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SUSANLYNN2 Posts: 1
9/4/12 10:11 A

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I battled high morning glucose also. What works for me is to eat a 90 calorie fiber bar mid-evening - about 90 calories, 15 carbs and 5 fiber. I agree with those saying an evening snack is VERY important!

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3/14/12 5:01 P

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I don't test before exercise or have a snack but I will try that and start keeping track of that as well.

I have a doctors appt. next month and I will bring all of the info I have been collecting.

I'm just so frustrated.

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3/14/12 1:24 A

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How high are your numbers when you START to exercise? Do you have a snack before you start working out?

When you test after your workout, how long until you test again? How long does it take for the num bers to come down?

There could be several reasons for your numbers to be high after you exercise. Have you discussed this with your diabetic doctor or nurse? If not, please write your question down and all the answers to the above, so you can discuss it the next time you talk to them.

Let us know what they have to say. I'm sure many others would like to know as well......

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3/13/12 2:25 A

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That little snack is SO important... our livers like it so much! LOL

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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3/12/12 2:46 P

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yes, i'm interested in this too... sometimes mine is still high in the morning even after extended exercise (think over an hour)... 1 thing that sometimes helps is a 10 min "intensity" cardio will help bring it down but sometimes the liver is just dumping extra bs... and seems to run high a few days... (sighs)

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3/11/12 6:36 P

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Hey guys thought Id check in and let you know how its going.

I'm so bleeping frustrated I could pull my hair out by the fists full!!! Ahhh it felt good to get that off my chest.

Things appear to have been getting better and my morning readings were in the 140's still high but a definite improvement and the I added some more carbs to my diet and they shot back up again...ugh...but I know what to do so I'm cutting back.

Here's something I don't get though when I test after exercising in the morning my readings still high? I thought exercise was supposed to lower my readings?

Any thoughts?



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2/21/12 12:10 A

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#'s might not be ideal yet, but at least they are going in the right direction. The rest will come.....

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2/20/12 6:18 P

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Hi Lisa, good luck!

i have been reading and working through the MayoClinic Diabetes Diet and journal system the last few weeks, and it said that sometimes weightloss can help bring down the #s too. I'm sure hoping so! Keep at it & see what happens, you are so worth all the effort you do for this :)

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2/20/12 8:24 A

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Hello All,

Just wanted to thank you again for all your suggestions. I have started taking the cinnamon supplements & having a snack before bed. My readings are still a little high in the morning but I know I need to be patient its not going to change over night. Hopefully that coupled with a healthy diet and exercise will bring my numbers down.

I will keep you posted.

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2/15/12 1:32 P

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Welcome. Happy to meet you.

You asked how long before bed should you eat your snack. It is recommended about 1 hour before bedtime.

And remember, no matter what the time, if you eat any carbs, you should always include some protein.

Good luck to you and keep posting.

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2/14/12 11:42 P

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If you have a reading that's higher than you were expecting, it's possible that your hands or your strip have gotten something on them. Wash and try it again--but IN ANOTHER SPOT!
Your body looks at that poke as an intrusion, and rushes a chemical "response team" to the area that in some cases affect a second reading. Otherwise...
Granted, meters can go wonky or you can have a defective strip from time to time, the double testing really isn't necessary. If you look at the test strip container, it shows a RANGE rather than a specific number, because responses will vary a bit. It is a ballpark figure, to help the maintenance process, and isn't like taking your temperature or standing on a scale. Besides, you can raise the numbers by retesting over and over--or just by getting stressed about the numbers! LOL

So, unless something is totally crazy--like, you feel energetic and happy, and your meter says you're at 60... or 300...

... go with that first reading.

I like these questions, even after 20+ yrs, it never hurts to keep learning! LOL

Welcome to the team!...

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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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2/14/12 8:27 P

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Dawn Syndrome: you haven't had anything to eat since dinner and in the middle of the night your glucose drops. Your liver say OMG we are starving! and dumps a load of glucose into your blood stream, which of course your insulin-resistant cells could care less about so it stays in your bloodstream and is there in the morning to give a high reading. All part of the fun that is diabetes! The small snack before bed hopefully prevents this.

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2/13/12 8:16 P

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I too started taking cinnamon (cinnamon 500 mg plus chromium)..I am not on any diabetic medication at this time. Just diet and exercise so far... I got my A1C down alittle and have lost 12.8 lbs. I need to lose more and keep exercising and drink 6-8 glasses of water each day. BUT.... all the information that I looked up about cinnamon was semi positive...but nothing earth shattering. So, I bought some and tried it.... I had taked one pill twice a day (as suggested on the bottle) and after about 10-12 days I didn't notice any difference in my blood sugars..until after the 10-12 days....and it started taking affect....and it really honestly did bring each one of my blood sugar reading down! I know I really need to eat better and do more exercise, but, the cinnamon HAS helped!!! at least for me it has! So, I am going to continue taking the cinnamon (w/the chromium added to it) and hopefully will keep working! Just wanted to share my experience with it to everyone.

