The Gestational Diabetes Tsunami: Can We Survive It?

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Abstract

(Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2016;56(4):333–335)

Sedentary lifestyles, poor diets, higher obesity levels, increasing maternal age, and migration of women of high-risk ethnicities to Australia are factors contributing to gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). On the basis of results from various randomized controlled trials and on outcomes of the hyperglycemia and pregnancy outcomes study, the International Association of Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Groups (IADPSG) established new diagnostic criteria for GDM, which was endorsed by several organizations such as the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (ADIPS), Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), the Royal College of Pathologists of Australia (RACP), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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