Carb loading prior to Glucose Tolerance Test?
May 6, 2006 9:46 PM Subscribe
PregnancyFilter: On Monday, I am scheduled for a 3 Hour Glucose Tolerance Test
to rule out (I hope) Gestational diabetes. Can anyone explain why I've been advised by my midwife to increase
my carb intake for the three days before the test?
posted by anastasiav to health & fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
She even gave me a specific list (one from column A, one from column B) of foods that I should eat each day for the three days before the test.
Adding carbs to my diet seems, at best, counterintuative to me, since its very clear now that its carbs - and in particular carbs with a high glycemic index - that will increase or spike blood sugar. I'm puzzled why I'm not just asked to "eat normally".
Also, as I've been researching this on the web, a number of sources recommend "a normal diet consisting of >150g carbs per day" prior to the test, and of course there is early-morning test to get the fasting glucose levels, but I can't find any recommendation (other than the suggestions from my midwife) of actually increasing carb intake prior to the test.