The Pistachio, A New Ally In The Fight Against GD
Gestational Diabetes (GD) affects an estimated 10 – 25% of pregnant women worldwide usually in the 3rd trimester of their pregnancy. GD causes high blood glucose levels that can pose high health risks for both mother and baby if left untreated. But is the humble pistachio nut the new ally in the fight against GD?
New research points to the pistachio nut as a natural way for women to help regulate their blood sugar levels during pregnancy. According to the study, women with GDM who ate the pistachio nut had more stabilized blood glucose levels when compared to women eating whole wheat bread (calorie for calorie). When unregulated, Gestational Diabetes increases the risk of high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia for the mother and her unborn child. Children that are born to mothers with poorly controlled GDM have a greater risk of being overweight and are more likely to contract diabetes in adulthood.
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For those experiencing Gestational Diabetes, consult your doctor on how to best treat your condition. Even if not at risk of GDM, pregnant women, non pregnant women, and men can still benefit from adding pistachios to their diet. Not only are they a delicious snack, the pistachio nut is loaded with powerhouse nutrients: protein, fiber, potassium, antioxidants, and Vitamin B6. To get your daily dose, Setton Farms offers a variety of grab-and-go snack options that include their new Pistachio + Blueberry Cranberry Chewy Bites – available in individually wrapped bars that you can stash in your purse, desk drawer, or gym bag to power through any craving.
The Bottom Line
Despite the fact that only 7% of pregnant people will develop gestational diabetes, the possible outcomes of not controlling it are far too dire to ignore. Lack of family history and physical fitness levels should not be factors that make the decision of not having this testing done. Studies show that most people who have gestational diabetes are able to control it, have a healthy pregnancy and go on to deliver healthy babies! So it looks like the humble pistachio nut is the new ally in the fight against GD!
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