Morning readings in 200’s any suggestions?

By Life0826 Latest Reply 2018-09-04 13:44:31 -0500
Started 2018-08-26 07:11:43 -0500

Hello everyone I am new to this blog. I have been going nuts with my morning glucose readings being high. I am trying to get off my medication and do it the natural way. So far so good except for the mornings. I take Ceylon cinnamon. Cut out all carbs and sugar. This is a hard battle for me being I love potatoes and chocolate. Why does my readings before bed 130-160. And when I wake up without eating 200-230? I don’t get it.

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Chopstix 2018-09-04 13:44:31 -0500 Report

Are you keeping a food log/journal and comparing it to what and when you eat? One of the things that has helped is unfiltered apple cider vinegar in which I take 1-3 teaspoons daily. Flaxseed oil is another thing that has helped me. How late in the day do you eat dinner? Do you eat more vegetables than starches? Whole grain breads as oppose to plain white breads? Do you exercise? If so, when? All of these can contribute to/affect your blood glucose readings. Drink sodas? You may be hurting yourself even if they are diet ones. Don't expect overnight results but keep working at it. You just have to keep working at it trying to find what best works for you. I try to stay away from foods that are fried and prefer to eat grilled, baked, broiled, boiled, steamed foods. Best of health to you…

Type1Lou 2018-08-28 08:08:38 -0500 Report

"Dawn Phenomenon", experienced by non-diabetics and diabetics, is an early morning increase in blood sugar-raising hormones. In diabetics, our ability to deal with these higher blood sugars is compromised, either by a lack of insulin production (Type 1) or by insulin-resistance (Type 2) or by a combination of the two. Blood sugars are affected by more than what we eat. Emotions, stress, illness, all can cause higher than normal BG's. As hoaleboy noted, it is important to get your BG's into more normal ranges to avoid the development of those dreaded diabetes complications. That means finding the right combination of lifestyle, diet and medications that will help you achieve that goal. For me, cutting back on my daily carbohydrate consumption has been a major factor in gaining control…but, I still struggle with Dawn Phenomenon. Intermittent fasting, as mentioned by Gabby, has worked for many here on DC. Welcome to the site.

GabbyPA 2018-08-27 21:39:00 -0500 Report

Morning numbers are always a battle for me and the best thing I have found to do, besides what you are doing with low carb meals is give my liver a rest for 12-16 hours before my breakfast. That helps my liver use up what is hanging around to "help me" in the mornings. It is a natural thing for our body to reserve some glycogen to help us get up in the mornings (left over from hunter gather times) Just like Haoleboy is saying, it hangs around and gives us the high numbers. It takes me about 3 days to deplete what my liver holds. Some people it just takes 24 hours.
Talk to your doctor, but ask them about intermittent fasting and see if it might be helpful for you.

revmiguel2000 2018-09-02 18:10:09 -0500 Report

I have a very cynical view about talking to your doctor! I feel that doctors are trying to perpetuate this disease and make us dependent on the medications they prescribe to us. My A1C was recently at 8.0 (I was NOT watching what I ate, and had a lot of stress due to members of my family being sick and/or dying). My doctor wanted me to start immediately on insulin, rather than recommending any sort of alternatives - I don’t think he believes in alternative sources of medicine. So I decided to cut off all sources of “bad” carbs and go on a Ketogenic (high fat, low protein, low carb) to reverse my diabetes (type 2). It's only been a week, so I don’t have any results yet, but stay tuned! :-)

haoleboy 2018-08-27 11:15:43 -0500 Report

your liver releases glucose in the early morning to get your body ready for the day. being a type 2 (?) you most likely have insulin resistance so that glucose is still circulating when you get up.
when you say that you have "Cut out all carbs and sugar", what does that really mean, it is virtually impossible to completely eliminate carbs from your diet. do you keep track of your daily carb intake? your readings seem fairly high (IMO) … certainly at a level that could lead to complications, so as much as I understand your desire to get off medication I think you should have a serious discussion with your doctor about the benefits of metformin, a drug proven to reduce the amount of glucose your liver releases and improving insulin sensitivity. once your blood glucose comes down to safe levels it is possible to reduce or even stop taking it.
all this, of course, is just my non-medical opinion based on my experiences in successfully dealing with diabetes for 11+ years.
☮ Steve

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