Call for a global summit on controversial GDM threshold

The move may vindicate the RACGP's decision to stick with the lower target

The RACGP’s dogged refusal to adopt a controversial international threshold for the diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) may soon be vindicated, as prominent Australian endocrinologists call for a review.

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The request comes nearly a decade after guidelines were issued by the International Association of ­Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups suggesting a diagnosis should be made for women with a fasting plasma glucose of at least 5.1mmol/L.

The threshold is now used in Australian hospitals, and by RANZCOG and the Australian Diabetes in Pregnancy