Morning High Readings

Tluvtigger
By Tluvtigger Latest Reply 2011-09-03 03:30:57 -0500
Started 2011-08-17 07:18:23 -0500

Help! My last A1C was 6.9 and I was very happy about that. Then, I get very stressed at work, and began not eating properly, and my readings were very high. I have not had another A1C as of yet. I am trying very hard to to get my sugar under control. I do take insulin. Humolog and Lantus. I have started a low card diet which I thought would help me a lot. My blood sugar was 104 before dinner, then 2 hours after dinner it was 125. All I ate after that point was sugar free jello, and this morning my blood sugar was 293. My blood sugar rose 40 points the night before that from my before bed testing, and my fasting blood sugar. This discourages me very much. Does anyone have any ideas of what I can do? I am wondering if any of my other medications are causing this?


9 replies

robertoj
robertoj 2011-09-03 03:30:57 -0500 Report

Stress is not good. There are a lot of good, positive people in the DC community to help you. There is a lot to learn about diabetes and as you gain knowledge you will become more at ease. It takes time. Also diabetes can be erratic it may spike for no reason or be good when we are bad. Please do not be discouraged by set backs. If you develop a strong program of healthy eating, exercise, testing and consistent use of any meds that are prescribed, you will do well. You may want to see a certified diabetes educator. I believe that the most important thing you can do is to simply feel good about yourself. God bless.

YogaGal
YogaGal 2011-08-17 12:57:25 -0500 Report

I too have my highest readings first thing in the morning. I've also heard of the dawn effect. I've heard that you actually should eat a snack before bed to keep from plunging very low in middle of the night and then having your system shoot out sugar (too much). I've also heard it's a good idea to test yourself between 2 and 3 a.m. to get a picture of what's happening then (e.g. are you plunging real low)? I know it's a pain and something i've been ignoring about myself for a while now. It's so hard, too, because diabetes is treated so often as an across-the-board disease when it's anything but that — it seems SO individualized, which makes it challenging, that's for sure.

Tluvtigger
Tluvtigger 2011-08-18 07:20:50 -0500 Report

Thank you for writing, YogaGal. I am not looking forward to it, but I think I am going to set my alarm clock to wake up at 2 or 3am and test, just to see what is going on. Again last night, before bed my sugar was 105. I didn't eat anything and my sugar was 217 at 6:30 this morning. Ugh! It is very discouraging, but I guess we have to just hang in there and some day it will be easier for all of us to understand this disease.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-08-18 14:38:02 -0500 Report

howdy Tamber. I have been Dx'd since 1995. And it does get easier to understand but I also learn something new about this condition about every day. Most of the time lately I learn it here on DC.

What you probably have is the dawn phenemon. I had it mostly when I was within 4 or 5 years of Dx. It is a much discussed subject here on DC because so many experience it. Here is a list of discussions about it through the years on DC: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?by...

There are a lot of suggested solutions to it, so you might go looking there for answers.

Blessings to you and yours.

Jsmes

Tluvtigger
Tluvtigger 2011-08-19 06:47:27 -0500 Report

Thank you very much, I certainly will be doing some more research. I appreciate your reply!! Have a great day!

Tluvtigger
Tluvtigger 2011-08-17 12:22:32 -0500 Report

Awesome A1c Asisangel! :-) Hum, maybe I should try eating a little earlier. I have been experiencing a lot of lower back pain, which I am going to the Dr tomorrow for. It is so strange that so many things can effect blood glucose levels. I guess even though I have been diabetic for 15 years, I really don't understand it very well. Even if you eat something with no carbs it can still increase sugar levels? I was diagnosed at 21 with Type II, but my Dr has told me that perhaps I am really Type 1, So confusing.

asisangel
asisangel 2011-08-17 12:00:19 -0500 Report

MY NEWEST A1C WAS 5.5 BUT I WOULD HAVE NEVER GUESSED IT WAS GOING TO BE THAT GOOD. MY MORNING READINGS ARE ALWAYS HIGH. THEY DIDN'T USED TO BE. IT CAN BE CAUSED BY MANY THINGS, STRESS, PAIN, NOT ENOUGH GOOD SLEEP, MINE IS BECAUSE I CAN'T EAT A MEAL AFTER 4:30 PM. CRAZY HUH! AND NO SNACK AFTER SIX. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT IN THE WINTER WHEN IT GETS DARK EARLY BUT IN THE SUMMER IT IS REALLY HARD. ALSO NEW MEDS. WILL SOMETIMES DO IT ALSO.

Tluvtigger
Tluvtigger 2011-08-17 09:51:04 -0500 Report

Thank you! I will. I also called my pharmacist, and apparently the medicine I am on for cholesterol, Niaspan can also raise blood sugar, and I take that at night. This is a recently added medicine, and I have been having problems since taking it, along with the stress, so I am sure it is not helping. I will read up on the Dawn Effect.

realsis77
realsis77 2011-08-17 09:46:11 -0500 Report

You might want to look up the dawn effect. Its when you wake up with high blood sugar numbers and its due to a horrmone, I believe. You can read about it in more detail and it will explain everything. This could be happening to you. I hope this helps! :) just search the "dawn effect " in diabetics.