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• Diabetes mellitus is growing substantially in our nation. Between its natural progression and effects on other body systems, this epidemic is costing us billions of dollars a year.
• Although gestational diabetes typically resolves after pregnancy, women who have had gestational diabetes in the past have a largely increased risk for the development of diabetes mellitus in the future.
• Several things contribute to the development of GDM and DM: decline in β-cell function, lower adiponectin levels and HgbA1C levels in the third trimester.
• Intervening during the critical time after delivery in women with gestational diabetes, will theoretically help prevent the further progression into diabetes mellitus.
• We can do this by directing prevention practices such as a well-balanced diet, exercise, smoking cessation and the encouragement of breastfeeding.
• Current recommendations for the management of these women appears to be too lenient. With a more concentrated strategy by practitioners and the involvement of educators and dieticians, ideally we can ultimately lessen this costly epidemic.
Physician Assistant Studies
Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
gestational diabetes; diagnosis; complications; risk factors; etiology; pathophysiology; diabetes mellitus; economic burden
Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism | Female Urogenital Diseases and Pregnancy Complications
Prodzinski, Savannah, "The Postnatal Management of Gestational Diabetes" (2017). Physician Assistant Scholarly Project Posters. 51.