Overnight highs

By Carol11 Latest Reply 2010-08-07 12:17:13 -0500
Started 2010-08-07 09:46:13 -0500

Lately I'ver been monitoring my overnight/early morning highs. I've taken extra NovoRapid , i'm gradually increasing the Lantus bur still they keep rising. I'm not snacking or drinking anything other than water past supper, usually around five. And that is not even a higher carb meal, I do that at lunch. I just cannot figure what is going on and how to get those numbers down. any hekp would be appreciated. Thanks, Carol

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MAYS 2010-08-07 12:17:13 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !
It's very important to know the function of your liver and the role that it plays in our body's functions, especially that of diabetics and high glucose levels.

During the course of our busy days, the liver takes a portion of the glucose that is in our system and converts it to Glycogen, which is the storage form of glucose, for emergency and stressful times, and stores it in the liver.

Our bodies (as diabetics) are under constant stress, it has been suggested and proven that by not eating smaller meals and \ or snacking during the day, that the level of stress in our bodies rises as the need for energy increases, when that need cannot be met, the liver kicks in to handle that rise in stress by releasing some of the stored Glycogen (Glucose), thereby causing your blood sugar level to rise !

When you are under stress, test you glucose level with your meter, you will be surprised at the results !

One of the factors involved in the repair and night time functioning of our systems (and our ability to wake up) is controlled by the liver and the releasing of Glycogen, resulting, once again in the rise of your blood sugar level.


Having diabetes is a continuous learning process that affects all diabetics, we all learn something new about diabetes, our bodies and ourselves everyday.

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Harlen 2010-08-07 10:38:58 -0500 Report

I find that if I have a light snack like a little raw veg a little meat and my over night was much better
Hope this helps

RAYT721 2010-08-07 09:53:04 -0500 Report

Hi Carol!!! Welcome. You're not the only one with overnight highs and if you search the archives you'll find many discussions that reflect on it. There are many articles out there but this was the first one that I've found and I hope it helps you understand:


Some people find lower morning readings but snacking (lightly) before bed so the amount of fasting between food isn't so long. Let your body and meter find out what works for you. I can't suggest anything about medications. I am on a "diet and exercise" management program.

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