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Treatments for women with gestational diabetes mellitus: An overview of Cochrane systematic reviews

NZ Research Abstract

posted by WM Admin on 15 August 2018


Ruth Martis
Caroline A. Crowther
Emily Shepherd
Jane Alsweiler
Michelle R. Downie
Julie Brown

Year of Publication



Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 8, CD012327

Publication Type

Journal article (peer reviewed)

Publication Status



This overview of Cochrane reviews provides a summary of the effects of interventions for women who develop diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes mellitus, GDM) and the effects on their health and the health of their babies. The authors included ten reviews (128 studies), with a total of 17,984 women, and their babies. The quality of the evidence varied - from very low to high. They found limited data on the various interventions. Lifestyle changes was the only intervention that showed possible health improvements for women and their babies, and may lead to fewer babies being large. Conversely, lifestyle interventions may also increase the number of inductions. Taking insulin was associated with an increase in hypertensive disorders (compared to oral therapy).

Type of Study

Systematic review, Review

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