Morning Blood Sugar Levels

By Mandy2129 Latest Reply 2014-07-15 19:31:57 -0500
Started 2014-07-15 15:03:43 -0500

I've recently noticed after looking through my log book of blood sugars that my readings are high in the morning when I first wake up even if my readings are in the 130-150's at night. I cannot figure out how to get them lower. I go see my doctor on the 5th of August and want to have it somewhat controlled. I have managed to figure out that if I only eat 45carbs per meal my sugars are awesome. But the night time sugars seem to spike. Is there something I can eat to reduce it or do? Thanks for the information I have also noticed I gained like 10lbs with the metformin I am taking is that normal?

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3 replies

jayabee52 2014-07-15 18:42:45 -0500 Report

Howdy Mandy
could it be possible you might be having a "Liver dump"?

A few yrs back I had the same problem and asked my Dr about it. He suggested that I take my BG (blood glucose) readings before I retire. Any reading less than 130 mg/dl I was to eat a couple slices of apple slathered with peanut butter.

I followed his advice and that cleared it up.

Perhaps try that.


Mandy2129 2014-07-15 18:55:28 -0500 Report

Liver dump? Sorry this is all new to me. I will of course ask a lot of questions when I go for my 3 month check up

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-15 19:31:57 -0500 Report

I use to have that problem so I test before bed. If my blood sugar is less than 125, I eat some kind of protein.

This explains Live Dump or Dawn Phenomenon. If you are a new diabetic the thing to do is to start educating yourself by reading about diabetes.

When you eat your body converts the food into glucose basically.
The glucose is then used by the body and any extra is stored in your liver or
converted to fat.

The liver is like your own personal EMT, when it senses that your blood sugar is
too low it "dumps" some glucose into your system to raise the numbers.
If this didn't happen your body would shut down and you could go into a
coma at some point.

So in many ways this is a good thing, and your liver is your friend. This happens to
everyone to some extent, even people who aren't diabetic if they go too long
without food.

The problem with many people with diabetes is that their liver is waaaay to helpful.
It's as though it's over-active and doesn't wait until your blood sugar gets to 50 or
below. Research has found that a certain hormone that non-diabetics have that
regulates their liver isn't always working with T2.

That's one reason why we tell people to eat frequently, every 3-4 hours. It keeps
the liver calmed down.

Another way that a "liver dump" can happen is if you take insulin or an insulin
stimulating drug. If you don't eat enough carbs to keep your BS at a good level you
go low. Then your liver takes over for you. That's why it's so important to balance
medication with carbs, and it usually requires a period of testing and adjusting to get
it right.

Finally, this can also happen with exercise unless you eat enough carbs to cover it.
Exercise lowers BS numbers, but you also have to constantly fuel the muscles and
organs with glucose, because that's their fuel. True, the body can convert protein
and fat into glucose, but it's a much slower process and not the body's favorite way
to do it. And if you're very active it's just too slow, and you end up with constant
liver dumps.

Carbs aren't your enemy, you just have to learn when and how to use them for the
best results. And you have to also be aware of the affect of any medications you
might take and activity levels on the carb levels you consume.

It sounds really complicated, but in short time you learn to balance it. It just takes
practice and quite a bit of testing at first.