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Letters Gestational diabetes

Treating gestational diabetes reduces perinatal morbidity

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2690
  1. Kenneth K Hodson, subspecialty trainee in maternal and fetal medicine1,
  2. Malcolm W J MacDougall, consultant obstetrician1,
  3. Roy Taylor, professor of metabolic medicine and metabolism2
  1. 1Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP, UK
  2. 2University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  1. kenneth.hodson{at}

The recent analysis of gestational diabetes summarises the ongoing debate about whether to screen for and treat this condition.1 The authors conclude that mild glycaemia “does not carry anything like the same degree of risk” (as pre-existing type 1 or 2 diabetes) and imply that treating gestational diabetes has no clinically important benefit.

Two randomised controlled trials have established the benefit …

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