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May is for Moms!

In support of Mother's Day (May 12) and National Women's Health Week (May 12–18), the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is reminding women with a history of gestational diabetes (hGDM) about their lifelong risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Women with hGDM have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing diabetes in the next 10 to 20 years, and should be tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after their baby is born. If they do not have diabetes, they continue to be at risk and should talk to their doctor about additional testing. It's also important to remember that the child from a pregnancy affected by gestational diabetes may also be at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes in the future.

Help NDEP spread the word! Visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/GDM for the following:

  • NDEP’s newly revised tip sheet, Did You Have Gestational Diabetes When You Were Pregnant? What You Need to Know., has tips to help women with a history of gestational diabetes and their families lower their risk for type 2 diabetes.
  • NDEP’s promotional toolkit for partners includes resources – web banners, volunteer profiles of women affected by gestational diabetes, a feature article, and more – that you can use to raise awareness in your community.
  • Engage with NDEP using social media. “Like” the NDEP Facebook page and invite your Facebook friends to “Like” the page, too! You can also upload one of NDEP’s hGDM cover photos to your organization’s Facebook page. Follow NDEP on Twitter and re-tweet messages related to the lasting impact of gestational diabetes. Follow the diabetes conversation by using the hash tag gestational #diabetes.

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May is for Moms!

In observance of Mother’s Day (May 13) and National Women’s Health Week (May 13-19), the NDEP is reminding women with a history of gestational diabetes (GDM) about their lifelong risk for developing diabetes, usually type 2. Women with a history of GDM have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing diabetes in the next 10 to 20 years, and should get tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after their baby is born. If the test results show that blood sugar (or blood glucose) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diabetes (also called prediabetes), they should get tested every year. Otherwise, they should plan to get tested every 3 years. It’s also important to remember that the children of women who had GDM may be at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes in the future. Visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/GDM for more information about steps to take to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

If you’re looking for tips from a woman with a history of GDM, watch NDEP’s new video “The Lasting Impact of Gestational Diabetes: Making Healthy Choices as a Family.” NDEP patient volunteer, Sandra Aguilar Scott, shares advice about preventing type 2 diabetes as a family.

Wondering how you can help spread the word?

  • Click here for promotional resources to use in your community.
  • “Like” the NDEP Facebook page and invite your Facebook friends to “Like” the page, too! You can also upload one of NDEP’s newly designed cover photos to your organization’s Facebook page.
  • Follow NDEP on Twitter and use the hash tag gestational #diabetes.

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It’s Never Too Early…To Prevent Diabetes

This Mother’s Day, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) are teaming up to remind women who have a history of gestational diabetes (GDM) about the future health risks of the disease on mothers and children. Women with a history of GDM have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes in the next 10 to 20 years. Additionally, the children of pregnancies where the mother had gestational diabetes may also be at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. But these women and their children can reduce the risk of developing the disease by taking small steps, such as losing a modest amount of weight—if overweight—and becoming more active.

Throughout the month of May, NDEP will be engaged in a number of outreach activities to raise awareness about the health effects of gestational diabetes and the steps women with a history of GDM and their children can take to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. NDEP also will support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health’s (OWH) National Women’s Health Week (May 8-14), a health observance empowering women to make their health a top priority. Honor moms this Mother’s Day by helping NDEP spread the word! There are plenty of ways to get involved. To learn more, click here.

More information about gestational diabetes.


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Upcoming Webinar

Gestational diabetes—diabetes during pregnancy—occurs in 2 to 10 percent of pregnancies in the United States. Women who have had gestational diabetes have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing diabetes, mostly type 2, in the next 10 to 20 years.

In observance of Diabetes Alert Day, on Tuesday, March 22 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EDT, the NDEP will present a free webinar titled, “It's Never Too Early...To Prevent Diabetes: The Lasting Impact of Gestational Diabetes on Mothers and Children” for the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition Webinar Series. Join Robert Ratner, M.D., F.A.C.P., Vice President for Scientific Affairs at Medstar Research Institute, and Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D., Director of the NDEP at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and as they discuss the:

  • lifelong health risks for women with a history of gestational diabetes
  • risks to the child of the pregnancy complicated by gestational diabetes, and
  • steps mothers can take to help lower these risks for both themselves and their children.

Dr. Ratner is also a principal investigator for the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and DPP Outcomes Study of NIH and serves on the planning and steering committees for the project nationwide.

To learn more or to register for the webinar, click here.

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It's Never Too Early To Prevent GDM

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