How To Prevent And Treat Gestational Diabetes With Functional Medicine

Episode 46 30m


Gestational diabetes affects up to 10% of women during pregnancy. It can have long-term adverse effects for both the mother and the child. Not only does it put the baby at risk for above-average birth weight, but gestational diabetes in the mother can also lead to an increased risk of insulin resistance, diabetes, and weight gain for the child in adulthood. It can also lead to higher rates of type 1 and type 2 diabetes post-pregnancy for the mother.

In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. Elizabeth Boham to discuss the Functional Medicine approach to preventing and treating gestational diabetes. They discuss the common drivers of gestational diabetes, why pre-diabetes in the mother is also a concern, and much more.

Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices functional medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the functional medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well.

In this conversation, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Boham discuss:

  • How gestational diabetes affects the child, in infancy and into adulthood
  • Pre-diabetes and pregnancy
  • Foods to eat and to avoid during pregnancy
  • Conventional testing and diagnosis of gestational diabetes
  • Populations with increased risk for diabetes and gestational diabetes
  • Important nutrients for metabolic flexibility
  • How to find a quality prenatal vitamin


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    Dr. Elizabeth Boham: When you're in the second and third trimester and you're needing that 300 to 400, 500 extra calories a day, make it a comprehensive meal where it has good, healthy, fat, good, healthy protein, and healthy fiber in each meal to help keep that blood sugar more stable. Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to The Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman and that's farmacy with an F, F-A-R-M-A-C-Y, a place for conversations that matter. And today we have a special episode of Doctor's Farmacy called House Call, with one of our leading physicians here at the UltraWellness Center, the medical director, Dr. Elizabeth Boham. We've been working together for decades. She's awesome. And I would see her and do see her as my personal doctor. So you better..

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    Ep. 46 - How To Prevent And Treat Gestational Diabetes With Functional Medicine