Please help me control my morning blood sugars

Lyn VP
By Lyn VP Latest Reply 2013-01-22 20:23:32 -0600
Started 2013-01-15 06:55:49 -0600

I’m type 2 diagnosed in November 2012 not on any meds trying to control with diet and exercise. During the day I’m doing fine, it’s the first reading in the morning the “dawn effect” the readings are high anywhere from 127-148mg/dl. I’m looking to see if anyone can give me any advice/tips on how to achieve a lower reading for the mornings, i.e. what time to eat a snack, what kind of snack to eat.

Last night I got up at 12:30 and the reading was 120mg/dl this morning at 6:52am it was 132mg/dl I ate nothing just crawled back in to bed at 12:30. What am I doing wrong ? Any help/advice/tips would be greatly appreciated.

26 replies

sm2012 2013-01-21 19:36:54 -0500 Report

Yes grind some seeds and take after your breakfast with water. Drink plenty of water. I know two people who take this and their results are very good. Take few days and see if it make any difference. Also read on the Internet by putting key words "fenugreek and diabetes". Best wishes.

sm2012 2013-01-21 10:04:02 -0500 Report

I suggest a natural way of lowering blood glucose. Please try fenugreek seeds (1 tea spoon). Grind the seeds and take it in the morning. I know who takes these seeds and her BG is under control without meds. Please post back if you lower your BG with fenugreek. Best wishes.

Lyn VP
Lyn VP 2013-01-21 19:32:48 -0500 Report

Ok so I grind some seeds and take in the morning, with food? with water? make it in to a tea? sorry not sure how I would take it any advice would help.

sm2012 2013-01-22 11:15:09 -0500 Report

Yes grind some seeds and take after your breakfast with water. Drink plenty of water. I know two people who take this and their results are very good. Take few days and see if it make any difference. Also read on the Internet by putting key words "fenugreek and diabetes". Best wishes.

GabbyPA 2013-01-22 10:50:58 -0500 Report

I would imagine you could do it any of these ways. It's a see that you eat and has a taste of "curry" to it. I sprout them and use them in salad, but I have never done what sm2012 is suggesting. Maybe I should.

sm2012 2013-01-22 21:23:32 -0500 Report

Some people soak it overnight and then eat after breakfast. I think as long as you take em, you will get the benefit. I wish every one good health.

alicejoart 2013-01-19 23:50:09 -0500 Report

I have been told to eat a slice of bread or crackers with peanut butter. I am really not supposed to eat if my numbers are in the 100s.

Nana_anna 2013-01-19 12:54:23 -0500 Report

Mine are high in the morning to. I have to usally take my insulin first thing. Then its okay. I think it you eat a protein snack at night around 8p.m. it could help the numbers to be lower in the morning. I often stop eating around 6p.m. If I want to later, then I have a snack. But nothing to big.

Pynetree 2013-01-18 08:06:41 -0500 Report

Those sneaky High morning Fasting Blood Glucose readings are frustrating! My answer to them was a small bedtime snack..bit of protein with a bit of fat. An Apple with 1 TBS. of peanut butter, is my favorite. When my Endocrinologist first suggested this, I thought she was crazy…but she was right, Lower morning FBG #'s. Just keep it small, a handful of nuts, few crackers and a piece of cheese.
Give it a try, Good Luck.

begonia 2013-01-16 23:59:29 -0500 Report

I have been treating w/diet and exercise for 7yrs now and it took me until very recently to figure out that what i thought might be the dawn effect was me eating too close to bedtime(with the exceptions of stuff like nuts or a couple pretzel thins or maybe a 10carb no sugar added fruit cup)and i figured out that if my sugar was above 100 at 9 not to eat anything else and i wake up now with bs at 110 to 115.for me this works and i am a brittle diabetic(someone who's sugar elevate but don't really last more than 1 1/2 to 2 hrs even with well rounded meal i am back to 85-100 in two hrs)so for me going to bed with sugar under 100 was very scary at first but in the end it's more spikes in the am.

MoeGig 2013-01-16 23:06:31 -0500 Report

Your numbers are fine. Don't worry about it. Your A1c will be below 7 which is good enough to prevent complications. After 46 years of Type 1, I've aimed my blood glucose to be from 80 to 180. My A1c has been in the 6's.

Alana269 2013-01-22 13:45:36 -0500 Report


MoeGig 2013-01-22 14:23:38 -0500 Report

You have to be careful…if you're bg is below 40, you might not wake up unless your husband/partner notices and calls 911. Has happened to me a number of times. Here's what I do: 1) Be very careful not to take too much, if any, novalog/humalog after dinner to cover dinner carbs. Novolog/Humalog is like dynamite…it acts on a steep curve…even if your BG was over 200 at night. If I happen to be over 300 before bed, I only take 1-2 units (and I weigh 200 lbs). 2) I know this is a pain, but I usually set the alarm for 2am to check my BG. If my BG was 300 before bed and it's now 105 4 hours later, then I know I'm headed much lower at a rapid clip. I drink a bottle of ginger ale (coke keeps me awake) to head off the drop. If it's 120 before bed and now 105, then a small quantity of ginger ale (or OJ) will work. 3) Just be careful with carbs and try to live with as few as possible which will lower your need to take humalog/novalog. Lantus is much more gentle. 4) If the 50-60 sugar you get in the morning is because of Lantus (slow acting insulin) then it takes very little to bring you back to "normal", so don't be aggressive in correcting it. I usually just go have breakfast and an english muffin with peanut butter will bring me back. Hope this was helpful. Have a good day.

locarb 2013-01-16 14:29:17 -0500 Report

It's interesting how different we all are. I have the same problem; however, if I stop eating by 9 p.m. I am fine. I also do not take medication and use diet and exercise to control BG. I am almost always in the 90's and sky high for me is 120 or so. Watch the things that you eat and try to eat more during the day so you can stop eating earlier (at least that works for me); to be very honest, you must confer with your medical provider and discount the well intentioned advice from all of us here. Experience is huge, it is not a substitute for offering medical opinions to members on this site.

All the best.

GabbyPA 2013-01-15 20:45:37 -0500 Report

I hear you! I have gone to bed with a 113 and woken up over 200. My body really wants me up. I hate it.

I spoke with my doctor and what I do now is take one of my glipizied pills before going to bed. That seems to have helped me a bit. I don't eat a snack before bed anymore. I tried all kinds of things and couldn't find a combination that worked, so for now, I don't eat before bed and I take a pill.

Another thing that helps me is to exercise in the evening. If I walk for at least 30 minutes, that keeps my body happy in a lot of ways. I tend to not spike during the night so much.

jayabee52 2013-01-15 11:08:11 -0500 Report

What you seem to be having may be inelegantly called a "liver dump". It is not something you are doing wrong, but something your body is doing right!

A liver dump is something most people have as an "emergency back up syst em" to keep one's Blood Glucose (BG) levels from crashing when one hasn't had a meal for a while

I had high morning BGs after I had been Dx'd a few years. When I asked my primary Dr about it, he told me to take my BG levels right before going to bed. If I was below 130 mg/dl I was to eat a SMALL snack with a protein and a complex carb (like peanut butter on a graham cfracker). I followed his advice and no more higher BGs in the AM.

IMHO, That is the importance of taking one's BG levels at night before you go to bed.


Lady.Grantham 2013-01-15 08:23:49 -0500 Report

You need to eat more protein and less carbs go online and also look for low glycemic food index …if you use that list it will help you lower your sugar and you will feel better :) !!!! Good luck I hope it helps !!!!! Have a great day ((( hugs)))

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