Gestational diabetes to soar

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One in five pregnant women could be diagnosed with gestational diabetes under new criteria ...

The number of women with gestational diabetes could increase 50 per cent under guidelines that will call for universal screening of pregnant women and lower the blood glucose level deemed for a positive diagnosis.

The Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society has taken a year and a half preparing to adopt the international criteria, in part because of a fear the health system would be unable to cope.

... In the past, the level of blood glucose needed to qualify a woman as needing treatment for blood glucose was based on her risk of developing diabetes later in life.

But increasing research showing risks to the baby has led to a reassessment of the levels, which will decrease from 5.5mmol/L to 5.1mmol/L ...

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