Thursday, May 5, 2016

Help Moms with a History of Gestational Diabetes Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

According to a 2014 analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of gestational diabetes is as high as 9.2%. The exact causes of gestational diabetes are unclear, but it is thought that hormones that support the placenta during pregnancy may also block the action of the mother’s insulin in her body. During pregnancy, a woman may need up to three times as much insulin. 

Gestational diabetes usually goes away after pregnancy. However, once you’ve had gestational diabetes, your chances are much higher that it will re-occur in future pregnancies. Gestational diabetes also puts you at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes years later. 

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a year-long evidence based lifestyle change program that can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 58%. Women with a history of type 2 diabetes are eligible for the National DPP to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. 



For more information on gestational diabetes, visit: 

American Diabetes Association: Gestational Diabetes

Exploring Why Gestational Diabetes Leads to Type 2

What I need to know about Gestational Diabetes

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