Top
10
Doctor insights on: Gestational Diabetes Screening False Positive

Share
Dr. Quang Nguyen
3,215 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
Can I have a false screening test for gestational diabetes ?

Can I have a false screening test for gestational diabetes ?

Yes: That is why the initial screening test for gestational diabetes (commonly known as the 1hr glucose test) is always followed up by a more extensive 3 hour test if the first one is positive. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
Why do you need to get a glucose tolerance test if you tested positive for gestational diabetes?

Why do you need to get a glucose tolerance test if you tested positive for gestational diabetes?

To rule out diabetes: Women with gestational diabetes are more prone to developing diabetes after the pregnancy. Glucose tolerance test allows the doctor to asses resistance to Insulin and diagnose diabetes. ...Read more

4

4
What's the next step if tested positive for gestational diabetes?

What's the next step if tested positive for gestational diabetes?

Get treated: If gestational dm is confirmed, next step is to start tracking your blood sugar (before and after meas), go see a certified diabetes educator/nutritionist, dietician to learn about dietary choices and what you should start cutting down. See your physician to get treated for the diabetes: either with a drug, drugs or Insulin depending on severity. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
I only have hypoglycemia, but tested positive for gestational diabetes. Will treating this help reduce birth complications?

I only have hypoglycemia, but tested positive for gestational diabetes. Will treating this help reduce birth complications?

Yes: Women with gestational diabetes who control it well do have fewer complications. You should exercise regularly everyday. You should follow a strict diet, focus on eating mostly vegetables and lean sources of protein. Eat unprocessed foods (make all your food yourself). ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
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

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
If your glucose screening shows gestational diabetes, what do they do about it and when?

If your glucose screening shows gestational diabetes, what do they do about it and when?

Gestational DM: If the screening is positive, you proceed with the 3 hour test. If that's positive, you treat it right away. Pills or Insulin depends on the degree of abnormalities. ...Read more

9

9
I'm just wondering, if your glucose screening shows gestational diabetes, what do they do about it?

I'm just wondering, if your glucose screening shows gestational diabetes, what do they do about it?

A GTT: A 2 hour glucose tolerance test at about 28 weeks is now the standard of care for diagnosing gestational diabetes. If any one value is abnormal, you will need to have further evaluation, and blood sugar monitoring with treatment as needed: possible diet control, possible oral medicine, possible insulin. ...Read more

10

10
Gestational diabetes screening. What is the alternative to orange drink? Although it's not going to harm me or my baby, I am looking for options.

Gestational diabetes screening. What is the alternative to orange drink? Although it's not going to harm me or my baby, I am looking for options.

FBS and 2 hour PP: A fasting blood sugar and 2 hour post-prandial glucose is an excellent screening test for Diabetes in pregnant women. If it is borderline abnormal, then your OB MD may require a full "glucola" drink to be certain of the diagnosis. However, if the FBS and 2 hour PP are abnormal, then the diagnosis is made. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
1 doctor shared a insight

Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


Dr. Alison Stuebe
230 doctors shared insights

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