How Do I Know if I Have Gestational Diabetes?
Women at risk for diabetes should get tested -- preferably before pregnancy, or as soon as they know they are pregnant. Since most birth defects happen within the first three to six weeks after conception, it's important that diabetes be controlled even before you get pregnant.
However, most cases of gestational diabetes develop late in pregnancy and are diagnosed during routine screening tests at 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Although some guidelines suggest that only women at risk for gestational diabetes be screened during pregnancy, it is likely that your health care provider will recommend you have a glucose challenge test between your 24th and 28th week of pregnancy, even if you are not at risk. You'll be given a very sweet drink containing exactly 50 grams of sugar. An hour after you drink this, a blood sample will be tested to determine your blood sugar level.
If your glucose challenge test comes out abnormally high (higher than 130 to 140 mg/dL), you'll be asked to return to the doctor's office for a slightly more involved test, called the glucose tolerance test. For this test, you may be given special dietary instructions to follow for several days before the test. You'll need to fast for 8 to 12 hours before the test. At the time of the test, you'll first have your blood tested to determine your fasting blood sugar level. Then you'll be given a drink containing exactly 100 grams of glucose. Your blood sugar will be tested one, two, and three hours later. The diagnosis of gestational diabetes is made if two or more values are abnormally elevated.
Treatment of Gestational Diabetes
If you have gestational diabetes, it's best if you consult a dietician to help you design a practical and logical diet chart- one that will deal with the gestational diabetes but still provides your emergent baby with adequate calories and nutrients. In addition to adjusting your diet, rational exercise (approved by your health care provider) four to five times a week also helps the body use insulin more resourcefully, which helps control blood sugar levels.
Your dietician will counsel the number of total daily calories appropriate for a woman your height and weight. About 2,200 to 2,500 calories per day is usually recommended for women of average weight. Obese women may be asked to stick to diets of about 1,800 calories per day.
Your dietician will instruct you how to balance your diet, possibly signifying that about 10% to 20% of your calories come from protein sources (meats, cheeses, eggs, seafood, and legumes); less than 30% of your calories come from fats (with less than 10% of those from saturated fats); and the rest of your calories should be from carbohydrate resources (breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits, and vegetables).
To make sure the dietary adjustments and/or exercise are working properly for you, your blood sugar level may be tested regularly, before and/or two hours after meals, at your health care provider's office or you may be taught to monitor your own blood sugar at home with a simple machine called a glucometer.
If your blood sugar levels remain elevated despite a special diet, you may be asked to give yourself insulin injections. Few women with gestational diabetes (about 10%) have to use insulin, though. Pregnant women are not able to take pills to control blood sugar due to the potential effects on the foetus.
Depending on how well the diabetes is controlled and how your pregnancy is progressing, your health care provider may monitor your baby more closely during the last weeks or months before your due date with ultrasounds, non-stress testing, and/or foetal movements charting. If the baby appears to be growing very large, you may be given an ultrasound test to try to verify your baby's size.
While most women with gestational diabetes are able to have a normal labour and vaginal delivery, some health care providers prefer to deliver the baby earlier than the due date or may even suggest a caesarean section if the baby becomes too large. This is an area of some controversy.
After delivery, your health care provider will check to make sure that your blood sugar levels have returned to normal. You'll need to have this rechecked about six weeks after delivery, and then at least every three years after that and some recommend annually.
Dia-Beta Plus - Effective Herbal Remedy to Control Sugar Level
This herbal blend called Dia-beta plus is going to work slowly. Dia-beta plus is not going to lower down sugar immediately or cause hypoglycemia. The effects are slow but sustained and can be monitored. Over the period of time, You may need to reduce the dosage of your other drugs, supplements or herbs for diabetes being used.
Dia-beta plus is a mixture of various herbs for diabetes, which are described in Ayurveda for taking care of diabetes naturally. The herbs not only help to control sugar levels but also help to rejuvenate overall health, bring back stamina and help to overcome fatigue. Dia-beta plus contains herbs like momordica, Gymnema, Salacia, Pterocarpus marsupium which are long know to have beneficial effects in diabetes.The herbs are not only good to control sugar levels but also excellent for preventing diabetic neuropathy.
