52 minutes | Nov 19th 2014

How to Control Gestational Diabetes with your diet

Interview with Lily Nichols, RDLily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified LEAP Therapist and Certified Pilates Instructor whose approach to nutrition embraces real food, integrative medicine, and mindful eating. Her practice focuses on digestive health, food sensitivities, and of course, prenatal nutrition. She's passionate about helping moms with gestational diabetes control their blood sugar using real food, mindfulness, and exercise. Her forthcoming book, Real Food For Gestational Diabetes, will be available in 2015. For more from Lily, including her free ebook, 33 Yummy & Healthy Pregnancy Snacks, visit PilatesNutritionist.com

In this episode:

  • Gestational Diabetes (GD) aka "carbohydrate intolerance"
  • A1C test gives an average blood sugar of the past 3 months
  • Testing in the first trimester can predict GD with 98% accuracy
  • By the tenth week, there is a 3 to 3.5 percent increase in insulin production than normal
  • Insulin resistance in the second and third trimester is the body's normal way of shunting glucose to the baby
  • Why the current recommendations don't make sense
  • The difference between nutritional ketosis and diabetic ketoacidosis
  • How you can control you GD with diet
  • Why medicine may be needed
  • Why we don't have enough studies on ketosis and pregnancy
  • Why the studies we do have are poorly designed
  • Gluconeogenesis: Glucose can be made from fat and proteins