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2/13/12 6:05 P

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Hi Rukidding me,
Welcome!

I was taught that we need to eat a bed time snack of 1 oz. of protein and 30 grams of complex carbohydrates. Diabetic's bs sugar rises when we don't eat.

Another bed time snack suggestion is a bowl of Kashi go Lean and milk. My sister, who had gestational diabetes, swore by a bowl of beans at bedtime. Kept her fbs down. I haven't tried it yet. Beans are not my thing.

Good luck! Post often to let us know how you are doing. emoticon Carol

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2/13/12 3:05 P

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Oh yes . . . exercise and water are vital as well!

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2/13/12 1:26 P

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Hi RUKIDDINGME,
Well it's a learning game. I'm Type 2 Diabetic for over 20 years...and still testing and learning. I too am on Metformin twice a day. Was on 500 mg. for years, then Dr. increased it to 750 mg. last March. I am in pretty good control - A1c every 3 months...always 6 or under, usually 5.7 or so.
You will learn alot about how YOUR body handles Diabetes, by tracking your meals, snacks and drinks every day. I love the SPARK Nutrition Tracker. Hope you'll start using it too. Seeing BG results and knowing exactly what you ate, teaches you a lot. You will soon see what things spike your BG, (Pizza is my No-No) and what lowers it (Like exercise!)

All carbs are not created equal. Try to work your daily totals to include a night time snack. Peanut butter on an apple was my personal favorite when I was fighting Dawn Phenom. Now I don't bother to test often at night, but if my bedtime BG test was 100 or less, I ate a snack. Found the CVS Diabetes Health Pack to be a reasonably priced convenient pack for me. It has a cinnamon capsule in it. I take it after dinner with my Metformin.
Drinking enough water really helps too, and I also know that a bit of exercise every day really helps...but, while the mind knows it, the body rebels! I do NOT get enough exercise!

But, you have a lot of control when it comes to your Diabetes. So test, journal, and learn. Every body is different. You'll find what works for YOU.

I started taking a vitamin mineral when I was cutting my diet.

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2/13/12 11:48 A

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Thank you all again for replying and for the link!

I will stop by the health food store tonight for the cinnamon capsules.

I have a question thought about eating some protein at night how much is a little bit 1-2 oz? And how many hours should I have it before bed?

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2/13/12 11:47 A

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Yes keep track. My Dr adjusted my insulin( lowered by five units) three weeks ago and now if my bs is 120 at bed I drink a glucerna and the last three weeks my morning Bs have been alot more steadier then they were in November and December even though my diet did not change. Did not eat sweets during the holidays.

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1. Definitely keep tracking as you are. Good job. Show it to the Dr. May need to have your dose changed up a bit.

2. DEFINITELY have a bit of protein before bed. I do not eat after 8 pm, but I will have some peanut butter with either banana, apple or pear; or a little piece of meat and 1/2 a cheese stick. Find whatever works for you.

3. Dawn effect of Dawn Syndrome . . . had that too.

4. Cinnamon is WONDERFUL. Give it a try!

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Good you're tracking so you can show doc, and maybe have med adjusted for the higher morning readings (the dawn effect)

I'm still diet and exercise for the moment, but I have the same problem pattern... and will start trying the lean protein snack and cinnamon capsule!

a coach posted a link a few days ago explaining what this is and it suggests testing middle of the night to check blood sugar, (explained in the article)

www.mayoclinic.com/health/dawn-effec
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2/13/12 9:14 A

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Try taking a cinnamon cap before bed, I do and I swear by them. I also eat some protein before bed, I have popcorn and sometimes I will sprinkle a little cheese ( parm) on it or splenda with cinnamon, other times plain

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2/13/12 9:06 A

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Its called the dawn effect. Try having some protein before going to bed. 1/2 a banana with peanut butter, 1/2 an apple with peanut butter see what works for you. Love and light Carol d

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SDWORKINGIRL,

I take metformin 500 mg twice a day.

Thank you for your reply.



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Welcome RUKIDDINGME 123! I am just like you...fairly newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and my morning blood sugars are my highest too! Mine are usually anywhere from 115-130. The rest of the day they are fairly good. I was told to try to have some Lean protein before bedtime. Either some greek yogurt, or peanutbutter on some 100% whole wheat bread/toast, or a sandwich with some meat. find some different lean protein that you like, and see if that helps lower your blood sugars in the morning. I hope this helps for you! Are you on any meds for diabetes yet? I am not, just controlling with diet and exercise right now. Good Luck to you!!

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Hello All,

I was diagnosed fairly recently with type 2 diabetes and I'm still in the learning stages of what foods effect my sugar and how exercise, stress & sleep play a role as well.

My question though is why I continue to have a high reading in the morning? This is after eating a very sensible dinner that consists of a small amount of protein and veggies 3-4 hours before bed. My reading is usually around 165-175.

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated valentines day and I ate a lot more carbs than normal and I had some chocolate I also ate much later than normal and my blood sugar reading this morning was 139? So I retested and it was 144?

What gives? Any suggestions or comments?

*~*Lisa*~*

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