May is for Moms!
Apr 26, 2013
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.