Gestational diabetes is diagnosed in nearly four percent of all expectant mothers in Germany. In 2010 approximately 24,000 women were affected. For the child, the mother’s high blood glucose levels may have long-term consequences - the child runs the risk of becoming overweight and suffering from type 2 diabetes. According to a resolution of the Federal Joint Committee of Physicians and Health Insurance Funds (G-BA,) which became effective on March 3, 2012, a blood glucose tolerance test to screen for gestational diabetes in expectant mothers is now covered by the statutory health insurance funds in Germany as a standard feature.
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