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Pregnancy Tracker: 5 weeks postpartum Size of the Baby: 9 1/2 pounds... we think! Biggest Obstacle: Keeping blood sugars in range consistently Since Sienna's birth, my diabetes management has often taken a backseat to caring for our newborn baby. I'm still testing often, but I'm not as aggressive with my blood glucose management as I was during pregnancy. This turns out to be a good thing because I've discovered that breastfeeding and tending to the baby often drop my blood sugar. There are several other factors that are also contributing to erratic blood sugars. First of all, I'm primarily pumping breast milk for Sienna. After one week of nursing her, my nipples were cracked, sore, and bleeding! The pain was pretty intense, but then I'd just been through childbirth, so relatively it wasn't that bad. After seeing several lactation consultants (all of whom couldn't quite tell me why Sienna looked to be latched on correctly wh...
I had a rather frightening experience recently. I wasn't scared at the time, but when I look back at it - I shiver.
I developed Type 2 diabetes after gaining 80 pounds on psychiatric medications. I have to admit, I do a poor job of maintaining a proper diet. There have been days lately when I had nothing to eat but sugary drinks and foods.
If you're not familiar with diabetes, it isn't just a matter of high blood sugar, it's a matter of high and low blood sugar. Eating makes your blood sugar go up. Time makes it go down. If you eat something that's all sugar and fat, your blood pressure may spike and then drop too low. That's what my self-indulgent diet has been doing to me.
A few days ago I spent my day eating red velvet cake and drinking Frappucino. An hour before bedtime I took my usual meds, which include three that can cause sleepiness and dizziness - Seroquel (quetiapine), Lamictal (lamotrigine) and trazodone. I also took my evening dose of metformin for dia...
David Mendosa recently posted a blog about " glycemic variability ." Most people have come to expect that their diabetes control is primarily evaluated by the hb A1C level. Indeed, the hb A1c is correlated with a three-month estimated average glucose level, which is very helpful to know in terms of the effectiveness in medical (insulin or oral) therapy. However, what is less often discussed is the importance of glycemic variability: the ups and downs of glucose values that occur naturally and as a result of medication. How does glycemic variability play a role in the management of diabetes? The latest information to date indicates that glycemic variability is extremely crucial in blood vessel inflammation and in physical/emotional well-being. The rate of those glucose excursions (highs and lows) profoundly effect how one feels emotionally, physically, and now cognitively, according to a recent article in Diabetes Care (a journal associated with the American Diabetes Association) .
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