Gestational Diabetes: Moving from Evidence-Based Guidelines to Practical Application

Audio Recording

This audio recording discusses the definition, diagnosis and management of GDM (gestational diabetes mellitus), and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ evidence-based GDM nutrition practice guideline.

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This event was presented on January 31, 2012 and was planned with the Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Group.

Event code: 19444
CPE Hours: 2.0
CPE Level: 2
Suggested Learning Need Codes: 5190, 4180, 3005, 5370, 9020

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is one of the most common complications of pregnancy in the United States. Controversy exists regarding GDM screening and diagnosis; however, medical nutrition therapy, glucose monitoring, physical activity and if necessary, medication are the most accepted management strategies. Other important issues in GDM include weight management, food safety and cultural considerations. This webinar will discuss the definition, diagnosis and management of GDM, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ evidence-based GDM nutrition practice guideline. Through the use of case studies, the participant will learn how to incorporate the Nutrition Care Process into various practice settings.

Learning Objectives

Clinicians should be able to:
  • Describe the current definition, screening, and diagnostic criteria of GDM.
  • Identify key components in the management of GDM.
  • Describe nutrition-related interventions that are important during and after pregnancy.
  • Incorporate the Academy’s nutrition practice guideline into various practice settings.


  • Diane Reader, RD, LD, CDE,
    Manager, Diabetes Professional Education, International Diabetes Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Alyce Thomas, RD,
    Perinatal Nutrition Consultant, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NY

Academy Moderator

  • Susan Rizzo, RD, LDN, CDE,
    Outpatient Dietitian and Diabetes Educator, Alexian Brothers Health Systems Network, Elk Grove Village, IL


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