Post breakfast lows

By lilleyheidi Latest Reply 2015-01-07 13:45:37 -0600
Started 2015-01-06 00:14:36 -0600

Most mornings I wake up around 1am and test at around 110 to 120, and begin my routine of drinking coffee. My pill box alarm goes off around 4am and I take my meds including my glipizide. I eat breakfast of 1 cup of vanilla low fat yogurt and 1/2 cup blueberries (about 20g carbs approx ) . I test just before breakfast and I'm usually still between 100-110 so I really haven't dropped much. About 2 hours after breakfast, sometimes 3 hours, I begin getting symptoms of a low and will test again. At this point I am often as low as 45 or 46. Sometimes not quite so low, but I am definitely low.
I've taken Glipizide in the morning as well as 25 units of Levimere. I called my Endo yesterday when this happened for the third morning in a row and we lowered my insulin to 15 units. in the morning.
Any suggestions on maybe a breakfast change? It has to be simple, quick and easy.
thanks, HUGS, Heidi

7 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-06 14:11:24 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed, I had that problem. I learned that I was not eating enough carbs to get me through to snack time. I increased my carbs for breakfast from 20 to 30. Once I did that, I made it through to snack time. Now I eat more carbs in the morning than I do for lunch. Then I eat a little more for dinner. I have eliminated snacks between breakfast and lunch. As Gabby said maybe eating full fat yogurt would help.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-07 00:54:38 -0600 Report

Going to try adding seeds or nuts to my yogurt for a few days added with the drop in insulin and see what happens. Thanks Joyce.

GabbyPA 2015-01-06 10:08:53 -0600 Report

Maybe adding a full fat yogurt instead of the low fat? It will give you a longer lasting energy or glucose release. Maybe you are getting into a crash situation? Or maybe a sprinkle of nuts on top to help out? I read in the gym discussion that you exercise often between 1 and 3 a.m.. Are you doing this when these lows are happening?

lilleyheidi 2015-01-07 00:53:57 -0600 Report

I exercise before the lows happen, the lows aren't until around 5 or 6am after i've eaten. I exercise before breakfast most mornings. But I've had lows on days I haven't done exercise at all. Interestingly, i forgot to take any insulin at all yesterday morning and had no drop, or spike, I stayed level all day long. It was perfect BG all day. Going to mention that to my endo next time we talk. thanks, I will switch up to full fat yogurt.

GabbyPA 2015-01-07 13:45:37 -0600 Report

Exercise effects can last for hours after you are done, depending on what kind you do and how your body reacts to it. That is interesting about the insulin and is something worth looking into for sure.

denipink57 2015-01-06 10:04:41 -0600 Report

lowering your insulin is smart but what about a quick snack before you test again? after i eat my breakfast i snack again a couple of hours before lunch. this keeps me in the zone. why dont you try having that snack. i eat a tablespoon of peanut butter with a tablespoon of coconut oil. this bit of protein keeps me from the lows. i used to have a lot of lows before i started eating my snack.

good luck Heidi.

Type1Lou 2015-01-06 08:10:22 -0600 Report

Lowering your insulin dosage will certainly help. The only other solution that I can see to the lows would be to increase your breakfast carbs…but you may not want to do that if weight loss is a goal as well. Continue communicating with your doctor. He/she may wind up reducing your oral medication dosage as well or changing the time you take it.

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