Why Is Your Blood Sugar High in the Morning?

United States
September 1, 2009 5:11pm CST
If you are a diabetic, have you ever noticed that most of the time your blood sugar is the highest when you wake up in the morning? You might think that this is because you ate something inappropriate at dinner and you should skip breakfast. Not! Totally the wrong thing to do. The main reason that your levels are so much higher in the morning is not because of something you did but because your blood sugar drops very low at night while you are sleeping because of the night time fasting. When this happens, then your liver kicks in thinking that you need this glucose to function. And because of being a diabetic, the liver simply doesn't know when to stop producing it. So, how can you avoid this? Simple really. 1. Have a bedtime snack of 15 to 30 grams of carbohydrates. 2. Choose a high fiber carbohydrate like whole wheat crackers or bread with some peanut butter or almond butter. 3. A small glass of milk will help as well. 4. If bedtime is going to be 3 or more hours after you've had dinner, then you should eat your snack about 1 hour before bedtime. Try this and see if this helps your morning levels. Diabetes information has been gathered from the Portland Providence Hospital Diabetes Classes I have attended.
1 response
@adam1980 (517)
1 Sep 09
thankfully i do not suffer from this illness but do have a friend who does, i never new this untill you just said, i will be sure to pass this info on to my friend if he doesnt already know, thanks
• United States
1 Sep 09
You are more than welcome. Being newly diagnosed myself and attending classes I know just how important it is to share this type of information. I hope this will be helpful information for your friend and for many others that might read this. I will be posting more educational info on diabetes as time goes on so I hope others will be able to benefit from the information.