November is American Diabetes Awareness Month
In 2018, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK.NIH.gov) is focusing on the promotion of health after gestational diabetes. Women who have gestational diabetes have an increased lifelong risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. 50% of women with gestational diabetes are estimated to develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.
According to the NIDDK, the majority of gestation diabetes cases go away after the pregnancy. If you or a loved one had gestational diabetes, it is recommended that:
- Get tested for Type 2 Diabetes within the first 12 weeks after the baby is born. If the test is normal, then maintain testing once every 3 years.
- Let your doctor know you had gestational diabetes and your plans for future pregnancies.
- Let the pediatrician know you had gestational diabetes when the baby gets a well-baby checkup.
- Maintain healthy eating and lifestyle habits to prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes.
For more information, contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/gestational.html.