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Dr. Michael Carson
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Diabetes Onset During Pregnancy (Definition)

Gestation diabetes is diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. This develops when pregnancy hormones change a patient's metabolism so that they can not regulate their blood sugar. A patient with GDM will have to go on a low sugar and low carb diet and monitor blood sugars very carefully. Sometimes they will require medications. There is a 30% chance ...Read more


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What are oral glucose test alternatives for gestational diabetes?

What are oral glucose test alternatives for gestational diabetes?

Not sure: What you're asking. The limited GTT is the gold standard for detecting gestational diabetes. Elevated blood sugars through other testing are also potentially useful, but some sort of testing is essential. ...Read more

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3hr glucose test. Hour 1 and 2 were high. Do I have gestational diabetes?

Yes: Gestational diabetes is defined by 2 of the test values being high on the 3 hour gtt. Your doctor will help you come up with a regimen for checking your blood sugar and modifying your diet. ...Read more

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What's the 3 hr glucose test for gestational diabetes?

What's the 3 hr glucose test for gestational diabetes?

A Drink/Bloodwork: Some obs do this at their office, or you go to a lab. The test is done first thing in the morning after you have not eaten overnight. They draw your blood to check the "fasting" (pre-breakfast) blood sugar, then you drink a bottle of liquid with 75 grams of sugar. Blood is drawn at 1, 2, and 3 hours after the drink. If 2 of 4 levels are elevated then you'll be diagnosed with gestational diabetes. ...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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I read that anything under 70mg/dl on the one hour glucose test for gestational diabetes is low and means hypoglycemia. Mine is 66. What does this mean?

I read that anything under 70mg/dl on the one hour glucose test for gestational diabetes is low and means hypoglycemia. Mine is 66. What does this mean?

NOT hypoglycemia: Hi. Please believe me, you're fine. The OGTT is ONLY designed to detect high blood sugar. Yours is stone-cold normal. Don't worry. ...Read more

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Normal glucose test. Can eating lots of sugar (cookies) and carbs in 3 days reverse normalcy and cause gestational diabetes? 108 glucose 19.6 BMI 25w

Normal glucose test. Can eating lots of sugar (cookies) and carbs in 3 days reverse normalcy and cause gestational diabetes? 108 glucose 19.6 BMI 25w

Short-term sugar OK: Secondary forms of diabetes (not the autoimmune insulin-requiring types), including the gestational type, are caused by cells become desensitized to insulin. This happens when Insulin levels are always high due to high sugar intake. It takes time; pregnancy just adds to the process. Three days of cake or girl scout cookies won't do anything if you weren't already heading that way. ...Read more

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I am currently 36 weeks pregnant, afi 22 cm, baby 6 lbs 15 oz at 33weeks, passed 3 hour glucose test, barely failed one hour, gestational diabetes or.?

I am currently 36 weeks pregnant, afi 22 cm, baby 6 lbs 15 oz at 33weeks, passed 3 hour glucose test, barely failed one hour, gestational diabetes or.?

Big baby: If your baby is symmetrically large, you may just have a big baby. If the abdominal circumference is large in relation to the rest of the baby, talk to your OB about the best method for delivery. ...Read more

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Are there side effects during the 1-hr glucose challenge test for gestational diabetes?

Are there side effects during the 1-hr glucose challenge test for gestational diabetes?

No long lasting: Some people feels nauseated, slightly sick but no long lasting effects. ...Read more

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Does everyone need a 3 hour glucose tolerace test for gestational diabetes?

Does everyone need a 3 hour glucose tolerace test for gestational diabetes?

Newer recommendation: Is that non-diabetic pregnant women undergo a 2-hour 75-gram oral glucose tolerance test at 24-28 weeks of gestation. Women should be fasting for this test, and a fasting glucose level should be included. If any one of the following values are abnormal, you have gestational diabetes: fasting at 92 or above (mg/dl), one-hour at 180 or above, two-hour at 153 or above. ...Read more

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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

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I'm wondering can the antibiotic nitrofurantoin mono 100mg affect the pregnancy gestational diabetes glucose test?

