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Old 12-06-2013, 06:56 PM   #1
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blood sugar spike overnight!

I guess this is another common problem from what I've read. So far I've found conventional doctor's answers. I wake up it reads 260. YIKES. I didn't eat anything outrageous for dinner last night. Just now after dinner it's down to 155.

I've read some answers saying "oh this is a common problem, not too much you can do about it." Not buying that answer just yet. Any advice from more seasoned folks would be appreciated!
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:06 PM   #2
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well, first of all, are you on any meds? Metformin is a REALLY good drug, and the sooner you start it, the better and longer it works for you. it decreases insulin resistance and helps a little with weight loss, as opposed to most diabetes treatments that focus on increasing insulin levels.

your liver is releasing glycogen into glucose to get you going for the morning... unfortunately part of being diabetic is that release is often too much for our insulin metabolisms to deal with.

that is WAY too high. ideally, you should never have a reading over 140, even after your largest meal. you can control that somewhat by eating very low carb, but most diabetics need other help. Metformin should be the first step. Talk to your doc about it. you probably have to ease up to the dose you need--it can be hard on the digestive system at first, but it is WORTH getting used to. the first month I took it I felt like I had rocks in my stomach.

if you get up to 2000 mg of Metformin, say 500 breakfast, 500 lunch, 500 dinner, and 500 bedtime, and your levels are still not down enough, you need to add something else to your medication routine. don't be scared of this or avoid it. the damage high blood sugars do is NOT FUNNY. *hug*

good luck
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:56 AM   #3
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Thanks Ravenrose. I am new to this board and going to try to figure out how to send a PM...
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:59 AM   #4
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Can someone tell me how to send a private message?
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:03 PM   #5
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Can someone tell me how to send a private message?
You should be able to click on the person's name (over by their avatar) and it should give you the option to pm them.
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:18 AM   #6
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I am trying but it's only giving me options to view their profile or view more messages by them.?

As far as the Metformin, can anyone tell me, how long should I give this to work? My blood sugar is usually still too high when I check it. I've been on it since the day after Thanksgiving. I was told to take it twice a day 500 mg. each time.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:05 AM   #7
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I think I read once that you have to have posted a number of times before you can PM anyone (10?)....if so, you are close!
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:29 AM   #8
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Lion Heart, yes, you have to have a certain amount of posts to be able to PM people. I think it is a way to weed out spammers and trolls.

Regarding your numbers!

I want to second the recommendation for Metformin. My fasting blood glucose numbers, even before bed (so not because of the Dawn Effect), were frequently around 260 when I was first diagnosed. I began taking Met, only 500mg a day, (and I am one of the ones who have no side effects, except for the first day, where my tummy was a tad bit crampy), and it took a very short amount of time for my numbers to stabilise to a more normal range, combined with low carb eating.

Now, my fasting is regularly in the 70s, and my post-prandials rarely above 110.

So take it, it is a great drug!
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:49 AM   #9
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Thanks, I was wondering why everyone else could see the link to PM and I couldn't. LOL

Cavewoman I am taking the Metformin. I am still concerned about my numbers, they're not as stable as I'd like. Still too high in the morning. Usually fine before and after lunch. They are getting better at dinner as I learn what I can and can't eat. But, the overnight spikes are still a problem. Does this get better with time? I take 500 mg twice a day. It has only actually been a couple of weeks, though it seems like a long time.
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:40 PM   #10
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It takes a while for Metformin to work, but hopefully by now your numbers are better. If they are not, perhaps you should talk to your Doctor. I think it took me almost 2 months to get my fasting numbers down to where I like them.
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:40 PM   #11
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Lionhart, what are you eating? You can't rely on medication alone to bring those blood sugars down. You need to be cutting carbs, too.
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On the number of posts, I believe it's 30 days and 30 posts.
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