A deeper look into the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

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We Live and We Learn 💙💚

Did you know there are alternatives to drinking this toxic YUCK. Well I didn’t 😔So last Tuesday into the lab I went and down the hatch IT went. I felt very uncomfortable and very ill within minutes! If you follow myself or know me personally you know that our family does not consume processed foods, dyes, processed sugars, gluten or conventional cows milk dairy. We eat very intentionally clean mindfully monitoring what we consume. So why in the WORLD would I drink this?!?!? Well I didn’t know I had options and I DIDNT ASK or do my own research for lack of information and time.

It took me until Friday to begin to recover from the massive shock and strain the Glucola put on my system. Here’s and shocker for you (NOT) I also failed the test! I wonder Why?!? It was days of MISERY while my body recovered and repaired just ask my husband 😜 So I have spent some time looking into this and speaking to other warrior Mommas like my sister in law 💜 and guess what I discovered? There ARE alternative options available for consumption allowing you to complete the test and also possibly get a more accurate reading. Especially if your like myself and do not consume much sugar or a “standard diet”. Am I disappointed this happened yes, but I’m so excited to have been given an opportunity to grow and learn!!! Begin a advocate for our own health and wellness is a ongoing journey. There are going to be set backs, opportunities to make changes and grow. I’m thankful to have been given another one. I encourage you to do your research always, even if it’s after the fact sometimes. Because yes we are all human even me and I am not a robot with unlimited time. But seeing the value and prioritizing my health is vital, something I take very seriously especially with a reminder like this one!

I am to go in and take the 3 hour glucose challenge tomorrow. My midwife and I have created a protocol that I am comfortable with and I will be writing more on the experience afterwards.

Stay Tuned 💫

But for now if you are looking for alternatives you here are a few by Dr. Romm;
1.
imple blood test that doesn’t require you to ingest anything prior. While there is no set level that determines gestational diabetes (there are levels for non-pregnancy-related diabetes), done early enough in pregnancy it can determine whether you already had undetected diabetes before even becoming pregnant, and a level of 5.45% may be associated with gestational diabetes, in which case you can make dietary changes and wait until 24-28 weeks gestation, when the glucose challenge and GTT are typically done, and then decide whether to test.

2. Consider an excellent diet and random glucose testing. This just requires finger stick blood testing which can even be done by you at home, and is a commonly used alternative for women who can’t tolerate the Glucola. However, one test result alone is not enough to diagnose or rule out GDM, so you’ll want to work with your doctor or midwife to come up with a reasonable schedule for testing and assessing your results.

3. Consider ‘The Jelly Bean Test.’ This test, which has you eat 28 jelly beans, which also provide 50 grams of sugar, has been popular amongst midwives for decades, and now there are GMO-free and naturally-colored brands to choose from. While some data suggests that the results are not entirely as reliable as using the oral glucose test drinks, an article published in a major obstetrics journal states that jelly beans are a reliable alternative that are actually preferred by women and have fewer side effects.” (source)

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