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In Type 1 Diabetics, What Is The Reason For Blood Sugar Spikes At Nighttime?

As a diabetic on insulin for 50 years I have personally come across this problem but I wish to point out that my thoughts on the matter may not necessarily apply to another Type 1 diabetic - what I offer is not to taken as medical advice or opinion, rather a sharing of thoughts. Also you have a great set of answers already. To gather the facts - You describe a sugar spike 3 hours after the evening meal of meat and vegetables, a carbohydrate intake of some 15g.. I do not have details of what insulin regime you are on with which to compare to my experience of some 45 years on insulin injections such as Regular insulin and Protophane, Actrapid, Novorapid and Levemir, or 4 1/2 years on Novorapid via an insulin pump. On insulin injections, there were times when I wondered if the effect of long acting morning insulin was wearing off by the evening and that meant the short-acting insulin evening dose was inadequate and too slow off the mark to cope with the sugar from the evening meal. Increasing that short-acting dose would help in this regard however there was a risk of the short-acting insulin causing a hypo after midnight as the evening long acting insulin dose began to have effect wh Continue reading >>

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    For about two months now my blood sugar levels have been rising overnight from being 6.6 at bedtime to being as high as 23.0 at 8.00 am the next day. I am Type 1 and have been for over 40 years. I am now treated with insulin pump and have contacted my consultant about this but nothing seems to work. I have done sugar levels throughout the night and seen the levels rise from 2.00 a..m onwards. Even though I treat any sugar level of 12.0 or above with insulin the levels never go down overnight but continue to rise. I have changed basal levels on my pump but that hasn't helped either. I am very worried about this and have never experienced anything like it before. I feel so weak and sick a.m sometimes that I am unable to eat anything until about 11.00 am when my sugar levels have gone back to normal. I am very worried about this lack of control overnight and high sugar levels as I already have sight issues and only have sight in one eye. What is the problem? What can I do about it?

  2. Garr

    Hi Hazel, I don't use a pump , so I'm no the best person to give you any advise. It sounds like a basal issue to me but you say you've already tried this and I'm guessing you've changed everything on the pump that might be at fault. Hopefully by bumping you back up the list someone more qualified than me can help you.

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    Garr said: ↑
    Hi Hazel, I don't use a pump , so I'm no the best person to give you any advise. It sounds like a basal issue to me but you say you've already tried this and I'm guessing you've changed everything on the pump that might be at fault. Hopefully by bumping you back up the list someone more qualified than me can help you. I am no expert in T1D or pumps, but a friend of mine had problems with unexpectedly high BGL and traced it to a poorly sited canula, and again to a blockage ot kink in the canula.

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How Staying Up Late Screws With Your Blood Sugar

Your body could pay the price for too many late nights: Skimping on sleep may raise your diabetes risk, finds recent research from the University of Chicago. In the study, young, healthy men who were limited to just 4.5 hours of shuteye for 4 consecutive nights showed 30 percent higher levels of fatty acids in their blood than when they were allowed to snooze for 8.5 hours. Here’s what might be happening: When you’re short on sleep, your body tends to pump out growth hormone for longer periods of time, and secrete higher levels of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Those hormonal changes seem to prompt cells in your body to release more fatty acids into your bloodstream, says lead study author Josiane Broussard, Ph.D. All those fatty acids make it harder for your body to produce enough of the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar. Without enough insulin, your glucose can build up in your blood, instead of being absorbed by your body. This can cause your blood sugar to skyrocket, putting you on the road to diabetes. Usually, only people who have diabetes or who are obese have elevated fatty acid levels. But if you consistently miss sleep over time, the study su Continue reading >>

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    For about two months now my blood sugar levels have been rising overnight from being 6.6 at bedtime to being as high as 23.0 at 8.00 am the next day. I am Type 1 and have been for over 40 years. I am now treated with insulin pump and have contacted my consultant about this but nothing seems to work. I have done sugar levels throughout the night and seen the levels rise from 2.00 a..m onwards. Even though I treat any sugar level of 12.0 or above with insulin the levels never go down overnight but continue to rise. I have changed basal levels on my pump but that hasn't helped either. I am very worried about this and have never experienced anything like it before. I feel so weak and sick a.m sometimes that I am unable to eat anything until about 11.00 am when my sugar levels have gone back to normal. I am very worried about this lack of control overnight and high sugar levels as I already have sight issues and only have sight in one eye. What is the problem? What can I do about it?

