By 4catMomma Latest Reply 2014-12-11 19:26:48 -0600
Started 2014-12-10 14:34:11 -0600

I got a meter, (Target $14.99) and since last week have been testing when I wake up, and sometimes before a meal, sometimes about an hour or so after I eat. I am starting to get an idea of what foods are ok, and what things I definitely need to have only rarely. My question is why is the first morning number higher than the rest of the day? One day I averaged 107 thru the day before my meals, and yet was 160 first thing that morning. That was the first time I tested, I don't recall what I ate the day before. This morning was 142, but I did cheat last night and had a piece of fried chicken & white potatoes - both of which I eat RARELY anyways. I am trying to find a class or something in the area too, but I am stumped as to this. During the day, they are really good even after I eat most times it is about 130-135. The morning is higher. Could use some insight if this is normal? thanks

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4catMomma 2014-12-11 19:26:48 -0600 Report

thanks for the info! I was also wondering if it could be caused by the avoristatin. I take it at night, and I have read that it can raise your sugar. I wonder…

Glucerna 2014-12-10 22:02:26 -0600 Report

It's great that you're testing your blood sugar levels regularly and are asking questions. The American Diabetes Association has a good explanation of dawn phenomenon here: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/... Basically, everyone, even people without diabetes, has a hormone release around dawn. People with diabetes might not have enough insulin to combat this, which causes an increase in blood sugar levels. Talk with your doctor about strategies to lower fasting blood sugar, which according to the article include eating dinner earlier and adding physical activity after dinner. ~Lynn @Glucerna

haoleboy 2014-12-10 14:50:57 -0600 Report

Our bodies naturally release hormones prior to our waking to get ready for the day. One of the effects of this hormone release is to cause the liver to dump stored glucose in to the blood. Many diabetics find that this glucose release will cause elevated morning readings. This is known as a "liver dump" or "the dawn phenomenon". Google either term and you will find a wealth of info … also I'm quite sure there will be many suggestions here shortly … as one of the fortunate that does not experience this effect I'll leave those suggestions for others.


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