Stricter New Guidelines May Mean Double The Gestational Diabetes CasesMonday, March 01, 2010
Stricter New Guidelines May Mean Double The Gestational Diabetes Cases
By Mike Boyle
Just announced new measurements for determining dangerous blood sugar levels for pregnant women and their unborn babies mean that two to three times as many women will be diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a new study suggests.
Instead of 5 percent to 8 percent of pregnant women being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, the new measurements mean that more than 16 percent would be diagnosed with the condition.
An international group of researchers, led by Dr. Boyd Metzger, a professor of metabolism and nutrition at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, studied more than 23,000 women in nine countries and concluded that a fasting blood sugar level of 92 or higher, a one-hour level of 180 or higher on a glucose tolerance test, or a two-hour level of 153 or higher on a glucose tolerance test pose a serious threat to mother and baby.
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