What is GCT (1 Hour) test?
The glucose challenge test is done during pregnancy to screen for gestational diabetes, which develops during pregnancy. The test is generally done between weeks 24 and 28 of pregnancy. The glucose challenge test is done in two steps. First, you drink a sugary solution. Two hours later, your blood sugar level is measured. For diagnosing type 2 diabetes, your doctor may ask you to test again on a different day if your results show higher-than-normal glucose levels.
What happens during this test?
You may need to take this test to confirm gestational diabetes as it leads to various pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia or excess fetal growth. Gestational diabetes also increases the risk of birth injuries.
When to take this test?
Frequency to repeat test
Based on doctor advice
Precautions to be taken before for the test
No particular precautions are required, unless it is recommended by your doctor.
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