This webinar took place January 21, 2020
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) prevalence continues to increase among women in the US, which has significant long-term impact on the healthcare system as women are at significantly higher risk for type 2 diabetes. Studies show that many women do not receive postpartum care and health behavior is not sustained long term. The Registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) has a unique opportunity to provide evidence based medical nutrition therapy to manage GDM as well as taking an expanded role in postpartum care coordination.
This presentation will highlight the current evidence-based guidelines from the Evidence Analysis Library, current practices of dietitians working in GDM care, and opportunities to increase the role of the RDN. The presentation will address the value of increasing knowledge, confidence, and care coordination to address postpartum follow up.
- Recognize factors that influence both the risk for gestational diabetes, but also postpartum health behavior
- Interpret and apply the evidence-based nutrition care guidelines for gestational diabetes
- Examine opportunities for the expanding role of nutrition care in the management of gestational diabetes & beyond
Kerri Knippen, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD, BC-ADM