blood sugar fluctuations

By ldrgs Latest Reply 2010-06-21 17:12:55 -0500
Started 2010-06-20 22:40:04 -0500

I am a new diabetic and am trying very hard to control my blood sugar. I count my carbs and watch what I eat. Here is my dilema. When I follow my diet very closely my blood sugar is up in the morning, but if I eat a sugary snack in the evening my morning blood sugar is down in the excellent range. Can any one explain this to me.

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Diane987 2010-06-21 17:12:55 -0500 Report

This is one of those subjects you have to explore a few different things and put it all together to get a full picture of why your morning BS might be high and what the effect of having a sugary snack at bedtime might be doing to you. I will try to make it as simple as possible with references so you can read up on everything.

Two things that are very similar in their results might be causing your high morning BS. They are the Dawn Phenomenon and Somogyi Effect. This is what Harlen and Soldierswife are describing below and why that bedtime snack helps.

That works great for controlling the morning high but it does not help if you are trying to lose or maintain weight. To understand why it screws up weight loss, you have to understand the three main fat hormones; insulin, leptin and ghrelin. This following link explains these hormones in a simple manner. I’m not endorsing any particular product but the info here is easier to comprehend than any scholarly journal.

The first article mentioned that when you sleep your body releases hormones that work against insulin but it did not mention that your body needs those hormones to do there jobs as well in order to function properly in the long run. One of those hormones is HGH. This is a hormone that is essential to keeping our muscle mass at a higher level which in turn helps us metabolize glucose. Another hormone affected by insulin and sleep, or lack of sleep is cortisol. This hormone is important because of its associate to increased belly fat, hence increased risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Let’s examine that sugary snack at bedtime. It forces you body to respond with insulin whether it is your naturally made insulin or your injected insulin. Because of the increased insulin activity your HGH levels and cortisol levels may be out of balance. The increase in insulin activity during sleep counteracts the release of weight loss hormones produced while sleeping. This can lead to increased weight which we know is a big problem with type-2 diabetes. Your blood sugar may be lower in the morning but your weight may be increasing as a result.

This works for me, please discuss with your doctor if it conflicts with what you are currently doing. I prefer to eat a few raw almonds if I am hungry or if my blood sugar is a little too low before bed. It gives me a slow rise in blood sugar and minimal insulin response. I got my medication switched to Byetta instead of insulin. I have one injection of Byetta before breakfast, my pills with lunch and my 2nd injection of Byetta before dinner. Optimally, I try to get all of my eating done before 7:00 PM so that by the time I go to bed all of my meds are past there height of activity and my food is digested. That way if my blood sugar is around 110, I know I am set for the night. I also walk every evening for 30 minutes at a comfortable pace after dinner to help the meds lower the glucose level from dinner. I have found that it helps get me to that 110.

Good luck and God Bless,

soldierswife 2010-06-21 10:00:14 -0500 Report

My doctor told me that the body burns about 15 carbs per every 6-8 hours of sleep for the organs that function during sleep. If you go low then your liver puts sugar out for you thus making more than your body needs and you have a high number, so eating a snack before bed should eliminate this!

Harlen 2010-06-21 05:07:00 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
For me if I dont eat a little something befor bead my sugar would be up I did some reserch and this is what I now know
in the night my blood sugar would drop and my liver would dump sugar into my bloodstream and this would make my sugars go high. Now I am on the pump and it works a lot better and I dont need to eat at night to keep my BS in line
Hope this helps
Best wishes

If you eat a high fiber snack at night it may help you with the morning highs