Optimising the implementation of guidelines for the post partum testing and management of gestational diabetes in South Asian women in Australia

Asvini K Subasinghe, Alison J Nankervis, Jacqueline A Boyle and Danielle Mazza
Med J Aust 2020; 213 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50660
Published online: 13 July 2020

To the Editor: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is being diagnosed with increasing frequency in Australia, with the greatest prevalence reported in South Asian women.1,2 South Asian women, comprising Indians, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis, Afghanis and Pakistanis, are more likely to have GDM and develop type 2 diabetes than Caucasian women.1,2 Data from the landmark Mothers after Gestational Diabetes in Australia trial show that about 40% of the 573 women recruited into the trial were from an Asian background.2 Retention rates for the intervention and usual care groups were 73% and 79%, respectively.2

  • 1 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC

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