Please Lend Me Your Support

By sweetcaroline Latest Reply 2013-04-09 09:28:15 -0500
Started 2010-03-03 00:26:43 -0600

I am struggling to get through night number three without eating. The behavior I am trying to change is waking up at night evey two hours or so to eat, usually something high in fats, proteins and carbohydrates. I feel like a heroin addict going cold turkey (ooo..probably bad analogy..Why do I always think in terms of food? LOL)I told myself to get a grip on my behavior after I was out shopping and stepped on scale at store to find I weighed 272 pounds. I had a gastric bypass years ago when it was still experimental surgery. I am almost back to my weight at the time of that surgery (319 pounds). Needles to say I have not only gained all this weight but my blood sugar is all over the map going high and low. I know I am not alone in my struggle but I would love to hear that from somebody besides myself.

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available jones
available jones 2013-04-07 01:22:11 -0500 Report

hang on i am in the same boat,i have not had the surgery,but it ys nearly impossible for me to control my eating habits.i have been told so many times how easy it is to stop eating the way i have eaten for the last 40 because my back has been broken in 3 different places we have started going to revolution chiropractic.they not only work on my back,they teach all sorts of things including diet in this program.we have just started.i will keep you wife is a vegetarian god bless her,it just takes more fore me & i cannot help me.note- we have been married 45 plus yrs

IronOre 2012-11-22 18:03:31 -0600 Report

Do you drink much diet soda ?
It is my understanding that drinking that causes people who eat certain foods more.
I am down to 1-2 per day at the most, and cutting back has helped me out greatly.

available jones
available jones 2013-04-09 03:43:43 -0500 Report

no i donot drink any diet drinks.i very seldom drink regular sodas. 1-maybe 2 a month. i cannot even remeber the last time a 2 liter soda was in this ever i do drink a lot of water & it is very had for me to limit my water when i eat.thank you for asking

GeoSeal 2011-12-03 14:58:25 -0600 Report

Dear struggler,
I used to have the problem of wanting a "sweet fix" around midnight almost every night. I won't lie… It takes determination to break the habit. I have never smoked but I've been close to friends and family members that do. I have witnessed first hand how smokers struggle with breaking the habit of smoking. I put the "sweet fix" habit in a similar category. Why so I say this? Well because I personally felt as if I was addicted to sweets. Mainly pastries. I never cared for candies ever since I was a kid. But pastries were my "sweet addiction".
It took me a while to come to grips with the facts but I won the battle. I still have a craving from time to time for something at midnight but I've learned to bypass the urge. I really think it's about 99% mental. I've mentioned before that once you are able to manage the mental part, the rest is a breeze. Thankfully now when I get an urge to get a sweet fix I just say no. When I walk by the bakery and see that tasty pumpkin pie, I simply smile, say how are you doing, (to the pie) and walk on down the isle… LOL. Sounds funny but I do it and it feels GREAT! It wasn't so easy at first but I was determined to win. Now I am in control. That's a great feeling.
Not sure of your personal habits regarding eating but maybe you can start keeping a record of your daily food intake, meds, activities etc. I started a detailed record of my daily routines and it helped extremely. There is a clear connection with keeping honest and accurate records and being able to recognize what helps and what doesn't. Wanting to eat every couple of hours during the night is a "habit". Unfortunately you will have to fight the urges. I did it and it feels good. If you can't do it cold turkey then try doing it gradually. Keep reducing the amounts until you can just "Say No" to yourself.

jd20083 2010-10-18 15:46:46 -0500 Report

i have high and low sugars as well. Consistency is difficult for me. But whats key is know when you do something goood , acknowledge that and that can start to have you some sel motivation. Also, the people around should help you to encourage to do better for your self. I say tghis because just imagine if you ere not around what will life be like. Think of the cons of not having you around.. Let that be the starting point of you doing better. Their will always be times of tempted things of you doing wrong, but having the desire to overcome those temptaion will make it easier to deal with.

available jones
available jones 2013-04-09 03:54:25 -0500 Report

thankyou for your wonderfull comments.sometimes i think that i have to much help& they are very problem is that i have always been a big eater.i have cut back some but have a long way to go if i am going to eat like they showed me in the diab.class.instead of a small apple or pear i still like the larger one.

