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What should I know before I start insulin therapy for gestational diabetes?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Many drugs can raise or lower blood sugar and lessen or intensify the effects of insulin. Be sure to tell your doctor about all drugs you are taking, including non-prescription drugs, before starting insulin.

Women with gestational diabetes should aim for a blood glucose of 95 mg/dL or below before meals and 140 mg/dL or below one hour after meals or 120 mg/dL two hours after meals.

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