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Gestational Diabetes and Ketones

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Gestational diabetes and ketonesGestational diabetes is a condition in which a woman who is pregnant develops the inability to use the insulin her body is producing because of hormonal interactions from the hormones being produced during pregnancy.

The woman’s blood glucose will rise abnormally high and both the baby and mother will suffer consequences unless the condition is treated.

One of the ways that woman with gestational diabetes and ketones exhibit signs is to spill ketones into their urine. Ketones are an acid formed in the blood when your body uses fat for energy.

In the diabetic condition the body is unable to use sugar in the blood stream for energy so it begins to burn fat for energy instead of using the sugar floating in the blood stream. Ketones are formed. The body may have a small amount of ketones normally, and they are metabolized in the liver. But when there is a large amount in the blood from the metabolism of fat the kidney helps by excreting the ketones in the urine.

Ketones also may be dangerous to the health of the baby. There is some controversy on this topic. Several studies showed that children exposed to high amounts of ketones during pregnancy had lower IQ scores and were at higher risk for learning problems. However, several studies performed later proved that theory wrong.

If you have gestational diabetes and are treating the condition there are other reasons your body may be producing ketones. You may not be eating enough calories to support your body and the development of your baby, you may be going too long between meals, skipping meals or snacks or your body may be so resistant to insulin that your body cant access the blood sugar thats there.

The controversy that rages around the potential or possible effects of ketones on the baby hasnt been resolved. Some physicians stress ketones, while others don’t even test for them in the mothers urine. One researcher, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition believes that even if the ketones are associated with a lower IQ the overall effect of a poorly controlled diabetic condition may be the culprit instead of the ketones per se.

The issue of whether ketones are a problem for the unborn child affects not only women with gestational diabetes but also women who are obese and may be on a diet that is hypocaloric. This diet will force the womens body to burn fat for energy which also results in ketones from the metabolism of fat.

A low calorie diet in women who are morbidly obese isnt uncommon to decrease the risk of complications to the mother and child. But without concrete evidence that the ketones aren’t the culprit women who are trying to control their weight may also be placing their developing babies at risk.

Ketoacidosis is a condition that is severe and requires immediate treatment. Early signs of ketoacidosis include stomach pains, nausea or vomiting, breathlessness and breath that smells of fruit. Testing your urine for ketones is best done in the morning when you are fasting or havent been eating for at least 8 hours. This gives you the most accurate level of your ketones that have spilled into the urine over night.

Gestational diabetes and ketones go together when the gestational diabetes is out of control and the body begins to burn fat for energy. But, with good control, correct diet, exercise, close monitoring and plenty of rest blood glucose levels can remain balanced. This will decrease the complications that are related to gestational diabetes that isn’t well controlled.

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