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Glucose screening checks for gestational diabetes, a short-term form of diabetes that some women develop during pregnancy. It’s becoming more common in the United States, affecting about 6% to 7% of pregnancies.
The test is usually done at 24 to 28 weeks, but sometimes earlier if a woman is at higher risk for gestational diabetes.
Glucose screenings check for gestational diabetes. It’s important to diagnose the condition because it can cause health problems in a newborn baby, especially if it’s not treated.
This screening test involves drinking a sugary liquid, followed by a blood test an hour later to check glucose levels. If the level is high, you’ll have a glucose-tolerance test. For this test, you’ll drink a glucose solution on an empty stomach and have your blood drawn once every hour for 3 hours.
Most women have this test, and if they have gestational diabetes, are treated to reduce the risk to the baby.
Screening for gestational diabetes usually is done at 24 to 28 weeks. Testing may be done earlier for women who are at higher risk of having it, such as those who:
The results are usually available within 1 to 2 days. Ask if your health care provider will call you with the results if they are normal or only if the reading is high (in which case, you’ll you need to come in for another test).
Find out what the experts have to say.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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