GDM day

GDM day

National GDM Awareness Day

The government of India (MOHFW) started in 2019, recognizing the significant impact of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus on women’s health, and has taken a crucial step. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare declared Prof. Seshah’s birthday on March 10″ as India GDM Awareness Day,” a testament to the government’s commitment to diagnosing and caring for Women with GDM.

India’s inaugural GDM Awareness Day was a comprehensive effort that included women’s training sessions for healthcare professionals, press conferences, awareness-raising events, seminars for women’s groups, and widespread screening. This multifaceted approach ensured no stone was left unturned in raising awareness about GDM.  

 “Gestational diabetes has tremendous consequences for the future diabetes burden, and this is something that needs to be widely known. “GDM has consequences not just for women but also for their “spring. The ultimate idea is that medical professionals and women become aware that women must be tested.”  

 The timing for the Indian GDM day was chosen in honor of Dr. V Seshiah’s March 10 birthday. For his contributions to gestational diabetes research, policy, and implementation, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Diabetes Federation in 2017.  

International and Indian associations such as the Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group in India (DIPSI), Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI), FOGSI Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology Societies of India (FOGSI), Association of Physicians of India (API) and South Asia Initiative on Diabetes in Pregnancy (SAIDIP) have marked National GDM Awareness Day on March 10 for the past three years. In 2019, the National Health Mission directed state-level officials to join hands with these organizations, making GDM Awareness Day a national event. 

The International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology, FIGO, Pregnancy and NCDs committee, and partners have called for national GDM Awareness Days regionally and globally. However, India’s National Health Mission is the first government ministry to make the day official.

National Gestational Day & International Women’s Day were successfully organized at DCRC.

On the occasion of National Gestational Day and International Women’s Day, Sunil’s Diabetes Care n’ Research Centre (DCRC) and Diabetes Care Foundation of India (DCFI), in collaboration with Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group of India (DIPSI) and Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI), organized a camp for pregnant and non-pregnant women.

National GDM Day is celebrated all over India on March 10, the birthday of Dr. V. Seshiah, a Senior Diabetologist popularly known as Bhishma Pitamah of pregnancy diabetes in India. He has done pioneering work in the field of Gestational Diabetes. His contributions to GDM have given global recognition to our country, and he has been working extensively and consistently for pregnancy Diabetes for many decades.


Dr. Gupta addressed the delegates on the phone from Barcelona while attending the international conference, motivating them to check their blood glucose every trimester. Nowadays, the age of marriage is extended; hence, the pregnancy is delayed at an elderly age. However, the age of onset of diabetes has reduced due to stress and improper lifestyle.

Free check of blood glucose, Total cholesterol, and obesity screening was done for >50 women at DCRC and at OPD of Dr. Prabha Bhattacharya Dr N. Sanyal, which was followed by an education program conducted by Dr. Sachin Gathe, Physician & Mrs. Gupta, Dietician & Diabetic Educator, she informed that a pregnant woman should eat a well balanced nutritious diet rich in protein, calcium & iron. They should include milk and milk products, pulses, nuts, green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, and lemon and amla.

Dieticians of DCRC Parvindar Kaur, Shraddha Fulzade, Pooja Kore, Rupali Patil, Harsha Maheshgawai, and Bharti organized a diet exhibition.


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