High-Risk Pregnancy

fasting #

I haven't been to the nutritionist yet, but since being diagnosed, my fasting levels have consistently been above 90 (95, 101, 101), but the majority of my 1hr post-meal #s have been OK.

 What are the suggestions for bringing the fasting number down without medication? I REALLY don't want to go on meds...

 Thanks!

Re: fasting #

  • I've heard a lot of people say that you can't control fasting numbers with diet and exercise, but ever since I started working out 45-60 minutes a day, I've noticed a huge difference in all of my numbers.  My fasting numbers had been above 90, too, for the first week or so, but once I started working out for 15-20 minutes after every meal, they've all been pretty consistently under 90.  Also, play around with your bedtime snack.  Depending on how late I eat dinner, I skip my snack, because I've found that if there's less than 2 hours between my dinner and my snack, my numbers will be higher the next morning.  I think it's just a matter of finding what works for you.  So far, I've been able to hold off being on insulin for over 7 weeks, so I'm pretty happy about that.  Also, I noticed you said that you haven't been to a nutritionist yet - how many carbs are you eating with your meals?  I've been on 30 g for breakfast, 45 g for lunch and dinner, and then usually 2 snacks of 15 g of carbs throughout the day. Just controlling your carb intake might affect your fasting numbers, too.  Good luck!
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  • Those are the only #'s I can't control so I was put on insulin.  It's not so bad.
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  • imagejenvalet:
    Those are the only #'s I can't control so I was put on insulin.  It's not so bad.

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  • imageHoller4dmb:

    imagejenvalet:
    Those are the only #'s I can't control so I was put on insulin.  It's not so bad.

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    Ditto for me. 

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  • Well I'm going to try and up my exercise this week, luckily I only have to work 1 day this week so I will have more time to exercise and see if it makes a difference.  Unfortunately most of you have answered what I fear most, I know it's not so bad, but I reaaaally don't want to go on insulin.

     I was at a birthday party tonight with less than desireable food choices (for a diabetic that is), and at least passed up on cake and icecream, but we ate earlier than I typically do (5pm) and so now that it's 8:30, I'm hungry again but am afraid to eat something that might make my fasting number tonight higher...frustrating...

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    Well I'm going to try and up my exercise this week, luckily I only have to work 1 day this week so I will have more time to exercise and see if it makes a difference.  Unfortunately most of you have answered what I fear most, I know it's not so bad, but I reaaaally don't want to go on insulin.

     I was at a birthday party tonight with less than desireable food choices (for a diabetic that is), and at least passed up on cake and icecream, but we ate earlier than I typically do (5pm) and so now that it's 8:30, I'm hungry again but am afraid to eat something that might make my fasting number tonight higher...frustrating...

    Don't starve yourself.  It is far worse to burn off your fat supply.  Have something with protein in it (cheese, nuts, peanut butter).  

  • I was afraid of my fasting numbers too, but one of the docs in my practice suggested cutting out the last snack in the evening.   I didnt cut it out, just maneuvered my schedule to where I was eating dinner earlier and then having a bagel thin with a thin coating of peanut butter about 9:00.  I test around 7:00 am for my fasting and that did the trick.  My numbers have been lower unless I eat my main dinner meal too late or sneak a little something else after my 9:00 deadline. 
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  • We usually eat later, so maybe that is the trick...I tried that last night, had dinner around 5, then at 9, an almond-butter on a low carb whole grain/rice cake thing (cocopop it's called) with a small glass of soy milk and my fasting number was the lowest it's been (93)-which is still above my doctor's 90, but better than the 101 it's been...

     tuesday is the nutritionist, but this week's numbers i'm afraid are going to be all skewed b/c of the change in my schedule/routine and the holidays...bad time to become a diabetic!

  • If you have to go on meds to bring your fasting numbers down, ask about glyburide (a pill) if you're afraid of insulin shots. 
  • imagejenvalet:
    Those are the only #'s I can't control so I was put on insulin.  It's not so bad.

    This, except I was put on a pill at bedtime instead of insulin.  They have me taking 2.5 mg of Glyburide and that seems to be doing the trick.

    GL

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