Diabetes is characterised by high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. It is a chronic disease, that if not managed well, would lead to other health conditions such as heart disease, kidney failure and blindness.

How is diabetes diagnosed? What are the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes? Is diabetes reversible?

Take the opportunity to ask Dr Teh Ming Ming, Senior Consultant from the Department of Endocrinology at Singapore General Hospital, a member of the SingHealth group, all about diabetes.

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Dr Teh Ming Ming

Dr Teh Ming Ming graduated from University College Dublin in 1997. He obtained his Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) in 2002. He underwent his specialist training in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine at the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London and King’s College London and was awarded his Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in 2009.

He has a keen interest in research and was awarded a doctorate of medicine by King’s College London in 2009, after a two and a half year research period under the auspices of Professor Stephanie Amiel, investigating the link between the effects of hypoglycaemia and higher brain function. The project was wholly funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Dr Teh has many publications in international peer-reviewed journals, textbooks and has presented his work at many international conferences.

His subspecialty interests are type I diabetes, hypoglycaemia and insulin pump therapy.

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