Tell Congress we must do more to support better health for moms and babies. Ask your Members of Congress to support the Gestational Diabetes Act to create a tracking and surveillance system for gestational diabetes and provide research funding to help understand which women are at greatest risk of developing the disease and of progressing to type 2 diabetes.
Please email your legislators and tell them to support healthy moms and babies by co-sponsoring the Gestational Diabetes Act!
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Support Healthy Moms by Cosponsoring the Gestational Diabetes Act
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent and a person who supports better health for mothers and babies, I stand with the American Diabetes Association in asking you to support the bipartisan Gestational Diabetes Act, which would provide important resources to help reduce the incidence of this dangerous disease. The legislation, to be introduced this week, is sponsored by Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and establishes a tracking and surveillance system for gestational diabetes (GDM) while providing research funding to help understand GDM, including which women are at greatest risk. This funding may even help us prevent GDM and the progression to type 2 diabetes. Up to 18 percent of all pregnancies are affected by gestational diabetes, which is when the body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes poses serious risks to both mother and baby, including increased risk of birth injury or cesarean delivery, neonatal hypoglycemia, and preeclampsia. Gestational diabetes also puts both mother and child at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Some women are at greater risk for developing gestational diabetes because of their age, race or other characteristics. However, screening based solely on known clinical risk factors fails to identify one-third to one-half of affected women. Since gestational diabetes causes adverse health outcomes and has few symptoms, it is recommended that all pregnant women are screened for the disease during weeks 24-28 of pregnancy. Despite this recommendation, one out of three pregnant women never gets tested during her pregnancy, and of women diagnosed with gestational diabetes, only one in five receive the appropriate follow-up test postpartum.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]