blood glucose reading

By hwcalle Latest Reply 2012-05-03 09:42:38 -0500
Started 2012-05-02 15:00:53 -0500

Hi can anyone, recommend or advise on how to maintain
a good bg reading,I find tht I have a high reading in tbe morning.
What am I doin wrong.

8 replies

jigsaw 2012-05-02 17:58:06 -0500 Report

I use to have the same problem! I tried everything possible as far as diet is concerned but nothing seemed to work. My bg #s were good from about 11am till 8pm. Came the morning, my fasting bg was high. My doctors explanation "your liver releases glucose during the morning hours to give you the energy boost needed to wake up! Many people with diabetes don't produce enough insulin to utilize the bg, so it stays in the blood. Some can compensate as Nick pointed out, with a protein snack before bedtime. It didn't work for me. Sometimes tighter control of bg will help.
What worked for me was evening exercise for about 20 min to 1/2 hour. If I got my bg down to about 80 or so by bedtime, then i was looking at 110 to 120 in the morn, instead of 140 to 160. Eventually, I started taking lantus at bedtime, and the dawn effect is eliminated. That was after aproximately 17 years of living with tightly managed diabetes. My fasting bg is 90 to 100 currently. Hopefully, your pancreas is producing enough insulin to get the dawn effect under control with some minor adjustments with diet, exercise, or both!

hwcalle 2012-05-02 20:10:46 -0500 Report

Hi jigsaw
Thanks for replying, wht is lAntus?

jigsaw 2012-05-02 20:56:04 -0500 Report

Lantus is a form of insulin. If I'm not mistaken, you were diagnosed recently. That being the case, you have a good chance at getting your mornig blood glucose under control with a good food plan, and exercise.

Nick1962 2012-05-02 16:21:02 -0500 Report

Welcome to the club hwcalle! Sorry you qualify for our little party here.
Without knowing if you're a T1 or T2, my generic answer would be watching your diet. A high morning reading is common - it's called your fasting number. It's called that because you haven't eaten in about 8 hours (while you were asleep). It's also referred to as "dawn effect" and "liver dump". Basically your liver creates glucose during the night as a way to feed your body glucose while you aren't. A little high protein snack before bed usually helps, but if I knew what your numbers are I could be more specific.

hwcalle 2012-05-02 20:08:12 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advise a t2,n my bg # in the mornings can be r
120 or higher.I know it hAve to do with wht I eat for my last snack.

Nick1962 2012-05-03 08:49:32 -0500 Report

That's not a terrible number if as jigsaw suggests you're recently diagnosed. Also, like jigsaw i exercise in the evening and eat my "main" meal after. I usually wake up to about 85. It wasn't always like that. When I was first DX'd, mornings were 180 sometimes 200.

hwcalle 2012-05-03 09:14:40 -0500 Report

hii nikki
i never did my exercise in the evening,if it hepls to lower my bg i would give it a go.thanks for some heplful advise. i did my reading n it was 119 ,