What can one eat before going to bed to keep your liver from dumping glucose into your blood stream?

Amy Campbell


The issue of whether to eat a bedtime snack or not, as well as what to eat for a snack, remains somewhat controversial. Not everyone with diabetes needs to eat a bedtime snack, and sometimes eating before bed can lead to higher blood glucose levels the next morning. On the other hand, not eating a snack at night can trigger the liver to release glucose into the bloodstream overnight, “thinking” that the body is lacking fuel. Usually, the result is a high blood glucose the next morning. That being said, if you decide to eat a bedtime snack, choose wisely. This means aiming for about 15 grams of a healthy carb food that won’t “spike” blood glucose levels. Good choices are 4-6 whole-grain crackers, a slice of whole-grain toast, 3 cups of popcorn, 6 ounces of Greek-style yogurt or a piece of fruit. To help even out and sustain blood glucose levels throughout the night, add a small amount of a food that contains fat, such as a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter, a handful of nuts or a slice of cheese. You should check your blood glucose before bed, a few times in the middle of the night (such as at 2 or 3 am) and of course, first thing in the morning, to see how the snack works for you. Keep in mind that it often requires a little bit of experimentation to find out what works best for you.

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diabetic/chronic pain
diabetic/chronic pain 2016-01-10 05:50:49 -0600 Report

I know that chronic pain and diabetes can effect each other. Which happens most often, pain raises glucose or high sugar causes pain increase?

Bluegill88 2012-05-17 04:59:25 -0500 Report

I tried one of your suggestions last night . I ate a piece of cheese before going to bed. My B/G was 118 before going to bed. When I got up my B/G was 117. To me this is good. I will be trying others items to find which is best. Thanks for your information.

Bluegill88 2012-05-16 08:33:15 -0500 Report

Thank you for the information you have given me. I appreciate this information very much since I am going to see my Doctor on 23 May 2012. I have read several of your articles and have found several questions I need to know about my condition.
I have not been told if I am type 1 or type 2. I just asume that I was type 2 since my Dr. said I should start the neddle to help control my sugar.

I will be reading the rest of the materials that you have written to see what else I need to know when I talk to my Dr.

Thank, you again , and you will be hearding from me again.