Diabetes Voice

Diabetes Voice is the online magazine of IDF. It covers the latest developments in diabetes care, education, prevention, research, health policy and economics, as well as themes related to living with diabetes. Diabetes Voice goes to the heart of issues that are crucial to all those who can further the promotion of diabetes care, prevention, and a cure worldwide.

Editor-in-Chief: Dr Douglas Villarroel (Bolivia)
Editor: Elizabeth Snouffer (USA)

Diabetes Voice was made available as a print and digital magazine until 2018. It is now available as a digital platform at diabetesvoice.org.

Archive content of the magazine until March 2018 is available below.

Issue: March 2011
Section: Diabetes views

Gestational diabetes: an invisible maternal health issue

Last update: 09/03/2017

Gestational diabetes, defined as ‘any degree of glucose intolerance with onset or first recognition during pregnancy’ has increased over the last 20 years, reflecting the increasing frequency of type 2 diabetes in the underlying population. Despite being associated with several pregnancy complications, and increasing the risk of both mother and child developing type 2 diabetes later in life, gestational diabetes remains a neglected maternal health issue. Indeed, the low political priority given to gestational diabetes on the global stage is a missed opportunity for accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goal 5, the most off track, to improve maternal health. This article seeks to explain the underlying causes for the invisibility of gestational diabetes on the global development agenda, and identifies potential strategies to increase the visibility of gestational diabetes.

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