November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans.
This year’s National Diabetes Month is focused on promoting health after gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. Mothers who’ve had gestational diabetes need to know that they and their children have an increased lifelong risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Most of the time, gestational diabetes goes away after the baby is born. Even if the diabetes goes away, you have a greater chance of getting diabetes — and your child from that pregnancy is at future risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. In fact, half of all women who had gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes.
If you’ve had gestational diabetes—
- Get tested for type 2 diabetes within 12 weeks after your baby is born. If the test is normal, get tested every 3 years.
- Talk to your doctor if you plan to become pregnant again in the future.
- Tell your child’s doctor if you had gestational diabetes.
- Keep up healthy habits for a lifetime to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Learn more about gestational diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes.
Article references: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; and Gestational diabetes. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
The information on this blog is provided for general information purposes and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, care, treatment or evaluation; nor should it be used in diagnosing a health condition. You are encouraged to consult your health care provider if you or a family member has or suspect you have a medical problem.