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Correcting Morning Blood Sugar Highs — Know The Causes Of These Spikes And Ways To Treat Them

Today’s Dietitian Vol. 14 No. 11 P. 18 Jill is frustrated. Her type 1 diabetes seems out of control, and she comes to your office at her wits’ end. She says she’s doing everything right: counting carbs, taking her insulin as prescribed, monitoring her blood glucose levels four times per day. A look at Jill’s testing logs and most recent blood work confirms there’s a problem. She has a hemoglobin A1c of 9.2, and her blood glucose levels are all over the map. Her numbers generally are fine before she goes to bed but incredibly high in the morning. Recently, her physician increased her nighttime basal insulin dose to counteract the morning highs, but things seem worse now than ever. Her breakfast bolus doesn’t seem to be effective, and her high blood glucose levels persist into the afternoon. “Fluctuating blood sugars can be very frustrating,” says Eileen M. Sturner, RD, LDN, CDE, BC-ADM. “RDs can play an important role in helping patients get to the bottom of problems such as morning highs. Working with patients to gather the appropriate data and facilitating the sharing of those data with the healthcare provider that’s managing their diabetes can have life-changi Continue reading >>

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  1. diabeticmidfielder

    Of Low Blood Sugar and Nightime

    After talking to a friend with diabetes recently, I have been thinking about dropping low during the night and how scary that can be. I'm lucky enough to wake up, without exception, whenever I drop below 55 or 60.
    Has anyone had serious issues with dropping low during the night and what do you do to make sure that doesn't happen without running high during the night and in the morning?

  2. oak park way

    my husband always drop in the early morning hours i can tell because he is talking silly and not himself what can i do to

  3. cm - 15868

    I too suffer from my blood sugar dropping at night. Have you tried having a snack before bedtime? I started having a snack before bedtime and it has worked for me. Try having 1 slice of bread with peanut butter, cheese or any other protein.
    Good Luck

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