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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 100-102

Inclusion of stress management protocols in the management of gestational diabetes mellitus: Re-visiting Indian guidelines

1 Department of Community Medicine, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Community and Family Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Surabhi Mishra
Department of Community Medicine, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Swami Ram Nagar, Jolly Grant, Dehradun - 248 016, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JME.JME_100_20

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Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has emerged as a country-wide public health problem. Beyond perinatal implications, GDM is recognized as precursor for most chronic lifestyle diseases. Despite this, the existing Indian guidelines didn't address stress management during pregnancy. In this regard, the present manuscript aims to identify the paralleled need of stress management during pregnancy and suggests related operational strategies for possible inclusion within the existing GDM guidelines of India. As psychological stress in India is already being managed under National Mental Health Programme (NMHP), national level integration of NMHP and Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) will go a long way in providing comprehensive GDM care by avoiding duplication of services and effective utilization of scarce resources.

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