Greenville, NC (PRWEB) November 16, 2012
Carolina Women’s Physicians, a leading obstetrics and gynecological practice in Greenville, North Carolina, recently announced that it is recognizing World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2012 and throughout the month of November to help create an increased awareness for diabetes education and prevention. The women’s medical practice provides key information about gestational diabetes and highlights the many resources it offers for preventing, monitoring and treating Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM).
“Gestational diabetes affects 4-8% of pregnant women in the late course of pregnancy and goes away shortly after delivery,” said Dr. Jennifer Ferguson, founder of Carolina Women’s Physicians. “However, it is very important to monitor and control gestational diabetes, because if left untreated, it can cause miscarriage, stillbirth and birth defects.”
Carolina Women’s Physicians screens all pregnant patients between 24 and 28 weeks for GDM using a glucose test. The test not only screens for GDM, but can also uncover undiagnosed type 1 or 2 diabetes, which requires further treatment.
The physicians at Carolina Women’s Physicians have extensive knowledge about gestational diabetes and encourage patients to discuss any concerns. Risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, over age 35, GDM in a previous pregnancy, parents, brothers or sisters with Type 2 Diabetes and several other factors. The practice offers individual training classes at their office, educating patients about the risk factors and how to control GDM through diet, exercise and medication.
From adolescence through menopause, Carolina Women's Physicians is dedicated to personalized care and understanding of the health concerns and issues facing women today. For complete information about all Carolina Women’s Physicians services, visit their website at http://www.carolinawomens.com or call (252) 355-7805 to schedule an appointment.
About the company:
Carolina Women's Physicians opened in Greenville in July 2003. Dr. Jennifer Ferguson wanted to offer women in Pitt and surrounding counties more choices for personal health care services. Her extensive training and understanding of the health concerns and issues facing women today enables her to address the special health care needs of the women in the local community. From adolescence through menopause, Carolina Women's Physicians offers comprehensive gynecological and obstetric services and surgery. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.carolinawomens.com.