Gestational Diabetes: Importance of Follow-up Screening for the Benefit of Long-term Health

Sydney M. Thayer, Jamie O. Lo, Aaron B. Caughey

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Abstract

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is the most common obstetric metabolic disorder. Long-term health consequences, including type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease, are common with GDM. Postpartum glucose screening is recommended for women with a prior GDM pregnancy. Rates of postpartum screening compliance remain low. Interventions ranging from appointment reminder systems to personalized chronic disease education are being used, emphasizing future chronic disease risk for patients with a history of GDM. With these practice changes, clinicians can more thoroughly engage in the early identification, intervention, and prevention of chronic disease for women with a history of GDM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-396
Number of pages14
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Glucose intolerance
  • Insulin resistance
  • Postpartum glucose testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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