I'm wondering can the antibiotic nitrofurantoin mono 100mg affect the pregnancy gestational diabetes glucose test?

Not likely: I checked the warnings and side-effects. No indication that it interfers with glucose testing. Read: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0011428/? report=details#side_effects ...Read more

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Impaired glucose tolerance or gestational diabetes, what's the difference?

Impaired glucose tolerance or gestational diabetes, what's the difference?

Gestational diabetes: Is overt diabetes (hga1c 6.5 or higher, FBS 126 or more, post-prandial sugar > 200 anytime during pregnancy

pre-diabetes id hga1c 5.7-6.4, FBS 100-125, ppg 140-199 2 hrs after eating, anytime, pregnant or not. ...Read more

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My wife has gestational diabetes. She's keeping her glucose in the healthy range but still feels really tired. Is that normal?

My wife has gestational diabetes. She's keeping her glucose in the healthy range but still feels really tired. Is that normal?

PREGNANCY BY ITSELF: Can cause quite a bit of fatigue. As well, there are other potential causes of fatigue so close follow up is important, and good sugar control can also be achieved by eating well and exercising regularly. ...Read more

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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

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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

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What does 100-g glucose load mean when being tested for gestational diabetes?

What does 100-g glucose load mean when being tested for gestational diabetes?

Diagnosis: This means you failed the original 50 g 1 hr screening test and now need to full 100 gm 3 hour tests to diagnose gestational diabetes. ...Read more

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Impaired glucose tolerance or gestational diabetes, what's the relationship?

Impaired glucose tolerance or gestational diabetes, what's the relationship?

IGT and GDM: Hi. Impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and gestational diabetes (GDM) both increase the risk of subsequent development of type 2 diabetes to pretty similar degrees. Both are indications for regular monitoring for the subsequent development of diabetes. Both are strong indications to adopt a healthy lifestyle (eat healthily and exercise regularly for life). ...Read more

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Irregular glucose levels on insulin with gestational diabetes do they induce you and why have I been told induced at 38 weeks then go to 40 weeks?

Varies: In the us, is is now common not to induce before 39 wks in normal pregnancies. In a pregnancy with gestational or regular diabetes, the infants may take longer to reach lung maturity. I have seen some with classical rds born at 40 wks. Your obgym team must try to balance the size issue with the other issue babies may have. Please discuss this with them as this or other considerations could be in play. ...Read more

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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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I am diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 17 weeks and currently 26 weeks pregnant and I am worried if my baby will born with any side effects?

I am diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 17 weeks and currently 26 weeks pregnant and I am worried if my baby will born with any side effects?

Good control: Is the key to preventing side effects. You should discuss with your doctor or midwife the ideal range for your blood sugar and how you can keep it there. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does diabetes always show in a random glucose blood test? I had gestational diabetes but random glucose has been clear for 6 years. Now im having strog sweet smell in urine and heart palps and jitters

Does diabetes always show in a random glucose blood test? I had gestational diabetes but random glucose has been clear for 6 years. Now im having strog sweet smell in urine and heart palps and jitters

Not always: Random glucose fluctuates. The more accurate blood test is the hemoglobin a1c which gives an average level over a period of weeks/months. Still it's good news that you had so many normal results. ...Read more

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I'm 33 weeks pregnant and DON'T have gestational diabetes... Today dipstick urine test showed I have glucose in my urine and leukocytes? Causes?

I'm 33 weeks pregnant and DON'T have gestational diabetes... Today dipstick urine test showed I have glucose in my urine and leukocytes? Causes?

Few reasons: How long ago was your test?
Maybe your glucose status has changed. Consider repeating 2 hour GTT
Leukocytes may indicate an infection
See your doctor for further tests ...Read more

Blood Sugar (Definition)

The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...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