There are steps you can take to protect mothers and children from developing diabetes.
Woman who have had gestational diabetes (GDM) are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. On average, only 25% of woman who have had GDM receive postpartum screening.
Undue delay in establishing a diagnosis of diabetes can have devastating consequences for a child. Yet, as many as 39% of children who present to the ER in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) have seen a physician in the preceding week.
Essential points to remember
Mothers: Women who have had GDM are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and should receive diabetes screening.
6 weeks to 6 months postpartum
Before a future pregnancy
Every 3 years (or more often depending on risk factors)
Children: S.T.A.T. action is required to prevent DKA and save a child’s life.
Symptom recognition: polydipsia, polyuria, nocturia, weight loss
Test blood / urine immediately
Arrange referral now
Treat with insulin today
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