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MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information
GESTATIONAL DIABETES INDEX




NIH Publications: Managing Gestational Diabetes: A Patient's Guide To A Healthy Pregnancy

Information about diet, exercise, measurement of blood sugar levels, and general medical and obstetric care of women with Gestational Diabetes.





MOONDRAGON'S LINKS FOR GESTATIONAL DIABETES

MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Diabetes Types & Descriptions
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes Introduction (Page 1)
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes Introduction (Page 2)
MoonDragon's Birthing Guidelines: Glucosuria
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: American Diabetes Asso. - Clinical Practice Recommendations
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes Medical Management
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes Exercise
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes Glossary
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes - GTT Test Values & Caloric Recommendations
MoonDragon's Nutritional Information - Gestational Diabetes: Nutrition & Diet
MoonDragon's Nutritional Information - Hypoglycemic Diet

RELATED MOONDRAGON INDEX LINKS

MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes Index
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes Information Links
MoonDragon's Nutritional Guidelines & Information
MoonDragon's Variations of Pregnancy Birthing Guidelines

OTHER DIABETES LINKS

Renkausa: What is Gestational Diabetes?
Mediconsult: Understanding Gestational Diabetes
Lifescan: Gestational Diabetes: Self-Care Tips
BabyZone: Understanding Gestational Diabetes
What is Different About Gestational Diabetes?
Diabetes & Pregnancy - Pregnancy/Childbirth
Jelly Bean Alternatives for Glucose Testing
Diabetes Resource Website
Plus Size Pregnancy Website by Kmom - Kmom has some excellent information & resources about Gestational Diabetes and the larger woman.




MOONDRAGON'S DIABETIC DIET SUGGESTIONS

  • Dietary changes are an important aspect of the treatment and specific diet instructions will be provided. Following the prescribed diet will decrease the risks to mother and unborn child. A low fat, high fiber diet including raw vegetables and fresh vegetable juice is recommended. Avoid saturated fats and simple sugars. Avoid or restrict alcohol use.

  • MoonDragon's Nutritional Information - Gestational Diabetes: Nutrition & Diet

  • These diet changes will involve increased fiber intake, fat restriction, elimination of concentrated sweets, and possibly the monitoring of caloric intake to prevent excessive weight gain.

  • Consultation with a dietician is often recommended for educational purposes, to answer your dietary questions and to provide follow-up encouragement.

  • BENEFICIAL DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS & PRODUCTS FOR DIABETES

    The nutrients below may be taken in combination with one another unless otherwise noted or as recommended by your midwife or health care provider. Women who are pregnant and dealing with gestational diabetes should consult a midwife, health care provider or dietary consultant before using any supplement or herb. The recommendations below are for diabetes and some supplements may not be appropriate for used during pregnancy or dosages may need to be adjusted.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Diabetes



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    HERBAL RECOMMENDATIONS

    Note: Not all of these recommended supplements and herbs are recommended during pregnancy and lactation. These are general suggestions for people with diabetes and related diabetic health issues. Always consult with your midwife or health care provider before taking any medication, dietary supplement, or herbal therapy while you are pregnant and breastfeeding your baby.
  • Beanpod tea, made up of kidney, white, navy, lima, and northern beans, detoxifies the pancreas.

  • Most legumes are a good meal choice for diabetics. even though Beans contain starch, they are also rich in protein, fiber and saponins, all of which can help to balance blood sugar. Eat bean burritos, make chili with beans, put kidney beans in salads and prepare bean dips. Homemade bean soup is always nice, especially during the winter months when it is cold and miserable outdoors.

  • Bitter Melon (Momordica Charantia), Gudmar/Shardunika (Gymnema Sylvestre), and Guduchi/Gulvel (Tinospora Cordifo) are herbal remedies used in Ayurvedic medicine to regulate blood sugar levels.

  • Cedar Berries are excellent nourishment for the pancreas.

  • Dandelion root protects the liver, which converts nutrients into glucose and improves liver function and the metabolism of fats. Note: If you suffer from gallbladder problems, avoid large quantities of dandelion.

