Gestational Diabetes: Helen Levé
I’m Helen, an educator on the National Diabetes Prevention Programme. I have been supporting people who are at risk to of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D) for the past four years. I’m a certified Nutritional Therapist, having studied for three years at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Birmingham, and I have a specific interest in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM).
My journey began with my own experiences of GDM. I initially developed GDM towards the end of my first pregnancy with my twin boys. Towards the end of my pregnancy I controlled my GDM with diet and insulin injections, however I lost a lot of weight as I didn’t eat the right types of foods to keep healthy.
After the birth of my children, I was warned that there was a high risk that I would develop type 2 diabetes but I was given no advice on dieting or changing my lifestyle to prevent it. Unfortunately, I did develop T2Dand I was prescribed with long-term medication. Statistically, half of women who have GDM develop T2D, a shocking amount when it can be prevented.
I decided to research T2D and how to prevent it. I found information available was confusing and contradictory, so I decided to enrol onto a Nutritional Therapy course to learn about it properly. My interest was initially a personal quest; however, I really enjoy sharing that knowledge in my role as an Health Educator.
Luckily for other participants with GDM, the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme – Healthier You – has all the information and support that you need. My personal experiences have provided me with the knowledge and understanding to support participants with empathy.
If you, or anyone you know, has a history of GDM, take advantage of the free Healthier You support.
We look forward to welcoming you and supporting you with your journey.