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Blood sugar levels high..what EXACTLY does that mean!!


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I am 7 mos. pregnant and my doc's office just called with the results of my glucose test.  They said a normal blood sugar level should be int he 130's and mine is 154.  They are going to give me a diet which I am fine with.  I knew my levels would be high since all I am craving is candy, pastries and sweets!! 

But, I am unsure how bad this is.  Is this level high enough to be Gestational Diabetes or is it just high enough to give a warning  before it GETS to G.Diabetes?

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The glucose test shows how your body processes the sugars you eat. While it can be affected by eating a lot of sugar, your body should still be able to process it correctly.

I'm curious, though. Did you only take one glucose tolerance test? If you have abnormal results, you'll typically have to go through a second test before being diagnosed with borderline or full-blow GD. If you've only had one test, I'd say the diagnosis is premature.

Maybe the diet is to prevent you from having a full onset of GD. From what I read, daily glucose levels should stay under 120. I once had to have my blood sugar checked because I had glucose in my urine at one of my regular checkups. I had eaten Orange Chicken an hour before my doctor's appointment and my body just hadn't had time to process it.

I suggest reading both of these websites for more info:

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/prenataltest ing/glucosetest.html

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/diabe tes_gestational/hic_gestational_diabetes.aspx

Yeah, my doc forgot to tell me to fast for 8-12 hours prior to the glucose test. I had the same level as you, and they did the 3 hour glucose test. You have to drink that nasty stuff and give blood three times. SUCKS!!

U're not supposed to fast before the glucose test.  U cant eat / drink anything after u drink the liquid so thats only for 1 hr.  Otherwise, you should go about ur day as you normally would.  If u dont, the results wont be accurate since they need to see how your body processes sugar on any typical day

Yeah, my doc told me don't eat after midnight but when I got to the off ice around 8:30am they told me I was supposed to fast for 12hrs.  They asked if I wanted to come back in 3 hours so the test would be most accurate.  My answer? A) I am friggin' pregnant & hungry! B) I have my 3 year old with me. C) I have a schedule to maintain to pick up 2 kids at different times & get to work on time in the evening.  I'll take my chances. 

Good news!  no problems!  All is normal!  I knew I was just stuffing my face with too much candy & sugar.  Solution: limit sugar episodes to about 2- 2 1/2 times a day.  Example: 1 cup Coffee (1/3 caffientated) with low fat vanilla creamer, a serving of some sort of dessert (ice cream, slice of cake, cookies) and try my best to not have anything else for the day!!

Thanks for all the replies ladies!! :O)

That's odd that they had you fast. I didn't fast before mine. They're pretty brave to deal with hungry pregnant women :)

I had to fast for mine too, although if I recall correctly they never told me, and I was just lucky that I skipped breakfast that day. All in all it was horrible experience...which took place when I was only about 3 or 4 weeks before my due date..not sure what they would have made me do for the remaining month...I guess that's why i'm not a doctor.

I had GD mildly when I was pregnant and all I craved was sweets, too.  I didn't have to do insulin, just monitored my diet.  I would say YES, you have gestational diabetes.  Don't stress about it too much, like wondering why you have it and have no family history or risk factors or anything.  I was heartbroken because I'm healthy and so is my family.  Sometimes it just happens.  Watch your diet, it'll be ok.

There's no way to have "mild" GD just like there's no way to be borderline diabetic (for non-preg people)  That is a myth! You either are or you aren't.  If you have not taken the 3 hour GTT Test you are not clinically GD.  All questionable high glucose tests require the 3 hour GTT before diagnosis.  Even after the 3 hr GTT you may be diagnosed and be lucky enough to just watch your carb intake or you may have to go on insulin.  I was the unlucky one and now because of that I have a 50-60% chance of developing Adult Onset (Type 2) later in my life!  I was on large amounts of insulin and really never got it under control until I delivered and just like that, after my son was born, my sugars were completely normal!  We all crave unhealthy things when we are preg.  Just because you crave and eat sweets--that does not mean you will have GD.  Just think of all the people out there who eat a lot of sweets and all the teenagers--if that were the case they'd be millions of people with diabetes.  it's just how our livers process the glucose--or not process it actually!  Good Luck to you and I would seriously ask for the 3 hr GTT--if left undiagnosed and untreated you're looking at a large baby!

Millions of people DO have diabetes. 23.6 million (children and adults) in the US, according to the American Diabetes Association. What we eat is a HUGE contributing factor to diabetes.

There ARE varying forms of GD. Mild forms are treated with a controlled diet and exercise while severe forms are treated with insulin injections and close monitoring of blood sugar levels.

GD is a placental and pancreatic problem, not liver. Normally, the placenta produces hormones that keep too much glucose from crossing the placenta. In GD, the placenta either doesn't produce these hormones or produces too little. The pancrease can't produce enough insulin to control the glucose levels.

All the information is on the American Diabetes Association's website:

http://www.diabetes.org/gestational-diabetes. jsp

http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp

Edited to correct a factoid :)

Original Post by bier:

Millions of people DO have diabetes. 23.6 million (children and adults) in the US, according to the American Diabetes Association. What we eat is a HUGE contributing factor to diabetes.

There ARE varying forms of GD. Mild forms are treated with a controlled diet and exercise while severe forms are treated with insulin injections and close monitoring of blood sugar levels.

GD is a placental and pancreatic problem, not liver. Normally, the placenta produces hormones that keep too much glucose from crossing the placenta. In GD, the placenta either doesn't produce these hormones or produces too little. The pancrease can't produce enough insulin to control the glucose levels.

All the information is on the American Diabetes Association's website:

http://www.diabetes.org/gestational-diabetes. jsp

http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp

Edited to correct a factoid :)

Thanks. I didn't have the energy to make this argument so well.  I guess my mythical mild case of gestational diabetes messed up my brains.

My pleasure. Laughing

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