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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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I don't want to do a gestational diabetes test so can I just refuse it?

I don't want to do a gestational diabetes test so can I just refuse it?

Why jeopardize baby?: You could refuse it, but why? Having gestational diabetes could cause significant harm to you and/or your child. Simple dietary changes and/or meds could prevent that damage. There are other blood tests that can be done to assess for gestational diabetes, if you're reluctant to do the oral glucose challenge test. Ask your OB doc to refer you to an endocrine (or diabetes) clinic. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i've been diagnosed with gestational diabetes but i'm sure i don't have it?

What do you advise if i've been diagnosed with gestational diabetes but i'm sure i don't have it?

Get educated!!: If md says you fit criteria, even with no symptoms, it must be treated aggressively to avoid fetal/maternal mortality/ morbidity if you don't trust that md, get second opinion but untreated , if you do have it, is a travesty, untreated. ...Read more

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Im 34wks pregnant with gestational diabetes and can't stick to my diet :'(?

Im 34wks pregnant with gestational diabetes and can't stick to my diet :'(?

It's important: It's important that you stick to your diet that your obstetrician prescribed. Your baby could have many problems like being very large requiring a c section or lung maturity. Speak with your dr about maybe adding walking to help improve your glucose levels. ...Read more

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I have gestational diabetes. If i don't breastfeed will my baby definitely get diabetes?

I have gestational diabetes. If i don't breastfeed will my baby definitely get diabetes?

No...: ... But there's evidence that breastfeeding will help you lose weight and reduce your risk of long-term health problems. In a large study, moms who had gestational diabetes and breastfed for at least 9 months across all their babies reduced their risk of metabolic syndrome by more than 80 percent. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about how breastfeeding might work for you. ...Read more

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Internet and all my friends say they get tested for gestational diabetes between 24-28 weeks, but I got tested when I'm at 29 weeks.Isn't it too late?

Internet and all my friends say they get tested for gestational diabetes between 24-28 weeks, but I got tested when I'm at 29 weeks.Isn't it too late?

Its ok: sometimes due to scheduling, some women are unable to be tested in that time frame. a testing at 29 weeks will be more sensitive in detecting gestational diabetes (your pregnancy hormones are more active) and if you have a positive test, you may need further testing/treatment. ...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