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Prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus in Homagama Divisional Director of Health Service area

Authors:

S. Ginige ,

National Institute of Health Sciences, LK
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Medical Officer
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K. Wijeyaratne,

University Of Sri Jayawardhanapura, LK
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Professor of Community Medicine
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C. N. Wijeyaratne

University of Colombo, LK
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Senior Lecturer, Department of Gyneacology and Obstetrics, Faculty of Medicine
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Abstract

Objective: To detennine the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in the Homagama Divisional Director of Health Service (DDHS)area.

 

Methodology: Eight hundred and fifty three pregnant women were subjected to a two-hour 75 g Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) at period of amenorrhoea (POA) of 24 - 28 weeks.

 

Results: The prevalence of GDM was 8.4%. the age standardized GDM prevalence was 10.3% (95% CI 7.3 - 13.4). The prevalence of diabetes first detected during pregnancy was I .2 % and that of an impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) was 7.2%.

 

Conclusions  and Recommendations: Prevalence of GDM has increased among rural Sri Lankan pregnant women during the recent past. The majority (86%) of pregnant women with GDM belonged to the asymptomatic IGT category. This suggests the need for screening all pregnant women for GDM with a valid screening test during pregnancy instead of testing urine for reducing substances.
How to Cite: Ginige, S., Wijeyaratne, K. and Wijeyaratne, C.N., 2004. Prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus in Homagama Divisional Director of Health Service area. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka, 9(1), pp.40–42. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jccpsl.v9i1.8278
Published on 26 Dec 2004.
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