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NIH Consensus Development Conference: Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

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Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood glucose levels during pregnancy (especially during the third trimester of pregnancy). GDM is estimated to occur in 1-14% of U.S. pregnancies, affecting more than 200,000 women annually. It is one of the most common disorders in pregnancy and is associated with an increased risk of complications for the mother and child. Debate continues regarding the choice of tests and the effectiveness of treatment, especially in women with mild to moderate glucose intolerance. To better understand the benefits and risks of various GDM screening and diagnostic approaches, the NIH engaged in a rigorous assessment of the available scientific evidence. An evidence report on GDM will be prepared, and a Consensus Development Conference will be held on October 29–31, 2012

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