Fasting glucose test for GDM screening could replace nearly 80% of OGTTs: Aussie doctors

Associate Professor Michael d’Emden said it could be offered as an alternative to the oral glucose tolerance test.
Rachel Fieldhouse

Fasting blood glucose tests as an initial step in gestational diabetes screening could eliminate the need for oral glucose tolerance tests in most pregnant women, according to an Australian study.

Queensland doctors found that excluding gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in women with fasting venous plasma glucose levels below 4.7mmol/L did not increase rates of adverse perinatal outcomes compared with those screened with oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTTs).