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Feminist Medicine by Dr. Lior Baruch

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Will a simple blood test help predict gestational diabetes?

          Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is defined as diabetes that arises during pregnancy, and especially after the 24th week. Its prevalence in Western countries is estimated at 3-10% of pregnant women, given that different criteria for diagnosing gestational diabetes make it difficult to assess correctly. Because of its implications for the future health of the mother, newborn and pregnancy, GDM is a target for screening and early detection. In many countries, a glucose tolerance test is preformed between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy. The test, despite its sweet name, is often experienced as tedious and unpleasant, given the time it consumes, and the challenge in drinking 50 or 100 grams of sugar in one gulp. In fact, many women were likely to give up the experience if they found a more convenient alternative. So is there such a possibility in sight? Continue reading