  • Fenugreek Seeds have been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels. This can be purchased under the brand name Sugar-Down (unable to find this product under this brand name online).

  • Fenugreek Seeds and Blackberry and Blueberry leaves have a beneficial effect on pancreatic function. Mix in equal parts to make a tea blend. Use 1 teaspoon of the mixture for each cup of water. Steep for 30 minutes and then strain. Drink as much as 2 quarts daily.

  • Take Garlic capsules and/or eat fresh Garlic in salad dressings or prepare a Garlic tincture. For the tincture, peel 8 to 10 whole bulbs of garlic and place in a blender with enough vodka or brandy to cover. Purée and transfer to a glass jar. Ensure that the garlic is fully covered by adding additional vodka, as needed. Let stand in a dark, warm place for about 2 weeks, shaking it daily. Filter out the garlic pieces and take 1 teaspoon of the tincture 3 to 4 times daily.

  • Ginseng tea is believed to lower the blood sugar level. Caution: Do not use this herb if you have high blood pressure.

  • Huckleberry helps to promote insulin production. Huckleberry leaf is used by naturopathic physicians to treat sugar diabetes and ailments of the kidneys and gallbladder.

  • Stimulate the metabolism. Because the excessive sugars and fats in the blood stream can cause damage to the blood vessels, it is especially important for diabetics to maintain healthy circulation. Ensuring that all organs get enough oxygen is the only way to prevent complications, such as blindness, loss of kidney function and circulatory disease in the extremities. Blueberries and Hawthorn Berries can help protect blood vessels from damage, too, just as keeping blood-sugar and cholesterol levels in check and stave off many complications. Regular use of saunas and hot baths can help stimulate the elimination of toxins from the body.

  • Juniper Berries have been found to lower blood glucose levels.

  • Other herbs that may be beneficial for diabetes include Bilberry, Buchu, Goldenseal, and Uva Ursi. Cautions: Do not take goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, or you are allergic to ragweed, use it only under a health care provider's supervision.


  • RECOMMENDED HERBAL PRODUCTS

  • Beanpod Herbal Products
  • Bilberry Herbal Products
  • Bitter Melon (Momordica Charantia) Herbal Products
  • Blackberry Herbal Products
  • Blueberry Herbal Products
  • Buchu Herbal Products
  • Cedar Berry Herbal Products
  • Dandelion Herbal Products
  • Fenugreek Seeds Herbal Products
  • Garlic Herbal Products
  • Ginseng Herbal Products
  • Goldenseal Herbal Products
  • Gudmar/Shardunika (Gymnema sylvestre) Herbal Products
  • Guduchi/Gulvel (Tinospora Cordifo) Herbal Products
  • Hawthorn Herbal Products
  • Huckleberry Herbal Products
  • Juniper Berry Herbal Products
  • Uva Ursi Herbal Products





  • DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Opinions may differ as to the optimal ratio of dietary carbohydrates, proteins and fats for prevention and treatment of diabetes. However, it is safe to say that carbohydrates trigger the release of insulin. As more carbohydrates are consumed, more insulin is produced. The current epidemic of obesity and diabetes in the United States indicates that we are asking our bodies to burn the wrong fuel - refined carbohydrates in this case. It has been suggested by Dr. Gerald Reaven of Stanford University that a diet consisting of 45 percent complex carbohydrates, 40 percent "good" (polyunsaturated) fats, and 15 percent protein will benefit individuals with insulin resistance, the precursor to diabetes. It is estimated that as many as 70 to 80 million Americans may be affected by insulin resistance syndrome. Medications such as metformin (Glucophage) and rosiglitazone (Avandia) are prescribed to combat insulin resistance.

  • Eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet including plenty of raw fruits and vegetables as well as fresh vegetable juices. This reduces the need for insulin and also lowers the level of fats in the blood. Fiber helps to reduce blood sugar surges. For snacks, eat oat or rice bran crackers with nut butter or cheese. Legumes, root vegetables, and whole grains are also good. Remember to regulate your carbohydrate intake. See Hypoglycemic Diet for helpful dietary suggestions to prevent hypoglycemic episodes.

