meter reading

By Flustrated Latest Reply 2013-09-14 08:26:33 -0500
Started 2011-08-02 08:07:42 -0500

This is going to drive me nuts. I would like to get a suggestion from all of you for a snack before bedtime. I'm affraid of getting up in the middle of the night with a low reading. Last night I was 129 before going to bed and took a yougart with 15 carbs got up with 169 and was mad. How do you all do it? Help!

23 replies

Flustrated 2011-08-07 11:00:56 -0500 Report

The more suggestions I get the more I appreciate. I already have the feeling my A1C is not below 7.1. My average on my meter tells me it is 139 and I don't think the qualifies for a below 7.1. I know I need for knowledge and this is the place to get it.

ShellyLargent 2011-08-03 09:37:44 -0500 Report

I usually eat some fresh raw veggies like carrots, snap peas or cuccumber slices along with a hard boiled egg. I try not to eat any or very little carbs at bed time because I'll have high fasting numbers in the morning if I don't. Last night my number was 85 before bed, I ate some snap peas and this morning it was 95.

catroter53 2011-08-03 09:54:08 -0500 Report

now that sounds good,,, my in between snacks i usually do carrots and snap peas,, i found the snap peas way cheap at trader joes market for 2.69,, 16 oz bag. im going to start having them more at night,

lmkilday 2011-08-02 14:01:10 -0500 Report

Nature's Valley peanut butter granola squares. Only 10 grams. Or a bowl of sugar free Jello with or without fruit. Almonds are a good snack.

melota 2011-08-02 13:55:19 -0500 Report

Diabetes will drive you nuts period, if you let it. They told me to eat 10 grapes and 2 graham crackers. Works for me sometimes, sometimes not. I find a teaspoon, not tablespoon of peanut butter works best for me.

Marytea 2011-08-02 09:06:26 -0500 Report

Someone on another site said diabetes has a mind of its own, sometimes what works one time doesn't work the next. I am still figuring the snack before bed think out. I usually have an ounce of beef jerky and some whole wheat crackers and it seems to work. Almonds, as were mentionned, are good too. Graham crackers with a bit of peanut butter work for me. I love Greek style yogurt (1/4 c) and some blueberries too. Best of luck to you.

Flustrated 2011-08-02 09:24:44 -0500 Report

I thought I was safe with 15 carbs of yougart. Maybe it was to much. I also was looking at calcium intake to. I really think this 151 169 morning reading will throw me off my goal of below 7 A1C. Nuts.

catroter53 2011-08-03 10:01:21 -0500 Report

my readings are about that,, your not alone,,the yogurt i buy that seems really good is carbmaster, it has 3gr of sugar and only 4 carbs per 6 0z,, 60 cal 9 pro.

Hangin in
Hangin in 2013-09-11 21:48:48 -0500 Report

Never heard of carbmaster,only 4 carbs wow that's great! I don't think it's available by me but I will take a better look.

alanbossman 2011-08-02 08:20:42 -0500 Report

What meds are you taking? Before bed I sometimes have a small bowl of strawberrys or a handful of almonds. A blood sugar number of 129 before bed is a good number what makes you think that it will go low.

Flustrated 2011-08-02 09:09:27 -0500 Report

Hi I take 9 U Lantus in morning and 4 u Humalog bef lunch and breakfast, at supper it is usually 7. For some reason a couple of weeks ago I'd be up with low readings. I'm going to measure closer and see what I come up with. I'm hoping for a below 7 A1C but I think it might be higher than 7. I was surprised when Lasagne made with low fat chesses brought me down. I thought it would go up. Diabetes will drive you nuts.

Type1Lou 2011-08-03 09:05:10 -0500 Report

I have been dealing with serious morning lows…I am on 15u of Lantus before breakfast and anywhere from 2 to 5u of Novolog before a meal depending on carbs and pre-meal BG. If I took the 4 to 7u of fast-acting that you do, I would be constantly having to treat low BG's. Are you calculating your Humalog dose based on a carb to insulin ratio? I found that many of my lows were caused because I was "feeling" my way through the carbs rather than actually counting them and dosing appropriately. I'm working with an endocrinologist now, trying to figure out what the correct carb ratio is for me. I'm also trying to accurately COUNT the carbs for each meal…a pain but necessary.