This product has its roots in Ayurveda-ancient herbal healthcare system of India . According to Ayurveda the balance of 3 energies- Vata, Pitta and Kapha (Kinetic, Thermal and Potential energy) in the body is a disease free state whereas their imbalance causes diseases. In Ayurveda, imbalance in “Vata” and “Kapha” is considered as root cause of diabetes. Herbs in this formula control both “Vata” and “Kapha” and thus good in controlling sugar levels.
Herbs in Dia-beta Plus
Dia-beta Plus is purely a herbal formulation without any chemicals added into it. The ingredients are frequently used in Ayurvedic system of medicine since 5,000 B.C. without any side effects. Although there are many herbal products for diabetes, but this one is unique in bringing down sugar levels under control without causing side effects and without causing sharp fluctuation in sugar levels.
Ingredients of Dia-beta Plus:-
|S. No.||Herb Used||Latin Name||Quantity|
|1.||Gurmaar||Gymnema sylvestrae||150 mg|
|2||Karela||Momordica charantia||150 mg|
|3.||Saptrangi||Salacia oblonga||50 mg|
|4.||Vizaysaar||Pterocarpus marsupium||50 mg|
|5.||Ashwagandha||Withania somnifera||50 mg|
|6.||Tulsi||Ocimum tenuiflorum||50 mg|
Ingredients of Dia-beta Plus:-
1. Gurmaar (Gymnema sylvestrae)
In Hindi language, Gurmaar means “The sugar killer”. It is a twine which is known since ages in Ayurveda for its sugar controlling activity. Recent studies show that it contains Gymnemic acid molecules responsible for its anti-diabetic action. They bind with glucose molecules in the intestines and inhibit their entry into the blood stream. Thus it is effective in controlling sugar levels. This is a perfect herb for sugar control.
2. Karela (Momordica charantia)
Commonly known as bitter gourd. It is very popular for it's anti-diabetic properties. It's also rich in micronutrients which are required for prevention of complications of diabetes. We have a juice form of momordica herb as well. Read more about our product Karela Saar The products like Diabeta plus, Karela Saar, Ashwagandha, Shilajit can all be used together to combat diabetes with herbal remedies.
3. Vizaysaar (Pterocarpus marsupium)
Vizaysaar is a big tree whose bark is very useful for diabetes. The bark of the tree is made into a wooden glass and the glass is termed as “The miracle care for diabetes”. Some water is kept in the wooden glass overnight and is consumed early morning by diabetes patients. The color of the water changes to brown and glass is changed after around 1 month when the water color does not change. Diabeta Plus contains extract of bark of this miracle tree.
4. Saptrangi (Salacia oblonga)
Salacia oblonga is a wonderful remedy for diabetes. It is also a tree whose bark is effective in controlling diabetes. It is extensively studied in the western herbal schools now a days, but in Ayurveda it is being used since ages.
For Non Insulin Dependent - 2 capsules twice daily, 1/2 hour before meals, with water.
For Insulin Dependent - 4-6 capsules twice daily, 1/2 hour before meals, with water.
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Other Supplements Good to Be Used with Diabeta Plus
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is adaptogenic, relieves anxiety and stress. It is also an effective anti-inflammatory. Ashwagandha is a useful herb especially for diabetic neuropathy, weakness, fatigue and weight loss due to diabetes. It improves overall well being.
Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
It is popularly known as ‘The Holy Basil' is a sacred plant according to Hindu mythology. People in India worship this plant as it has tremendous medicinal properties. Regular use of leaves of this plant controls blood sugar levels very effectively. It is also useful in many types of cancers, viral and bacterial infections, sore throat, cough and cold etc.
Diabeta Plus capsule contains effective Herbs for Diabetes control. It Controls Sugar Levels Naturally. The herbs for Sugar control are without any additives or preservatives.It can be very useful as an very effective herbal treatment for Diabetes.
A very useful and effective natural treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy. Although there are a lot of Herbal Products for Diabetes, but the unique combination of various herbs in Diabeta Plus has made it a very different and a very useful herbal product for diabetes.
Ashwagandha and Shilajit Capsules are some other herbal supplements which can be used along with Dia-beta Plus to combat diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy responds quickly to this herbal combination. Ashwagandha is used 500 mg capsules in twice daily dosage to combat Diabetic Neuropathy effectively and other complications of diabetes.