Parents (USA)

A PRENATAL TEST MADE EASIER

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Imagine not having to chug that dreaded queasy-making syrup on an empty stomach before the gestationa­l diabetes mellitus (GDM) screening. A new study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that not fasting for the test may be just as effective as fasting. The study compared the tests of nearly 24,000 women and found no difference­s in major health outcomes between the two screening groups. In fact, twice as many women in the fasting group were diagnosed with GDM, leaving health experts to consider if doctors have been overdiagno­sing the condition. “You can be assured your results will be reliable if the test is done without fasting,” says Teresa Hillier, M.D., lead author of the study and an endocrinol­ogist at Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s Center for Health Research. Ask your doctor for the no-fast method. By avoiding a possible “false” GDM diagnosis, you can dodge constant glucoselev­el checks and a change in diet.

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