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Screening for gestational diabetes is too late to prevent ill health effects on offspring, study finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 11 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2043
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Obese women who develop gestational diabetes are five times more likely to carry a baby with excessive fetal growth by six months of pregnancy than women who do not develop impaired glucose tolerance in pregnancy, showed a study that found that the excessive fetal growth begins before current blood glucose screening at 28 weeks of pregnancy.

The study, reported in Diabetes Care,1 prospectively followed up 4069 unselected nulliparous women with singleton pregnancies taking part in the Pregnancy Outcome Prediction study. …

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