Celebrated actress, Salma Hayek suffered from gestational diabetes, a type
of diabetes that happens during pregnancy, while pregnant with her daughter, Valentina. Hayek has a family history of diabetes. Living with this potentially debilitating disease, she has managed to keep her symptoms under control by eating right, exercising and making health a priority all the while living a normal ‘fun’ life.
What Is It?
Experts say that all women should take a check for gestational diabetes when they are 24-28 weeks pregnant; women at risk for type II diabetes HAVE to take a check at their first prenatal visit. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after pregnancy, but it raises the risk of developing type II diabetes or getting gestational diabetes again.
Sluggishness, drowsiness and unexplained mood swings, irritability are often the early symptoms. Furthermore, as the disease advances, symptoms can include confusion, aggression. If the insulin levels are left uncontrolled, a person’s condition declines and gradually, bodily functions are lost and organs can fail. In conclusion, leading to death.
Research shows that diabetes can even be reversed by eating a high-protein, low-glycaemic, gluten-free diet. If left untreated, gestational diabetes is ultimately fatal; however, supplemental insulin somewhat controls the disease. The insulin potentially is administered daily during the pregnancy period.