Blood glucose levels that increase during the morning before eating

By Peg61 Latest Reply 2011-06-07 17:38:49 -0500
Started 2011-03-02 18:40:14 -0600

Hi. I have Type 2 Diabetes and am on Janumet and Actos 15. My initial glucose upon waking at 3:15 is good: 100-125. I workout, drink coffee, and get ready for work. When I test my sugar before I eat breakfast at 5:45, my glucose level jumps to as high as 175. Can anyone tell me why the big spike before I even eat?
Thank you

28 replies

JoleneAL 2011-06-07 10:54:50 -0500 Report

Peg61 - I'm having this problem with normal readings when I wake then an hour later, its up over 175. I don't eat breakfast for 3 hours after I wake. I was wondering how you managed to get yours under control? I read through the comments and am going to try and eat a Glucerna or low-carb/high protein bar when I get up before starting my morning routine and see if that helps. Thanks!

Peg61 2011-06-07 17:38:49 -0500 Report

Hi. Apparently this is very common. About 15 minutes after waking I drink an EAS high protein carb control shake, work out for about 30 minutes, shower, etc. I eat breakfast about 2 1/2 hour later and when I test my blood sugar before I eat breakfast, it only goes up a little from about 110 when I wake up to about 130 before I eat breakfast. I also began using stevia in my coffee instead of splenda, and powder creamer instead of liquid creamer. My readings 2 hours after breakfast only goes up 10 points or less. I hope this works for you. Good luck

courtcat79 2011-03-06 22:33:05 -0600 Report

my dr told me it was because your body is telling you its hungry and if you don't eat when you are supposed to or when you feel hungry your liver will produce more insulin to kind of counter act that hunger feeling. The longer you go without eating the more your blood sugar will spike. The more hungry you get the more insulin your liver will produce. That is why if a diabetic skips a meal their blood sugar will normally spike. I always assumed it would have been the other way around, it would have dropped because you weren't eating. Then he told me that.

jayabee52 2011-04-10 16:47:23 -0500 Report

Actually if your Dr told you that, he needs to go in for a remedial course.

The liver does not produce insulin, but it does store glycogen in case your body needs a quick boost of energy. The liver dumps its glycogen into the bloodstream when you don't eat when you should.

The liver doesn't produce insulin.

Peg61 2011-03-09 16:19:56 -0600 Report

Hi. I agree you would think it would be the other way around. There are a lot of confusing things about diabetes. I am currently experimenting with different things to eat prior to my workout and breakfast. Thank you for your response

bizzach 2011-03-04 15:20:57 -0600 Report

I am also a type 2 diabetic and my sugar levels spike in the morning but i believe mine is because my insulin is taken before bedtime and wears off by morning when it is time for my next dose.

jayabee52 2011-03-06 22:38:01 -0600 Report

If your BG gets low in the night, your liver stores glycogen and can dump it into your bloodstream when your BGs get low. Eating a combo of a complex carb (whole grain ) and a protein may keep your BG#s up enough for the liver not to dump.

Peg61 2011-03-04 16:25:53 -0600 Report

Thanks. I guess it's possible that since I don't take my meds until 2 1/2 hours after I wake up could be contributing to my sugar level spike in the morning

Kirla 2011-03-03 18:10:35 -0600 Report

I have a low carb protein drink as soon as I wake up. A few hours later I have my fiber supplement with some sunflower seeds and coffee. I don’t exercise much. But when I do its either in the afternoon or at night after work. Mornings are the worst time of day for my blood sugar. I can’t have to many carbs at all. I eat the most at lunchtime. Seems I can have lots of low carb dishes for lunch. Maybe mornings are not the best time of day for you to exercise. I would try different times of the day to see what works best.

Good luck

Peg61 2011-04-09 19:48:22 -0500 Report

Hi. I just wanted to tell you that you are the best. I tried several different things and what works the best is a low carb protein drink as soon as I wake up. My numbers only go up minimally now 2 1/2 hours after waking up. I am going to try a fiber supplement for breakfast. Bought sunflower seeds and love them. I can't thank you enough

Peg61 2011-03-03 18:27:32 -0600 Report

Thanks. I will try low carb protein drinks prior to working out. Mornings are the worst for my blood sugar as well. I guess I would still wait to take my meds prior to my breakfast. I really appreciate your advice

lele1955 2011-03-03 15:32:24 -0600 Report

What are you putting in your coffee? What is it two hours after your meal?

Peg61 2011-03-03 18:24:38 -0600 Report

I use fat free french vanilla coffemate and splenda. My numbers go down at least 20 points or more 2 hours after breakfast, which is usually oatmeal with cinnamon and diced walnuts. Thanks

Tigereyze209 2011-03-03 08:46:09 -0600 Report

I knew the liver processes sugar, did not know it could release it directly into our systems. Hmm… Produces bile, regulates insulin… no wonder they call it the LIVEr.. you could not live without it… Sorry… in a good mood today.. feeling dare I say it? Punny… (I know… ouch…)

kdroberts 2011-03-03 07:51:27 -0600 Report

It's entirely because you are not eating close to when you wake up. There are hormones going round in your body when you wake up that are making your body release glucose and then working out only makes it worse, you need something to eat so you have energy to do the workout or your body will find its own source in the form of sugar from the liver. Depending on what exercise you are doing you need to eat something that contains carb, protein and a little fat. A little cottage cheese is a good start but not really enough, cottage cheese and a slice of pineapple is probably better. You can search google for dawn phenomenon to get more details.

Peg61 2011-03-03 18:29:26 -0600 Report

Thanks. I will try different things prior to my workout and monitor the results. I feel like a detective

Harlen 2011-03-02 20:14:04 -0600 Report

I bet your liver has dumped sugar in to your blood stream
Try to eat a fiber bar befor working out it helps me
Best wishes

BandonBob 2011-03-02 18:58:41 -0600 Report

I can't imagine why it does that. I'll look forward to seeing someone who comes up with an answer.

Peg61 2011-03-02 19:06:21 -0600 Report

Thank you for your reply. My doctor said I should eat something before I workout, a small snack like cottage cheese, but that didn't really make a difference. I am not sure if it's because I wait too long to eat. Thanks again

Cools 2011-03-03 01:03:40 -0600 Report

I do not take any medication for my blood sugar control. I found that eatting lots of green vegies like spinach and cucumbers helps to keep me in the normal range around 90 to a 104 for over a year now. does not rase my blood sugar. And onions have carbs but seem to work to make my blood sugar low. I have started to eat more and more sweets and ice cream. Cinnamon tea also works wonders, a half of an apple is a funning kind of carb that helps to regulate blood sugar in type 2 diabetes

Peg61 2011-03-03 18:35:19 -0600 Report

I use spinach in my egg white omelets and eat a lot of asparagus and zucchini, but I will definitely use your advice and increase the amounts. Thanks

BandonBob 2011-03-02 19:19:17 -0600 Report

There was a discussion earlier on the site about eating a small high protein snack some time before breakfast to help the blood glucose levels from spiking after breakfast. I don't remember all the details but if you gon on the discussion page and type in eating before breakfast it should bring the discussion up for you to look at.