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A 45-year-old member asked:

Do i need a test for gestational diabetes?

2 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Yes: The american college of obstetrics and gynecology recommends that you take this test sometime between 24-28 weeks. They also recognize that if you are very low risk, you may not necessarily need to take this. Talk to your doctor to see what your risk level is.
Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Yes: Diabetes screening should be a routine part of prenatal care for all pregnant women- if you are seeing an ob/gyn they should schedule this test midway through your pregnancy. This, of course, assumes you're pregnant. If you're planning pregnancy, there is no test to predict gdm precisely beforehand.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Is ac1 glycohemoglobin the best test for gestational diabetes?

1 doctor answer9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 33 years experience
No.: Gestational diabetes testing involves a screeing test with 50 grams of glucose in liquid, then checking the blood sugar level an hour later. If that level is too high, then a formal glucose tolerance test should be done (several hours long). An A1c level of glycohemoglobin which is elevated would be suspicious for gestational diabetes, but it's not the preferred diagnostic test.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo commented
Endocrinology 33 years experience
The main problem with using A1c in pregnancy is that it reflects 3 months of sugars. Due to changes in hormones throughout the pregnancy, sugars can change significantly over a few weeks. Doctors don't want to wait until blood sugars have been high for 3 months - they want to know what's going NOW and help you fix it now if needed.
May 25, 2012
A 36-year-old member asked:

I am puzzled about gestational diabetes test?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Endocrinology 52 years experience
There are: Fixed definitions of blood sugars that make the diagnosis if you have it valuable, as appropriate therapy can reduce adverse outcomes to mom, fetus, and infant when born.

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