As diabetes during pregnancy grows more common, experts point to a need for preventive care

“I'm concerned at a national level [about] the number of medical providers who are trained to take care of people with gestational diabetes,” said Irl Hirsch, an endocrinologist.

Gestational diabetes is on the rise, climbing 30% between 2016 and 2020, according to a new study published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“There is a growing maternal health crisis in the United States, and gestational diabetes is an important and common complication that requires new focus,” said Sadiya Khan, an assistant professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, who was not involved in the new study. “That inflection point there is really striking and something that we’re going to want to follow up [on].”

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