  • The types of carbohydrates consumed are at least as important as the total carbohydrate loading. High-glycemic foods such as white rice, white flour products, pasta, starchy vegetables, and many processed foods are quickly converted into blood sugar during digestion, causing insulin to go up. Carbohydrates found in lower glycemic foods such as Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Green Beans, and low-starch vegetables and fruits are converted into blood sugar more slowly, which only gradually raises insulin levels. Avoiding "white foods" might be best.

  • Supplement your diet with Spirulina. Spirulina helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Other foods that help normalize blood sugar include berries, Brewer's Yeast, dairy products (especially cheese), egg yolks, fish, Garlic, Kelp, sauerkraut, Soybeans & Soy Products, and vegetables.

  • Avoid saturated fats, trans-fats, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, and simple sugars (except when necessary to balance an insulin reaction). While total fat intake does not seem to change the risk of getting diabetes, the trans-saturated fats and hydrogenated oils found in most fast foods can greatly increase the risk. Beneficial fats and oils include Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fish & Salmon Oil, Almond Oil & Butter, Avocado Oil, nuts and seed oils such as Sesame, Flaxseed, Sunflower, and Pumpkin Seed oils.

  • Eat more complex carbohydrates or reduce your insulin dosage before exercise. Exercise produces as an insulin-like effect in the body. Talk to your health care provider about the right approach for you.

  • Type 2 diabetes can be controlled by diet and exercise alone, but oral medications or injections of insulin can be added if regulating the diet does not work. Obesity is a major factor in type 2 diabetes, and a weight reduction program is often all that is required to control it.

  • It was once thought that people with diabetes should avoid sweetened foods. For weight control, this is still the case. However, research has shown that sugar - a simple carbohydrate - does not cause the greatest increase in blood glucose. Eating baked potatoes or some breakfast cereals causes a greater rise in blood sugar. Indeed carrots raise blood sugar more than ice cream does. It is on this principle that many high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets are based. It is essential, therefore, that people with diabetes measure their intake of both simple and complex carbohydrates - not simply those coming from sugar.

  • MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: Obesity - Description Overview
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    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Diets - Weight Control Diet
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Diets - Weight Loss Diet

  • Do not take fish oil capsules or supplements containing large amounts of para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), and avoid salt and white flour products. Consumption of these products results in an elevation of blood sugar.

  • Eat more carbohydrates or reduce your insulin dosage before exercise. Exercise produces an insulin-like effect in the body. Discuss with your health care provider about the right approach for you.

  • A higher Magnesium intake lowers the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. The journal Diabetes Care published a study in which overweight women who consumed large amount of magnesium were 22 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women who consumed lower amounts. A diet rich in nuts, whole grains, and vegetables that are high in magnesium may be beneficial.

  • Do not take supplements containing amino acid cysteine. It has the ability to break down the bonds of the hormone insulin and interferes with absorption of insulin by the cells.

  • Do not take extremely large doses of vitamins B-1 (thiamine) and C. Excessive amounts may inactivate insulin. These vitamins may, however, be taken in normal amounts. See Nutrient Table for recommendations.

  • If symptoms of hyperglycemia develop, go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital or medical center. This is a potentially dangerous situation. Intravenous administration of proper fluids, electrolytes, and insulin may be required.

  • Avoid taking large amounts of vitamin B-3 (Niacin). However, small amounts (50 to 100 milligrams daily), taken by mouth, may be beneficial. In one study, large amounts of niacin raised blood sugar levels in people with non-insulin-dependent diabetes by as much as 16 percent. Over time, this could cause dependence on insulin or medication. Niacin can also cause the level of uric acid in the blood to rise, indicating probable kidney dysfunction and an increased risk of gout. However, niacinamide, a form of niacin, shows down the destruction and enhances the regeneration of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, and therefore may be helpful for those with type I diabetes.

  • Chromium deficiency may be a key player in the type 2 diabetes problem. In addition, chromium may help improve body composition - that is, the ratio of fat to muscle. Chromium is not generally available in plant foods as plants have no requirement for it and thus do not concentrate it.

