Cut-off for gestational diabetes lowered

Obstetric services will have to come to terms with a surge in women diagnosed with gestational diabetes, following a long-awaited lowering of the diagnostic threshold.

After years of debate, the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (ADIPS) has finally published consensus guidelines, which include dropping the fasting blood glucose diagnostic cut-off from 5.5mmol/L to 5.1mmol/L.

A diagnosis can also be made if the one-hour glucose is 10mmol/L or greater, and a two-hour glucose