Screening of Gestational Diabetes Could Reduce Risk in Future

Wed, 29 Sep 2010
Diabetes Education and Prevention is the underlying theme for World Diabetes Day 2010-2013 campaigns in India .

This is of course with a view to understanding and controlling the condition.

Diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes is highly prevalent in India where there are 50.8 million diabetics at present.

The International Diabetes Federation forecasts that this number is going to increase to 70 million by the year 2025.

Hence, a crying need has arisen for a national diabetes control programme.

Women are just as affected by diabetes as men. In comparison to men, women are 50 per cent more likely to suffer a diabetic coma, due to ineffectively controlled diabetes and insufficient insulin . In addition, diabetes poses specific dificulties during pregnancy .

Diabetes during pregnancy, that is, gestational diabetes and type 1 diabetes, results in an increased risk of birth defects, high birth weight and other problems for the mother. It can also place the woman and her child an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future. Hence, screening is crucial so the diabetes can be treated as early as possible and such problems can be minimised.

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