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Mums Are Risking Their Unborn Babies Lives By Refusing Glucose Test

Mums Are Risking Their Unborn Babies Lives By Refusing Glucose Test

Home | Blog | Mums Are Risking Their Unborn Babies Lives By Refusing Glucose Test Mums Are Risking Their Unborn Babies Lives By Refusing Glucose Test Its widely known that gestational diabetes can pose health risks for both mother and unborn child. So why are mums refusing to take a simple test? A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining the simple and painless test to check for the disease. With bloggers sparking concerns among women that the test is full of chemicals and excessive levels of sugar. While the test is widely recommended by doctors and specialists, it has become a controversial issue for some health bloggers and writers on the internet. Some have launched a campaign against the GCT, saying it should be avoided during pregnancy as it is full of chemicals and has excessive levels of sugar. The glucose challenge test (GCT) helps identify gestational diabetes in mid pregnancy, allowing a health plan to be put into place for the remainder of the pregnancy. Usually taken in pregnancies between 24-28 weeks, it involves two blood tests and a sugary drink, which is designed to test how your body handles the sugar. A follow-up test the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) can be recommended to confirm the diagnosis. Gestational diabetes can be managed with a careful diet and monitoring, but if not picked up and treated early, it can lead to health problems for the baby and mother, including low blood sugar and jaundice at birth. It can also lead to a higher chance of getting Type 2 diabetes after the birth of the baby. The American blogger who started the movement, Vani Hari, known as Food Babe , has even gone so far as to urge her readers to think about saying no as part of the revolutionary movement to keep toxic chemicals away from our unborn babies Continue reading >>

The Truth About Glucola - Glucose Test

The Truth About Glucola - Glucose Test

I see many posts about it. And I have commented suggesting everyone to research on it. So here is one of the many articles out there. I got a glucometer from my OBGYN after denying the Glucose test. Once you request the glucometer your doctor cannot refuse it. Here's the article... C Common Ingredients In Glucola This product, which is also approved as a flame retardant, is banned in the European and Japan. According to Aviva Romm, a midwife and MD who specializes in the health and wellness of pregnant mamas, Research has found that brominated flame retardants build up in the body and breast milk. BVO leaves residues that accumulate in body fat, the brain, the liver, and other organs. Studies in animals demonstrate that BVO is transferred from mothers milk to the nursing infant. BVO has been associated with heart lesions, fatty changes in the liver, and impaired growth and behavioral development, and both animal and human studies have linked BVO to neurological problems, fertility problems, changes in thyroid hormones and precocious puberty. In addition, the vegetable oil of choice is often soybean, which is one of the top eight most common allergens. Like autolyzed yeast extract and hydrolyzed protein, this is a cousin of MSG. FOOD DYES SUCH AS FD & C YELLOW #6, RED #40 Chemical food dyes pose a rainbow of risks cancer, hyperactivity, and more. Children seem to be especially vulnerable to them, and yet manufacturers still use them in products consumed by children (or in this case, babies). Well, not everywhere, of course. Manufacturers use natural food dyes in other countries because the risks of synthetic dyes are acknowledged there. This is corn sugar, which is most likely derived from GMO corn. Though it hasnt yet made the top eight allergens, the number of individ Continue reading >>

Gestational Diabetes And The Glucola Test

Gestational Diabetes And The Glucola Test

June 14, 2012 by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN © Copyright Evidence Based Birth®. Please see disclaimer and terms of use. In the comment sections of one of my first posts, I received this question from a reader named Lela: “I would like to know more about what routine tests are actually necessary. The one that particularly caught my interest is the gestational diabetes test. The American Diabetes Association presents a list of low risk women who should not need the glucose test , even though I fit all those categories, my physician’s office still insists I take it. Is the glucose test truly the only way to catch gestational diabetes? Am I really risking both the health of me and my baby if I declined?” **This post was written before the 2013 NIH Consensus conference on “Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes.” Since then there has been new evidence published on this topic. To read updated, in-depth information about the glucola test and screening for gestational diabetes, you can read these blog articles about the conference: Day 1 and Day 2.** This article has taken me quite a bit of time to write for several reasons. First, gestational diabetes is a very complex and controversial topic. Second, there is a ton of research that has happened in the last 10 years, and it took me a long time to read the literature. Third, my readership has really taken off in the past few weeks, and I want to make sure that my posts are of the highest quality. Fourth, my kids have had a bad virus and I was very sleep-deprived this week. It was hard for my brain to function well and critically think about this issue on so little sleep, until now. With that being said, here is my best shot at an evidence-based article on gestational diabetes and the glucola test. I tried to remain as un Continue reading >>