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Hangin in 2013-09-11 21:54:05 -0500 Report

You guy's take your Lantus in the morning? My doctor has me taking mine at bed time,I6U and Humalog with a ratio of 1 unit for every 15 carbs. Next week I will be getting my 1st insulin pump.

Type1Lou 2013-09-12 08:48:30 -0500 Report

I had been taking my Lantus before bedtime when being treated by my PCP. I started experiencing recurring morning lows and asked for a referral to an endocrinologist in 2010 after a hypo landed me in the hospital while on vacation 1000 miles away from home. The endo had me switch from a bedtime Lantus to a morning Lantus since it might have a slightly greater effect in the hours after taking it…even though it's a 24-hour insulin. It helped some, but in September 2011, I opted for a pump. I'd resisted pumping for years because I didn't want to be hooked to something 24/7. Now I'm kicking myself for having waited so long. When I was on MDI, I initially used Lantus and Humalog. I switched to Novolog (in 2005?) when I saw a free offer for Novolog pens (with RX) in Diabetes Forecast. Both are fast-acting insulins and I really couldn't detect any difference in how either worked for me. I'm using Novolog in my Medtronics pump. Pumping is wonderful and works well for me. Wishing you well!

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Hangin in 2013-09-13 14:17:14 -0500 Report

Thanks for your reply Lou. I feel ready for the pump. I am looking forward to the convince and hopefully better control.
I know it will take some getting use to but I hope it don't take me long to get the hang of it. I don't think I will care about being hooked up to it 24/7 I have the dexcom g4 and that don't bother me.

Type1Lou 2013-09-13 14:33:18 -0500 Report

Pumping actually reduced my total daily insulin use while tightening up my control. Prior to pumping, I was using a daily total of 21 units (14 Lantus plus 6 to 7 Novolog) I average from 16.5 to 18 daily units of Novolog now in my pump. I am highly sensitive to insulin with an insulin sensitivity factor of 120 which means that for every unit of insulin taken, my BG can be expected to drop by 120 points. Different people have varying sensitivity and your doctor will help determine yours. It took several months before the settings in my pump were properly calibrated for my metabolism…be patient…it works wonderfully once the settings are right. I find myself testing up to 8 times daily (not using a CGM) I've sew little pockets into the inside of my nightgowns to hold the pump while I sleep. Most of the time during the day, I just keep it in my pocket. It does demand some attentive carb counting and adjustments but the results are well worth it.

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Hangin in 2013-09-13 16:54:30 -0500 Report

Thanks for the heads up on what to expect. I'll keep you posted on how I do. I have to wait like 3 weeks just for my training session for the pump. It is now a week away and I will be starting out the 1st week with saline. I guess that's the drill.

Type1Lou 2013-09-14 08:26:33 -0500 Report

They were going to start me out on saline but after my initial meeting, they felt comfortable starting me out on insulin right away. I had already been testing 6 to 8 times per day and brought those records with me. I had also been bolusing on a sliding scale so understood the carb to insulin ratios. The pump settings were initially very conservative and I would fax my BG's to the doctor weekly for "tweaking" the settings. This continued for several months and even now, I feel comfortable adjusting the carb ratios if I feel its needed. My endo just adjusted a few hours of my basal settings to eliminate higher than desired morning BG's…it's always a balancing act and just because some settings work now doesn't mean they won't be adjusted later. It's still the best solution I've found to manage my diabetes. What kind of pump are you getting?

PRINCESS KIMBERLY 2013-09-11 22:06:23 -0500 Report

I take my Lantus at night. Because Lantus is a 12 hour Insulin. I take 3 shots of 7-30 Novolog . 30% works right away and the rest over 4 hours.

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Hangin in 2013-09-11 22:43:00 -0500 Report

Interesting. I wonder how a doctor determines if you should be on Novalog or Humalog?.Oh well I guess for me it won't matter, like I mentioned, next week I will start the pump. Kinda looking forward to it. I know it will take a bit of time to master It, but hopefully when I do I will love it!

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