Many pregnant women are not screened for gestational diabetes

Despite the fact that the rate of gestational diabetes is rising at a dramatic rate, a new study has found that only two out of three women are tested for the condition.

Gestational diabetes may cause a range of birth complications. Children born to mothers with the condition often have an enlarged body size and unhealthy blood sugar levels. Other more serious complications may occur during the birthing process.

Despite recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that every pregnant women be tested for the condition, the researchers from the Quest Diagnostic Nichols Institute reported in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology that 23 percent are never tested.



"Our nationally based study demonstrates that the pregnancy and postpartum screening rates of pregnant women are much less than the recommended guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Diabetes Association," the researchers wrote in their report.



Earlier this month, a study from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that the rate of gestational diabetes is increasing sharply. Improved testing may help women avoid the condition.
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