  • Brewer's Yeast, beer, whole grains, cheese, broccoli, and meat are good dietary sources, but not all are good choices for people with diabetes. Inorganic forms of chromium are poorly absorbed.

  • Chromium Picolinate is an effective organic form that is readily available as a supplement. See Nutrient Table for dosage and details.

  • Many nutrients recommended for people with diabetes are available in combination supplements. One company that produces a line of specialty supplements for people with diabetes is Progressive Research Labs of Houston.

  • If you have a child with diabetes, be sure his or her teacher knows how to respond to the warning signs of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.

  • If symptoms of hypoglycemia develop, immediately consume fruit juice, soda pop, or anything else that contains sugar. If that fails to help within 20 minutes, repeat this regimen. If the second treatment fails, or if you cannot ingest food, seek immediate medical attention and/or administer a glucagon injection. Anyone who has insulin-dependent diabetes should always carry a glucagon kit and know how to use it.

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Diets - Hypoglycemic Diet

  • Avoid tobacco in any form. It constricts the blood vessels and inhibits circulation. Keep your feet clean, dry, and warm, and wear only white cotton socks and well-fitting shoes. Lack of oxygen (because of poor circulation) and peripheral nerve damage (with loss of pain sensation) are major factors in the development of diabetic foot ulcers. Try to avoid injury, and take measures to improve the circulation in the feet and legs. See Circulatory Problems.

  • Alcohol now and then may help. A growing body of evidence links moderate alcohol consumption with reduced risks of heart disease. The same may be true for type 2 diabetes. Moderate amounts of alcohol - a drink a day for men, a drink every other day for women - increases the efficiency of insulin at getting glucose inside cells. And some studies indicate that moderate alcohol consumption decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes. If you already drink alcohol, the key is to keep your consumption in the moderate range. If you do not drink alcohol, there is no need to start - you can get the same benefits by losing weight, exercising more, and changing your eating patterns.



  • CHROMIUM PICOLINATE
    A Complementary Nutritional Therapy for Diabetes


    Chromium Picolinate is a nutritional supplement that can help control diabetes. As the name implies, it is a combination of two different substances: chromium and picolinate. Chromium is a mineral that helps to increase the efficiency of insulin, the hormone that controls blood glucose (blood sugar) levels; picolinate is an amino acid derivative that allows the body to use chromium much more readily.

    The shape of individual insulin molecules is important to the hormone's effectiveness. If the molecules maintain their proper shape, the insulin can effectively transport glucose into the cells, where it is needed. Without chromium, insulin molecules become misshapen, and can no longer serve as an effective transportation system, glucose builds up in the bloodstream, starting a chain reaction that eventually leads to diabetes.

    Scientists have long known that chromium is a vital nutrient, but not until chromium was combined with picolinate was a truly effective means of providing supplemental chromium developed. In the body, chromium takes the form of an ion, a particle with an electrical charge. This charge is repelled by the body's cells, making it difficult for chromium to enter the cells. Picolinate is a chelator, a substance that can bind with an ion and neutralize its charge. Once chromium and picolinate join together, the chromium's repellant charge is done away with. The body's cells then are able to accept the chromium.

    The effectiveness of chromium picolinate has been tested on individuals with a number of different health problems, including diabetes. Research shows that most people with diabetes experience a decline in blood glucose levels after they start taking daily chromium picolinate supplements. As a result, it is believed that chromium picolinate may be able to help many people with diabetes (especially type II diabetes) to control their blood sugar levels. This in turn would allow them to cut back on their intake of insulin and other drugs, likely resulting in fewer side effects. Furthermore, since improving the action of insulin also helps the body to use fat as a fuel, chromium picolinate can help reduce obesity. This means that it may enable some people with type II diabetes to lose enough weight to stop taking drugs entirely.

