Pregnant white women who are under 25 and are in good health have less than 1% chance of developing diabetes. The risk increases for those people with family history of type 1 or 2 diabetes or had a previous gestational diabetes pregnancy. Likewise, the risk increases as a woman gets older and heavier. Certain ethnic groups like Asian, Hispanic and Black are also more prone to getting gestational diabetes. Seeing that Halle Berry’s already 46 during her second pregnancy and despite her great physical health (at least from recent pictures), it is just natural that she take the necessary precaution to prevent her gestational diabetes from causing complications.
In an interview of Dr. Ranit Mishori, an obstetrician, in USA Today, he said that older women are at risk of developing heart disease and diabetes during their pregnancy than young expecting women. He added though that from the looks of it, Halle and her doctors have been doing a great job monitoring and managing her condition.
Halle Berry, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 23, first experienced having gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with her daughter Nahla back in 2007. Gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that presents itself during pregnancy, is caused by hormonal imbalance that prevents the use or production of insulin to regulate the blood sugar level.
Gestational diabetes, if unmanaged or worse undiagnosed early, can lead to birth defects and problems during childbirth. After the diagnosis, gestational diabetes patients will have to regulate their blood sugar levels consistently or else they will be at risk of delivering larger than normal babies. Mishori, an associate professor from Georgetown University, says that this is just one of the most common complications brought by gestational diabetes. However, he is not that much worried with Berry as he assumes that she can afford to have the best medical care possible. It also helps, he added, that Berry has a previous experience of handling gestational diabetes.
Halle Berry, when asked to comment on her surprising pregnancy, was ecstatic and happy. She said that she believed that she was already past the point of bearing more children. According to her, it is indeed a surprise but a wonderful surprise at that. She has been rumoured to deliver a baby boy this October 2013.
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