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Sarah Dunkley was a typically excited expectant mother until a routine urine test showed after just eight weeks that she had gestational diabetes

How I cured myself of diabetes by losing EIGHT stone in ten months after receiving a shocking diabetes diagnosis during pregnancy

  • Sarah Dunkley was 16 stones when he became pregnant with daughter Eleanor
  • The 31-year-old increased to the 20th during pregnancy and affected her health
  • After eight weeks, she was warned that she had developed gestational diabetes
  • Now pregnant with her second child, she has no similar problems after losing weight
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Sarah Dunkley was a typically excited expectant mother until a routine urine test showed that she had gestational diabetes after just eight weeks.

Sarah, 31, from Dartford, Kent, weighed the 16th when she became pregnant, when she was 20 when her daughter Eleanor was born in 2017. & # 39; I never thought gestational diabetes would affect me because I felt good and was not diabetic. & # 39;

In fact, up to one in four pregnant women in the UK has gestational diabetes – linked to obesity and age, because older expectant mothers are more at risk. & # 39; Gestational diabetes is normally picked up for about 28 weeks, so my case was very extreme & # 39 ;, Sarah adds.

Sarah Dunkley was a typically excited expectant mother until a routine urine test showed after just eight weeks that she had gestational diabetes

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Sarah Dunkley was a typically excited expectant mother until a routine urine test showed after just eight weeks that she had gestational diabetes

Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes are likely to be larger at birth, become obese themselves and develop type 2 diabetes as teenagers or young adults.

The condition is also linked to complicated labor and the death of babies & # 39; s soon after birth. Mothers themselves are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes at a later date. Research suggests gestational diabetes is related to changes in the DNA of the unborn baby. Further work led by Professor Karen Lillycrop, at the University of Southampton, is investigating whether, if mothers eat healthier, they can protect against these genetic changes.

Mrs. Dunkley had to give herself insulin up to eight times a day during pregnancy to protect her baby's health

Mrs. Dunkley had to give herself insulin up to eight times a day during pregnancy to protect her baby's health

Mrs. Dunkley had to give herself insulin up to eight times a day during pregnancy to protect her baby's health

Sarah, who is married to Ben, 31, was told to inject insulin eight times a day to protect the health of her unborn baby. In the beginning I was in a flood of tears because I just couldn't get the needle – Ben had to help me. Very careful carb counting was also needed to regulate my blood sugar levels. & # 39;

Eleanor, now 22 months old, was born in the planned caesarean section in August 2017 after 38 weeks. Sarah says she is unable to have a natural birth – due to her health problems – & was a massive wake-up call & # 39 ;.

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& # 39; Before Eleanor was born, I had toasted bread for breakfast, a sandwich and chips for lunch, a hamburger and chips for dinner and constantly grazed on cookies, chocolate and chips.

& # 39; I started with fresh fruit and natural non-fat yogurt for breakfast, fried chicken or fish and salad for lunch. I tried to keep between 800 and 1200 calories a day and to train for an hour. I lost 8th in ten months. & # 39;

Sarah became pregnant again in November 2018. & # 39; I only weighed tenth and felt healthier than ever. This time I had no sign of gestational diabetes, which is a relief. & # 39;

Mrs. Dunkley, who is 31 weeks pregnant with her second child. Her daughter Eleanor, who is two in August, is sitting on her knee

Mrs. Dunkley, who is 31 weeks pregnant with her second child. Her daughter Eleanor, who is two in August, is sitting on her knee

Mrs. Dunkley, who is 31 weeks pregnant with her second child. Her daughter Eleanor, who is two in August, is sitting on her knee

Dr. Ellie Cannon & # 39; s diabetes Q & A

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Do I have to pay for my medication if I am being treated at the NHS for pre-diabetes?

Pre-diabetes is not a condition for free NHS prescriptions in England, I fear.

I have been using the metformin diabetes medicine for a few weeks now and am constantly walking back and forth to the bathroom with diarrhea. Is this a side effect?

Probably. Metformin is a medicine with known intestinal side effects. Although diarrhea is common when high doses are given, it does not usually last for everyone, so it may be worthwhile continuing to see if it comes to rest. Other abdominal side effects are also seen a lot – pain, some nausea and even a change in taste can occur.

If I have too much sugar in my blood, is that because I have eaten too much sugar?

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No, that's not it. If you have too much sugar in the blood, it means that your cells do not respond well to insulin, the hormone that should keep blood sugar levels normal. For some people, it is due to obesity and a lack of exercise. For others it is due to genetics and age.

I have pre-diabetes, but due to a hectic work schedule, I am unable to review my lifestyle. Can I just take pills to control my blood sugar?

Medication is not normally prescribed during the pre-diabetes phase. Medicines that lower blood sugar levels have side effects, so are only prescribed if strictly necessary.

No lifestyle renewal is required – pre-diabetes can improve with even small diet tweaks, an increase in exercise or weight loss. This can be achieved by taking the stairs to work instead of the elevator.

My mother has pre-diabetes but she is too weak for a calorie-restricted diet or a lot of exercise. What is the best way to handle it?

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It may be that nothing needs to be done. If she has a low risk of cardiovascular disease or has not had diabetes for a long time, it might make little sense to do something. If something needs to be done, start walking a little, little and often.

A calorie-restricted diet is not recommended for someone who is vulnerable, but to reduce some here and there, such as cutting sugar into tea.

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