Morning readings

By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-01-03 12:08:06 -0600
Started 2010-12-29 10:26:21 -0600

Does anyone get higher numbers in the morning (under 135) and then numbers are good all day long and before bedtime? I have type 2 diabetes and really working hard to get morning numbers in lower range.

29 replies

Rebecca62 2011-01-01 15:07:45 -0600 Report

My Doctor wants my BS to be under 100 in the morning and not over 140 during the day, but i have not had it under the 100 mark yet. I do pretty good at keeping it under 140 at all times though. I was taking Metformin at first but i was having problems with it. Now i an on Byetta 5mcg and i feel sick all the time which is one of the side affects. I can say since 12-13-2010 i have lost almost 10 pounds which i needed. I have much more to go, but that will come in time. What i need right now is to find a list of low carb foods that i can buy without paying an arm and leg for.

CaliKo 2011-01-03 12:08:06 -0600 Report

The best thing I've found for lowering that morning reading is to have a 15 g complex carb serving at bedtime. I like a mini whole wheat bagel or a whole wheat tortilla. Adding a bit of butter or cheese or peanut butter can also help the carbs release more slowly into your blood stream overnight. The trick seems to be to give the body a few good carbs to keep the liver from over-reacting to dropping glucose levels and flooding your system with more glucose than it can process, resulting in morning highs.

This is a bit more comprehensive that just a list, but should give you some suggestions on low-carb foods:

caraleawilson 2010-12-30 12:32:05 -0600 Report

mine are also high in the mornings wonder if it is what i eat at dinner??

jayabee52 2010-12-30 16:20:26 -0600 Report

More than likely it is the "Dawn Phenomenon" at work, like Gabby said below. What are your BG#s reading when you wake up? And what were your BG#s when you go to bed?

Somewhere along the line I was told that they should be in the 150 range at bedtime, if below that, have a small snack like a Graham cracker square. I haven't had dawn phenomenon for quite some time now.

MewElla 2010-12-31 13:48:27 -0600 Report

usually in the morning I am between 110-125 and before bed about 80. I usually have grahm cracker w/ pntbutter on but during the day my numbers are from 80-95 as a rule, Unless, I am not feeling good by not sleeping or under stress. I take no meds and want to fight doing so as long as I can. It is most confusing to me when I see others #'s under 100 in mornings and guidelines show not over 100 in a.m.; as you can tell I have been at this about 10 months and it gets most confusing. any suggestions for me??

jayabee52 2010-12-31 15:21:28 -0600 Report

One of my GPs told me that I should have a light snack if my before bed readings are less than 150. I had dawn phenomenon where my #s would be in 200s when I woke.
I followed that advice and my dawn phenomenon didn't come back. My results may not be the same as yours. But I know it worked for me, and it worked for my bride "Jem" when she was having the same trouble.

I pray you find your solution soon!

GabbyPA 2010-12-29 18:09:04 -0600 Report

Something to look into is what is called the "dawn phenomenon" It is when your body does what it should and releases glycogen into your blood from your liver to "wake you up" so to speak. It is something left over from our days when our bodies were not sure when we would eat next and it gave you stored energy to make sure you could get up to go get your next meal. Now we just have to go to the kitchen, and we don't need it the way we used to.

What you will find is that about 3:00 or so in the morning, your numbers will start to rise. You can help reduce the rise by eating a carb and fat before you go to bed. Something that will give you a slow release of sugar so your body is comfortable with not letting the liver dump some for you. Something like a hand full of peanuts can work. Some people eat some chocolate or a cracker and cheese snack. You will have to experiment to find what works for you. Me...I'm still looking to see what will work for me.

MewElla 2010-12-30 08:24:14 -0600 Report

I tried an experiment last nite, by getting up (again) at 3 a.m. and had a small snack to see if this would push my a.m. readings down…At 3 a.m. I was 113 and by 5:15 a.m. I was 125…sure was disappointed with myself. What are we to do??

jayabee52 2010-12-30 16:12:36 -0600 Report

125 is really not all that bad for an fasting AM reading IMO.
What was the snack you had, and how much was the portion?
Those factors may have a part in your rise.

What did your fasting BG# read in the days before you tried your experiment?

Miminv 2010-12-29 21:19:18 -0600 Report

I use turkey. Was told by a nurse several years ago about how slow it moves through our body so that it helps maintain your levels at night. This also helps you level out your levels. Works for me hope it helps someone else. I have the opposite problem now with my levels too low in the morning. But that is because I am losing weight, so now I am lowing my insulin to balance it out.
Good luck in the hunt for what works for you. We are all different in how we react to food. Type 2

MewElla 2010-12-30 08:21:39 -0600 Report

Good ideal and I love turkey. It is really a testing each day with the right kinds of food because as I am learning, everything you do and eat affects your numbers. If you think of anything else I could try, plse pass on…Thanks for your input.

peace13 2010-12-29 13:27:51 -0600 Report

Im usually the opposite
my blood sugar drops during the night
and is lower in the morning
but it spikes throughout the day
sometimes a small snack before bed can help

MewElla 2010-12-29 14:28:38 -0600 Report

Thanks for the suggestion. This is great to actually talk with someone who has diabetes, you know what I am saying.

mo91108 2010-12-29 10:52:04 -0600 Report

Do you eat a snack before you go to bed? And also blood sugars spike during the night while you sleep so set your alram for a certain time and check to see what it would be. Good Luck
- Monica

MewElla 2010-12-29 14:30:57 -0600 Report

Actually, my numbers are about 80 before bedtime, so I eat graham cracker with some pntbutter on it. I was told the pntbutter is very slow to digest and should carry me over to the morning test, but apparently not. Thanks for the tip..

MAYS 2010-12-29 10:50:36 -0600 Report

This link may help you to understand why!


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judy makowski 2010-12-29 11:30:28 -0600 Report

Mays my #s are in the 166 range every morning. They have been higher. But I found if I eat a snack an hour before bed (like a couple of crackers and a piece of cheese or protein of some kind It is better. The dr. put me on victoza (an inject. medication) and that is supposed to help and I believe it does. Especially when I behave myself. The problem I have is eating at all. Never thought I would ever say that. But I got out of the habit and now it is very difficult to get back into it. If I don't eat my #s are much higher.

MewElla 2010-12-29 14:36:52 -0600 Report

Thanks for suggestion. So far, I am not on meds, just a lot of excercise and watch diet, numbers, etc. So much to watch for to stay healthy. I never realized before. Plse keep sending me any thoughts that can help, they are really appreciated.

MAYS 2010-12-29 12:07:45 -0600 Report

Victoza is supposed to be very good.
Take your time, watch what you are doing, and manage your blood glucose levels.
Diabetes can be a learning curve at times for all diabetics, it's a continous learning process each and every day!


MewElla 2010-12-29 14:38:17 -0600 Report

It most definitely a learning curve. I have been reading lots of information and just eager to learn anything about what to watch out for to avoid me sliding. I really am excited about finding this site and being able to share with others.

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