Morning Fast Number...UGHHH!!???

By Coconut25 Latest Reply 2014-08-17 14:46:33 -0500
Started 2014-08-15 09:52:43 -0500

Hello I was newly diagnosis'd with Type 2 at the beginning of this July. They have me on 1000mg of Metphormin daily. I have managed to get my post eating numbers in range. But it seems no matter what I eat my morning numbers are ranging around 130 to 160. It is so annoying. I called my diabetes educator and it seems I get a different answer with everyone I talk to. One says try a night snack, then another says no night snack…try to eat dinner earlier. I guess it is a puzzle I have to solve. I do know I need to workout more. After work I am just so tired, I need to get more motivated. I have been pretty obsessed with everything I do since I got the diagnosis. I have another doctors appointment on Monday and I'm pretty sure he will up my meds, for some reason makes me feel like a failure. Stress is a daily feeling..which makes me want to eat a lot. I feel like I am being very hard on myself and feel a lot guilt. Thanks for letting me vent. Any suggestions on my morning numbers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time :)

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Pegsy 2014-08-17 14:46:33 -0500 Report

I experience high fasting glucose in the morning as well. Some mornings higher than others but nearly all mornings higher than they should be. I am going to try James' idea posted below and see what a difference that makes.

GabbyPA 2014-08-16 05:09:43 -0500 Report

Fist of all, anything below 140 is good, so don't stress too much. What you are most likely experiencing is dawn phenomenon. It's when your body gives you extra glycogen to help you get up in the morning. I have this too, many of us do. I have tried the snack, no snack, thing as well and to be honest, I just have not found the "key" yet. One time I had a 113 before bed and a 200 when I woke up.

Here are some other discussions on dawn phenomenon:

Like you I drop during the day and have better numbers, so I have quit stressing about it. For me, I think it relates more to my sleeping and I do tend to be better if I get a solid night sleep. I try not to eat anything at night anymore, and I keep water at my bedside to drink during the night.

Your doctor should not increase meds on the account of just morning numbers. He might switch up when you take things, but your A1c is the one he should base medications on.

Most importantly, you are not a failure at all. Diabetes is very complicated. It's hard to manually do what an organ in your body is designed to do. If it was easy, non of us would be here.

Glucerna 2014-08-15 14:00:19 -0500 Report

It does sound like you're being really hard on yourself. Sometimes people with diabetes really do need medication, or an increase in medication. That doesn't mean you're failing to make changes in your food choices and activity level, just that your body needs some help. You can continue to make those healthy lifestyle changes and perhaps will need less medication further down the road. You're going to feel better overall when your blood sugar is in a healthy range, and that will translate into making healthier choices. You're less than 2 months into this diagnosis, and you're actively making changes. That's a success! ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-08-15 12:18:06 -0500 Report

Howdy Coconut
When I was having high fasting AM readings I asked my Dr about it. He said for me to take my BG (blood glucose) level before I went to bed. If the reading was below 130 mg/dl that I was to eat 2 graham cracker squares with peanut butter on them. The carbs in the cracker got things started and the protein in the peanut butter kept me digesting it and feeding small amounts of glucose throughout most of the night. I followed his suggestion and no more high fasting AM readings.

Try that to see if it would work for you


kimfing 2014-08-15 10:01:08 -0500 Report

I am in a way obsessed with my care too. Do not be too hard on yourself, it will take time. Maybe you are
Having a liver dump known as dawn phenomenon. Research that. You're doing great. Look at the positive, will relieve the stress that can raise bs.

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