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Diabetes screening after pregnancy

Women with gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) should be screened regularly for diabetes after pregnancy, recommends a new study. Gestational diabetes increases a woman’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that women with a history of gestational diabetes should be screened regularly after pregnancy.

Study investigators examined the postpartum (after pregnancy) glycemic testing in women diagnosed with diabetes. They found that only 37 percent of eligible women underwent the diabetes screening test recommended by the ADA (fasting glucose or oral glucose tolerance test).

The authors conclude that efforts to improve diabetes screening after pregnancy are needed in women with a history of gestational diabetes to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes later in life.

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