November is American Diabetes Awareness Month

November is American Diabetes Awareness Month

In 2018, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases ( 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


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