Glucose readings going up without eating anything

By Spadoman Latest Reply 2012-11-08 18:08:35 -0600
Started 2012-11-08 06:38:13 -0600

I'm new here, but not new to diabetes. I have lost 25 pounds over the past 2 months because i had to change my eating habits due to injuries to my teeth and mouth when I was involved in a motorcycle accident recently. The weight loss brought my blood glucose levels down considerably. I was taking 70 units of Lantus, but reduced it down, (with my doctor's suggestions), to not taking any Lantus insulin at all.
That was three weeks ago. Now, my blood glucose is going up.
For example, yesterday, it was 211 in the morning when I woke up, (fasting). I ate a small breakfast, just 1 and 1/2 carb servings about 8 AM. I tested again before lunch and it was 280. Why such a jump with a small carb serving for breakfast?
Another example. It was 166 last night 4 hours after dinner. Dinner was 4 carb servings. I had no snack and blood glucose was 202 this morning when I woke up.
I am eating 9-12 carb servings per day, spread out evenly over 3 meals. I am confused. Is there any logical explanation? Thanks.

2 replies

GabbyPA 2012-11-08 08:45:04 -0600 Report

Congratulations on your weight loss. Sorry about the teeth. That has to be painful!

As for the high morning readings, it could be due to not enough carbs in your body or dropping low at night. Our liver takes care to make sure we don't drop low by giving us glycogen, which is glucose it has stored up to administer when it feels your body needs it.

I have gone to bed with a 113 and woken up with a 220 myself. I didn't raid the fridge at night, so it has to do with my body. There are many discussions here on what is called the dawn phenomenon

It could be something else as well, so if it seems to persist, talking with your doctor about it may give you other insights as well.

Spadoman 2012-11-08 18:08:35 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby. I guess i knew a little about the dawn phenomenon, but for over a month, I was getting low readings on the same diet, then, they started going up and up. I am a diabetic. Maybe the pancreas just got surprised and started passing out some insulin but now went back to its old self. The doctor has me raising my nightly Glargine shot by a couple of units every day until I am in that good range again. It's just disheartening as I was off Glargine for 3 weeks with low readings and no problems.