    However, it is not recommended that people with diabetes simply go out and buy chromium picolinate supplements and start taking them. Anyone who has diabetes, especially type I diabetes, must exercise caution with this supplement. Its effects on insulin requirements are very real. Blood sugar levels must be monitored carefully and the appropriate dosages of insulin and/or other drugs adjusted as needed in response. Otherwise, a potentially dangerous insulin reaction may occur as a result of too little glucose in the blood.

    Anyone interested in using chromium picolinate for the treatment of diabetes should first seek the advice of a qualified health-care provider, preferably a nutritionally oriented practitioner who has experience in this area.



    RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

  • Almond Herbal Oil Products
  • Avocado Herbal Oil Products
  • Brewer's Yeast (Nutritional Yeast) Products
  • Chromium Supplement Products
  • Fish & Salmon Oil Supplement Products
  • Flaxseed Herbal Oil Products
  • Garlic Herbal Products
  • Kelp Herbal Products
  • Magnesium Supplement Products
  • Extra Virgin Olive Herbal Oil Products
  • Pumpkin Seed Herbal Oil Products
  • Sesame Seed Herbal Oil Products
  • Soybeans & Soy Herbal Products
  • Spirulina Protein Herbal Products
  • Sunflower Herbal Oil Products





  • NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement
    Suggested Dosage
    Comments
    Very Important
    Alpha-Lipoic Acid
    As directed on label. For treatment of peripheral nerve damage in diabetic patients. Helps control blood sugar levels.

  • Alpha Lipoid Acid Supplement Products
  • Chromium Picolinate
    400 to 600 mcg daily. Improves insulin's efficiency, which lowers blood sugar levels. Caution: If you have diabetes, consult with your health care provider before taking any supplement containing chromium.

  • Chromium Supplement Products
  • Or
    Diabetic Nutrition Rx
    (Progressive Research Labs)
    As directed on label. Mix the desired amount into your favorite foods to taste. Dissolves easily and brings added nutritional value to all foods. Sprinkle over salads, cottage cheese, and yogurt. Excellent as a vitamin supplement. Add a tablespoon in your favorite morning juice.

    A combination of chromium picolinate, vanadyl sulfate, and other vitamins and minerals that work synergistically to regulate blood sugar levels and correct deficiencies. Caution: If you have diabetes, consult with your health care provider before taking any supplement containing chromium.

  • Diabetic Nutrition RX Supplement Products
  • Brewer's Yeast
    As directed on label. An excellent source of protein and several B-vitamins. Take with chromium supplement.

  • Brewers Yeast (Nutritional Yeast) Supplement Products
  • Chromium Supplement Products
  • Garlic (Kyolic)
    As directed on label. Decreases and stabilizes blood sugar levels. Enhances immunity and improves circulation.

  • Garlic Herbal Products
  • L-Carnitine
    500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. Mobilizes fat.

  • Carnitine Amino Acid Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-6 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Plus
    L-Glutamine
    500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water. Do not take with milk. Reduces the craving for sugars.

  • Glutamine Amino Acid Supplement Products
  • Plus
    Taurine
    500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water. Do not take with milk. Aids in the release of insulin.

  • Taurine Amino Acid Supplement Products
  • Quercetin
    (Activated Quercetin)
    (Quercetin-C)
    100 mg 3 times daily. Natural bioflavonoid that helps protect the membranes of the lens of the eye from accumulations of polyols as a result of high glucose levels.

  • Quercetin & Activated Quercetin (Quercetin-C) Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Raw Adrenal Glandular
    And
    Raw Pancreas Glandular
    And
    Thyroid Glandular
    As directed on labels. Aids in rebuilding and nourishing these organs. See Glandular Therapy.

  • Adrenal Glandular Supplement Products
  • Pancreas Glandular Supplement Products
  • Thyroid Glandular Supplement Products
  • Vanadium
    As directed on labels. Vanadium aids insulin's ability to move glucose into the cells.

    Use Vanadyl Sulfate form. Vanadyl Sulfate is a trace mineral that is believed to help support normal glucose and lipid metabolism. Vanadyl Sulfate is a supplement derived from the trace mineral vanadium.

  • Vanadium & Vanadyl Sulfate Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B Complex
    50 mg of each B vitamin daily, with meals 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). Do not exceed 300 mg daily from all supplements. B vitamins work best when taken together.

  • Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products
  • Plus Extra
    Biotin
    5 to 50 mg
    (5,000 to 50,000 mcg) daily.
    Improves the metabolism of glucose.

    Biotin does not appear to have any toxic levels when taken at high doses. Studies have been done with doses between 5 mg (5,000 mcg) to 15 mg (15,000 mcg) daily. Biotin is not known to be toxic. Oral biotin supplementation has been well-tolerated in doses up to 200 mg/day in people with hereditary disorders of biotin metabolism. In people without disorders of biotin metabolism, doses of up to 5 mg/day for two years were not associated with adverse effects.

  • Biotin Supplement Products
  • And
    Inositol
    50 mg daily. Important for circulation and for prevention of atherosclerosis.

  • Inositol Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-12
    As prescribed by health care provider or directed on label. Needed to prevent diabetic neuropathy. Injections (under a health care provider's supervision) are best. If injections are not available, use a lozenge or sublingual form.

  • Vitamin B-12 Supplement Products
  • Zinc
    50 to 80 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Deficiency has been associated with diabetes. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption.

  • Zinc Supplement Products
  • Coenzyme Q-10
    80 mg daily. Improves circulation and stabilizes blood sugar.

  • Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) Supplement Products
  • Coenzyme A
    As directed on label. Facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances. Can streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, and increase energy. Works well with CoQ10.

  • Coenzyme A Supplement Products
  • Magnesium
    750 mg daily. Important for enzyme systems and pH balance. Protects against coronary artery spasm in arteriosclerosis.

  • Magnesium Supplement Products
  • Manganese
    5 to 10 mg daily. Take separately from calcium. Needed for repair of the pancreas. Also a cofactor in key enzymes of glucose metabolism. Deficiency is common in people with diabetes.

  • Manganese Supplement Products
  • Psyllium Husks
    As directed on label. Take with a large glass of water. Take separately from other supplements and medications. Psyllium husks is a good fiber source and fat mobilizer. Flax seed is a good fiber source as well as a source of essential fatty acids.

  • Psyllium Fiber Herbal Products
  • Flaxseed Fiber Herbal Products
  • Fiber Complex Supplement Products
  • Important
    Vitamin A
    15,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. An important antioxidant needed to maintain the health of the eyes. Use emulsion form for the best absorption.

  • Vitamin A Supplement Products
  • Plus
    Natural Beta-Carotene
    Or
    Carotenoid Complex
    25,000 IU daily.

    As directed on label.
    An antioxidant and precursor of vitamin A. Needed by all cells for repair and rebuilding. Important antioxidant needed to maintain the health of the eyes.

  • Beta Carotene & Carotene Complex Products
  • Vitamin C With Bioflavonoids
    3,000 to 6,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Essential in immune function and tissue repair. Deficiency may lead to vascular problems in people with diabetes.

  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Bioflavonoids Supplement Products
  • Vitamin E
    200 to 400 IU daily. Improves circulation and prevents complications through its antioxidant properties. Use d-alpha-tocopherol emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses.

  • Vitamin E Supplement Products
  • Helpful
    Calcium
    1,500 mg daily. Important for pH balance.

  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • Copper Complex
    As directed on label. Aids in protein metabolism and in many enzyme systems.

  • Copper Supplement Products
  • Maitake
    1 to 4 g (1,000 to 4,000 mg) daily. Maitake mushroom extract may help to normalize blood sugar levels.

  • Maitake Mushroom Herbal Products
  • Mushroom Complex Herbal Products
  • Multi-Enzyme Proteolytic Complex
    As directed on label. Take with meals. To aid digestion. Proper digestion is essential in management of diabetes.

  • Multienzyme Probiotic Complex Supplement Products
  • Pantethine
    (Vitamin B-5)
    As directed on label. A form of pantothenic acid that reduces LDL cholesterol and helps prevent buildup in the arteries.

  • Vitamin B-5 (Pantethine / Pantathenic Acid) Supplement Products
  • Pycnogenol
    Or
    Grape Seed Extract
    As directed on label.

