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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Dr. Alison Stuebe
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Gestational Diabetes (Definition)

Gestational diabetes occurs in women who are pregnant. Prior to becoming pregant the woman was not diabetic and once the woman delivers the baby the diabetes goes away, although she has a higher chance of getting non-insulin-dependent diabetes in the future. With gestational diabetes, hormones from the pregnancy ...Read more


Dr. Michael Carson
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Diabetes Onset During Pregnancy (Definition)

Gestational diabetes is the onset of diabetes in the mother during pregnancy. Symptoms include increased thirst and increased urination, and may lead to a ...Read more