New mothers missing out on diabetes testing

The researchers from Deakin’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition are currently recruiting women with a history gestational diabetes and GPs for a survey that will be used to develop tips to help GPs better manage gestational diabetes patients post-pregnancy. 

Dietitian Dr Sharleen O’Reilly, who is part of the team running the Mothers After Gestational Diabetes in Australia (MAGDA) study, told MO that previous research has shown women who experienced diabetes in pregnancy were not getting tested on a regular basis after giving birth, despite one in two going on to develop type 2 diabetes within a decade. 

“During the pregnancy the focus is really on the risk to the baby and delivery complications. Once the mother delivers her baby she is told that everything is fine when really it is the opposite. They are a forgotten part of the diabetes spectrum,” Dr O’Reilly said.

“The GP may not get