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The UK NSC recommendation on Gestational diabetes screening in pregnancy

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended, clinical practice guidelines covered by NICE
Last review completed July 2006
Next review due in 2013/14

Universal screening for diabetes in pregnancy should not be offered.

The update of gestational diabetes has been delayed until the publication of an HTA report and NICE guideline. These will, respectively, evaluate screening to identify gestational diabetes and the management of gestational diabetes. Both are  expected to be published in 2015, the UK NSC review will commence shortly after and the expected policy decision date will be revised accordingly


Find general information about population health screening.

More about Gestational diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a condition in which the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. Glucose comes from the digestion of starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes, chapatis, yams and plantain, from sugar and other sweet foods, and from the liver which makes glucose.

» Read more about diabetes on NHS Choices


Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services
Faculty of Public Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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icon Screening for hyperglycaemia in pregnancy: a rapid update for the NSC Sept 2010 (PDF document, 2.20MB, 12/07/13)

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