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why do you need to get a glucose tolerance test if you tested positive for gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
To rule out diabetes: Women with gestational diabetes are more prone to developing diabetes after the pregnancy. Glucose tolerance test allows the doctor to asses resistance to Insulin and diagnose diabetes.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Does gestational diabetes persist once I have given birth?

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Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
No: The majority of the time gestational diabetes resolves by 6 weeks after delivery. It is recommended that all women with gestational diabetes have another glucose tolerance test 6 weeks after delivery to confirm that the diabetes has resolved. However all women with gestational diabetes are at lifelong risk for getting diabetes in the future.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How can I prevent high blood sugar emergencies?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Monitor: You should use a glucometer, and check your blood sugar at least once a day. Take your medicines as directed, stay on your diet, and if your blood sugar goes over 160, call your doctor.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do diabetics experience more vaginal infections that non-diabetics?

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Dr. Patricia Roy
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Sometimes: A diabetic patient, whose sugars are under good control, is no more susceptible to vaginal infections than anyone else. If sugars are high, however, vaginal yeast infections are much more common. Yeast organisms love sugar.......
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A 83-year-old male asked:

Hemoglobin hematocrit and red blood cell low counts and glucose and nitrogen high what is cause

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Numbers are numbers: Lab results are numbers, and numbers are just numbers. They have little meaning without looking at the whole person. Low hemoglobin, hematocrit, and red blood cell counts means blood cells are not being made fast enough, are being lost (through bleeding), are being broken up, or any combination of such problems. Glucose goes up from increased body stress, inadequate insulin, I.V. Glucose, etc....
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A 24-year-old female asked:

I had gestational diabetes while I was and had to take insulin. Now my baby is 6weeks old and the diabetes is gone. I'm just wondering if there is higher riskfor my baby to be diabetic later on in life?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not directly: The diabetes of pregnancy is closest to the Insulin resistant or type 2 diabetes which is something all of us can get under some circumstances. You are at risk for a return of type 2 later & things like an active lifestyle & maintaining a healthy weight tend to reduce your risk. I wouldn't be concerned about childhood diabetes which is a very different process.

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