Eddie boy
Eddie boy 2010-10-18 11:25:30 -0500 Report

What you describe is an addiction. I know I eat when something is bothering me. I don't have to be hungry to feel the need for food. I am feeding my emotions vs. dealing with them. Find a good therapist or psychiatrist that deals with addictions. Sometimes it takes more than just being strong. Good luck and god bless.

hogrider37 2010-10-18 07:11:12 -0500 Report

I also used to get up every night and eat sometimes 2 to 3 times a night. I fortunetly didng gain any weigth from it, I dont know why but I didnt. I wish you were close to me, I have a wonderful dietician that works for our parctice and she hlep people like us all the time. As far as surgeries go, there is a procedure now not the gastric bypass, its called the Lap Band and it can be a long term fix as long as the patient follows all the guidelines set forth for the post-op surgery. One of our Drs is a bariatric surgeon and had had many long term successes. Of course for every 10 that do the right thing you have one that dosent. The majority of people that we follow after this surgery have come off their diabeties meds or insulin, high blood pressure meds, kidney problems have gone away. It all depends on how you handle the situation. It took me a long time to stop the eating at nightbut every once in a while I do it to turn around and find my wife standing behind me to make me put it away. You can do it with some support and help. Good luck.

available jones
available jones 2013-04-07 01:33:12 -0500 Report

praise the lord for our wives.i know the feeling of getting ready to chow down,turn around,busted sweet jean caught me again

Ritz.P 2010-10-18 03:12:47 -0500 Report

I've been struggling with diabeties since i was 4..i am 14 now..
And these teens have been the hardest time to control my glucose level,what with all the emotional unstability, moodswings and the bad eating and sleeping patterns.
What i have learned though is that the more free time i have on my hands,the more my thoughts circle around food.
So my suggestion would be to stay occupied,distract yourself as much as you have to…Take up excercise or a hobby that you love doing…listen to music,meditate..anything!(there is so much to do!!)
You could even lock up your kitchen after meals and hand over the keys to a family you do not go there more than required..
And as for the night problem…You need to gradually cut down on your meals..
starving right away wouldnt be a very good idea because yu may not be able to handle it and just give up..
So what i'd say is…keep a handful of nuts or low-cal snacks near your bedside..
and whenever yu wake up u could just have that…
gradually reduce the quantity of these meals at night and finally your body will adapt to sleeping right through the night without food..
Also i've heard there are few natural perfumes that help you deep sleep at night..if your waking up so frequently i doubt your getting enough quality deep sleep that your body needs…so using these natural perfumes on your pillow will infuse a deep sleep state and reduce your waking up at night ever so frequently

I hope this works for you:)
take care…

goldio 2010-10-17 22:56:39 -0500 Report

Im new here like less than 10 minutes I have the food addiction problem an know I definitely eat ut of emotional problem I'm a hefty 260 lbs down from 285 first time ive last any weight in 15 years. I have the type2 "sugar" and so many other things going wrong with me as a result. I was thinking about the weight loss surgery tonight they say it reverses Diabetes… I have been binging and like seditary with depression and over eating for 5 days now I had a good 4 days eating right then my PMS flipped me out to a frinking emotional roller coaster ride then it was all down hill. I am so desperate right now I want to go on a starvation diet then I got all emotional and made a healthy skinless chicken vegie meal I can't even handle the thought of not eating without eating for emotional reason.

I hope my story can keep you away from self destuction Life is such a beautiful thing and there is so much to enjoy we just need to start living Right

joni55 2010-04-15 14:03:30 -0500 Report

I asked my doctor about having that surgery, but he did not think I needed it. I thought it would be a permanent answer. I guess it isn't. Thanks for the enlightenment.

