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Letters Type 2 diabetes in women with gestational diabetes

Enhancing postnatal care of women with gestational diabetes

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 23 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2414
  1. Brian McMillan, NIHR clinical lecturer and general practitioner1,
  2. Jennifer Boyd, doctoral student2,
  3. Caroline Mitchell, general practitioner and senior clinical lecturer3
  1. 1Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
  2. 2School of Health and Related Research, Sheffield, UK
  3. 3Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, University of Sheffield, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  1. brian.mcmillan{at}

Vounzoulaki and colleagues’ finding that women with a history of gestational diabetes are almost 10 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes starkly underscores the importance of providing ongoing postnatal support to this high risk group.1 Postnatal and annual HbA1c screening alone, however, is unlikely to achieve reduction in the risk of incident type 2 diabetes without access to interventions that support sustained lifestyle change in …

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