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Letters Gestational diabetes

Authors’ reply to Hodson and colleagues

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2692
  1. Edmond A Ryan, professor, division of endocrinology and metabolism1,
  2. Tim Cundy, professor2,
  3. Evan Ackermann, general practitioner3
  1. 1Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2S2, Canada
  2. 2Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  3. 3Condamine Medical Centre, Warwick, Queensland, Australia
  1. edmond.ryan{at}

We agree with Hodson and colleagues that women should be given a choice about intervention in gestational diabetes.1 2 However, terms fraught with emotion such as “risk of her baby dying” are inappropriate in this setting and unhelpful to the debate.

Firstly, let us correct some factual errors. In the ACHOIS study, the risk of babies in the …

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