Why I Drank The Glucola

Why I Drank The Glucola

As many of you know, Im currently pregnant. (So far, so good, in case youre wondering) Im now at that point in my pregnancy where most women are asked to take a glucose tolerance test (GTT), otherwise known as the glucola, which screens for gestational diabetes. Ive been anticipating this moment for a while. Maybe anticipation sounds a bit bizarre in this context, especially if you dont know my background, but as a specialist in gestational diabetes, Ive been a bit torn about whether or not I would consent to drinking the glucola. By the title of the post, you know that I DID, in fact, drink the super-concentrated sugar drink and some of you might be surprised. After all, Ive openly criticized its validity in numerous interviews, most notably on Robb Wolfs podcast, the Paleo Solution ( episode 269 ) and the Real Food Mamas podcast ( episode 15 ). Here are a few of the reasons Im not a fan of the glucola (I assure you, this is the short list): It only measures blood sugar, not insulin levels, so it gives an incomplete picture of whats going on metabolically. The 1-hour screening (the one I just drank) is not a fasting test, so what & when you eat beforehand or even the time of day, can skew the results. (Why they dont do this test fasting or at the very least measure your blood sugar prior to drinking the glucola is beyond me.) The standard glucola often contains food dyes, preservatives, and ingredients sourced from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), which I normally avoid consuming. (Thanks to my MRT food sensitivity test , I know that I personally react to food dyes, benzoic acid, and sorbates. One or more of these ingredients is present in almost all glucola formulas.) Who says its natural for your body to tolerate 50-100g of pure glucose all at once? If you thr Continue reading >>

Food Babe Vs. The Glucose Tolerance Test: Another Science Fail

Food Babe Vs. The Glucose Tolerance Test: Another Science Fail

Food Babe vs. the Glucose Tolerance Test: Another Science Fail Posted on October 14, 2014 by Mike Rothschild When it comes to unscientific nonsense wrapped in a toxic shell of concern trolling and naturalistic fallacies, you cant do better than the Food Babe. The food crusader and blogger, whose real name is Vani Hari and whose background is in computer science, has become the darling of the anti-GMO, pro-alternative medicine set. Shes achieved her status by marshaling an army of social-media followers into crusades pressuring major companies to remove harmful chemicals from their products. On the surface, this doesnt seem like such a bad idea. Who wants to eat harmful chemicals, right? But in reality, Hari is almost always either taking information out of context, displaying a shockingly poor understand of science, or just simply wrong. Ive written blog posts covering her mistaken beliefs that brewers are injecting all sorts of toxic glop into beer and that the microwave oven is bad because the Nazis invented it . And now Im taking a look at one of her most popular recent claims: that doctors are purposefully poisoning pregnant women through the administration of the oral glucose gestational diabetes test . Haris harangue against the oral glucose tolerance beverage (also known as Glucola) was posted in May of this year, but recently started pinging around social media again. So I wanted to address some of her claims about it, while also keeping in mind that the first half of the post has absolutely nothing to do with Glucola. Instead, its a long ramble about the dangers of brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in soda pop. Theres never been any compelling evidence of BVO causing harm in humans, and the only way to get too much bromine in your system is to drink way, way, way Continue reading >>