You need to find other things to reward yourself with. I am learning that there are many things that make me feel good besides food. And, if you are not in the house all the time, I think the temptation to overdo is not always there.

I hope and pray all goes well for you.

Anonymous 2010-04-17 23:05:19 -0500 Report

Joni - Surgery definitely is not a permanent solution. I'm not even sure it is a temporary solution, but I may be biased from my experience. Things have been going much better for me . I have not eaten at night since way back when I first posted asking for DC members' support. I am now making changes in regards to my day time eating. Also today I took the first baby step to swimming again. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. I hope things go well for you, too!

joni55 2010-04-24 21:27:39 -0500 Report

I guess I was so frustrated because a few years ago I had to use steroids for my lung problems and my weight went up to almost 300 pounds. I really wasn't feeling good about myself. Not that I do most of the time anyway. I just thought this might be an option like breast reduction surgery was. (And, yes I did say REDUCTION) I hated that I was big. But, the surgery did leave some nasty scars and took a long time to heal. I still don't regret it. I just said a prayer for you. I am not sure who you are but God knows and that is all that matters, right?!

dietcherry 2010-03-07 13:12:26 -0600 Report

Can I make a suggestion that you see an addiction therapist-your eating sounds emotional, not from hunger. You need to get to the bottom of why you use food as a substitute for something other than fuel. I am rooting for you and please keep us updated on your health! Lots of Love, Renee :)

imsuzie2 2010-03-07 22:19:02 -0600 Report

Renee, your new picture is beautiful! Damn, girl, I agree with Roy, 20's! You should be a poster GIRL for type 1 and doing it right!

Anonymous 2010-03-07 23:16:14 -0600 Report

Renee - You hit one of the nails right on the head. And been there, done that. Now after exploring the "whys", I must move on to the "do's" night, one meal, one food, exercise, meditation choice at a time. Grateful I did not do with drugs or alcohol what I have done with food. Thanks so much for your love and support.

Landon'sMama 2010-03-05 12:08:26 -0600 Report

I am so sorry to hear a/b your problem. I can't even lay my head on a pillow at night, not b/c of the same problem you have but b/c I can not sleep at all. I have a 9 wk old son and I can't even watch him at night b/c if I do sleep I can't wake up. I hate it, it shouldn't be that way you know?.. Can you tell me the things you have tried to do to stop??

Landon'sMama 2010-03-05 12:19:37 -0600 Report

When I was pregnant I had to go on this strict diet… I could only have 45-60 carbs in the morning, 30-45 at lunch and again 45-60 at dinner and had to snack in between with no carbs. So for a snack I would have fruit, and maybe cottage cheese or like cheese and some pickles for example. It worked to, my sugar was still a little high but I know now it was b/c I had Preaclampsia (or Toxemia as some no it). I did everything right and had him at 34 wks but he did great. Maybe you should try this out for a few days. After dinner before you go to bed you have to snack to… It helped me not eat during the night (I was really bad at waking up and eating in the middle of the night to)… I hope this helps you some and if you try it I hope it works for you, b/c not only will it help you with not eating but it will bring your blood sugar down like crazy!!

jayabee52 2010-03-05 14:21:44 -0600 Report

Howdy Landon'sMama
and WELCOME to DC!
Hope to see you around the discussion boards. I think you'll find a lot of friendly people here (and a couple of grumps - LoL!) who are willing to lend an ear of a bit of information or whatnot.


jayabee52 2010-03-05 23:23:53 -0600 Report

no, not you suz, I had someone else in mind (who shall remain nameless) others have had spats with. I WAS trying to inject a little humor, and you go kidding me about it! GEESH!

imsuzie2 2010-03-06 03:33:19 -0600 Report

I was feeding on your humor, James. Guess the meds have kicked back in again and I am my old self. You guys will just have to suffer as I have fun! (I knew you would understand…LOL)

