Thursday, October 28, 2010
nie yg x tahan nie...
doctor says that I need a glucose screen. Why?
nie yg aku btul2 x gemor nie...bab kne glucose screen...a.k.a minum air gula...bapok manis...pekat gile...huu...salah aku jgk...x control makan...dh lps hbis alahan..mule la bantai mknan sampai x sedor ke diri..hambik aku...n here i come...on 1 NOV 2010...kene le g GST...huawaaaa....
( credit to http://www.babycenter.com/0_glucose-screening-and-glucose-tolerance-tests_1483.bc )
Most healthcare practitioners routinely recommend a glucose screening test (also called a glucose challenge test or GCT) between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy to check for gestational diabetes, a high blood sugar condition that some women get during pregnancy.
Like any screening test, this one won't give you a diagnosis — it's designed to identify as many women as possible who may have a problem and need more testing to find out. So a positive result doesn't mean that you have gestational diabetes. In fact, only about a third of women who test positive on the glucose screen actually have the condition. To find out if you're one of them, you'll have to undergo a longer, more definitive exam called a glucose tolerance test (GTT).
Between 2 and 5 percent of expectant mothers develop gestational diabetes, making it one of the most common health problems during pregnancy. And because the condition rarely causes any symptoms, testing is the only way to find out if you have it.
Your practitioner may want you to be screened earlier than 24 weeks if a routine urine test shows a high amount of sugar in the urine or if you're considered at high risk. If the results are normal, you'll be screened again at 24 to 28 weeks.
Of course, if were already diagnosed with diabetes before pregnancy, you won't need to be screened. Instead, you'll continue to work with your practitioner to manage your condition during your pregnancy.
How is the screening test done?
When you arrive for the test, you'll be given a sugar solution that contains 50 grams of glucose. The stuff tastes like a very sweet soda pop (it comes in cola, orange, or lime flavor), and you have to get all of it down in five minutes. Some centers keep it chilled or let you pour it over ice and drink it cold.
An hour later (bring a book or magazine!), your practitioner or a technician will take a blood sample from your arm to check your blood sugar level. The idea is to see how efficiently your body processes sugar. Results should be available in a few days.
If the reading is abnormal (too high), which happens 15 to 23 percent of the time, your practitioner will have you come back for a three-hour glucose tolerance test to see if you really do have gestational diabetes. The good news is that most women whose screening test shows elevated blood sugar don't turn out to have gestational diabetes.
Posted by nora rashid at 7:03 PM