This is a question that is frequently asked and rarely understood; even by those who have had diabetes for a long time. Some believe that having well-controlled diabetes means you don’t feel sick or have symptoms; others feel you are controlled if you take your medications; and a vast majority of people just have no idea what any of it means. Do you?
A birth defect — also called a congenital anomaly — is a problem that occurs when a baby is developing in the womb. An estimated one out of every 33 babies in the U.S. is born with a birth defect, of varying severity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you’re a mom-to-be — or planning to be — it’s important to understand what causes birth defects and the steps you can take to prevent them during pregnancy. Here’s an overview of the most common causes of birth defects:
With diabetes, snacks can be vital to maintaining proper blood sugar levels. For anyone who is taking glucose-lowering diabetes medications or insulin, they also may use snacks to keep blood sugar levels close to normal to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Today we’ve come up with a list of snacks that you can use to help decrease your chances of low blood sugar.