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From The CriticsReviewer: Denise M. Ney, PhD, RD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: This is a comprehensive guide to the principles and techniques of nutritional management of gestational diabetes mellitus with an emphasis on the goal of achieving maternal normoglycemia. An appendix with representative case studies and protocols for nutritional care provides a valuable resource for the team of health professionals who care for women with this condition.
Purpose: The goal is to promote sound nutrition principles in gestational diabetes mellitus, to achieve optimal outcomes for the woman and her infant. The book addresses an important topic. Gestational diabetes mellitus is now recognized as one of the major medical complications of pregnancy that has consequences for the immediate and long-term health of the mother and infant. Given the epidemic of obesity in the United States, the number of women at risk for gestational diabetes mellitus is increasing. Nutrition intervention is the cornerstone of treatment and management of this condition. The book accomplishes its purpose.
Audience: The book is written for a diverse audience of health professionals who care for women with gestational diabetes mellitus including dietetics professionals, diabetes educators, physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals. The authors are credible authorities in the field.
Features: The discussion of gestational diabetes mellitus includes a historical overview, changes in energy metabolism and pathophysiology, screening and diagnosis, maternal and fetal complications, medical nutrition therapy, medications, cultural issues, and the postpartum period. Strengths of the book include the breadth of discussion about gestational diabetes mellitus, up-to-date references, easy to locate information, nice summary tables and a clear writing style. Unique features include a 51-page appendix with representative case studies and practical tools for nutritional care of women with gestational diabetes, and discussion of the incidence, unique cultural features and postpartum care. A potential shortcoming might be the less than ideal figures to illustrate the pathophysiology of gestational diabetes mellitus. (Fig 2.1 is quite old.)
Assessment: This is an up-to-date resource and management guide for healthcare professionals who care for women with gestational diabetes mellitus. The distinguishing feature of this book is the emphasis on practical management from screening and diagnosis to the postpartum period with a brief review of the pathophysiology of gestational diabetes and areas of controversy for future research. This is an outstanding contribution to the field of diabetes and pregnancy.