What's In The Glucose Drink? Here's What The Ingredients Look Like

What's In The Glucose Drink? Here's What The Ingredients Look Like

What's In The Glucose Drink? Here's What The Ingredients Look Like I'll be the first to admit I hate the glucose test. For more reasons than just that absolutely nasty taste. It's a time consuming test, and because you have to take it fasting, it's miserable especially if you suffer from morning sickness. Chugging that drink on an empty stomach is one of the more disgusting things you do at your OB-GYN's office, and that's saying something considering the fact you pee in a cup every time you're there. So, what's in the glucose drink that makes it so disgusting and also controversial? And why are more and more women declining the beverage? While there are dozens of these drinks on the market, the pricey sugar beverages are essentially a mix of sugar and water , noted a popular supplier's website. In this case, it's a combination of about 75 grams of glucose with citric acid, water, some flavorings, and a minuscule amount of sodium benzoate and sodium hexametaphosphate as preservatives. Why is it so controversial? Like anything, the internet has found itself in a frenzy because a blogger referred to the drink as toxic . She claimed that the use of the scary sounding brominated vegetable oil (BVO) that appears in some, but not all, of the glucose test drinks poses a particular risk to the mother and developing fetus. While there is likely some truth to the risk of brominated oils, not all of the drinks contain this chemical, and if they do, it is in minute amounts. But, as the Mayo Clinic noted, it's generally considered safe in small amounts , but that doesn't mean women aren't worried about it. Why wouldn't they be? This concern has changed the products many doctors are choosing. I called several providers' offices in New York City to conduct a highly unofficial poll, a Continue reading >>

Glucola Pregnancy Glucose Test: What I Do

Glucola Pregnancy Glucose Test: What I Do

In my post about the pregnancy and prenatal care options I chose, I mention that I don’t take the pregnancy glucose test that requires drinking glucola (that syrupy orange or grape drink) and that I use an alternate method of testing. I’ve gotten so many questions about this that I decided it deserved its own post, especially while I am still pregnant and the topic is fresh on my mind. IMPORTANT: Please note that I am only writing about my own personal experience with this and the decisions I made after consulting with my OB or midwife (depending on which pregnancy it was). The information in this post (or any post I write) is not medical advice in any way… I’m just sharing my experience. Always consult with your own medical providers before making health decisions, especially during pregnancy, and make sure that you find providers who are willing to work with you to make the best decision for your pregnancy. All that being said, here’s what I do when it comes to the pregnancy glucose test. What is the Pregnancy Glucose Test? This was one of the sections I found in all of the many pregnancy books I read when pregnant with my first child. Current guidelines call for a glucose challenge test somewhere between 24-28 weeks of pregnancy to test for gestational diabetes. This test typically involves drinking a sweetened drink called Glucola that contains 50, 75, or 100 grams of sugar in different forms. In most cases, the first part of this test is an Oral Glucose Challenge Test (OGCT) that involves drinking the 50 gram solution and having a blood test exactly one hour later to measure blood sugar. If a woman passes this test, she typically won’t be given further testing for gestational diabetes. If a woman does not pass the test, a longer test involving a higher Continue reading >>

The Glucola Isnt Toxic But The Foodbabes Advice Is

The Glucola Isnt Toxic But The Foodbabes Advice Is

The Glucola isnt toxic but the FoodBabes advice is Up until now Ive merely glanced at the FoodBabes unscientific mumbo jumbo and chemically implausible claims about a variety of toxins in foods, but now I hear she has her sights sets on the Glucola. For those of your who dont know the Glucola is the common name used for the sugary drink that doctors and midwives and nurse practitioners give their pregnant patients to screen for diabetes. Screening for diabetes in pregnancy is recommended as high blood sugar is associated with a number of bad outcomes for both baby and mother. Am affected baby can have dangerously low blood sugar at birth, has a greater risk of needing care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and babies with gestational diabetes can be too large to deliver vaginally. This leads to more c-sections and sometimes if a vaginal delivery is attempted and the baby is too large it can get stuck with its head out of the vagina but shoulders trapped underneath the pubic bone. This is called a shoulder dystocia and is a true obstetrical emergency as the baby is without oxygen for most of the time it is stuck. There is also concern that exposure to elevated glucose levels during pregnancy could lead a higher risk of obesity and diabetes for the baby later in life. Mothers with gestational diabetes have an increased risk of pre-eclampsia, a potentially very serious and even life threatening condition involving high-blood pressure in pregnancy. Furthermore (if all that were not enough) women with GDM have a 60% risk of developing type 2 DM later in life. The Glucola. It tastes nasty, no getting around that, but thats not because of some harmful ingredient but because it has so much sugar. We use the Glucola to test for diabetes because we need to know the res Continue reading >>

