CE: Overview of the Gestational Diabetes Educational Gap

Erica Hagen, Shiader Thao


A holistic approach to preventing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in pregnant women may decrease the incidence of recurring GDM and type two diabetes mellitus (T2DM) postpartum. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists state that a glucose screening test is generally given to women between 24 and 28 weeks, unless the woman has a history of GDM.Education on preventing GDM for women early in their pregnancy is not standardized, and GDM may not be discussed unless diagnosed. There are few published studies on education for prevention of GDM and its impact on the incidence of T2DM. In addition, postpartum follow-up for blood glucose screening is not well-documented. Further research on these topics may have global impacts.

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