Kelly Osbourne is the daughter of Sharon Osbourne (Ozzy Osbourne) and was recently diagnosed as having gestational diabetes in her third trimester. She now wants to raise awareness about the possibility that it can be detected later in pregnancy.
In an interview with People, the 37-year-old TV personality stated that gestational diabetes was not her fault.
She said, “At first, I thought it was something I had done.”
It was only in the third trimester that I was diagnosed.
This is a deeper look at the medical issue.
What is gestational diabetes?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Gestational Diabetes is a type of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), approximately 10% of American pregnant women are affected by the condition each year.
It typically develops in the 24th week after a woman is pregnant. According to the CDC, if a woman has higher blood sugars during pregnancy, it could indicate that she has Type 1 or Type 2, and not gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is usually gone after a woman has given birth. However, it can sometimes recur.
What is gestational diabetes?
The CDC stated that insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. It “acts like a key to let sugar into your cells for energy,” according to its website.
Sometimes, insulin does not work as well during pregnancy.
This causes the body to have a higher need for insulin, a condition known as insulin resistance.
The CDC stated that “all pregnant women have some insulin resistance in late pregnancy.”
However, there are a few women who were insulin resistant before they became pregnant.
According to the CDC, these women have a higher need for insulin when they start their pregnancy. This predisposes them to gestational diabetes.
According to the ADA, this condition could also be caused by insufficient insulin production during pregnancy.
Insufficient insulin can cause blood sugar to remain in the bloodstream and eventually build up, a condition known as hyperglycemia.
What are the signs?
According to the CDC, diabetes symptoms include frequent urination, especially at night, and the need for water.
According to People, Osbourne complained about rapid weight gain, fatigue, and swelling of the ankles.
However, gestational diabetes is not usually characterized by any symptoms.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), all women should be tested for the condition at any stage of pregnancy. This is usually between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy. However, if the mother has more risk factors, it may be earlier.
What is a glucose screening test?
A glucose screening test may be used to screen for gestational diabetes. This tests the blood sugar and measures it in real-time. The patient is instructed to drink glucose-containing liquids and then retested an hour later.
Normal blood sugar levels are 140 mg/dL and lower. However, if they exceed 140 mg/dL, a glucose tolerance test (CDC) is recommended.
What is glucose tolerance testing?
A glucose tolerance test is the first time a patient gets a fasting sugar reading. Patients are instructed to fast the night before this test.
The patient drinks a liquid and then has her blood sugar taken at the hour, two or three hours later.
The size of the glucose beverage and the frequency with which the blood sugar is tested will affect the results.
The CDC stated that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in about 50% of women who have gestational diabetes.
What happens to the baby?
According to the ADA, gestational diabetes is a condition that affects the mother only after the baby is born. It does not cause birth defects like those seen in women who had diabetes before pregnancy.
However, the baby may still be affected if the sugar level of the mother is higher.
Although insulin doesn’t cross the placenta (glucose still does), it can cause high sugar levels in the baby.
According to the ADA, the baby’s pancreas reacts by producing more insulin over time to lower high glucose levels.
Babys may have higher sugar levels than they need, which could cause them to have more energy than they need. In this case, macrosomia (or “fat baby”), the baby may store the extra energy as fat.
What is the best way to treat gestational diabetes?
ACOG predicts that women will require more frequent prenatal care visits, and their blood status will be more frequently monitored.
Many people find that a healthy diet and regular exercise can help control blood sugar levels. However, ACOG said that some women may need medication to achieve normal blood sugar.
According to People, Osbourne tried to reduce the sugar in her diet as well as her
After cutting out sugar from her diet, she said that compression socks are no longer necessary.
Too much sugar can be bad for you
Osbourne has teamed up with No Sugar Company to launch an international holiday called “No Sugar Day” in October.
According to the company’s website, the average adult consumes 2 to 3 times the daily recommended sugar intake while the average child consumes 8 times.
The website added that refined sugar can have long-lasting and harmful health effects.
The company stated that “however, that has not stopped the food industry from filling their products in with refined sugar.”
“We can all work together to raise awareness about North America’s problem with refined sugar. It is time to be loud. It’s time for a revolution.