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Blood Sugar test mandatory for every pregnant woman

Ooty , Sun, 29 Mar 2015 NI Wire

New Deolhi: The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said that as a matter of principle and as an essential dictum, it is mandatory for every pregnant woman to undergo a Blood Sugar test as soon as she comes to know of her pregnancy and ideally, even before pregnancy when she is planning a baby. He was addressing the inaugural session of the Annual Conference of Diabetes in Pregnancy (DIPSI 2015) in Ooty, Tamilnadu today.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, if India is to get rid of the dubious distinction of a country with an epidemic of diabetes, it is imperative to prevent the occurrence of diabetes in pregnancy, particularly Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. This will not only result in better outcomes for both mother as well as her baby, but will also help in preventing the cycle of generation to generation transmission of diabetes through family preponderance, he observed.

In a country like India, Dr Jitendra Singh said, where there is already a higher phenotype preponderance for diabetes and carrying out a mass blood sugar test is fraught with several hassles, the need of the hour is to indigenously devise easier methods for screening of diabetes in pregnancy.

There is enough data to show that by doing so, it is possible to pick up undetected Diabetes during pregnancy or even to detect tendency to develop Diabetes, he added. For further simplification of this process, Dr Jitendra Singh advocated that instead of going in for conventional Oral Glucose Tolerance Test, it is advisable to go for a single Glucose Challenge Test (GCT).

He said, in India after Dr. V. Seshiah, he was among the first to have carried out and compared conventional oral glucose test with single glucose test and the conclusion was that even with single GCT, the sensitivity and specificity of screening was100% accurate.


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