Women with gestational diabetes experience fewer adverse outcomes when treated with diet or metformin instead of insulin, according to New Zealand researchers.
They studied 1,269 women with gestational diabetes, of which 371 were treated with diet, 399 with insulin and 465 with metformin.
Those given insulin had higher rates of Caesareans, preterm births and neonatal admissions than those treated with diet or metformin, the authors said online in Diabetic Medicine.
- Goh JEL, et al. Metformin for gestational diabetes in routine clinical practice. Diabetic Medicine 2011; Advance online publication