So, my fasting blood sugar numbers have been consistently between 93 and 95 mg/DL – and while I’m not convinced that this number really should even be classified as gestational diabetes, it does technically meet the really aggressive new definitions that have been adopted for gestational diabetes in recent years (which flags about 20% of women in the US). And on days when I am up all night long with Samson, my blood sugar can between 100 and 110mg/DL when i Wake up
What’s frustrating is that my post-prandial numbers are totally normal – always below 120 at 1 hour and often below 100 or 90, and by 3 or 4 hours by blood sugar is often in the 60s or 70s. So I really don’t think taking a long-acting insulin or metformin makes sense, given that I’m already running on the low end. I’m honestly scared of going hypoglycemic at night.
Anyways, @Eric, or anyone else who has knows a lot about how exercise affects blood sugar, I’m wondering what is the optimal time to do exercise in the day so that my body is ferrying glycogen into my muscles overnight, thereby reducing my fasting blood sugar?
And what would be a good exercise regime to increase insulin sensitivity overnight? Is cardio like running enough? Or should I be doing some kind of strength training?Because I’m somewhat pressed for time, my plan right now is to just run up to the top of the hill on our street – so three or four long blocks of pretty steep ascent, followed by run back down. I can’t take an hour for exercise during the day because of work. So I’m hoping to accomplish this goal with 30 minutes sometime during the day.
I am not concerned about my BGs in the immediate aftermath of the exercise as I’m not struggling with numbers throughout the day. I just want to keep the fasting numbers in range.
I’m happy to try dietary tips too – and online there are many, like having a small protein or carb snack before bed – but so far the effect seems pretty limited. It seems like you can do a ton of stuff to fix post-prandial numbers with exercise but fixing fasting numbers is a lot tougher.
And then there are all these hacks that seem pointless. A lot of women suggest things like “test at 10 hours instead of 8 and your number will be golden” – but that seems silly given that it is not actually changing your overnight fasting numbers, which are presumably the problem rather than the specific, individual number 8 hours after you last ate.