Education, Income Matter in Gestational Diabetes Care

Today, Scott Harris, contributing writer for MedPage Today analyzed a report on gestational diabetes care published in December in Clinical Diabetes which found that lower income and education levels can substantially hinder gestational diabetes care.

Thankfully, medical professionals believe the solution is fixable, a stronger effort in patient communication. Maisa Feghali, MD, an ob/gyn and reproductive sciences professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recommends a period of no more than two weeks from a gestational diabetes diagnosis to a specialist visit. Your referring office can assist you in finding the appropriate specialist.

Feghali also highlighted the importance of women’s health prior to pregnancy and the importance of preventive health care. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans are required to cover preventive healthcare services — including gestational diabetes screenings — at no additional cost to you. Gestational diabetes screenings are recommended for pregnant women between 24-28 weeks of gestation.  

You can read the full analysis of the report here.