  2. Garr

    Hi Hazel, I don't use a pump , so I'm no the best person to give you any advise. It sounds like a basal issue to me but you say you've already tried this and I'm guessing you've changed everything on the pump that might be at fault. Hopefully by bumping you back up the list someone more qualified than me can help you.

  3. Oldvatr

    Garr said: ↑
    Hi Hazel, I don't use a pump , so I'm no the best person to give you any advise. It sounds like a basal issue to me but you say you've already tried this and I'm guessing you've changed everything on the pump that might be at fault. Hopefully by bumping you back up the list someone more qualified than me can help you. I am no expert in T1D or pumps, but a friend of mine had problems with unexpectedly high BGL and traced it to a poorly sited canula, and again to a blockage ot kink in the canula.

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When Blood Sugars Rise Overnight

Jewels Doskicz, RN, is a freelance writer, patient advocate, health coach, and long-distance cyclist. She and her daughter both live healthfully with type 1 diabetes. Going to bed with normal blood sugars, but always waking up high? You may be seeing the effects of something called dawn phenomenon. People living with Type 2 diabetes may see blood sugar shifts hallmarked by a rise in early morning blood sugars and high morning glucose readings, according to Diabetes Health. Historically, this phenomenon was thought to only affect those with Type 1 diabetes. What is "Dawn Phenomenon"? This phenomenon reflects an abnormal early morning increase in blood sugars that usually happens between the hours of 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. according to the Mayo Clinic. This is one of the reasons why your health practitioner may ask you to get up and check some middle-of-the-night blood sugars. What causes this phenomenon? Overnight, the body may release increased levels of glucose and hormones. The liver is the culprit for the glucose release and the hormones cortisol, glucagon, and adrenalin may be thrown into the mix as well. The end result is insulin resistance and/or extra glucose dumped into your blo Continue reading >>

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  1. Hazel976

    For about two months now my blood sugar levels have been rising overnight from being 6.6 at bedtime to being as high as 23.0 at 8.00 am the next day. I am Type 1 and have been for over 40 years. I am now treated with insulin pump and have contacted my consultant about this but nothing seems to work. I have done sugar levels throughout the night and seen the levels rise from 2.00 a..m onwards. Even though I treat any sugar level of 12.0 or above with insulin the levels never go down overnight but continue to rise. I have changed basal levels on my pump but that hasn't helped either. I am very worried about this and have never experienced anything like it before. I feel so weak and sick a.m sometimes that I am unable to eat anything until about 11.00 am when my sugar levels have gone back to normal. I am very worried about this lack of control overnight and high sugar levels as I already have sight issues and only have sight in one eye. What is the problem? What can I do about it?

  2. Garr

    Hi Hazel, I don't use a pump , so I'm no the best person to give you any advise. It sounds like a basal issue to me but you say you've already tried this and I'm guessing you've changed everything on the pump that might be at fault. Hopefully by bumping you back up the list someone more qualified than me can help you.

  3. Oldvatr

    Garr said: ↑
    Hi Hazel, I don't use a pump , so I'm no the best person to give you any advise. It sounds like a basal issue to me but you say you've already tried this and I'm guessing you've changed everything on the pump that might be at fault. Hopefully by bumping you back up the list someone more qualified than me can help you. I am no expert in T1D or pumps, but a friend of mine had problems with unexpectedly high BGL and traced it to a poorly sited canula, and again to a blockage ot kink in the canula.

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