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Fri Oct 15 13:52:12 UTC 2010

my fasting is alway below 89 but 1 hour after dinner gets sometime high what to do to control them?
Asked By: meera5555  

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i m 32 week pregnant my after lunch ,breakfast and fasting all comes normal and same carbs amount i take in dinner and i walk also after that but still sometime it come higher .what would be the reason for that and what cant i do to lower them?
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2010-10-19 19:54:02.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Although the amounts of carbs are the same, other factors will influence the rise in blood glucose. Factors may include the differences in amounts of fats and protein, how the food was prepared (steamed or friend?) and what else is going on in your routine.

Each person has his/her own pattern of blood glucose response. . Some people experience higher blood glucose during the moring hours, others in the evening.

Take note of several blood glucose readings. Short moderately intensive after-dinners walks may help bring high after-meal glucose down. Pace yourself. Do not overdo it. If your after-dinner readings continue to be above target levels, be sure to let your doctor know.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2010-10-19 19:45:01.0

Hello and thanks for writing dLife. It's not unusual to see blood sugar levels elevate after meals more as pregnancy progresses because of the effects of pregnancy hormones. Exercise, such as walking can certainly help and you might also try to use light arm weights as well to promote glucose uptake in your upper body muscles. This can be especially useful as it gets more difficult to walk for very long as your baby grows. Additionally, even with careful attention to carb counting and exercise, it is not unusual that women with gestational diabetes need to use medication for blood sugar control later in their pregnancy, as the body's production of insulin might not be enough to keep up with needs. Be sure to discuss this with your doctor, review your diet with your registered dietitian/certified diabetes educator and they will be able to come up with a plan that is right for you. Do remember that getting adequate nutrition including healthful carbohydrate sources is important but sometimes medication is needed for adequate blood glucose control. Best of luck to you!
Answered By: Janice Baker
Accreditations: B.Sc., MBA, RD, CDE, CNSC, BC-ADM
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