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Do i need to fast for the 1hr glucose screening @24w pregnant? Are all pcos patients diagnosed with gestational diabetes? Took metformin until 13w.

Do i need to fast for the 1hr glucose screening @24w pregnant? Are all pcos patients diagnosed with gestational diabetes? Took metformin until 13w.

No, but: Some doctors do have their patients fast for their 1hr glucola tests (my office does), but it is not necessary. No, not all patients with pcos will be diagnosed with gestational diabetes, but you do have a higher chance of developing gdm if you had pcos, and often an 'early' 1hr glucola screen will be done to see if the patient has pre-existing diabetes. ...Read more

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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 am puzzled about gestational diabetes test?

I am puzzled about gestational diabetes test?

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. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my gestational diabetes go away?

How fast can I make my gestational diabetes go away?

You can't: You can't make it go away. But with proper treatment you can get it under control. See your physician (or a diabetes specialist) and have them help you manage your gestational diabetes. There is a solution...Delivery. Otherwise, i agree with the above. Typically people with gestational diabetes don't develop diabetes after pregnancy. ...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 to do if I do not want to do a gestational diabetes test so can I just refuse it?

What to do if I do not want to do a gestational diabetes test so can I just refuse it?

Ignorance is bliss?: Hi. I don't understand your attitude. If you know poor glucose control is bad for the baby, your reluctance (or refusal) is hard to understand. Ignoring reality doesn't make it go away. Just some thoughts. Generally, you can refuse ANYTHING a doctor recommends, but be aware you may harm the fetus. Go ahead and get an abortion if you don't want the pregnancy. Otherwise, try to be healthy. ...Read more

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Has anyone else been tested for gestational diabetes and had a partially positive 3hour test?

Has anyone else been tested for gestational diabetes and had a partially positive 3hour test?

Possible: The 3 hr GTT is designed to diagnose diabetes. You need 2 out of 4 values above the following: fasting-95, 1hr-180, 2hr-155, 3hr-140. Only 1 abnl value is not diagnostic of gdm. Your doc may use a different scale or repeat this fasting test if you have risk factors. Some docs may start finger-stick checks 5x/day if you are "borderline" or just restrict your diet. Usually 1 abnl is neg for gdm. ...Read more

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I have gestational diabetes. Do I test two hours after my first bite or two hours after I'm done eating?

I have gestational diabetes. Do I test two hours after my first bite or two hours after I'm done eating?

Virtual consult: 2 hours after you finish eating each meal and a fasting finger stick. So a total of 4 times a day. If you have any further questions please set up a virtual consult with me. ...Read more

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What to expect for gestational diabetes test;if so what was it like can you tell me about the day and how it feels?

What to expect for gestational diabetes test;if so what was it like can you tell me about the day and how it feels?

Glucose Tolerance : Typically, the test will be in the morning, fasting. Your blood will be drawn as a baseline and then at certain intervals after you drink a very syrupy drink you will be given by the lab. It can cause nausea. Staying in a cool room can help with the nausea. ...Read more

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I failed my 1 hr GTT for Gestational Diabetes - score 152. Now I have my 2 hr test next week. Any special diet I should follow to pass this one? Tips?

I failed my 1 hr GTT for Gestational Diabetes - score 152. Now I have my 2 hr test next week. Any special diet I should follow to pass this one? Tips?

Pass/Fail: A special diet is a diabetic diet available through the American Diabetic Association. You may not want to "pass" the next test as your body is telling you now that you may be "failing" to keep a low glucose diet which will have consequences for your unborn fetus. ...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