Gestational Diabetes: New(ish) research

2 May

I just read some interesting research about gestational diabetes–the 2009 Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome (HAPO) Study has provided compelling evidence that we should be using a lower cutoff point for diagnosing GDM (gestational diabetes mellitus). If you’ve ever had a baby and had standard prenatal care, you probably took the test for gestational diabetes (gross sugary drink, then a blood draw to see how your body processed it).

The study found that even women with “intermediate” results on the test (those whose results were not “positive” for GDM but were higher than average) had more adverse outcomes in pregnancy, including higher risk of c-section. This suggests that dietary changes or other treatments might be helpful for women whose results fall into that category.

For a good synopsis of this, see Jennie Brand-Muller’s blog post on the subject. (Brand-Muller is the author of The Low-GI Diet Revolution.)

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