A few facts about Diabetes and Mothers

John Crowley
By John CrowleyCA Latest Reply 2010-05-13 08:17:20 -0500
Started 2010-04-29 12:30:23 -0500

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to pay tribute to those mothers who deal with the challenges of diabetes themselves, who help take care of diabetic children, or who have to do both. Motherhood is a very daunting challenge all on it’s own. Adding the stress of diabetes on top of motherhood of course adds to the difficulty of the challenge. However, we see here on DC the evidence of how many moms are facing the challenge with courage, savvy, and—when needed—a sense of humor.

So here’s to you, the moms of Diabetic Connect. I hope you have a great Mother’s Day.

You may enjoy these interesting statistics about moms and diabetes:

- 5 out of every 1,000 US women ages 18 to 44 have diabetes

- 2–5% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes

- Doctors recommend diabetic women have an A1c of 6% to 7% before considering pregnancy

- Each year of breastfeeding reduces a mother’s risk of developing diabetes by 15%

- Well-controlled blood sugars dramatically reduce the risk of pregnancy complications and birth defects

- Mothers of diabetic children who are supportive and involved in their child’s diabetes care help prevent symptoms of depression in their children—and themselves


15 replies

tay2008
tay2008 2010-05-08 17:01:32 -0500 Report

Thanks for posting this! My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me and about 16 months ago I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

nisabeth
nisabeth 2010-05-07 13:35:09 -0500 Report

Just starting out in my journey, it is great to see the statistics. Thank you for the information.

serenity_of_the_heart
serenity_of_the_heart 2010-05-05 21:17:08 -0500 Report

My mom would so appreciate this discussion! Thank you for recognizing the mothers who have to care for children with diabetes…without my mom i never woulda made it as a diabetic child!!!

ddr
ddr 2010-05-04 19:40:32 -0500 Report

I REALLY ENJOYED THE TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS AND DIABETES. I AM THE THIRD FAMILY MEMBER WITH THIS CRONIC CONDITION. THERE ARE DAYS I CAN'T BELIEVE I HAVE THIS DISEASE. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO CHATTING WITH OTHERS WITH THIS CHALLENGE.

Cindy Broecker
Cindy Broecker 2010-05-03 21:02:01 -0500 Report

John, I appreciate your wonderful tribute to your mother and all the love that was behind what she did to keep you healthy with diabetes. You made my day!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-30 18:27:46 -0500 Report

Thanks so much, John. It is a job to be diligent and care for yourself when faced with diabetes. Moms who have children with it, or who also have children with it, really face many challenges every day. The human spirit is amazing! Happy Mother's Day in advance to my fellow moms!

Richard157
Richard157 2010-04-30 10:08:33 -0500 Report

My mother was faced with an almost impossible task in 1945 when I was diagnosed. Doctors knew very little about diabetes back then. We knew nothing about low carb diets, we had insulin from pigs and only one injection per day, there was no blood sugar testing…just a crude way of testing my urine. Our only rule was to avoid sugar, there was no other advice we were given. My mother cooked so carefully for me and when I ate large portions of bread or potatoes my urine test always showed extremely high sugar. She started limiting my portions of certain foods. Saccharin was used in making my desserts. There wer no guidelines or support groups, it was an ad lib situation. Mother watched me when I exercised and I was not allowed to participate in gym or play at school because I had hypos frequently if I had too much exertion.

This only the beginning of what my mother did for me while I was growin up with type 1 diabetes. Mother invented a way to keep me healthy and I followed her technique when I left home. Now I am 70 years old and have been a diabetic for 64 years. I am healthy, with no complications. Much of my success is due to my mother's care and what she taught me. Mother died in 2005, she was a wonderful lady.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-30 18:24:33 -0500 Report

How blessed you were to have such a wonderful mom, Richard. John is right about so many moms having to take care of children with diabetes while also dealing with it themselves. In either case, it's not easy. You'll see me constantly comment how fortunate we are to be living in this day and age where detection methods, medications and care are so much more advanced. We have better information and education and statistics on which to base our care and treatment. Sounds like you had a very smart and loving mom who just took it upon herself to do what she instinctively knew to do or felt was right. It's a tribute to her too that you have continued to take good care of yourself and that you have remained in such great shape. You and your mom are excellent examples of what we can do if it is necessary and what the results of good care can be.

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