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How Do You Diagnose Diabetes During Pregnancy? - Dr. Mestman (VIDEO)

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Dr. Mestman shares how he is able to diagnose a woman with diabetes while she is pregnant.

Dr. Mestman:
There are many different ways to make the diagnosis of diabetes during pregnancy. Most people will use a screening test where they take those patients that are at higher risk to the develop diabetes and the test is very simple, it’s done in the doctor’s office.

The patient drinks a solution of glucose, 50 grams of glucose at any time of the day, doesn’t have to be fasting, and then if the blood sugar is over 130, 140 one hour later, the patient is to have a so-called glucose tolerance test, and the glucose tolerance test is a test in which glucose in a solution, water solution, is given by mouth and the blood sugar is checked before breakfast and two hours after the solution is given.

About Dr.Mestman, M.D.:
Dr. Jorge Mestman attended the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and received his medical degree in 1955. He then came to Los Angeles to perform his internship and residency training at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan. Dr. Mestman completed his fellowship training in endocrinology and metabolism at USC. In addition to authoring over a hundred journal articles and book chapters on diabetes and thyroid disease, Dr. Mestman is the recipient of several prestigious honors, including the 2002 Norbert Frienkel Lecture Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Diabetes and Pregnancy by the American Diabetes Association. He is currently a Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and the Director of the USC Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases.

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