War on diabetes: An inside look

More mums-to-be diagnosed with gestational diabetes

Two-thirds of women with condition go on to develop diabetes, says KKH consultant

Singapore has one of the highest gestational diabetes rates in the world, with one in five births affected by it. In comparison, the International Diabetes Federation estimates that one in seven births worldwide is affected by the condition.
Singapore has one of the highest gestational diabetes rates in the world, with one in five births affected by it. In comparison, the International Diabetes Federation estimates that one in seven births worldwide is affected by the condition. ST FILE PHOTO
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More expectant mothers at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes ever since screening of the disease was made available there for all pregnant women from the start of 2016.

"Our recent data has shown that up to 50 per cent more pregnant women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes," Professor Tan Kok Hian, the head and senior consultant of KKH's perinatal audit and epidemiology unit, said last week.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2018, with the headline More mums-to-be diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Subscribe