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Task Force Orders Diabetes Screening at 24 Weeks Pregnancy

According to the American Diabetes Association, gestational diabetes affects up to 18% of mothers and now, new guidelines set forth by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) will require mothers to be screened for the disease at 24 weeks, Reuters reports. Gestational diabetes occurs when the mother’s endocrine system cannot produce enough insulin to regulate the high glucose levels necessary to feed the baby and can cause diabetes in both mother and child. While “women who are obese, older, members of an ethnic group with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and who have a history of gestational diabetes or a family history of diabetes,” are at greater risk, the new recommendation, an update to a 2008 statement, will require all mothers, despite history, to undergo the screening.

Read the article published by Reuters.