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Below are the Health and Wellness Clinic articles that have appeared in various Mater publications.

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Australian Healthy Weight Week

Australian Healthy Weight Week, running from 16 to 20 February 2015, is a great time to start thinking about a healthier lifestyle and achieving and maintaining a comfortable weight.

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Understanding the link between gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes

If high blood glucose levels (BGLs) are not treated, a number of problems can develop in a pregnant woman or her baby. Women with poorly controlled BGLs are at much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (permanent diabetes) after pregnancy. This risk increases further when women do not follow a healthy lifestyle (including diet and exercise modifications) or are unable to lose their pregnancy weight.

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Why “2 & 5”? – understanding the science that supports our dietary guidelines

The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend we ‘Go for 2&5’ … in other words, to enjoy two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day. But where does this recommendation come from? Read on to find out the why behind 2&5. 

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Gestational Diabetes Mellitus – a New Era in Diagnosis and the Impact for Diabetes Education Services

This article was written by Alison Barry, the credentialed Diabetes Educator who works at Mater Health and Wellness. It has been published in the Australian Diabetes Educator journal.

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Help! I’ve got gestational diabetes and my blood glucose readings are high

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in the blood is too high. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. It is diagnosed following a 2 hour Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) at around 26 to 28 weeks of pregnancy. This is a blood test ordered by your GP, obstetrician or antenatal clinic. This is considered a ‘universal test’, which means all pregnant women should have this test.

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