Wednesday, April 2, 2008

initial findings

My fasting result was 104.
My one hour result was 224.
My two hour was 140.
My three hour was 40.

I was told that those numbers "weren't too too bad", but that I will still need to go to the classes and follow the new diet. There was no mention of a glucometer, but we'll see.

What I found online was this:

The following are the values which the American Diabetes Association considers to be abnormal during the 100 g of glucose OGTT:
Fasting blood glucose level ≥95 mg/dl (5.33 mmol/L)
1 hour blood glucose level ≥180 mg/dl (10 mmol/L)
2 hour blood glucose level ≥155 mg/dl (8.6 mmol/L)
3 hour blood glucose level ≥140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L)


So, to me, it looks like I just have a hard time with initial sugar-loads. Duh. I am pregnant and it only seems normal if you drink some nasty glucose drink after starving that you will be funky for a bit.
I am 100% on board with dietary changes, maybe a new lifestyle even. But I am happy with these initial findings and glad I did the darn thing.

7 comments:

Amber said...

Woo! Thumbs up to getting informed, go Mama!

A perfect example of when an informed, educated Mama decides to do a medical test on her terms and comes out with information she can use to help her. Way to go Joy and Baby Girl.

I'm glad no glucometer so far, that would not be fun. I can just see someone having to use one of those, having a blood pressure spike (conveniently) every two hours, and getting told they have pre eclampsia, haha. Or maybe I shouldn't even joke... ;)

-Amber

Rixa said...

I pulled out my handy Anne Frye's "Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year." Lots of great info on GD, GTT test results, etc. I'm sure Kneelingwoman has a copy she could lend to you...?

Anyway, it seems like the best idea is to focus on good nutrition (avoiding simple carbs & sugars, eating high quality complex carbs, proteins, lots of fresh produce) which all pregnant women should be doing anyway, and then just enjoy your pregnancy!

Housefairy said...

I love u guys!
She does have that book, I remember reading it years ago...

Gonna have some greens and chicken tonight. With water.
: )

CNH said...

Those look a LOT like my numbers and I am hypoglycemic. Especially the last number being SO low. :( I wish they would have mentioned it to you, but so many docs don't even know what it really IS I don't think.

Anyway, good luck on your diet changes. Just remember not to go too long without eating, and make sure you get some protein every meal.

Kelley said...

Joy, I'm glad to hear that you got through the test okay, and now have some solid answers as to what to do with diet and such. I'm sorry I haven't responded much this week; I've been off the Internet this whole week trying to deal with children that needed my undivided attention.

Another thing you may want to look into is the glycemic index. I know that when I am careful to mostly eat things that will not spike my blood sugar I feel better, I don't gain weight as fast, and it is much healthier for the baby. As a nice bonus, eating a low glycemic diet can make weight loss after pregnancy MUCH easier because it is so much better for your body.

I'm really proud of you.

CNH said...

Joy there is a really good thread on GD on the MDC UC forum this week. It's actually a link to some really excellent information. Thought of you when I read it. :)

Trish said...

Just remember that the numbers the ADA gives are for non-pregnant people. When I was pregnant with GD those numbers would've gotten me put on insulin! It's a whole 'nother ballgame when there's a fetus involved.

I'm glad you're doing what you need to do to take care of yourself and your baby. It really is important to keep the blood glucose under control - the complications can be pretty bad. The new glucometers are so easy and almost painless to use. I am really uncomfortable with needles (thank goodness I didn't have to go on insulin!!!), but the lancets were really no big deal.

Good luck, it's just another couple of months!!! :-)