Friday, June 12, 2009

Should We be Screening for Gestational Diabetes?

According to new guidance the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) has stated that there is insufficient evidence to support routine screening for gestational diabetes mellitus.

The USPSTF (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force) said that until there is better evidence on screening for gestational diabetes, physicians should discuss screening with their patients and make case-by-case decisions. The task force said several groups of women are at increased risk of developing gestational diabetes, such as those who:
  • are obese;
  • are older than 25;
  • have a family history of diabetes;
  • have a history of gestational diabetes; or
  • are Hispanic, Native American, Asian or black.

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