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Gestational diabetes during pregnancy is actually very common; it is very easy to develop gestational diabetes, and some women develop it very early in pregnancy. Usually gestational diabetes is diagnosed at 28 weeks or even later, but it can happen earlier. Gestational diabetes affects about 4% of all pregnant women - about 135,000 cases of gestational diabetes in the United States each year. The diagnosis does not mean had diabetes before you conceived, or that you will have diabetes after giving birth, the diagnosis simply means you have to follow your doctor s advice and you have to control your blood sugar.

Women who are older, overweight or obese and have a family history of diabetes are at higher risk for developing diabetes. In most cases women with diabetic predispositions are sent to nutritionist or dietitian, and for their sake and the health of their children they have to control of their nutrition and exercise, which are both contributing factors of developing or preventing gestational diabetes. A new study form Louisiana State University was conducted and the research suggests that the chances of developing gestational diabetes can be dramatically reduced by just giving up the cola habit. A study namely found that women who drank as much as five regular colas a week before they get pregnant increase the chance of developing gestational diabetes by more than 20%. However, when it comes to other sugar-sweetened beverages or diet drinks, researchers could find no link.

As with everything, the same is with controlling the urge to drink colas. You need to moderate it and everything will be fine. You don't have to stop everything at once, but moderation is the solution to a problem. However, if gestational diabetes develops, woman must do everything to keep it under control. This includes adjusting proper nutrition and moderate exercise and eliminating cola.

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