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Prediabetic 6yrs after gestational diabetes

Discussion in 'Prediabetes' started by musicalmice2000, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. musicalmice2000

    musicalmice2000 Prediabetes · Newbie

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    Hi
    I'm new on here but looking for advice about prediabetes.
    I suffered with gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my little girl who is now 6. All my tests until now have come back ok but now I'm slightly worried.

    Any advice,help and/or support most welcome.
     
  2. kateincornwall

    kateincornwall Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello and welcome , I`m afraid I don't know enough about gestational diabetes and how it can develop, have you had a test back which is showing signs of raised blood sugars , if so , are you being taken care of by a nurse
     
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    zand Type 2 · Expert

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    Hi welcome to the forum. I'm tagging @daisy1 so she can give you the info she gives to new members, even though you are not diabetic yet, it may help to put your mind at rest.

    Why are you worried now? Has anything changed to make you worry?
     
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  4. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @musicalmice2000

    Hello and welcome to the forum :)

    To help you to worry a little less, here is the information we give to new members and I hope you will find it helpful. Ask as many questions as you need to and someone will help.


    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED DIABETICS

    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you’ll find over 150,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.
    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:

    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates

    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    Another option is to replace ‘white carbohydrates’ (such as white bread, white rice, white flour etc) with whole grain varieties. The idea behind having whole grain varieties is that the carbohydrates get broken down slower than the white varieties –and these are said to have a lower glycaemic index.
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/food/diabetes-and-whole-grains.html

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes

    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:

    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to bloodglucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.
     
  5. musicalmice2000

    musicalmice2000 Prediabetes · Newbie

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    When looking at changing my diet I don't want to have to cook separate meals for other family members. Is there any way round this
     
  6. 4ratbags

    4ratbags Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. I am the only one in our household who is a diabetic and it is not really a matter of cooking separate meals but more of you swapping some of the bad carbs for healthier options. If we are having mashed potatoes I will have pureed cauli or I simply have a smaller serving. The key is to find lower carb options that you like, it can be a bit tricky at first but after a while it becomes second nature.
     
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