About | The Fresh Test

About | The Fresh Test

The Fresh Test is a pressed cucumber + mint lemonade that's not only a refreshing and light drink but it can also serve as a standard 50-gram glucose beverage for the gestational diabetes test. The ingredients are pure and clean to ensure that it's safe for you and your baby. The recipe includes purified water, organic cucumber, non-gmo glucose, organic lemon and organic mint. These ingredients not only offer nutrients but they can also ease nausea often associated with pregnancy. The Fresh Test is free from harmful dyes, artificial flavoring, GMOs, Sodium Benzoates, BVO, BPA, and otherpreservatives. The produce used in The Fresh Test, is grown locally at Deardorff Family Farms in Oxnard, California. All produce is organic and goes straight from picking to the press, at California Juice Co., to ensure ultimate freshness. This California farm also uses solar power for 40% of the farm's energy and uses half the water of an average farm due to itssubterranean drip root watering system. The Fresh Test has been laboratory tested and created to be equivalent to the 50-gramglucose beverage used in the ADA's two step50-gram Glucose Load Test. This beverage was carefully developed by a team of healthcare professionals toensure precise equivalency. There is negligible (less than 0.2%) fructose, negligible sucrose (less than 0.2%) and negligible dietary fiber (0.1%). Per the American Diabetes Association's Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes the first step in screening gestational diabetes includes a 50-gramGlucose Load Test (non-fasting), with plasma glucose measurement at 1 hour,at 24 - 28 weeks of gestation in women not previously diagnosed with overt diabetes. If the plasma glucose level measured at 1 houris greater than or equal to 140mg/dl, women will proceed to a100-gram Continue reading >>

The Center For Accountability In Science | Are Doctors Recommending Pregnant Women Drink Dangerous Chemicals?

The Center For Accountability In Science | Are Doctors Recommending Pregnant Women Drink Dangerous Chemicals?

Home Periodic Fables Food Babe Are Doctors Recommending Pregnant Women Are Doctors Recommending Pregnant Women Drink Dangerous Chemicals? In the latest post from Vani Hari, The Food Babe, she claims that the glucose solution given to pregnant women to test for gestational diabetes has all sorts of dangerous ingredients like brominated vegetable oil (which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says : BVO is considered safe by FDA for use as a flavoring adjuvant in fruit-flavored beverages based on several long-term animal studies) andhazardous artificial colors and preservatives, including dreaded GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Setting aside the ridiculousness of avoiding a glucose test because of GMOs (which as weve discussed , have not been shown to have any negative health effects) or some artificial flavorings, the Food Babe is needlessly scaring pregnant women away from a standard test for a pretty scary ailment. Gestational diabetes carries the risk of many complications, including : Future diabetes for both mother and baby; Preterm delivery and respiratory distress syndrome; While gestational diabetes is very seriousand occurs in approximately 4 percent of pregnancies, making screening necessarythere is no evidence that any pregnant women have suffered harm from drinking the glucola solution during a gestational diabetes test. The test certainly isnt fun. And the Food Babe is right: researchers are looking into alternatives to glucola like jellybeans and even Twizzlers and Jolly Ranchers . But the Food Babe takes her stance a step further and recommends: An even better option that you can discuss with your doctor would be to avoid the test altogether and monitor your blood sugar with a glucometer throughout your pregnancy, linking to three wellness blogs Continue reading >>