Anonymous 2010-03-05 19:30:32 -0600 Report

Landon's Mom - WOW!! I don't know how you do it with your little one. I'll sure be keeping you in my thoughts. Are you Type I or II? I am on an upward (in a good way) spiral ..not eating during the night these past few days means I eat better during the day (and vice versa) and my overall blood sugar has come down and there is far less "bounce" to it. I'm taking in less carbs during the day. Similar to your experience I think. Passed right by the chocolate cake and cheese cake served at business lunch today. I have such unpleasant reflux at night that I have to choose any evening snack with that in mind. Protein and fat (like peanut butter) can lead to bad reflux apple doesn't evoke reflux (actually helps it, but shoots up blood sugar and contributes to the periodic eating throughout the night, I think.)Thanks so much for posting here. Stay in touch!

imsuzie2 2010-03-05 19:36:55 -0600 Report

Anon, are you treating the reflux? I take Aciphex, and the company has a program with card, and I get it free. My gastro helped me with that. I am sure an Endo would have the same reps offering the program. If not, check out Might need to look a bit, there is a 30 day free certificate to go with your Rx, but if you keep looking, you can sign up for the card. That might help.

Anonymous 2010-03-06 22:50:03 -0600 Report

Imsusie - Yup, I'm on prescription and take over the counter for "break through". It got a lot better when I lost weight but now that I have my big abdomen (belly - really but that just sounds so unladylike)pressing on my diaphragm when I lay down it has gotten bad again. It will get better as I take the weight off (I hope). Your suggestion is good for others reading this who may not know about the aciphex resource (I didn't until you shared.)THANKS!

imsuzie2 2010-03-05 19:39:20 -0600 Report

Landon's mom, can't you nap when he naps thru the day and nite? Any help to share some of the care of the baby? Maybe someone who can call you 2 hrs after you ask them to when the baby goes down for a nap? Maybe get a neighbor teen to "baby sit" the two of you so you can get some sleep? Just throwing some ideas out there…good luck S2

Darron 2010-03-04 06:45:08 -0600 Report

Support will help you motivate yourself to do what needs to be done. I can offer you what worked for me. Before that, a couple of questions.
1. Do you nap or sleep during the day?
2. What do you do several hours before you lay down at night to go to sleep?
3. What time do you eat dinner( or supper) in the evening and your last snack.
4. When you wake up during the night are you dry mouth, thirsty or sweating?

One of your support team

imsuzie2 2010-03-04 06:48:32 -0600 Report

Great questions, Darron.

Anonymous 2010-03-04 19:53:49 -0600 Report

Darron - Good questions - here are my answers and I am looking forward to hearing more from you. I do not sleep or nap during the day. I am a salaried professional in high stress job with long hours (10 to 12 hour days with meetings morning throughout the day and often in the evening). Depending on what crisis I am dealing with and what meetings there are I have been known to skip meals and/or eat "lunch" at 3 in the afternoon and "dinner" after a meeting that gets over with at 8:00 PM. At some evening meetings I am served dinner and that is usually about 6:00 pm when that happens. I would say that I never eat an evening meal any later than 8 or 9 PM. I never have a planned evening snack. On the evenings when I don't have a meeting I may do nothing but read a book or stare at TV or I may swim laps (I am blessed with a swim spa that has a current with variable speed so I can do that right out my back door if wind isn't blowing too hard and its not too cold)or I may go for walk with dogs and hubbie. I do wake up thirsty, in fact I can drink a quart or more of fluids during the night. That is when my blood sugar is elevated. (I checked it during the night just to have the values.) On far rarer occassions I am hypoglycemic and then I wake up shaking and sweating. I know I am literally running on adrenalin some days. If I were my own patient I would prescribe: study meditation, especially breathing, to manage stress, swim laps every day but do it in AM, not at night, give an insulin pump a trial so I could accommodate the extremely variable meal schedule. OK, I've blabbed on long enough. I'll be quiet now so I can listen to you. Obviously what I'm doing AIN'T workin! Tonight is night five of not stuffing my face all night long. THANKS for being on my support team!

