All pregnant women should be screened for gestational diabetes in order to reduce the risk of several potential birth complications, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
The independent task force found an overall benefit to screening and treatment, including a reduced risk of preeclampsia in pregnant patients and of having an overly large baby and birth-related injuries to the newborn.
The group said women with no history of diabetes should be screened after 24 weeks of pregnancy.
About 240,000 of the 4 million women who give birth each year nationwide each year develop gestational diabetes, a condition on the rise as obesity and other risk factors increase among pregnant women. The condition occurs during pregnancy when the body does not produce enough insulin or use it correctly, leaving the body unable to convert starches and sugars from food into energy.
"One of the key steps women can take to reduce the chances of gestational diabetes is having a healthy diet and being physically active prior to pregnancy," said Dr. Wanda Nicholson, a former member of the task force. Read the full story here:
Screen all pregnant women for diabetes, task force says
Every expectant mother should be screened for gestational diabetes.
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