Living with diabetes is a fine balance between avoiding high blood sugars, which can cause complications, and low blood sugars (hypoglycemia), which can interfere with your quality of life and in some cases cause serious harm.
There are several types of ‘diabetes in pregnancy’. Diabetes can sometimes present for the first time during a pregnancy. This type, which is usually picked up by a routine test about half way through the pregnancy, is called gestational diabetes.
It is important to manage your pregnancy if you have pre-existing type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
The list of long-term diabetes complications can be scary. REMEMBER… complications are not due to diabetes BUT are due to poorly managed diabetes.
There is a lot that can be done to prevent problems.
On occasion, people with diabetes are required to fast. This may be in preparation for a test or for religious reasons.
The link between diabetes and dental problems runs in both directions: if you have high blood sugar levels, you are more likely to have dental problems; if you have a dental infection, it can be a hidden cause of high blood sugar levels. Diabetes and oral care is an important part of your diabetes management plan.