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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Presistent increased frequency of emptying bladder, urinating, as a symptom of a disease state. 2 types: Mellitus (high blood glucose) & Insipidus (inadequate anti-diuretic hormone). In Diabetes mellitus, the far more common, glucose concentrations are ↑ed due to combination of 8 organ system changes referred to as the "ominous octet" & aggravated by intake of sugars (simple & complex ...Read more


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When will my doctor test me for gestational diabetes?

When will my doctor test me for gestational diabetes?

At 24-28 weeks: Generally, it is recommended to screen for diabetes in pregnancy at between 24-28 weeks. However, if someone had gestational diabetes in a prior pregnancy, it may be advisable to recommend testing as early as 14 weeks in addition to the usual screen. ...Read more

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My doc said that I had gestational diabetes. My daughter is now 7 months old. I still have high blood sugar. What could be the cause?

My doc said that I had gestational diabetes. My daughter is now 7 months old. I still have high blood sugar. What could be the cause?

May be diabetes: You may actually have type 2 diabetes. 5-10% of women with gestational diabetes may develop diabetes after delivery. Up to 60% may develop diabetes in the next 10-20 years. You should follow-up with your primary doctor and have additional testing done. ...Read more

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Doc measured belly, baby measures 3 weeks further than i actually am. Negative for gestational diabetes. What other reasons cause baby to grow too fast?

Doc measured belly, baby measures 3 weeks further than i actually am. Negative for gestational diabetes. What other reasons cause baby to grow too fast?

S>D: Its not necessarily bad or abnormal. 90 % of abdominal measurements like these actually have fetuses with normal weight. Sometimes docs will order an ultrasound to get a weight estimate for reassurance. ...Read more

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When will the doctor put me on insulin or other medication for gestational diabetes?

When will the doctor put me on insulin or other medication for gestational diabetes?

Depends: It depends on your current degree of control. If you are running very high, Insulin will be needed. If slightly above goal, a pill will be fine. If currently controlled and at goal, diet/exercise will be all you need but you have to be followed closely as your numbers will go up as the pregnancy progresses. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for gestational diabetes, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for gestational diabetes, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Gestational diabetes: Depends. Some md's are capable of handling gdm. Others look for a perinatologist to manage these patients. Certainly a md who has a large volume of patients may be better equiped to handle this kind of patient. Perinatologists are specially trained for high risk issues and can co manage your gdm with your ob. Just ask your OB if he/she is comfortable doing this or find a local perinatologist. ...Read more

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My doctor has made a big deal and classified me with gestational diabetes, but I didn't fail the glucose test I was just really close. Why?

My doctor has made a big deal and classified me with gestational diabetes, but I didn't fail the glucose test I was just really close. Why?

Pregnancy & Diabetes: Pregnancy has way of altering glucose metabolism and Insulin sensitivity made worse as the pregnancy progresses. You may not have gotten an "f" on the test but you may have gotten a "d" which can affect your fetus. Please heed your OB md's advice. ...Read more

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My doctor wants me to have a glucose test but I never had gestational diabetes. Is it necessary?

My doctor wants me to have a glucose test but I never had gestational diabetes. Is it necessary?

Your doc knows you: Your doctor has way more information about you than we do. He is in a much better position to answer this question. Lots of things go into the decision besides your personal history of gestational diabetes. Weight, age, family history, other blood tests, you physical exam etc. Trust your doc or find a doc you trust. ...Read more

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I'm 14 weeks and 3 days pregnant and was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. How often will I have to see my doctor & what tests do I take?

I'm 14 weeks and 3 days pregnant and was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. How often will I have to see my doctor & what tests do I take?

Too early: If your blood sugars are elevated at this point in your pregnancy, you are more likely a pre-gestational diabetic. Gestational diabetes is a consequence of hormones produced by placenta. The quantity of this hormone is insufficient in the early stages of pregnancy to cause gestational diabetes. Discuss this scenario further with your doctor. ...Read more

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Gestational Diabetes (Definition)

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that's first noticed during pregnancy. Hormones increase blood sugar levels during pregnancy. If levels get too high, it's called gestational diabetes. Some moms have had high sugars before pregnancy, but haven't been tested. That's why moms with gdm should have sugars ...Read more


Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes Type 2 (Definition)

Diabetes Mellitus type 2, or adult onset diabetes, is a condition that is caused by insulin resistance. This means that the muscle and fat cells of the body do not take up blood glucose, leaving a high blood glucose. Some type 2 ...Read more