USPSTF’s Advises Gestational Diabetes Examination at 24th WeekFebruary 21, 2014
February 21, 2014
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) highly recommends pregnant women to be examined for gestational diabetes milletus at the 24thweek gestation through various tests. Undiagnosed gestational diabetes may be harmful for both the mother and fetus during labor, delivery and even in the future.
Gestational diabetes milletus or GDM is one of the most common medical complications during pregnancy, occurring in 90-95% of all cases in America. The disease may lead to other maternal complications such as preeclampsia, bleeding or spotting as well as fetal complications such as hypothyroidism, fetal macrosomia and neonatal hypoglycemia.
Women diagnosed with GDM have a high possibility of contracting Type 2 Diabetes. According to USPSTF, Type 2 Diabetes may occur anywhere from 5 to 15 years past delivery.
The Endocrine Society is recommending the one-step testing approach, in which pregnant women have to take a 75 gram oral glucose tolerance test,instead of the 50 gram oral glucose challenge test commonly administered in the United States. As the USPSTF reports, “Many pregnant women receive this test and are only given the oral glucose tolerance test if the first test yields abnormal results.” The test should be conducted between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy to decide on applicable treatments throughout pregnancy while achieving a lower complication possibility during delivery. Women who have gestational diabetes must take certain treatments to support their health and seek consultation from nutritionists, diabetes educators or experts.
Fetal care monitoring systems take part in the health assessment of mothers and their fetuses. For dependable results, fetal monitoring tools and equipment used must be maintained for optimum performance.
AIV offers well-developed accessories and repair services for fetal monitoring equipment. Check out AIV’s full line of accessories and services at http://www.aiv-inc.com/fetal-monitor-transducers.html.
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