)

  • Protein

Include protein in your meals at least twice a day. Remember to include sources like lean meat, skinless chicken, fish, eggs, low fat cheese and sprouts. Proteins derived from milk, custards and yoghurt can be included but restricted as they also contain carbohydrates and fat.

  • Calcium and Iron

Include 3 servings of calcium rich sources (Milk, yoghurt, low fat cheese) and about 35 g of iron sources (jaggery, poha, curry leaves).

Few fruits and vegetables can be eaten as snacks and they do not cause weight gain. These are called negative calorie foods. You can use them to satisfy your hunger while also providing your body with nutrients. These are: Apple, blackberries,blueberries, cantaloupes, cranberries, grapefruits, guava, lime, oranges, papaya, peaches, pineapple, strawberries, watermelon, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumber, etc.

While the above article guides you to eating healthier, there is no substitute for customized professional advice given by a qualified nutritionist. We urge you to speak to your personal dietician or if you need help, contact a nutritionist at Qua Nutrition.

You can contact us at 080 3232 9292 or log on to www.quanutrition.com to Book An Appointment.

 

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