80. Pregnancy Diabetes (Gestational Diabetes or GDM)
( © 3.8.2010: Dr.V.M.Palaniappan, Ph.D.)
Until now no one seems to know the true cause for the development of any of the many diabetes problems. I have established the exact causes (Palaniappan, 1998, 2001)..
Chronic constipation (i.e., defecating small quantities of slimy stools, several times daily) appears to be the one-third cause for diabetes.
A pregnant woman, to avoid the uneasiness of having a bloated stomach, and for want of proper appetite, tends not to eat enough food, in terms of quantity. This gives rise to chronic constipation.
Again, a pregnant woman tends to prefer sour tasting foods, fruits and drinks rather than sweets and carbohydrates. This acidity too promotes chronic constipation.
The second one-third reason is linked with under-urination (2-3 times daily). If a person does not urinate adequately (8–10 times), to throw away the useless excesses, especially the calcium, then, the person tends to develop diabetes mellitus type-2.
A pregnant woman avoids adequate water consumption, because of the following two reasons:
(1) it will urge her to visit the toilet too often, and that can be nuisance, and
(2) water intake would exert some extra pressure over her already ‘filled’, expanded and heavy-weight abdomen. Therefore, she gradually reduces the water consumption quantity. Naturally, adequate urine will not form, leading to under-urination.
The third reason responsible for the remaining 33% appears to be related to the avoidance of carbohydrate and sugar consumptions. When a woman consumes carbohydrates and sugars, she needs insulin for their digestion. Therefore her body secretes the same.
If a woman refrains from taking carbohydrates and sugars, then, there does not exist a need for the secretion of insulin. Therefore, the brain withdraws such a secretion, and this paves a way for the occurrence of type-2 diabetes mellitus.
Further, as said earlier, her swollen and tensed abdomen would discourage her from consuming big bulks. In other words, she would consume relatively less carbohydrates, thus forcing the brain to reduce proportionately the quantity of insulin production.
All the above three factors give a pregnant woman what we call Pregnancy Diabetes or GDM.
Anyway, this kind of diabetes is no different from the regular type-2 diabetes. However, there is one major difference between these two.
In the case of a pregnant woman, if her pre-pregnancy habit was to take more water and urinate liberally, then, she would return to her original habits after the delivery of her baby.
That is, she would start drinking adequate quantity of water (2L), urinate liberally (8 times/day), eat more of carbohydrate and sugary foods, and would not suffer from chronic constipation.
All these would, without any medical care, put her back on the normal tract, and she would be totally healthy again. However, all the above rectifications may not happen if the woman happens to be of Type-IV Obesity, for the following reasons:
Obese women normally do not drink adequate quantity of water. Even if they drank, they would certainly under-urinate. They prefer to eat meat items rather than carbohydrates and sugars. Besides these, they often take foods made of refined wheat flour, dairy and bakery products. Such food types tend to give them chronic constipation. I have clinically recorded that practically all obese people, with very few exceptions, tend to have chronic constipation.
The irony is that they not only never realise they have this chronic constipation, but will also insist that their toilet habit is in an excellent state. The so-called Pregnancy Diabetes would occur mostly in the medium-built women. The big-sized obese tend to have the type-2 diabetes mellitus permanently.
Only the thin and skeletal-looking women may escape the occurrence of pregnancy or other forms of diabetes. This is so because of their liberal urination and related healthy habits described above.
See Diabetes Mellitus, Types I & II, and D. Insipidus.