Just found out

By kescalona Latest Reply 2011-01-23 09:38:38 -0600
Started 2010-05-29 10:36:37 -0500

I just found out about a month ago April 28th that I have type 2 Diabetes. I am following a low carb, low fat and low sugar diet but I am having trouble stabelizing my sugar tests. They are much higher in the morning (20 to 30 points) than in the evening. Is this normal and any advise would be appreciated.

16 replies

GabbyPA 2010-05-30 17:59:37 -0500 Report

Welcome to the community! I know you will find all kinds of support from great folks here who are just like you.

It does take time to get things kind of evened out. The first few months you are learning so much and trying so many new things that it can be a little confusing. If you are able to keep your numbers consistent and below 180 then you are working in the right direction. As you learn you will see those numbers come down.
Your issue with morning numbers is natural for many people. I suffer from it and I makes me nuts. I am still trying to find the secret to lowering that number for two years now. So don't give up, you may find your trick way before I ever do. When I find mine, I will share it with the world! LOL

petals 2010-05-29 15:49:53 -0500 Report

Are you taking your blood sugar when you get up or after breakfast? If it's after breakfast it could be what you are eating. I can't eat any type of cereal for breakfast because it spike my sugar readings.

kescalona 2011-01-22 22:14:09 -0600 Report

I take it when I first get up before I eat anything.

petals 2011-01-23 09:38:38 -0600 Report

You might need to eat a snack before you go to bed to keep your blood sugars stable. I eat a graham cracker with some peanut butter on it. This may work for you, try different foods, if nothing works, see your doctor.

RAYT721 2010-05-29 15:16:46 -0500 Report

Everybody (and every body) is different when it comes to the disease and the reactions from food, exercise and medication. My bg is also higher in the mornings and that is the result of your body sensing it's time to wake up and producing the insulin in your system necessary for energy and waking activities. Because every one is different I find that if I eat before bed, my sugar is not as high as if I don't. You don't have to go without foods you like but should use portion control. I've lowered my carbs (starch and sugar are both carbs) by substituting this for that. If I want cinnamon I have a sugar free cinnamon pudding. If I want ice cream I have a frozen low fat yogurt. I will have Sun Chips (tm) instead of potato chips. I will have dark chocolate instead of sugary chocolate. If I want (insert your choice), I have (insert wiser choice). Your life doesn't end with diabetes but a new life emerges. Whether diabetic or not you should be considering a healthier lifestyle anyway. You are going to have alot of questions today but soon you'll be helping to answer ours with your knowledge and experience. It's overwhelming. Like any roller coaster you need to buckle up and get ready for the ups and downs. Stay in touch with us!!! We're in it to win in!!!

kescalona 2011-01-22 22:20:45 -0600 Report

I agree. And let me tell you I have learned an awful lot! I have made a complete lifestyle change. I have loste 83 pounds and I have to worrie about my blood sugar being too low more often than too high now a days. It is still higher in the morning before eating or drinking anything. I think that is still very strange. But becasue of my lifestye change, weight lose, excersizing and stuipid (yes I mean stupid) doctor my blood sugar drops below 60 a lot. I have asked my doctor to let me decrease my medicine to 2xs a day vice 3 (because of weight lose and activity and diet) she say no. I realy need to find a diebetic doctor.

GabbyPA 2010-05-30 17:55:31 -0500 Report

Actually, your body doesn't produce insulin to wake you up, but your liver dumps glycogen into your bloodstream that is a form of glucose. That is called dawn phenomenon and this is a very basic explanation of it. Many of us suffer from it. I do, and it makes me crazy. If I start high, I have a harder time getting into normal ranges during the day.

RAYT721 2010-05-31 09:14:24 -0500 Report

Thank you for the correction, Gabby. I've done so much reading lately that I can't get the facts straight at times. I knew that the body did something.

Harlen 2010-05-29 14:16:51 -0500 Report

We are all different I can only take it 45 carbs a day or I use a lot of insulin but thats just me One thinfg that dose help me is a big glass of water befor bead helps me .
Best wishes

alanbossman 2010-05-29 11:48:13 -0500 Report

Hi, and welcome to DC. Emma is right everyone is different in what they can eat,some can eat more carbs and others can. Me i can only eat less than 20 carbs a meal or my bs goes high. But check with your doctor on your morning readings.

Emma2412 2010-05-29 10:46:01 -0500 Report

Hi, Kescalona
Check with your doctor about the much higher readings in the morning. I've had that problem in the past, too, and it's scary, especially if you're following a prescribed diet.
Remember that if something doesn't work for you talk about it to your doctor(s). Everybody is different.
You say you're following a low-fat diet. It could be that you're not getting the proper fats in your diet. Are you getting enough protein? Protein is important. If I were you, I'd work with a dietician, especially in the beginning. You'll get educated about food and what it does to each one of us. The dietician will also formulate a diet specifically for you. Remember if something doesn't "work" then tell the dietician.
Check back and let us know how you're doing. We've all been there; done that.

kescalona 2011-01-22 22:26:51 -0600 Report

I have been working with a nutricenist and have lost 83 pounds. I now have to worry about my blood sugar being too low during the day more often than too high. It is still higher in the morning before eating or drinking anything, over 100 which I think is strange. But becasue of my lifestye change, weight lose, excersizing and eating habits (don't like to say diet because it has to be a total change in eating) and stuipid (yes I mean stupid) doctor my blood sugar drops below 60 a lot of times during the day. I have asked my doctor to let me decrease my medicine to 2xs a day vice 3 (because of weight lose and activity and food intake) she says no. I realy need to find a diebetic doctor.