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Saralyn Mark, MD Complications
Gestational diabetes is a very serious illness for both the mother and baby and can lead to many complications including diabetes after pregnancy.
A federal task force has proposed national medical guidelines for all women to be screened for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) after 24 weeks of pregnancy, even if they have no symptoms.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which has proposed controversial screening guidelines in the past, such as limiting mammography and PSA testing, is an independent body of experts supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As such, its recommendations can influence health-care insurance coverage decisions for screening tests under the Affordable Care Act.
GDM puts mothers at high risk for maternal and fetal complications. Mothers can develop preeclampsia, a condition that includes dangerously high blood pressure, the spilling of large amounts of protein in the urine and swelling of hands and feet. The disorder has the potential to progress to eclampsia with life-threatening seizures. Women with GDM are also at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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