How long for body to adjust to insulin (with gestational diabetes)?

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/12/2006 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I started taking insulin 2 days ago, Humulin N 8 units at bedtime (gestational diabetes). My glucose readings haven't been too bad (highest ever was 148 - most of the time they hover around 120) - they want me at under 120. My morning ketones were almost always present and morning fasting was a bit high (just under 100) - they want me between 60-90 for morning fasting. .

2 days on the insulin and 2 days NO keytones. Yeah!

As for my blood sugar, that hasn't changed. Just curious if it takes time for the body to adjust to the insulin. I'm very happy about my ketone changes and hope it stays that way.

I've also added a 3:00 am blood check to be sure I wasn't bottoming out. It's been near 100 both days, so I don't think that will be a problem.

Does it take time for the body to adjust to insulin?

Thank you for your help.

- Teresa
I added a bit to your subject so we may get a quicker response. ~Jeannie

Post Edited By Moderator (Jeannie143) : 5/12/2006 11:14:58 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/15/2006 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Theresa,

How are you doing on your sugars?  You should see an immediate drop using insulin, and if you are not, your doctor probably needs to tell you to increase your dosage.

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   Posted 5/16/2006 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Prior to insulin, my highest was 138.  After the insulin, it went to 140-160 - scary for me.  The dr. increased my dosage to Humulin N 12 units at night, 6 units in the morning.  This morning I"m feeling a bit woozy.  I had some ketones this morning, but my 3:00 am and fasting readings were within range.

I am reporting back to the Dr. on Thursday to see if any additional adjustments are needed.

She did say that all things point to prediabetes, and that the pregnancy helped detect it.  I have always gotten my blood checked every 6 months, since diabetes (type 2 adult onset) runs on my fathers side of the family.  So her comment didn't surprise me, although I am hoping that after the pregnancy... coupled with post-pregnancy weight loss and a healthy diet that I may be able to control it without insulin.  Only time will tell.

Thank you. 

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   Posted 5/16/2006 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Even if you need to be on insulin after the baby, it's better than having those high numbers doing all that damage to your eyes, kidneys and the rest of your body. In the final analysis it's the numbers that matter. Once I got that thru my head I had no problem using insulin to keep my numbers in line.
~ Jeannie

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