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Prevalence of newly detected diabetes in pregnancy in Qatar, using universal screening

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revised on 2024-03-12, 08:42 and posted on 2024-03-12, 08:43 authored by Mohammed Bashir, Manar E. Abdel-Rahman, Mahmoud Aboulfotouh, Fatin Eltaher, Khalid Omar, Isaac Babarinsa, Kwabena Appiah-Sakyi, Tarek Sharaf, Eman Azzam, Mohammad Abukhalil, Malika Boumedjane, Wigdan Yousif, Warda Ahmed, Sadaf Khan, Justin C. Konje, Abdul-Badi Abou-Samra


Diabetes first detected during pregnancy is currently divided into gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and diabetes mellitus (DM)- most of which are type 2 DM (T2DM). This study aims to define the prevalence and outcomes of diabetes first detected in pregnancy based on 75-gram oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)using the recent WHO/IADPSG guidelines in a high-risk population.


This is a retrospective study that included all patients who underwent a 75 g (OGTT) between Jan 2016 and Apr 2016 and excluded patients with known pre-conception diabetes.


The overall prevalence of newly detected diabetes in pregnancy among the 2000 patients who fulfilled the inclusion/exclusion criteria was 24.0% (95% CI 22.1–25.9) of which T2DM was 2.5% (95% CI 1.9–3.3), and GDM was 21.5% (95% CI 19.7–23.3). The prevalence of newly detected diabetes in pregnancy was similar among the different ethnic groups.

The T2DM group was older (mean age in years was 34 ±5.7 vs 31.7±5.7 vs 29.7 ±5.7, p<0.001); and has a higher mean BMI (32.4±6.4 kg/m2 vs 31.7±6.2 kg/m2 vs 29.7± 6.2 kg/m2, p< 0.01) than the GDM and the non-DM groups, respectively. The frequency of pre-eclampsia, pre-term delivery, Caesarean-section, macrosomia, LGA and neonatal ICU admissions were significantly higher in the T2DM group compared to GDM and non-DM groups.


Diabetes first detected in pregnancy is equally prevalent among the various ethnic groups residing in Qatar. Newly detected T2DM carries a higher risk of poor pregnancy outcomes; stressing the importance of proper classification of cases of newly detected diabetes in pregnancy.

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Publication Year

  • 2018

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  • Hamad Medical Corporation
  • Qatar Metabolic Institute - HMC
  • Women’s Hospital (-2017) - HMC
  • Qatar University
  • Qatar University Health - QU
  • College of Health Sciences - QU HEALTH
  • Sidra Medical and Research Center (-2018)

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