From Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA:
I am 25 years old and at 31 weeks in my pregnancy. I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I have been asked to record my blood sugar 4 times a day (fasting, 2 hours after breakfast, lunch and dinner) until I go back to my doctor next week. He says he will assess then if I need to go to a specialist and if I need to be on insulin therapy. My numbers are as follows for the past 3 days: Day 1 - 99, 114, 143, 121. Day 2 - 102, 82, 111, 120. Day 3 - 95, 83, 148, 99. Do I look like a candidate for insulin and what is the reason that it is higher usually in the morning and after lunch rather than other times of the day? I have begun to change my diet.
Your blood sugar values at 2 hours after meals are the most concerning, although your fasting blood sugars are also borderline high. The normal fasting should be between 60 and 90 mg/dl and 2 hours after a meal should be less than 120 mg/dl. Therefore, it might be a good idea for you to start insulin. I do not have a good explanation for why you are higher at different times of the day. This may reflect your activity level and types of food you are eating.
Original posting 29 Jan 2000
Posted to Gestational Diabetes
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:08
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