Glycemic Index (2016)
In women with GDM, what impact do dietary patterns based on the glycemic index have on fetal/neonatal and maternal outcomes?
A low (LGI) or medium glycemic index (MGI) dietary pattern resulted in glycemic control and had similar fetal or neonatal and maternal outcomes in women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in most studies. In a few studies, an LGI diet (36% to 47% CHO) was found to significantly reduce the need for insulin therapy and prevent excessive maternal weight gain. One study comparing an LGI-MGI diet (40% CHO, 45% fat) to an LGI-MGI diet (60% CHO, 25% fat) found that both diets achieved glycemia within target levels in women with GDM.
Interpretation of results is limited, due to inability to compare diets across studies and none of the studies included a comparison to the high glycemic index (HGI) diet.
- Grade I means there is Good/Strong evidence supporting the statement;
- Grade II is Fair;
- Grade III is Limited/Weak;
- Grade IV is Expert Opinion Only;
- Grade V is Not Assignable.
- High (A) means we are very confident that the true effect lies close to that of the estimate of the effect;
- Moderate (B) means we are moderately confident in the effect estimate;
- Low (C) means our confidence in the effect estimate is limited;
- Very Low (D) means we have very little confidence in the effect estimate.
- Ungraded means a grade is not assignable.
Evidence Summary: In women with GDM, what impact do dietary patterns based on the glycemic index have on fetal/neonatal and maternal outcomes?
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Search Plan and Results: GDM: Carbohydrate 2014