High blood sugar at dawn. The dawn problem.

By RosalieM Latest Reply 2015-01-07 10:50:49 -0600
Started 2015-01-07 07:53:49 -0600

I have found the problem of high blood sugar at dawn is the result of a diet too high in carbohydrates.
Taking drugs complicates the whole matter. In fact having to take diabetes drugs means the diet is too high in carbohydrates. Many on this site have done a terrific job of crafting a diet for themselves
that is free of grains, starch and sugar. They usually don't need drugs. Some do not make enough insulin to cover even their low carb diet. I am old that is true in my case so I take a small amount of Lantus but no drugs. If you have to take drugs, your diet is too high in carbohydrate. It will show up as high blood sugar at dawn. With a high protein, fat and fiber diet and very low carb, no sugar starch or flour, the dawn problem should go away.

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jayabee52 2015-01-07 09:01:01 -0600 Report

Howdy Rose
When I had that problem I asked my Dr about it. He told me to if I had a BG level of below 130 mg/dl on my before bed test I should eat some graham crackers smeared with Pnut butter.

God's best to you


Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-07 08:41:06 -0600 Report

Well…I eat less than 30 grams of carbs a day..(needed to add a palmfull of nuts and a square of good dark chocolate everyday)..and my numbers are exactly where I want them to be 97% of the time..in fact yesterday I got a little nervous because my post dinner reading was so low…I do however have problems with higher fasting sugars..and DO NOT believe I need to adjust my carb intake..if I am where I want to be most of the time..it means my carb intake is just fine..other factors play into your fasting numbers that are unrelated to carb intake…such as the timing of meds..getting a good night sleep..having an unusually stressful evening…do not assume that just because numbers run high in the morning that ones carb intake needs to be adjusted..

RosalieM 2015-01-07 10:49:02 -0600 Report

I stand corrected. What I meant to say was if your morning reading is consistently high you need to lower your carb intake.
If a person is taking diabetic drugs, or fast acting insulin all bets are off regarding the dawn issue. There are just too many variables.
It is true about stress. I raised my A1c by one whole point pumping adrenalin. I just worked too hard for too long and needed adrenalin to maintain the pace I had set for myself. When stopped my A1c went back to what is normal for me.