Just about nothing makes me sadder than seeing unhealthy children.
I remember landing a scholarship my senior year of high school. I had already decided I would study nutrition and my acceptance speech detailed how I would change public policy on school lunches. At the time I was upset by the rising tide of childhood obesity and I thought that changing the food served in schools would be the ticket to a healthier generation (as naive as it is when I look back).
Well, years later while working for the California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program, I learned something that changed my career path forever. Moms with uncontrolled gestational diabetes give birth to children with a 6-fold higher risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
My jaw nearly dropped when I started to peel away the layers of this complicated and rarely discussed diagnosis.
How does this happen?
Why is this not talked about, especially when up to 18% of pregnant women face this diagnosis?
And, why is the nutrition advice for gestational diabetes sooooo outdated (and frankly contrary to basic nutritional biochemistry)?
So many other nutrition issues get mainstream attention. Just about every other nutritionist is talking about digestive health or weight loss (like me), but gestational diabetes is not commonly mentioned.
I haven’t explored this topic in great detail on my blog, as I felt I couldn’t do it justice in this format.
But this quote kept pushing me to be more vocal on the topic:
Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.” -Albert Einstein
Sure I’ve given dozens of professional lectures on the topic, but those are directed to the medical community, who are already aware of the diagnosis. I needed to take this to the big leagues (and I desperately desired to update the misguided dietary advice commonly suggested for gestational diabetes).
So it’s with great pleasure that I share with you some big news!
I’ve been working diligently for the past 3 months on my book, Real Food For Gestational Diabetes, which will be available in 2015. [UPDATE: It’s now available!]
I’ve already had a series of interviews on prenatal nutrition that I’ll share with you on the blog, first of which is a gestational diabetes interview with The Ancestral RDs, Laura Schoenfeld and Kelsey Marksteiner.
Check out my interview about using real food to manage gestational diabetes HERE.
Here’s a sneak peek into what I cover in the interview:
- What is gestational diabetes? How common is it?
- Why do women get gestational diabetes? Is this something they caused? What are their risk factors? Does it go away after pregnancy?
- How is GDM usually treated? Do all women need insulin or medication?
- What’s the conventional diet recommendation?
- Why do you take a different approach to gestational diabetes management? What type of diet do you suggest?
- How does exercise affect the blood sugar? What types of exercise are safe during pregnancy?
If you weren’t sure if I’m passionate about this topic or not, I think you’ll figure it out pretty quickly from listening to this.
It’s funny to look back and see how I went into my career with the intention to tackle childhood obesity and now I come full circle back to this topic, just from a very, very different angle.
Enjoy and please share with any expecting moms you know!
Until next week,
PS – If you have gestational diabetes and need help getting control of your blood sugar, be sure to snag your copy of my FREE guide “5 Tips to Manage Your Blood Sugar, Naturally” below.
PPS – I’m all for celebrating this milestone with you in the comments section. Care to pop a virtual bottle of champagne together? Great! (’cause after all the writing I’ve been doing, I could use a drink!)