Pregnancy Glucose Test Alternatives To Test For Gestational Diabetes

Pregnancy Glucose Test Alternatives To Test For Gestational Diabetes

Pregnancy Glucose Test Alternatives to Test for Gestational Diabetes Pregnancy Glucose Test Alternatives to Test for Gestational Diabetes Note: This post is sharing one womans experience and is not intended to be medical advice. Always consult with your OB or midwife in order to make the best decision for your pregnancy. Many women are unaware that there are alternatives to the syrupy orange or grape drink that is used as the traditional pregnancy glucose test . When I was pregnant with my boys I opted not to take the pregnancy glucose test that requires drinking glucola and instead used an alternate method of testing. After checking out the ingredients for the Oral Glucose Tolerance beverage, which is essentially sugar water with lots of artificial colors and preservatives, I determined that it was not something I wanted to consume while pregnant. So I began researching other options. While its certainly important to monitor your blood glucose during pregnancy, there are alternatives to drinking the sugar water that many doctors routinely prescribe to their pregnant patients. Unfortunately, many pregnant moms do not realize they have a choice. Your doctor should be able to provide other options if youre interested in an alternative to the conventional glucose test. If they dont know, educate them! But first, what is this Glucose Test and why do pregnant women need to take it? The pregnancy glucose test is an artificially sweetened, syrupy drink called Glucola that pregnant women drink to test for Gestational Diabetes (GD) . Doctors typically encourage pregnant women to take this one- or two-part test between 24-28 weeks during their pregnancy. The first test is an Oral Glucose Challenge Test (OGCT) that contains around 50, 75, or 100 grams of sugar. Once the expectant Continue reading >>

I Refused The Glucola

I Refused The Glucola

During my prenatal appointment last Friday, it was time to do that dreaded glucose tolerance test (GTT), a test for gestational diabetes. All pregnant women are screened for gestational diabetes, which is diabetes (or high blood glucose) that develops during pregnancy from the hormonal changes which may cause some insulin resistance. Complications associated with gestational diabetes are: excessive birth weight, preterm labor, respiratory distress syndrome, hypoglycemia for the baby, and the development of diabetes melllitus II later in life for mom. I was prepared and had asked for alternatives to the typical sugary glucola they offer. Glucola is a drink that contains 50 grams of glucose, which is needed to test for 'glucose tolerance', but it also contains brominated vegetable oil (BVO) and artificial food coloring (orange flavor). {FYI the lemon-lime flavor contains no artificial food coloring.} Why am I so freaked out about a little bit of BVO? I know that the little bit in the glucola will most likely do no harm. But you know me...I will try and do everything feasible to keep unwanted chemicals from entering my body (and my baby's). And I try to maintain a whole foods diet which additives, preservative, and chemicals, to the best I can. This past May, Coca-Cola and Pepsi removed BVO from its drinks. In fact, the EU and Japan has banned BVO from food for many years already. BVO is used as an emulsifier in fruit-flavored drinks to get the artificial flavoring nicely mixed in, so it doesn't settle over time. Yikes, artificial flavoring - another issue for me! Although it's still uncertain of BVO's effects on humans, there's one account of a man drinking 2-4 liters of BVO-laden soda everyday who developed a neurological disorder from the buildup of bromine. Animals st Continue reading >>

