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    Default Tricks for lowering fasting levels?

    I've got 3 days in which to lower my fasting levels before we go to insulin.
    Any tricks for lowering this level? My post meal ones are fine (5.2 Last night) but fasting is also 5.2!! I had supper last night and a glass of milk before bed. Tonight will be skip the supper and keep the milk.
    Any other ideas?

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    When I was pregnant I was boarder line GD. My fasting levels were always really good, sometimes too low actually. After dinner I would have 2 biscuits & a hot chocolate if I was a little hungry but never after 8:30. I would only drink water after then. I would also go for a little 10-15 walk just up & down our driveway as it’s quite long, not sure if any of that helped but my levels were always really good. I was never put on insulin & had a healthy baby girl who is now 2.5yrs old. Congratulations on your pregnancy & hope the remainder of it goes smoothly with no insulin x

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    Fasting levels are hard

    I found the better i slept, the lower my levels were in the morning.

    Good luck!

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    I couldn’t get my fasting levels under control without insulin. I tried everything suggested above- exercise, supper, no supper, changing dinner times and the list goes on and on.

    If you need insulin please know you haven’t failed and don’t be hard on yourself. I followed everything to the letter and there was just no way of avoiding it.

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    The only thing i could do to lower my fasting level was to not eat in the morning and do my test like 3-4 hours after i got up. But when i told obs thats what id been doing to get under 5 i got in trouble lol coz he said im not supposed to be starving myself just to pass the tests. Maybe if id stopped eating after 8pm and left it a full 12 hours before fasting test in the morning it might have worked the same way? But im a night owl and just naturally get hungry and most of my food after midday til midnight.

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    I found my fasting levels were always better if I had a small snack before going to bed. I would have some strawberries or something right before bed every night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mum-I-Am View Post
    I couldn’t get my fasting levels under control without insulin. I tried everything suggested above- exercise, supper, no supper, changing dinner times and the list goes on and on.

    If you need insulin please know you haven’t failed and don’t be hard on yourself. I followed everything to the letter and there was just no way of avoiding it.
    Thanks @Mum-I-Am. Idk why I'm so trying to not use insulin- I mean if I need it, I need it, right? I think I'm in a little bit of denial at some level am about having GD, and needing Insulin is just more evidence that I have it.
    The diabetic educator said stress, poor sleep, conflict with colleagues etc will cause high readings, so I really stand no chance! She even gave me an insulin pen yesterday "just in case". Reckon I'll be using it before the week is out.

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    I struggled with fasting bloods...

    I had less than 4 full days of readings, and they put me on insulin at night. No suggestions about how to lower them, or time to try..... Just *bam*.

    They weren't even that high?? but they were *just* on the 5.3 target (5.4 was the highest)

    It's been a few weeks now, and they've finally settled, but I'm still taking 6 units of insulin at night (probably equivalent to 1 or 2 water drops).

    My post-meal levels have been great though with just diet. I cried so much with the diagnosis. I actually went into a depressive state for a week or so, wouldn't leave the house except for appointments, would just cry randomly when I thought about it. It didn't help I was seeing a registrar ob, who was very by the book with zero flexibility.

    Im just counting down the weeks until bub is out so I don't have to do it anymore 😂 I'm so over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ565 View Post
    Thanks @Mum-I-Am. Idk why I'm so trying to not use insulin- I mean if I need it, I need it, right? I think I'm in a little bit of denial at some level am about having GD, and needing Insulin is just more evidence that I have it.
    The diabetic educator said stress, poor sleep, conflict with colleagues etc will cause high readings, so I really stand no chance! She even gave me an insulin pen yesterday "just in case". Reckon I'll be using it before the week is out.
    I was exactly the same, I think it’s the stigma (especially as I’m fat) that got me. My postnatal GTT has always been back to perfect post delivery, so it really is just the bubbas for me like many women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowangel0205 View Post
    I struggled with fasting bloods...

    I had less than 4 full days of readings, and they put me on insulin at night. No suggestions about how to lower them, or time to try..... Just *bam*.

    They weren't even that high?? but they were *just* on the 5.3 target (5.4 was the highest)

    It's been a few weeks now, and they've finally settled, but I'm still taking 6 units of insulin at night (probably equivalent to 1 or 2 water drops).

    My post-meal levels have been great though with just diet. I cried so much with the diagnosis. I actually went into a depressive state for a week or so, wouldn't leave the house except for appointments, would just cry randomly when I thought about it. It didn't help I was seeing a registrar ob, who was very by the book with zero flexibility.

    Im just counting down the weeks until bub is out so I don't have to do it anymore I'm so over it.
    I had a bit of a cry when I was told last week I had it as well. All the usual thoughts- why me? Needed IVF, have placenta previa, low iron, pre-eclampsia risk- I thought my bad luck was done.
    I've told myself about how common it is, and I haven't done anything to cause it etc etc. Feeling better this week, but I think the insulin thing is one more "why me" moment.
    I get 3 days to get fasting levels to 5 or less (that's the number I've been given). Thats including today, so I also don't get a lot of scope to try to solve. I think because it's fasting levels, there's only so many things I can try. I think they might be just indulging me by suggesting that I try 3 days without insulin. I am pretty much resigned to it.


 

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