War on diabetes: An inside look

Screening vital to detect silent killer

Medical lab technologist Su Jun Qiang, 27, verifying a glucose test result at the Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory under Singapore General Hospital's Department of Clinical Pathology.
Medical lab technologist Su Jun Qiang, 27, verifying a glucose test result at the Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory under Singapore General Hospital's Department of Clinical Pathology.PHOTO: GIN TAY FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Early detection can lead to early treatment, ensure complications are avoided: Doctor

If you feel fatigued or have excessive thirst and urination, it could be a sign that you have diabetes.

More often than not, however, the symptoms may not be obvious - such as weight loss, blurred vision, frequent infections and slow-healing wounds - which is why diabetes is also known as the silent killer.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2018, with the headline 'Screening vital to detect silent killer'. Print Edition | Subscribe