Blood Gluscose Reading

By Bluegill88 Latest Reply 2013-04-11 22:51:17 -0500
Started 2013-04-10 07:06:28 -0500

I had a reading this A/m at 04:56 had a B/G reading of 234. One hour later I tested my B/G and it was 145. I had not eating anything and was reading the paper. My B/G reading had gone up. Can anyone tell me what is going on with my B/G reading?

14 replies

PetiePal 2013-04-11 09:19:41 -0500 Report

I think it's important to find out WHY it's so high in the morning. You seem like you get up fairly early, so usually waking and getting moving you start to drop pretty quick. Now did you have a SNACK the night before? Usually the "dawn effect" has to do with your sugar getting too low during the night and your pancreas dumping glucose into the bloodstream to avoid a low. Since you're sleeping you're not burning really anything, and because of being a diabetic and either insulin deficient or resistant the glucose lingers much longer in your bloodstream. A nightly snack will help.

jayabee52 2013-04-11 13:40:06 -0500 Report

actually, Pete, glucose is being burned by our bodies and brains 24/7/365 asleep or awake. Eating a snack at with protein in it before bed helps keep that liver dump at bay. And the pancreas is not dumping glucose into our bloodstreams but it is the liver dumping stored glucose in the from of glycogen. Pancreas produces insulin.

PetiePal 2013-04-11 15:53:33 -0500 Report

Correct but when you sleep it's nowhere near the levels when awake.

jayabee52 2013-04-11 22:51:17 -0500 Report

agreed, when you're up and moving around the muscles use a lot of the glucose. Still the brain, as I understand uses a large portion of the available glucose whether awake of asleep.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-11 15:24:16 -0500 Report

Just to muddy the liver dump a bit more…your pancreas may or may not be siganlling and/or responding to the signals and/or repsonses that the liver is or is not sending, so they may be both doing their own thing with no regard to what the other is doing. And your cells may or may not have enough receptors to pick up whatever insulin your body may or may not be producing. And we have to figure out what to do about it all!!!
Good idea to try a bedtime snack. I think Mewella, along with other members, has worked out a great bedtime snack, hopefully she wuill share what she does.
I work nights, so have a meal after work around 7 am, then am asleep by at least 9 each morning, so that has worked for me. When I was unemployed, a protein snack of a handful of almonds, or a piece of string cheese, or a combo of the two kept me good over night. Some people need a bit more carb, some less carb and more protein.

MewElla 2013-04-11 15:33:42 -0500 Report

Yes, I always have a snack at night…graham cracker with pnt butter. It really works for me and when I do not have it morning #'s are always higher. The pnt butter is a slow digesting food which works for me…My snack before my exercising is usually string cheese, or small apple with pnt butter…Protein is my "go to snack."

Bluegill88 2013-04-11 15:56:29 -0500 Report

What time of night are we talking about. I sometimes goes to bed at 1200P/M and some times it 2pm. I don't sleep very well at night, and that is the reason I am up so early in the morning.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-11 15:45:59 -0500 Report

Thanks, I was pretty sure you used the graham cracker PB combo.
Maybe I need to start using some string cheese to avoid the new 1 AM low I have been dealing with at work this last week. The first 4 hours at work I am exercising a lot.

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