Darron 2010-03-06 09:46:41 -0600 Report

I know that each person is different and also has different results, one thing I had to do was level my day. At the time I was getting up at 5:30 am and by work at 7 am. I did not take a morning break, lunch break or afternoon break. Drank alot of caffine during the day. I normally closed my business at 7 pm or later.Normally home by 8pm or 8:30pm and eat dinner/supper after then. Nothing changed, my bg was always up, my A1C did not change. It was due that I did not change. I still got up early and worked late, but I changed my eating habits. I started eating breakfast every morning. Even if was a piece of toast with peanut butter. I ate an apple or banana around 10am. I ate lunch at 1pm. Ate an apple or banana around 4:30pm. Here is the biggest adjustment. No matter what I ate dinner at 7pm. Home or at work I ate at 7pm. Then at 9:30pm I ate some cheese and a few crackers. I started this every day till it was a normal routine. I only exercised in the morning and I cut my caffine intake down to 3 cups before noon. No more energy drinks and I only drink water or decaf tea the rest of the day. In the evening I would walk around our neighborhood (almost 1 and 1/2 miles) at a steady slow pace.
You will have to see what you can change in your life style and what you are commited to change. That was my main ingredient to my success. Change what I did not want to change. Now there are days I miss a time slot, but I eat the apple before or after the conference call or meeting. Eating throughout the day I find myself not eating as much all day. My nutritionist had me on a 350 carbs a day at first. Now I am at 240+ carbs a day depending on my activities for the day.
You can keep the hectic day but relax and enjoy 2 minutes to take a healthy break twice. Take 15 to 20 minutes instead of the hour for lunch. But take it. This was the hardest for me but it paid off more than anything else. I was not as frustrated or ill tempered during the day. I found I was even more on top of my game and accomplished more throughout the day.

Sleep and rest is an important factor with diabetes. My doctor told me to get at least 6 hours but no more than 8 hours of rest every night. Check with your doctor to see what they tell you. Like I said before everyone is different and has different results.

List your day out and what is stressing you out most to least. Work on both. Pick one major and one minor thing. Make changes to eliminate these things and when you can mark one off pick another out of that group. Just don't get overwelmed. Take a day at a time. Meditate at the end of the day. Take notes what is working and what is not working. Change the what is not working to something else till it works. But don't let your guard down. Just because it worked once does not mean it works all the time. You have to keep adjusting. Keep your head up.

Alot to take in, but it has worked for me. I let it get to me a couple of months ago, but I got back on track. I have felt better, improved and kept my numbers great. It is a battle every day, but I am conquering more than I am loosing at this time.

Good luck and remember we are here!

Anonymous 2010-03-06 22:43:08 -0600 Report

Darron - Thanks for your thoughtful remarks and valuable suggestions. I'm thinking after I get a few more nights of not eating at night under my belt (I'm on night seven) I'll tackle eating changes during the day including the lunch break and the definite dinner time with evening snack. I think the change I am most resistant to is exercising in the AM, but logically that makes the most sense to help straighten out my sleeping in the long term. Well one day at a time, one change at a time. I think I can tell from your comments that you are walking the walk, not just talking the talk and congratulations on the changes you have made. I'm going to do my d****** to follow your good example!

imsuzie2 2010-03-07 07:09:17 -0600 Report

Wow, Darron. How impressive. Sounds like great advice. My problem with that is my hours are a bit off from yours. I work til 10p, so have dinner around 11p and go to sleep somewhere around 5a. If and when I no longer work at the call center, Mike and I will get on a more regular schedule.

tink2707 2010-03-07 07:51:36 -0600 Report

i completely understand that one suzie. i work graveyard so its really hard to have a "regular" schedule. the biggest thing ive changed though is ive stopped snaking at work unless its to have an apple or some carrots. and i dont come home, eat, and go straight to bed like i used to.

imsuzie2 2010-03-07 08:08:28 -0600 Report

Oh, the work snacking can be bad, can't it? I bring healthy to the pot lucks, fruit, veggies, cheese…and don't eat much of what is brought in. I eat breakfast on the drive in (sandwich on low carb bread), take my meds with a 5.5 oz can of tomato juice…have lunch there…then dinner when I get home. And stay up at least 4 to 6 hrs after eating. Vampire life style!!! About ready to go to bed now, 6:07a. If I wasn't here, I would probably go to bed around 3a! You guys are bad for my sleep!!!!

