Lower treatment targets for gestational diabetes: is lower really better?

Devaang Kevat, Ashim K Sinha, Anna McLean

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Proposed lower diagnostic thresholds and lower treatment targets for gestational diabetes have been controversial internationally. Intervention trials for the recently revised lower Australian treatment targets are currently lacking. While there may be benefits, lowering treatment targets may cause a number of harms including increased risk of hypoglycaemia in pregnant women, greater medicolegal risk for health practitioners, and heavier economic costs for the health system. Regional and remote care providers in particular will have greater costs, and may be overwhelmed in attempts to implement new treatment targets. An excessively glucose-centric focus may divert attention and resources from identifying and addressing other important and growing contributors to adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as obesity. Important groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians may not gain overall benefit from lowering treatment targets for gestational diabetes because of current low birthweights and the effect of social costs. It has not yet been established whether implementing lower treatment targets for gestational diabetes will create more benefit than harm. Implementation at this stage is premature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204 - 207
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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