How Does Diabetes Affect Pregnancy

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Check Your Knowledge: Diabetes And Pregnancy

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. How much do you know about diabetes during pregnancy? Check your knowledge below! Diabetes can affect women during their childbearing years. Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. Having diabetes during pregnancy can impact the health of both the mother and her unborn baby. If a woman has poor control of her diabetes during pregnancy, which means that her blood sugar levels are often above normal, this increases the chances for problems for her baby, such as a baby growing too large, which may lead to complications during delivery. It also can cause serious complications for the woman. Working to keep blood sugar in control (in the normal range) before and during pregnancy can help prevent these problems. What are the 3 common types of diabetes? Type 1: The pancr Continue reading >>

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  1. Scotty

    Can BG levels affect a pregnancy test???

    Hi Everyone
    Im doing ok. Period is late and I have done a couple of HPT's and all negative. Im feeling pretty rotten and my insulin resistance has rocketed the past few weeks. I was just wondering if different levels of BG might give a negative on a HPT in error????

  2. Stump86

    It's possible if your BG level is very high. HPTs are basically a simple ELISA test (boring chemistry stuff ). It works by binding hormones during pregnancy to antibody like structures on the HPT and they'll change colors or flash lights or whatever they do nowadays if you're pregnant, I wouldn't know
    Extra glucose in the urine acts as more "stuff" during the test and may prevent the substances the HPT is trying to bind from binding. I would think that modern HPTs are specific enough to ignore extra glucose. But if there's enough of it it will certainly have an effect, be it positive or negative. I'd imagine that the instructions would have a word or two about something like that in the instructions.

  3. Tiger Lily

    Scotty, they may have changed pregnancy tests since i was 'interested' in that sort of thing
    but IIRC, the tests aren't accurate until you are ?8 weeks pregnant?
    what did the test kit say?

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