Awoke with a 108..

By griz104 Latest Reply 2011-08-31 14:10:56 -0500
Started 2011-08-29 07:43:20 -0500

When i got up this morning i had a reading of 108.. The drank 2 cups of coffee with Splenda and took another and was up to 221.. Was shocked that it had rose that much with only 2 cups of coffee.. The Splenda i put in may have amounted to3/4 of a teaspoon..Something jsy doesn't act right to me..Any ideas??

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the diabetic camper
the diabetic camper 2011-08-31 14:10:56 -0500 Report

Maybe you are diabetic? just kidding, The same thing happens to me. My doctor says it is the dawn phenomanon thing and just that I am less sensitive to insulin in the mornings and extremely sensitive to carbs. If you excersize in the mornings that will help this out alot.

Gemm 2011-08-31 11:34:53 -0500 Report

For my coffee, I drink that black but my husband uses @ 1/4 tsp sugar (with doc's approval) in his and it isn't decaf. He has more problems with his BG than I do and has been on insulin for close to 2 yrs. Our tea we drink decaf and use Splenda in that. I have no problems with either tea or coffee even when I do drink regular tea that does have caffeine in it. We also use Splenda - no blends that do have sugar - in many of our foods that we used to use sugar in. Neither of us have a problem with the Splenda. Both of us actually will have more of a rise in BG from milk and milk products (lactose) than from many other things. One of the things our hospital will give us in an episode of low BG is milk or orange juice, sometimes spiked with sugar and sometimes not. For his coffee my husband has opted for non-dairy creamer rather than a dairy one because of the lactose which does raise his BG quite a bit, though mine doesn't react nearly as much.

Each of us are different in how and what our BG will react to. As has already been suggested, do some self-tests on yourself and talk this over with your doctor.


sheriden 2011-08-31 00:49:33 -0500 Report

I have been hearing this about splenda, That is what I use I will have to check this will get back with the results. I drink black for coffee but will try with the splenda and see.

pock 2011-08-30 20:09:49 -0500 Report

thanx … realsis77 i think thats wats happening with the coffee being i have it str8 blk no milk what so ever but ive been suspicious of the splenda… and i only have 1 cup beeing that im drinking spanish cuban coffee its strong enough as it is … again thanx …and to jolene im going to experiment thatsame thing and c ill fill u in in the morning… lol lots of good info here

lissy1 2011-08-30 19:34:29 -0500 Report

You might have gone low during the early morning hrs before you awoke. If you did, then you might have rebounded with the high BS. The 108 reading might have just been a transition from low to high. I would get up at 5 AM and check your BS.

MoeGig 2011-08-30 17:47:59 -0500 Report

You must have dreamed of the 108 test, slept-walked, drank a tall glass of OJ, went back to bed and woke up to a 221 sugar…:>) ..Actually, I have no idea what would cause this to happen, so I made up this stupid explanation.

JoleneAL 2011-08-30 10:35:48 -0500 Report

It may not be the sugar at all. Try this: Tomorrow no coffee just water. Test approximately the same time frame as above and see what happens. Then go to black the next day, test. Then add back the Splenda, test. The next day the cream, Test. I had to do this myself. On water I still went from an out of bed reading of 75 - 90 to 175. I spike "after" I get up. Nothing I do stops it except Novolog.

Jupeto 2011-08-30 09:57:03 -0500 Report

I have 3 to 4 cups of coffee, regular - not decaf - with skim and splenda - no affect - were you putting cream or whole milk in the coffee. It adds cards that may be enough to elevate your bg

griz104 2011-08-30 05:01:19 -0500 Report

Besides.. it isn't like my wife makes Coffee..She makes Coffee a trucker would be proud of!!

griz104 2011-08-30 05:00:18 -0500 Report

I also have a feeling that it may be the caffeine.. Have not had Coffee in quite some time and usually drink White tea..I called My Dr. and he also told me the same thing.. i always test about a hour after eating and drinking anything different..seems to work for me that way..I have had Diabetes for 4 years and only in the last year have really been trying to get it under control..I want to thank everyone for their response as you guys are way better then at at these things!!

digitaldoorbell 2011-08-29 23:20:56 -0500 Report

Perhaps consider using stevia. I use it all the time (I drink tea and not coffee and I understand the significant difference) but it has worked great for me.

