It’s Never Too Early…To Prevent Diabetes
Apr 21, 2011
This Mother’s Day, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) are teaming up to remind women who have a history of gestational diabetes (GDM) about the future health risks of the disease on mothers and children. Women with a history of GDM have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes in the next 10 to 20 years. Additionally, the children of pregnancies where the mother had gestational diabetes may also be at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. But these women and their children can reduce the risk of developing the disease by taking small steps, such as losing a modest amount of weight—if overweight—and becoming more active.
Throughout the month of May, NDEP will be engaged in a number of outreach activities to raise awareness about the health effects of gestational diabetes and the steps women with a history of GDM and their children can take to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. NDEP also will support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health’s (OWH) National Women’s Health Week (May 8-14), a health observance empowering women to make their health a top priority. Honor moms this Mother’s Day by helping NDEP spread the word! There are plenty of ways to get involved. To learn more, click here.