My wife has been diagnosed with gestational diabetes and she seems to be taking it pretty hard. And, rightfully so, I suppose. I am trying to be supportive, but I am an "information" person. Without it, I just feel lost and my support is lessened.
At her sugar tests with the physician, she was highest after fasting (20 points too high) and right after meals (2 points too high). After a consult with a diabetes specialist, we have begun a diet to combat the high levels. Primarily, lower (contolled) carbohydrates.
Oddly enough, her blood sugar levels are acceptable during the day. In the morning (prior to eating), her levels are highest, or after fasting. Today was her first "self test" and registered 99. She ate breakfast and tested and hour later which was high also. But, all subsequent tests during the day were "normal", even after meals. She believes a test three hours after a meal would be high also, due to the long period after eating.
Why would lack of eating cause blood sugar to elevate? How can we keep the levels lower other than diet and exercise...Timing? Realistically, how can this affect my wife and newborn, post delivery? How often does gd affect women and their children long term? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I will also croos-post into the diabetes forum of this site. Thanks!
This can be extremely serious for both your wife & unborn child but that's really all I actually know. For information go to a search engine like yahoo or google & search under "gestational diabetes", "natural solutions to g...D....", "foods that help lower blood sugar", also alternative medicines might be worth checking out as something like naturopathy could be worth trying or checking on a search engine under say "naturopathy & g....D....", "illnesses & conditions associated with pregnancy", these are just some search engine/information path starters.
Http://www.Lef.Org this is the site for a place called life extension which sells stuff but they also provide alot of really good medical information - if you go to the page then type in gestational diabetes in the search section at the top right habd side of the page it will give you a tonne of sites to look up on this condition.
I was diagnosed with this when I was pregnant with my son. Don't let people frighten you about this disease. Yes, it can be dangerous if not taken care of. But as long as you diet as prescribed, it is absolutely fine. Make sure your wife knows that it was nothing that she did wrong. She will simply have to watch her carbohydrate and sugar intake. Do some research and have her see a dietician if possible. But, it should be fine I promise.
Alright, emotions seem to have settled a bit, at least for now. I have been looking into the "dawn phenomenon" at diabetes forum . This sounds very similar. So, tonight, we are going to awake at 1:30 and have a yogurt snack and possibly test bs level. Perhaps this will assist. Assist how, i've no idea. But, we are willing to "test the waters".
Does anyone have any firm numbers for blood sugar levels? We have read or been told fasting sugar levels which are different. Some max at 120 while others 140. My wife, being a bsn, rn (treating diabetics, bi, strokes, et cetera) encounters the diabetics who have been non-compliant with their treatment guidelines for years. Therefore, she encounters the end of some pretty nasty diabetes problems. But, she is also very familiar with blood sugar levels. Their "acceptable" levels are typically the top end of the ranges we are encountering, now. Any ideas?