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Gestational Diabetes Screening 03

Assumption: Screening for gestational diabetes helps prevent problems during pregnancy.

FALSE
In this study including nearly 4,000 women, screening for gestational diabetes was inconclusive about whether there were any improved outcomes for mothers and babies.

http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD007222/screening-for-gestational-diabetes-and-subsequent-management-for-improving-maternal-and-infant-health

My Views:
I find this very interesting because I have seen first-hand and through my clients that GB is taken very seriously by the medical community.  Blood sugar is monitored 7-14 times a day, even if insulin is not used.  Tests, including nonstress tests and sonograms, are ordered often, regardless on blood sugar readings.  This is a lot of time and energy spent by both doctors and patients.  If all these resources are being used, I’d like to see a correlation to a better outcome for mom, baby, or both.

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