    As directed on label.
    Contains powerful antioxidants that also enhance the activity of vitamin C and strengthens connective tissue, including that of the cardiovascular system.

  • Pycnogenol Supplement Products
  • Grape Seed Herbal Products
  • Spirulina
    Or
    Spirutein from Nature's Plus
    As directed on label. Take between meals. To supply protein, needed to build and repair tissue. Also acts as an appetite stimulant.

  • Spirulina Protein Herbal Products
  • Spirutein Protein Supplement Products







  • NOTIFY YOUR MIDWIFE OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF...

  • You are 24 to 28 weeks pregnant and have not had a screening test for gestational diabetes mellitus.
  • Following diagnosis of gestational diabetes, you develop any new signs or symptoms that cause you concern.
  • You have difficulty in following a recommended diet or exercise program.

  • MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes Index





    GESTATIONAL DIABETES LINKS


    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes (GD) Index
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes (GD)
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes Introduction & Overview
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes Introduction & Overview (Page 2)
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: ADA Clinical Practice Recommendations
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Gestational Diabetes: Nutrition & Diet
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Hypoglycemic Diet
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Diabetes, Types & Descriptions
    MoonDragon's Birthing Guidelines - Glucosuria
    MoonDragon's Nutritional Guidelines & Information
    MoonDragon's Variations of Pregnancy Birthing Guidelines
    MoonDragon's Variations of Pregnancy: Glycosuria / Glucosuria In Pregnancy

    Renkausa: What is Gestational Diabetes?
    Mediconsult: Understanding Gestational Diabetes
    Lifescan: Gestational Diabetes: Self-Care Tips
    BabyZone: Understanding Gestational Diabetes
    BabyZone: What is Different About Gestational Diabetes?
    Diabetes & Pregnancy - Pregnancy/Childbirth
    Jelly Bean Alternatives for Glucose Testing
    Diabetes Resource Website
    Plus Size Pregnancy Website by Kmom - Kmom has some excellent information & resources about Gestational Diabetes and the larger woman.






    DIABETES SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS


    Information, products and supplements for diabetes, a disease of the pancreas related to the release of insulin into the blood stream. Consult with your health care provider or midwife before taking any nutritional supplement or changing your dietary/medicational plan. Please note that some of these products may not be recommended for use during pregnancy. Be sure to read product descriptions carefully before using.

  • Adrenal Glandular Supplement Products
  • Alfalfa Herbal Products
  • Almond Herbal Oil Products
  • Aloe Vera Herbal Products
  • Alpha Lipoid Acid Supplement Products
  • Astragalus Herbal Products
  • Avocado Herbal Oil Products
  • Basil Essential Oil
  • Beanpod Herbal Products
  • Beta Carotene Supplement Products
  • Bhumy Amalaki Products
  • Bilberry Herbal Products
  • Bioflavonoids Supplement Products
  • Biotin Supplement Products
  • Bitter Melon Herbal Products
  • Blackberry Herbal Products
  • Blood Sugar Management Products
  • Blueberry Herbal Products
  • Buchu Herbal Products
  • Brewer's Yeast (Nutritional Yeast) Products
  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • Carotene Complex Supplement Products
  • Carnitine Amino Acid Supplement Products
  • Cedar Berry Herbal Products
  • Chlorella Herbal Products
  • Chromium Supplement Products
  • Cinnamon Herbal Products
  • Coenzyme A Supplement Products
  • Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) Supplement Products
  • Completia Diabetic Supplement Products
  • Copper Supplement Products
  • Dandelion Herbal Products
  • DHEA Supplement Products
  • Diabetic Foot Care Products
  • Diabetic Nutrition RX Supplement Products
  • Fenugreek Seeds Herbal Products
  • Fiber Complex Supplement Products
  • Fish & Salmon Oil Supplement Products
  • Flaxseed Herbal Oil Products
  • Garlic Herbal Products
  • Gingko Biloba Herbal Products
  • Ginseng Herbal Products
  • Glucomannan Herbal Products
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