My morning blood sugars have been running higher. Do you have any suggestions? I have had my diabetes type 2 in control until very recently. I am on several meds but recently my morning readings have been over 200. Before they were around 120. Diet and exercise have been the same. I walk at least once a day and stay on the right foods.
High blood glucose levels can be the result of many things, including: being less physically active; eating more carbohydrates; your body making less insulin (this happens over time in diabetes); adding or changing other medicines; illness; infection and/or an increase in stress. If your medicines, exercise, diet and health status have not changed, then the most likely reason for the elevation is that your body is not making enough insulin. As stated before, this can, over time, be the natural course of diabetes. You may want to talk to your doctor about whether taking insulin would be a good idea. You can also try losing weight or increasing your physical activity. Losing weight helps your body need less insulin -- a weight loss of even 10 to 20 pounds can make a difference. Exercising after supper may also help lower your morning glucose readings. If you are not overweight and you are already getting quite a bit of exercise, then it makes sense to ask your doctor about starting insulin. Insulin is safe, very effective at lowering blood glucose levels,and has very few side effects. The most important goal is to keep your blood glucose levels well controlled, and if insulin is the most effective way to do that, and to avoid complications in the future, that makes it a good choice.
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