Gestational Diabetes – Alternative Tests, Causes & Diagnosis
Gestational DiabetesTypically, the body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose causing insulin to be released. The insulin pulls the glucose from the blood and transfers it to the cells to be stored for energy. When a woman is pregnant, the body leaves some glucose in the blood so that it can be passed to the baby through the placenta and umbilical cord. Gestational Diabetes is diagnosed when there is too high of an amount of glucose found in the blood while pregnant. Science has not found one specific cause for gestational diabetes, but the following are all possible links:
- Excess Carbohydrate or Sugar Consumption
- Autoimmune Issues
- Sleep Deprivation
- Increased C-section Rates
- Increased NICU visits
- Birth Injuries (Such as shoulder dystocia)
- Large Babies: Although over 70% of ‘Large Babies’ are born to mothers without gestational diabetes, women with the condition have been linked to having above average-sized babies.
- Neonatal Hypoglycemia: low blood sugar in baby.
- Fetal Hyperinsulinemia: the baby has higher levels of insulin after birth due to receiving too much glucose while in the womb.
- Increased risk of the mother developing type 2 diabetes later in life
How is Gestational Diabetes Diagnosed?Signs of Gestational Diabetes Include:
- Sugar in urine
- Unusual thirst
- Frequent urination
- Frequent vaginal, bladder, and skin infections
- Blurred vision
Glucola: The Sugar DrinkGlucola includes ingredients such as brominated soybean oil (BVO), food dyes, sodium benzonate, BHA, sodium hexametaphosphate, dextrose, and ‘natural flavorings.’ All of these pose the question of safety with consumption. Preservatives and food dyes alone should raise a red flag, but what’s worse? This drink actually contains an ingredient that is found in flame retardant products. BVO accumulates in the organs of the body and has been associated with heart lesions, fatty changes in the liver, and impaired growth and behavioral development. Studies link BVO to neurological problems, fertility problems, changes in thyroid hormones and early puberty.
Alternative Test OptionsInstead of consuming Glucola, these options may be more appealing:
- 50 GM of Organic Grape Juice (or apple juice)
- 50 GM of Jelly Beans (Just over 50 beans): Of course, reach for the non-GMO, naturally colored version
- Glucolift is a natural, non-GMO, artificial colors & flavors free glucose tablet. It’s made for people with type 1 diabetes who need to raise their blood sugar regularly throughout the day. Each tablet contains 4g of glucose, so you would have to take 12.5 tablets to equal 50g of glucose.
- 50 GM Breakfast Meal: this can consist of several options so talk to your birth team or research which you would most prefer.