Why is a regular urine dipstick for glucose not used?
Why is a regular urine dipstick for glucose not used in place of polycose or Glucose Tolerance test for Gest. diabetes for low risk women?
Answer: Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. It has been found that the routine testing of urine for glucose and other abnormalities does not help to diagnose any conditions of pregnancy. Women without any tendency to diabetes can show glucose in their urine during pregnancy. Many carers do not test urine routinely any more during pregnancy. The short glucose tolerance test is more accurate at diagnosing diabetes as every woman is given the same does of glucose and then a blood test is taken. Sometimes this can also be inaccurate as it can depend on what the woman has recently eaten. A more accurate tolerance test takes longer and then a diagnosis can be made. Best wishes, Alex
Answered: 01 Apr 2008