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Back from Disney!

June 7, 2010

Yes, that’s right!  I’m back after a week at Disney World.  Talk about HOT!  I don’t know exactly what the temperature was during the day down there, but one evening we came out of the park at 7pm and got in our car to see the outside temperature was 100 degrees!  Which leads to the next question…if it was 100 degrees at 7pm, what was the temperature at 12 noon??  Of course, as a pump wearer, I was worried that the consistent heat might decrease the potency of my insulin.  I am happy to say that the heat didn’t affect my insulin or blood sugars. 

During the plane ride, I was able to read a few articles that I thought you would find interesting (and maybe even helpful!).  The first article was printed in the March 2010 issue of the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal.  Regarding gestational diabetes and pregnancy, this study showed that the amount of weight gained was not the only factor that increases a woman’s chances for developing gestational diabetes during their pregnancy.  In fact, how fast the weight is gained is also a big risk factor for gestational diabetes.  The study included 1,145 women and researchers found that those who gained weight the fastest prior to a gestational diabetes screening test (more than .89 pounds per week) had a 74% greater risk of gestational diabetes than women who gained the slowest (less than .6 pounds per week).  This was especially pertinent during the first trimester of pregnancy. 

 Another Important Warning for Women: A1Cs can appear falsely elevated during late pregnancy in women who have iron deficiency, so be sure to have your iron levels checked throughout your pregnancy.  Speaking from personal experience, I realized after my daughter was born that my iron level MUST have been low throughout my pregnancy because I was constantly eating ice (a symptom of anemia).  Although I assumed that my doctor’s were checking all levels, including my iron levels, apparently I was mistaken.  Be Proactive, Ladies!

Finally, the March 2010 issue of Diabetes Care pointed out the downside to “self-reliance” in diabetes management.  This study found that people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are comfortable reaching out to other may live longer than those who prefer to go it alone.  Those who described themselves as either secure in or preoccupied about their relationships with others had a 33% lower risk of death over five years than those who reported themselves as more likely to dismiss or fear bonding.  The researchers also concluded that characterizing a patient’s relationship style as part of care may help doctors identify those at higher risk.  Yay for DiabetesSisters for providing this important support for women with diabetes!  Not only are we helping women physically and emotionally in the here and now, but we may also be helping women live longer lives!      

Have a great, empowering week Sisters!