Think Before You Drink: A Closer Look At Glucola

Think Before You Drink: A Closer Look At Glucola

You Are Here: Mommypotamus Blog Motherhood Think Before You Drink: A Closer Look At Glucola Think Before You Drink: A Closer Look At Glucola Twitter Facebook Pinterest Linkedin Reddit Now, remember to eat lots of protein, missy . . . and dont forget those vegetables.Healthy fats are essential, of course, and dont skip meals!You dutifully nod your head,and then look down at the bottle of glucola thats just been handed to you. All of a sudden youre in a choose your own adventure story. Which path will you take? What are the risks and benefits of this test? TodayIm going to share my personal process in deciding whether orto take the oral glucosechallenge test (OGCT). Please keep in mind that as I wrote in my posts on the vitamin K shot and Group B Strep , Best Boo-Boo Kisser South Of Pucketts Gas Station is about as official asthings get for me professionally. I am not a doctor, this is not medical advice, and your decision is completely up to you. If you need some convincing on this, read my full disclaimer where I say it over and over again. Most doctors say we dont really know why gestational diabetes happens, but there is a theory out there that makes a lot of sense to me personally, and its this: Before modern conveniences like grocery stores, people ate what grew in their backyard. Our ancestors staples were sometimes starch heavy (like the maca root consumed by Peruvians), and other times they were more fat and protein-based ( like the Inuit ). Our bodies do an amazing job adapting to whatevers available, but there are certain things we all need to thrive.Glucose isa particularly essential nutrient for babies, but in some regions it can be scarce.According to this theory,our bodies adapted to the risk of scarcity by giving our babies preferential access to it durin Continue reading >>

Shocking: Why Are Doctors Recommending This Toxic Drink?

Shocking: Why Are Doctors Recommending This Toxic Drink?

Shocking: Why Are Doctors Recommending This Toxic Drink? I have been receiving emails from the #FoodBabeArmy about an alarming practice that happens at doctors offices around the country that needs to stop today. First, however, I was thrilled by the news last week that Coke and Pepsi both announced that theyre (finally) removing Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) from their products which includes Mountain Dew and Powerade. Of course these products are still no good for your body, as they are loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners, preservatives, phosphates, and artificial colors.Once consumers find out about these questionable ingredients, food companies have nowhere left to hide, but some remain in denial, Ill get to that in a minute. This is a great win for my friend Sarah Kavanagh, an amazing teen food activist (seen below)who started the initial Change.org petition , and also for the #FoodBabeArmy because BVO is one of the most harmful ingredients that is still being used in the U.S., even though its banned in Europe and Japan. Its patented for use as a flame retardant! According to food chemist , Walter Vetter, PhD, BVO can build up in the body and cause toxic effects. Most shockingly, there is a published report of a man who had to undergo dialysis after regularly consuming large amounts of Ruby Red Squirt containing BVO. There is another report here indicating that soda with BVO caused the same condition, deteriorating a man to the point that he couldnt even walk. Of course, these people were drinking an insane amount of soda (up to 8 liters a day), and the cumulative effects on your body when you consume fewer BVO-containing drinks is largely unknown because the research is scarce. Charles Vorhees, a toxicologist at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Cente Continue reading >>

Gestational Diabetes: Please Don’t Drink The “glucola” Without Reading The Label

Gestational Diabetes: Please Don’t Drink The “glucola” Without Reading The Label

I’m a midwife and MD who specializes in the health and wellness of pregnant mommas. While I’m one of the original crunchy mamas, I got the science thing down tight in my medical training at Yale, so I can keep you informed on what’s safe, what’s not, and what are the best alternatives. This article, in which I take on the toxic ingredients in oral glucose test drinks, is the first in a 3-part series on gestational diabetes. If you’re pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or working with pregnant mommas – this series is for you! Is Gestational Diabetes Really an Issue? In the past decade obesity has become rampant in our country. With it the rates of diabetes in the general population, and gestational diabetes (GDM) – which is an excessive increase in glucose intolerance in pregnancy (some increase in glucose intolerance is actually normal and allows more sugar to get to the baby for growth) – have risen dramatically. Current estimates are that 5%-7% of pregnant women in the U.S. develop GDM. Gestational diabetes increases the risk of a host of serious medical problems for mom and baby. However, at levels even lower than those that would qualify a woman for a GDM diagnosis, chronically elevated blood sugar also puts mom and baby at much higher risk of pregnancy and birth complications. Elevated blood sugar creates a condition in the body called “oxidative stress” and in pregnancy, which is already a state of somewhat increased oxidative stress, this can lead to high blood pressure, preeclampsia, and preterm birth. Also, babies born to overweight or diabetic moms have a much higher lifetime likelihood of developing chronic health problems associated with obesity and diabetes. Women who develop GDM also have at least a 50% change of becoming diabetic later Continue reading >>

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