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Gestational Diabetes — Why This Doctor Calls for Stricter Standards

OB/GYN Dr. Virginia Hall says more women would end up diagnosed, but it would make them and their babies healthier in the long run.


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During pregnancy, some women develop high blood sugar levels. It's a condition called gestational diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, the condition usually develops around the 24th week of pregnancy, and a diagnosis does not mean the mother-to-be had diabetes before the pregnancy — nor does it mean she will necessarily have it after giving birth.

Dr. Virginia Hall is an OB/GYN affiliated with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the College of Physicians. She’s calling for stricter standards for screening and diagnosing gestational diabetes.

In the audio above, Dr. Hall says although stricter standards would translate into a greater number of women who are diagnosed, it would make the mother and baby healthier in the long run.