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Old 04-15-2016, 12:51   #1
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Hi everyone, I'm new here, and newly diagnosed with type 2. Still reeling. It's been less than a month since I heard the news. I'm trying out low carb high fat, and most of my daytime numbers are okay. My a1c was 7.1 and my daytime readings are usually in the 5.5 to 6.5 range. I'm hoping to get those down further in time. My frustration is that my morning fasting glucose tends to be much higher than when I went to bed, and I don't know what to do about that. 6.6 average, after 5's in the evenings.

At the moment though, my attention is on how stress and excitement effect me. I was told that it could,but I am completely shocked by how much. I had never had a reading over 8.4 no matter what I'd eaten,but last week,I tested myself right before taking my little cat to the vet for a test that had caused her seizures in the past. I was very anxious. It was 9.2! I retested and it was 8.9 and after the vet visit was over, it was 5.5.

This morning I woke to the excitement of an unexpected April snow day. My fasting glucose was 7.9! I retested and it was 7.2.

Is this normal? Will these numbers hurt me? They seem to come down pretty fast whether I've eaten or not. What can I do about them? Over time, with weight loss and LCHF, will my fasting glucise come down?

So many questions! Thank you for listening.
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Old 04-15-2016, 13:07   #2
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Welcome Marabelle

It's good to see you taking control of your diabetes and going LCHF right away. Your blood sugar levels are really good for someone who's only been at this a few weeks.

I'd like to recommend this site for a good education on diabetes www.bloodsugar101 which should fill in any gaps in your knowledge of this disease.

The rise in blood sugar you experience in the morning is actually a normal thing. It's often called Dawn Phenomenon. During the process of waking up, the liver dumps some glucose from its stores into the bloodstream. Non-diabetics also have an insulin response which keeps blood glucose (BG) from rising very much. Not so with us diabetics, so BG can continue to rise unchecked. How much glucose the liver dumps and for how long is very much an individual thing.

One can't really stop this DP, but one can take some steps to minimize it. Some of the strategies others have used is to eat a protein or fatty snack before bed, have something (like a handful of nuts) right away after waking, and some find that they have to eat a full meal shortly after waking in order to stop the glucose dump. It's going to take some experimenting for you. However, one of the good things about LCHF is that the liver has less resources (BG) from which to pull into its stores so it has less to dump.

There is a good chance that when your post-meal (1hr especially) levels become consistently low, your fasting level will automatically lower - that seems to be the experience of most of us here. But it takes some time, so try not to stress over it too much. And, yes, stress WILL signal the liver to dump some glucose for you. Helpful, isn't it!

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Oh, thank you! And here I thought my pancreas was my enemy. Turns out, it's my liver.

Glad to hear my morning levels may come down with time. I'll try the snacking thing for sure.

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