What To Expect At 3 Hour Glucose Test

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Not So Sweet – Glucose Tolerance Test And Gestational Diabetes Information

Between 24 and 28 weeks gestation, most OBs and midwives send pregnant woman for the dreaded glucose tolerance test (GTT). This one-hour test is designed to determine who is at risk for gestational diabetes. In this article, I will detail everything you need to know about the test, what gestational diabetes is, and how to read the test results when you attain them. Let’s begin: What Is Gestational Diabetes? Gestational diabetes is a condition that affects three to five percent of pregnant women. The placenta, the organ responsible for nourishing the growing baby, produces pregnancy hormones that can interfere with the body’s ability to make or use insulin. In some women, gestational diabetes occurs when the pancreas over produces insulin to accommodate the insulin resistance caused by the placenta. Causing the need to produce up to three times the normal amount of insulin, gestational diabetes puts the woman at risk for a large baby at birth, preeclampsia, premature delivery, and type II diabetes later in life. Her baby will be at risk for hypoglycemia after birth and type II diabetes as it gets older. With proper diet and monitoring, the risks of gestational diabetes can be mi Continue reading >>

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  1. Cmspark

    What to expect for 3 hour glucose test?

    Hi ladies, my one hour glucose test came back high and they are sending me back for a second test.. What happens during the three hours? Do I drink the same drink? Anyone failed the one hour and passed the 3 hour test? TIA!

  2. Kandykayne

    I didn't have to do the three hour test so I don't know what in involves. Though I have seen that people pass the three hour one after failing the first one.

  3. 9jw9

    The second was is 75mg instead of 50mg. It's the same size just different concentration. You'll have blood work for fasting level. Drink the drink. Blood test in an hour. Blood test again after another hour.
    Many women fail the first and pass the second. So much that a lot of doctors wont even send women for the one hour. Mine goes right to the second. Fasting is the most accurate way to measure this type of test.

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