Mar 02, 2011
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.
Learn more about gestational diabetes.