tink2707 2010-03-07 08:28:22 -0600 Report

my family doesnt usually have the healthy snacks i like, i prefer apples and pears, they get bananas and oranges. thankfully i work at a walmart supercenter so i can buy my apples and pears at work when i need a snack. i have a half hour drive between my house and my job so i usually eat "dinner" around 8 and go to bed around 11am.

Darron 2010-03-07 15:39:19 -0600 Report

Again, like I said everybody is different. Take one step at a time. You have to do it yourself and nobody will change you. You will have all the support with this group when you need it, so don't fret to ask. Work on it daily with small changes. Well that's my words of wisdom for the day. lol.

Your support team

alanbossman 2010-03-03 21:02:19 -0600 Report

You also have my support and i know how hard it is for all of us to change the way we eat. Just call on anyone here and we will be here to help You can do this

Anonymous 2010-03-04 00:27:37 -0600 Report

Night number four and I'm awake after sleeping a couple of hours. Feel much better than last night thanks in part to support from DC folks like you, Alan. I quit smoking in 1977 by taking it one day at a time so I know this works to change behavior, I just have to apply it to not eating one night at a time. But can't do it alone. Have to know others are there for support. Thanks again!

tink2707 2010-03-04 02:09:21 -0600 Report

worry not. we're all here to support you. you'll make it through tonight too. just reach out here when you need a little boost to your strength.

spiritwalker 2010-03-03 16:21:05 -0600 Report

I can tell you what worked for me. I was always hungry at night. I now have some protein for my h.s. snack and that
seems to help me stay on track and keep my numbers down. Examples: string cheese, low fat peanutbutter with
4 stone ground wheat crackers, a piece of other low fat cheese with apple slices. Just a few suggestions. Good

Anonymous 2010-03-03 18:16:38 -0600 Report

spiritwalker - Thank you. I understand your suggestion. I do try to have some protein as a late evening snack. This crazy every two hour eating is like a weird sleep - wake -eat-sleep cycle. There is voluntary control on my part though because when hubby and I are out camping in the woods and I'd have to go down to the kitchen area and pull food out of trees where it has been put to avoid bear problems, I stay in the tent and don't eat every two hours..LOL But when I am here in "civilization" I go get food from kitchen about every two hours. But I made it last night without doing that so I will try tonight again. One night at a time..Thanks again for your support!

imsuzie2 2010-03-04 06:46:53 -0600 Report

That's the answer! Plant some trees in the kitchen and hang the food up! You'll think you are camping (sleeping bags will help), and not be hungry! LOL (joke to lighten the mood) :)

imsuzie2 2010-03-05 19:16:01 -0600 Report

These comments just pop out. I'm glad you see the humor. We'll help you get back on track. Just stick with us, Anon! Hugs

tink2707 2010-03-03 08:21:37 -0600 Report

you've got my support. being a diabetic isnt easy and it definately requires a HUGE change in attitude and views of food. not easy, but im confident you can master it.

Anonymous 2010-03-03 18:06:31 -0600 Report

Tink - Thanks! sometimes we need other people to believe in us until we believe in ourselves. My current attitude is that I will change my behavior or die trying, but definitely won't be giving up - just not an option. But, boy do I appreciate the words of encouragement.

tink2707 2010-03-03 21:09:13 -0600 Report

that's absolutely true.

and the more nights you make it through without eating, the more confident you will be in yourself.

Harlen 2010-03-03 06:41:27 -0600 Report

I feel for you that has got to be hard
You have my suport and hopes I know how hard it can be to chainge You can do it
I have chainged so much but I had to do it just a little at a time it was to much for me to do all at one time.

