controlling morning sugars

By chime Latest Reply 2011-04-09 11:04:23 -0500
Started 2011-04-09 08:40:00 -0500

I am taking metaformin 500mg 2x a day one in the morning and one at night plus glyburide 2.5mg 2x a day one in the morning and one at night.

My blood sugar is always highest in the morning. For example I took my sugar at 5am in the morning it was 113. At 7:15 it went to 167 without having anything to eat.

High morning sugar help any suggestion by hba1c is 6.9

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Kirla 2011-04-09 11:04:23 -0500 Report

I believe that most of us have problems with blood sugar in the morning. I have found that if I eat supper late, I will have higher numbers in the morning. Soon after being diagnosed I made a decision to have my biggest meal at lunchtime. For supper I try and eat no later than 5:00pm. Supper most days is a salad, some soy noodles with low carb pasta sauce and maybe some chicken. Snacking I only eat almonds. 1 or 2 serving before going to bed.

I follow a real strict diet to control my blood sugar. I find if I don’t get 8 glasses of water and stopped eating my low carb vegetables or go a few days without eating broccoli my numbers will start to rise.

Then there are times I just can’t figure out what is happening. Last month I did my A1C and it was very high. It went up from 5.2 to 5.9. I reduced my testing for a few months and didn’t notice that my fasting and before meals numbers were going up. My morning numbers can be anywhere from 70- 90 most of the time. Lately they have been around 100. My before supper numbers used to be in the upper 60’s and lower 70’s. Lately been in the 90’s. I have started testing a lot again and made some changes to how I was eating and they seem to be coming down some.

Getting up and not eating is something I no longer do. When I wake up I drink a low carb protein shake. Then about 2 hours later I will eat one serving of sunflower seeds with a cup a coffee and fiber supplement. It seems to work for me. Most days my morning blood sugar will stay below 140.

Anyway this is what helped me.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

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