STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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Women who have never had diabetes but who have high blood glucose levels during pregnancy are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Hormones from the placenta help the baby develop, but these hormones also block the action of the mother’s insulin. This is called insulin resistance. It makes it hard for the mother’s body to use insulin. She may need nearly three times as much insulin than before. Gestational diabetes starts when the body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be changed into energy.


According to a 2014 analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of gestational diabetes is as high as 9.2 percent. Blood sugar usually returns to normal soon after delivery, but if you have had gestational diabetes, you’re at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes later.


Gestational diabetes may increase your chances of having high blood pressure and too much protein in the urine, a condition called preeclampsia. You may require a Caesarean (C-section) to deliver your baby because it may be large. Gestational diabetes usually develops during the last half of pregnancy, sometimes as early as the 20th week. It does not cause the kinds of birth defects sometimes seen in babies whose mothers had diabetes before pregnancy. However, untreated

WHAT IS GESTATIONAL DIABETES?

gestational diabetes can harm your baby. The baby may grow larger than usual, leading to difficulty during delivery, or there is the possibility of giving birth prematurely. You could have polyhydramnios or too much amniotic fluid (the fluid that surrounds the baby) in the womb, which can cause premature labor or problems at delivery.


Any woman can develop gestational diabetes, but you are at increased risk if you had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy, your body mass index (BMI) is about 30, you previously had a baby who weighed 9 pounds or more at birth and one of your parents or siblings has diabetes.


Pregnant women can help control gestational diabetes by eating a balanced, healthy diet based on whole grains, lean proteins, vegetables and other foods that release sugar slowly; exercising; and, if necessary, taking medication. About 15 percent of women with gestational diabetes need to take anti-hyperglycemic medication to balance their blood sugar. Controlling blood sugar can prevent a difficult birth and keep you and your baby healthy.

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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