Morning highs?

By dianalee Latest Reply 2014-06-24 02:02:49 -0500
Started 2014-06-17 14:21:57 -0500

I have been type 2 for nearly a year now. I have noticed my morning sugar level is always higher than my day and night time. I go to bed with a sugar of 102 and wake up at 135, or go to bed with it 134 and wake up at 190. It's all over in the mornings. Any suggestions what may cause this? I am not on insulin, only oral medication at this time. How do I stop it? Thanks for your input.

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notawittykitty 2014-06-24 02:02:49 -0500 Report

A good nutritionist would be able to help out with your carb intakes and are you taking any other medications…sometimes they can bring your levels up. I read some of the answers here and they are very helpful. Suggestions are great. Haoleboy…good sense of humor. Take care Dianalee and hope you keep us informed of the situation.

jayabee52 2014-06-17 15:23:45 -0500 Report

Howdy Diana
I concur with Steve, but when I was troubled with this I asked my Dr about it. He told me that if my BG (Blood Glucose) level was below 130 mg/dl when I took my final meter reading for the day, then I needed to eat a snack containing a complex carb (like a couple of apple slices) and pair that with a protein (like peanut butter)

I followed his advice and no more high morning readings. What seems to happen is the complex carb gets the tummy digesting and the protein keeps digesting for the most of the night.

God's best to you and yours

dianalee 2014-06-17 15:34:08 -0500 Report

Thanks James. I'll try that and see how it works for a week or so. Am trying my hardest to get off medicines and with all other numbers looking good the morning is the last number for me to conquer and hopefully get the A1C back down.

Glucerna 2014-06-17 19:27:45 -0500 Report

Have you had the opportunity to meet with a diabetes educator? They're a good source of information and can help you figure out how to best lower your morning blood sugar. Many hospitals have diabetes education programs, or you can ask your doctor for a referral. Be sure to keep track of what you're eating, when you're eating, and the amount of carbohydrate you eat, especially at dinner and for any evening snacks. Many people with diabetes notice that their morning blood sugar is higher when they don't sleep well, so take that into account as well. ~Lynn @Glucerna

haoleboy 2014-06-17 14:37:38 -0500 Report

Dawn Phenomenon or the Somogyi Effect
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dianalee 2014-06-17 15:14:58 -0500 Report

Thanks Steve, I've read that before, but have never found anything that says exactly how to stop it besides possibly getting up in the middle of the night and eat a little something, which I don't really want to do. I have mentioned this to my doctor every time and she just added a morning medication, which I'm not sure is really going to help that problem.

Nick1962 2014-06-18 17:58:27 -0500 Report

For me it decreased significantly when I developed a consistent diet/eating routine, along with the already mentioned evening higher protein snack. I now wake up in the mid-80's even without the snack.

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