Fine Tuning Gestational Diabetes with Glyburide
My glucose numbers are improving. It’s been almost 3 weeks since I started with medication (Glyburide) on July 4th and I’m finally in the 80s for my fasting blood glucose and in the 110-120s range 1 hour after meals.
It’s taken a lot of back and forth, getting the dosage, diet and exercise just right, but I think I’m there. Now, I just have to keep this going.
I’m currently taking between 1/4-1/2 of a 5mg glyburide tablet 30 minutes before each meal and a 1/4-1/2 a tablet before bed (depending on my levels).
Eating 30-40 carbs per meal and 15-20 carbs per snack. Exercising for about 20-30 minutes per day. This is the combination that seems to work. Too much exercise increases my ketones (a sign that I’m burning too many calories/carbs), but this amount has been good.
Some meals and snacks I need more carbs than others, so rather than controlling down the the last carb, I now give myself that 5-10 carb flex and also flex with my med dosage (1/4-1/2 tablet).
Food Record of a Gestational Diabetic
Sharing for those interested. A typical day of meals and snacks for a gestational diabetic. This is one sample day of what I typically eat.
9am – Breakfast: sausage, potato, peppers, onions and eggs breakfast skillet;
11am – Morning Snack: medium apple with peanut butter;
1pm – Lunch: broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breast, 3 strips of low-sodium bacon, roasted baby potatoes, strawberry Muscle Milk;
3pm – Afternoon Snack: 1 cup fresh cherries, cheese squares and nuts;
5pm – Dinner: 1/2 cup cheese tortellini, 1/2 cup mixed veggies, 1 chicken breast, 3 strips of low-sodium bacon, strawberry Muscle Milk;
7pm – Evening Snack: 1 protein bar, 1 cup of milk;
If I stay up late, I might have one more small snack around 10pm.
Low-Carb Protein Bars
In case you’re curious, here are the protein bars I eat. They’re super low-carb.
Only 14g carbs per bar!