I read my mail every day so if you need somone to talk to I am here for you
Best wishes

Anonymous 2010-03-03 18:03:41 -0600 Report

Harlan - Thanks for your support. As I have been reading posts on DC I have definitely identified you as someone I look up to in the way you have come to manage your diabetes. I will definitely reach out to you - thanks for letting me know you are available!

MAYS 2010-03-03 06:24:13 -0600 Report

Do you have any books on Diabetes and Nutrition ?

If you don't mind reading and would like a free copy of the books " Diabetes DeMystified " explaining Diabetes and one on Nutrition entitled " Nutrition for Dummies, "
just email me and I will email them to you, most importantly, talk to your doctor, specialist and \ or dietician for advice.

MAYS 2010-03-03 06:10:34 -0600 Report

If you are a diabetic, not eating does just as much harm to your body as much if not more, than eating does.

When you are at rest and or do not eat, your liver releases stored up glucose into your blood stream so that your body can keep functioning, that's the reason why your glucose levels rise during the night, at rest or when in distress.

Maintaining your glucose is not easy but necessary, and at first it's hard because it requires, commitment, change of eating habits and some trial and error, but it's not impossible, you can do it, you must educate yourself on diabetes, it's causes and it's effects first and foremost, then proper diet and lifestyle.
Quit the cold turkey method, you're harming yourself.

JulieC 2010-03-03 07:31:42 -0600 Report

Mays…I have a question? Just reading what you said…I have a problem with my BS in the morning when I wake allways is kinda between 135- 165. is that because I have been sleeping for 8 hrs? I eat very small meal at supper because I have to eat late @8 and then go to bed by 9:30. No way to change my scheduel thats just how it is..Work. Is that what might be the problem?

MAYS 2010-03-03 08:10:14 -0600 Report

It's not how long you sleep, it's what goes on when you are at rest or asleep.

Because our bodies function 24 hours a day, when at rest or asleep, our liver releases the glucose that it has stored so that these bodily functions of survival can continue, that's why our levels can spike even though we haven't eaten anything, when we are at rest or asleep.
If you would like a copy of the books that I mentioned which explains diabetes and it's causes, send me a message (friend invite) .

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2010-03-03 17:28:59 -0600 Report

Julie, don't feel too badly…Your highs look great to me considering that mine was 301 this morning…Last night when I went to bed it was 93..I didn't eat anything, but I did, however, take a Benadryl because I was having some allergy problems…I read on the box about the use of Benadryl and Diabetes, and it said nothing, then this morning after I checked my BS, I went online and did some research, and found that you are not suppose to take Benadryl if you have Diabetes… Oh, well! I gave myself an adjustment on my pump, and within an hour it was down to 91…I'm still alive and kicking…It's scary though…

JulieC 2010-03-03 19:35:01 -0600 Report

Thanks Ya'll I will check out what you gave me…It is so frustrating some times…drives me crazy!

imsuzie2 2010-03-03 05:42:18 -0600 Report

Wow, how scary. How long were you able to keep the weight off before it started back? Maybe more smaller meals will help keep the metabolism going, and reduce the hunger. Are you really hungry or it is emotional eating? Do you have any hobbies to keep your hands busy? Will drinking more water help to fill you up? Celery, cucumbers, protein, etc? Why not set up low carb snacks, and if you need to eat, grab a package, then leave the kitchen. Set a goal of 8 to 10 oz of water then a 10 min wait to eat something…or 10 minutes of an exercise, then water, then snack…or something that used to work for you after surgery. Just throwing out some ideas…hope something I said helps. Good luck.

Anonymous 2010-03-03 17:55:47 -0600 Report

Imsusie - Thanks for your comments and helpful, kind spirit. Physiological hunger is not a factor. This is middle of the night eating (say from after midnight to about 0600 AM) so I'd describe myself as almost somnolent - It seems to be a viscious sleep-wake -eat-sleep cycle (that is an observation, not an excuse). I did make it through the night last night and drinking water was helpful, just as you suggested. I've thought about a sleep study, but I sleep in the nude and I don't want to break the sleep study video monitors..LOL

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