Evening glass of wine and fasting bg

By Marytea Latest Reply 2011-09-15 19:48:59 -0500
Started 2011-07-25 09:25:27 -0500

I cannot budge my fasting bg level of 120. I have a small glass of red wine about an hour before bed. Could this be the cause? I can give it up. Getting very frustrated about the high number.

4 replies

Copperchef 2011-07-26 08:47:16 -0500 Report

You may be having a rebound affect from the red wine. Alcohol will initially drop your number, but it maybe causing your liver to release fats, turning them to sugars and pushing your number up. Try a bit of protein with fruit before bed. A small apple with a teaspoon of peanut butter could possibly help or a slice of cheese can sometimes get you through the night and give you better numbers in the morning.

CaliKo 2011-07-25 20:29:34 -0500 Report

Another thing to try, but not at the same time or you won't know what might have worked, is to add a snack with your glass of wine if you don't already. If your last meal is 3 or 4 hours before bedtime, adding a 15-20 gram snack of a slow carb may help keep your glucose more steady through the night. Depending on your daytime glucose readings and other numbers you may or may not need to substract this from your other meals and snacks. Good luck!

jayabee52 2011-07-25 20:14:18 -0500 Report

I wouldn't really know that. None of us would IMO. Each person with diabetes is unique. Your reaction, or non reaction to red wine is your own. All I can suggest is try to discontinue it for a night or 2 and see how your fasting numbers are in the AM. BTW: 120 is NOT a high number. In some Dr's minds that 120 is the high end of the normal range. In others' 130 is the high end.

When I was having problems with the dawn phenomenon I was having highs of 200 to 250. My Primary Dr at the time encouraged me to have my BG number at 140 at bedtime. When i followed that plan my fasting BG numbers were in the 100 to 110 range

I pray you will find what works for you.

Dixiemom 2011-09-15 19:48:59 -0500 Report

I very seldom have a reading below 120. My morning numbers are between 120 and 145. I don't worry about it anymore. They jump around according to what I eat.

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