More than 30 million Americans are living with diabetes and 84 million are at risk, totaling nearly half of the U.S. adult population.
This year’s National Diabetes Month is focused on gestational diabetes. -Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy.
Gestational diabetes is common and occurs in 10% of all pregnant women.
In the majority of cases, gestational diabetes resolves after the baby is born.
Even if diabetes resolves after pregnancy, you have a greater chance of getting diabetes. In fact, 50 % of women are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Your child from that pregnancy is at future risk for type 2 diabetes and obesity.
If you’ve had gestational diabetes, you should get tested for type 2 diabetes within 12 weeks after your baby is born. If the test is normal, get tested every 3 years.
You should develop healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes that promote increased physical activity and weight loss to prevent type 2 diabetes.
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE GENERAL EDUCATION FOR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE INFORMATION PROVIDED DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL OR HEALTH CARE ADVICE FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL AND IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND SERVICE.