A third of women 'not screened for diabetes during pregnancy'

One in three women are not screened for diabetes during their pregnancy, a new study has revealed.

Thousands of women in the US who develop gestational diabetes could go untreated, which puts the lives of them and their unborn babies at risk, according to the study by the American Diabetes Association.

Now, in the US, there are around 135,000 cases of diabetes during pregnancy every year but the association believes this could double if screening recommendations are implemented in the country, reports USA Today.

Study author Jon Nakamoto, medical director for Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, said: "There's good recent data showing that even a slight inability to control blood sugar during pregnancy has a direct impact on your baby and your health," reports the news provider.

The research was carried out on 900,000 pregnant women in the US and the results were published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

According to the NHS, women tend to develop diabetes during pregnancy as they have slightly higher-than-normal levels of glucose in the blood and the body is not always capable of producing sufficient insulin to transport it to all the cells.

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