How Can a Gestational Diabetic Lower Fasting Levels without Medication?
QUESTION: This is my 6th pregnancy, and I have had gestational diabetes 2 (diagnosed) or 3(baby was large but passed the 3hr test).
I am 26wks and my fasting blood sugar levels have been creeping up, while my post prandial levels are perfect.
I feel I am eating well to control the diabetes, but I am going to have to go on either glyburide or insulin soon just because of the fasting levels.
I was told when more than half my fasting levels are over 95 I will need to start medication. Right now about 3 a week are over that value.
Is there anything I can do diet or exercise wise to lower them? I have tried eating protien snacks before bed, as well as eating fruit with the snack (ie peice of string cheese and an apple) and I've tried eating a "heartier" snack of peanut butter toast.
Nothing seems to make a difference. But a couple times a week I do have a fasting level in the 70s, but when I try to reproduce it the next day it changes.
Unfortunately, as you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes
, you have to bear it until the end of your pregnancy.
If you continue with the lifestyle and diet
you are already following, I think you will be able to stabilize your blood sugar at least near normal levels
(however, do not expect to get normal figures).
What I can advise is to be close to your doctor, and never ignore his/her advice. In addition, do drink plenty of water and eat frequent meals, but in small portions.
If your doctor decides that you need to go for medications
, please follow his/her prescription, because you and your baby need the best assistance.
All the best and hope God will help you and your baby!Dr.Alba