All the best

margokittycat 2011-08-29 14:48:37 -0500 Report

Splenda and caffine recact differently in everyone, it many be one or the other and it may be both together. I had to change to decaf coffe and I use splenda in mine but I don't get the spikes any longer.But as I said the splenda and caffine react differently in everybody.

CassandraG 2011-08-29 14:33:04 -0500 Report

How long after you drank the coffee did you test? Just curios on my part. My husband drinks LARGE amounts of coffee every morning. 1-2 32oz cups. He is a newbie so him checking his fasting blood is not second nature yet. His mid morning check is always around 180.

realsis77 2011-08-29 13:55:57 -0500 Report

Humm? Maybe its the caffine some how? I'm really not sure just taking a guess? Maybe ask your doc and see what he has to say? Like I said it seems to be the caffine? If stress can increase the blood sugar as we know it can, then maybe the caffine is acting like stress somehow in the body? Maybe increasing blood pressure ect? There's a thought? If I had to guess, that makes since to me? So the caffine is making the body seem like its stressed then there making the blood sugar higher? Its a possiablity?

Richknowbody 2011-08-29 13:40:45 -0500 Report

I have the same problem. I asked my doctor about it last week. Spent an hour and a half talking to him last week.
He didn't give me a response.
I do drink non-fat milk in my coffee. That has I think 12 carbs per cup.
I increased my basal insulin injection dosage, and it seems to be handling it.

ShellyLargent 2011-08-29 13:29:16 -0500 Report

I have the same problem. Fasting number of <100 every morning. I get ready for work and by the time I get to the office and check my number again, it'll be 150 - 170. I've had nothing to eat or drink since getting up and testing the second time. I now add 2 or 3 units of regular insulin to my NPH in the mornings… And that seems to be working.

pock 2011-08-29 12:47:50 -0500 Report

it happened to me as well …so is it the sugar the culprit here or the cafeine?.. cause i thought splenda was good for diabetics and it was sugar free?

griz104 2011-08-29 10:14:07 -0500 Report

Nope wasn't stressed in any way.. washed hands and also cleaned them with Alcohol wipes.. same procedure every morning.. No added milk or creamer.. I don't usually do Coffee in the morning.. usually have tea..Must have been the Caffeine..Thanks for all the replys.. Just trying to find something i may have missed…

Type1Lou 2011-08-29 08:56:00 -0500 Report

Stress can also be a factor in raising your BG. Were you stressed (angered? scared? saddened? ill?)

GabbyPA 2011-08-29 08:08:26 -0500 Report

Caffeine can sometimes attribute to that increase. Did you put any milk in your coffee? That too can add. But I have to admit, that is a huge spike. Could you maybe not have washed your hands well before you tested?

berrykins0 2011-08-29 08:07:31 -0500 Report

spenda is not real sugar that i'm aware of unless you have spenda blend which is half sugar and half splenda.there are two different kinds on the market and there is brownsugar thats half brownsugar and splenda that are mixed together.splendablend can spike your bloodsugar other splenda only shouldn't.

magickmom 2011-08-29 08:04:56 -0500 Report

I thought splenda was still sugar…a low calorie one…Is it?

berrykins0 2011-08-29 08:09:36 -0500 Report

splenda is not sugar that i'm aware of but splenda blend is half sugar and half splenda. there to different kinds on the market and there is brownsugar thats half brownsugar and splenda mixed together.splenda blend can spike your boold sugar but other shouldn't splenda shouldn't.

Awesomenat 2011-08-29 09:02:43 -0500 Report

I use splenda for My Husband. His BS is okay. I am always looking for new recipes to try also. Any suggestions?

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