After a quick exercise regime, I usually kick start my day with a skinny cappuccino. ☕️ After decades of research the World Health Organisation (WHO) have removed coffee off the possible carcinogen list and there’s increasing evidence that it can have positive impacts on health. The WHO have designated coffee as potentially being protective against cancer of the uterus and liver. 🤓
Though, as with every good thing, it does need to be drunk in moderation as drinking over 4 cups a day can actually increase your risk of heart disease, cause high blood pressure and fast or abnormal heart rhythms. And having your coffee too hot can burn your food pipe leading to other medical consequences.
As part of your antenatal programme be sure to have your Oral Glucose Tolerance Test from 24-28 weeks. This test is available to all pregnant women and helps to detect a condition known as Gestational Diabetes. This is a form of diabetes that only occurs during pregnancy and requires further specialist involvement during your pregnancy. If diagnosed you may be at risk of delivering a large baby, having low blood sugar for you and baby and in more serious cases baby may have difficulty breathing after delivery. It’s important to remember that most women with Gestational Diabetes have normal healthy babies.
The test consists of having a blood test followed by a sugary drink and a further blood test 1 and 2 hours later.
Treatment of Gestational Diabetes in pregnancy usually consists of education about healthy eating and exercise, blood sugar monitoring and in some cases oral medication or insulin injections.
If you have any further questions please pop by and see me in clinic.
With temperatures hotting up and public holidays in sight, what better way to spend the summer outside by the beach, catching up with a few friends over a barbie or getting your adrenaline fix at the theme parks.
Just remember whilst we have this glorious weather, the UV index is at an all time high with average readings over 10. Exposure to such high levels can lead to ageing of the skin, which means wrinkles, but more importantly it increases your chance of developing nasty skin cancer. So this summer, stay sun smart and regularly apply sunblock at least spf 30+ as well as popping on a hat, sunnies and protective clothing.