Pregnant mummies, sleep more to prevent gestational diabetes!

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A new Singapore study has found that pregnant mummies need to sleep more to prevent gestational diabetes. Read about it here!

An extensive study conducted in Singapore has thrown up some rather interesting findings for pregnant mums. According to The Straits Times, the study reveals that there is a clear link between the number of hours of sleep and gestational diabetes.

Findings of Gusto study

According to the findings of the Gusto (Growing Up in Singapore Towards Healthy Outcomes) study, pregnant mums who sleep for less than 6 hours a night have a greater chance of getting gestational diabetes (GDM). It also means that they have a higher risk of getting Type 2 diabetes, once the baby is born.

This important finding which links lack of sleep with higher risk of GDM, was even published online in the internationally accredited Sleep journal last month.

A total of 1,247 women patients at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and the National University Hospital (NUH) were studied, between June 2009 and September 2010. gdm-feature

High rates of gestational diabetes in Singapore

The study also found that Indians were at the highest risk, with 25 % getting GDM, compared to 20.5 % among Chinese and 12.4 % for Malays. Interestingly, findings reveal that that adults in urbanised Asian countries like Japan, Korea and Singapore “sleep substantially less than their counterparts in Western countries.” Is it because of poor work-life balance, we wonder?

Another important finding was that one in five pregnant women in Singapore suffer from GDM, double that in the United States.

The lead investigator, Associate Professor Joshua Gooley from Duke-NUS Medical School opined that the results “raise the possibility” that good sleep habits could prevent GDM among pregnant women in Singapore.

At this point of time, though, it is not sure if daytime naps would make a difference to GDM rates.

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