Do more women need diabetes care when pregnant?

March 6, 2013 by Lauran Neergaard

Developing diabetes during pregnancy isn't good for mother or baby, and it's a growing problem. Now there's a push to change how women are tested for the disorder. But a government panel warns that would label a lot more women as diabetic that may not need to be.

can lead to large babies, C-sections and other problems. Doctors diagnose it in about 5 percent to 6 percent of pregnancies in the U.S.

The National Institutes of Health asked experts if it's time to switch from the current two-step diabetes test to a simpler one that would spot many mild cases. It would nearly triple the number of diagnoses.

The government panel said no because there's no proof that treating all those women would help them or their babies.

Explore further: In pregnancy, Type 2 diabetes may pose less risk than Type 1: Women with more common type may have better outcomes

shares

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Diabetes app forecasts blood sugar levels

April 27, 2017

Columbia University researchers have developed a personalized algorithm that predicts the impact of particular foods on an individual's blood sugar levels. The algorithm has been integrated into an app, Glucoracle, that will ...

New blood test may better predict gestational diabetes

April 27, 2017

A new study led by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital has found that a single measurement of plasma glycated CD59 (GCD59), a novel biomarker for diabetes, at weeks 24-28 of gestation identified, with high sensitivity ...

Post-biotics may help shield obese from diabetes

April 20, 2017

You've heard of pre-biotics and pro-biotics, but now you'll be hearing a lot more about post-biotics. Researchers at McMaster University have begun to identify how post-biotics, or the by-products of bacteria, lower blood ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.