morning glucose high!!??!!

By vensa Latest Reply 2014-11-01 21:32:37 -0500
Started 2014-10-26 00:14:02 -0500

I'm a T2 … started to test BG through the day with my glucometer before and after 2 hrs of food for a month now. It is more or less in control thru the day. I test before I go to bed and the readings are under control. But I wake up with relatively high sugar level. I've also made the following changes - having early dinner at 7:00 pm and sleep after 3 hours, Do 30-45 mins of walking after having dinner (mainly vegetables - raw and cooked), take proper medication…but still I wake up with high sugar in the morning. I'm confused…before I speak to my doc, I wanted to check with the community if you had similar observations? and what other tips you may want to offer to bring down early morning sugar level. Thanks heaps!

27 replies

oink66 2014-11-01 21:32:37 -0500 Report

I have T2 as well and when mine used to be high, I would take a table spoon of apple cider vinegar diluted with water and drink right at bedtime, it worked for me lowering my morning glucose levels. Until I got them under control with medication, walking, and meal portions.

Carol2399 2014-10-31 18:47:02 -0500 Report

Everybody's blood sugars go up in the morning starting around 4 am. It is called the Dawn phenomenon, It is nature's way of getting us to rouse from our sleep. And no, water will not do anything to help your blood sugar!

redheadcountrygirl 2014-10-28 13:23:12 -0500 Report

My daughter is having the same issue. Great numbers through the day but high in the morning. She is taking glimperide 3 mg and 15 u. Lantus at night.

heather212 2014-10-27 22:05:20 -0500 Report

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jayabee52 2014-10-28 00:40:43 -0500 Report

I asked you for your questions on your original posting. I am waiting for them. Sometimes it takes a bit for ppl here to answer, especially at night, so please be patient and wait for folks' responses.

Karyn Seiders
Karyn Seiders 2014-10-27 18:47:31 -0500 Report

my blood sugars do the same thing. My doctor suggested that I wake up at 3 in the morning to check my sugars and dose on insulin accordingly.

vensa 2014-10-27 15:53:10 -0500 Report

Thanks heaps for your kind inputs! So far I've understood that having some snack before bed (proteins etc) would help maintain the sugar level thru the night. Also each one's body is different and responds differently …and let me now start to listen to my body and understand what it says.. ;-)

Chopstix 2014-10-27 13:00:44 -0500 Report

Hello, vensa, and welcome to the family. For some people exercise can raise their blood glucose while in others it's the opposite. Do you have any kind of protein before bed? For some it helps to keep glucose from going up over night. I use a nut butter or cheese. Not much, just a light snack. Then again you may have to move the time you go walking as your adrenaline may not have calmed down enough yet. You may want to drink a glass of water before to help flush things out before bed, too. Just a thought. All the best of health and good luck to you…

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-26 19:36:31 -0500 Report

The best response so far is Steve's (haoleboy) . I prevent my morning highs by eating a protein before bed. I eat a boiled egg or chicken before bed.

kimfing 2014-10-26 15:19:18 -0500 Report

I just recently read each meal needs to have adequate amount of carbs otherwise body will covert at least 50%of the grams of protein into glucose because your cells need it for fuel in return your blood sugar will rise even tho u didn't have any carbs. My suggestion before bed have a small apple with a bit of peanut butter

haoleboy 2014-10-26 15:32:14 -0500 Report

Your body can (and does) convert protein in to glucose but it will first look to fats … the reason it is important to ensure an adequate amount of fats in your diet when low carbing (<50 carbs per day).
On a related note … Eating a large amount of proteins can actually cause your body to start converting the excess amino acids into glucose.


kimfing 2014-10-26 15:43:09 -0500 Report

i hear ya. But if u are eating lean protein like all people should, it won't have enuf fat to convert. Hadn't heard about converting amino acids. Hmmm good info

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-26 19:38:28 -0500 Report

I disagree with the "all people" statement. My dietitian said that it is recommended that people eating low carbs should eat meats with a higher fat content. I totally agree with Steve on this one.

haoleboy 2014-10-26 16:51:41 -0500 Report

my #1 concern (even above diabetes) is heart health … I'm not advocating eating vast amounts of "non-lean" meats … talking no more than 4 oz.
I eat a moderate to high amount of fats every day and my cholesterol is "ideal" according to my doctor.

haoleboy 2014-10-26 17:08:25 -0500 Report

what works for one may not work for others
I credit the cholesterol numbers to eating a high fiber diet

kimfing 2014-10-26 17:07:22 -0500 Report

It is amazing how different things effect people. Like my hubby and me both being t1 and what he can eat and i cannot.

haoleboy 2014-10-26 17:10:14 -0500 Report

controlling this disease would be so much easier if we all reacted the same to diet and medication

GabbyPA 2014-10-26 03:02:10 -0500 Report

Ahhh, the mornings. I have this issue too, and it is your body's natural wake up call. Our livers give our body a boost of energy around 3:00 in the morning to get us ready for the day. Since we don't use that so well, it hangs around and messes with our meters in the am. It is called Dawn Phenomenon and here are some other discussions about it that might help.

I tend to start high in the morning and drop through out the day. I've tried a lot of things to make it stop, but have not found my solution yet.

What works for others are things like a hand full of nuts at night before bed or something like cheese or crackers with peanut butter. The idea is something with a slow release such as protein or fat, will help keep you liver from dumping too much at night.

Pegsy 2014-10-27 17:42:36 -0500 Report

I also suffer from Dawn Phenomenon. I find if I don't get enough sleep or don't sleep well, it is worse. Stress increases it as well. I used to wake up with numbers in the 150's to 180's. It was very discouraging. I was taking a snack of 11-20 grams of carb with protein at bedtime and it wasn't helping much. Now I take that same snack no later than 8:30pm, no matter how late I stay up. My morning highs are now in the lower 100's to 120's. It is rarely higher 130, even if I slept poorly. Still not ideal but far better than it was. My doctor is pleased to keep it under 140 in the morning. I'm a little bit harder to please. :~(

Brenin 2014-10-26 13:07:03 -0500 Report

I have the same issue… I've tried the protein at night right before bed and it doesn't seem to make a bit of a difference for me. I start around 130 in the morning and drop continuously all day long.

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