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It is estimated that up to 10 percent of women with gestational diabetes are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes soon after delivery. Over 10 years, the risk can increase up to 50 percent. But the risks can be mitigated if preventative screenings are scheduled. Yet, too many women are skipping the required postpartum glucose tolerance test, usually given to women six to 12 weeks after they’ve delivered. Recent studies show that up to 50 percent of patients do not show up for this important test. The low compliance is likely because too many women are overwhelmed after bringing home a newborn baby and simply forget.
Dr. Sara Iqbal, a high-risk obstetrician at MedStar Washington Hospital Center says, “Educating the patient and providing test reminders is essential in order to improve the rate of testing postpartum."
Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by simple, easily applicable lifestyle modifications. Dr. Iqbal advises patients to:
- Choose healthy food portions and monitor caloric intake
- Avoid gaining too much weight, as obesity is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes
- Follow up for the postpartum glucose tolerance test
- Have your blood sugar levels tested every one to three years, depending on the glucose tolerance test results
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Sara N. Iqbal, MD
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
For an appointment with a high-risk pregnancy specialist, call 202-877-3627.
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