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phototransformations 07-20-2018 18:43

Hi, everyone, and help!
 
I'm glad to have found this site! I'm 67, a psychotherapist, writer, and photographer. I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes about 11 years ago. Until recently, I've been able to keep my A1c below 6 with diet, minimal exercise, metformin, and some herbs that appear to help with managing blood sugar.

I'm here because recently, my morning blood sugars have been very high.

When I wake up, they are in a reasonable range, 110-130. However, as the morning progresses, my bg rises to around 230, and it stays there for hours. This morning, for example, it was 110 on waking, then 159 after an hour, then 227 after two hours. This pattern seems to be the same almost regardless of what I eat for breakfast, and even if I don't eat breakfast. It's been about the same with eggs for breakfast, yogurt, and a whole-grain mix I had been eating regularly for the past three or four years.

I've been scanning the Internet for clues to why this could be happening. I've cut back on coffee, increased exercise, and tried different kinds of nighttime snacks (or no snacks), but so far, no change. All suggestions welcome, but I'm particularly hoping someone here has had the same experience and has some tips on how to reverse it.

Thanks in advance,

David

Cricket 07-20-2018 18:47

It's nice to meet you, David.

Unless you're getting sick or taking a new medication, it may be as simple as your body choosing to be less tolerant of carbs now.

Have you watched this video yet?


itissteve 07-20-2018 19:07

Welcome to the forum, David!

A number of us experience increasing BG numbers in the morning. For most of us, it seems that eating something helps, but that does not seem to be the case with you. Have you tried removing the yogurt and "whole-grain mix" from breakfast to see what effect that has? The eggs contain virtually no carbohydrates but the yogurt and grains do.

phototransformations 07-20-2018 19:26

Quote:

Originally Posted by itissteve (Post 1307283)
Welcome to the forum, David!

A number of us experience increasing BG numbers in the morning. For most of us, it seems that eating something helps, but that does not seem to be the case with you. Have you tried removing the yogurt and "whole-grain mix" from breakfast to see what effect that has? The eggs contain virtually no carbohydrates but the yogurt and grains do.

Sorry, I wasn't clear. My breakfast has alternated between: Just yogurt, eggs with cheese, and the whole-grain mix. The result is about the same, and it's also the same if I skip breakfast. So what I eat or don't eat doesn't seem to be the variable.

mbuster 07-20-2018 19:39

Hi David welcome to the forum. As others say, a simple reduction in carbs may help get you back on track.

A number of things could be going on that has brought this on recently. A couple of possibilities, your insulin resistivity has gone up or something has happened to increase the release of more glucose from your liver. It may be you need to have your metformin increased if you are not at the maximum amount already. Maybe your natural insulin production is dropping off and you should get tested to have your insulin measured. Maybe there is some other health issue or new medication that is contributing to the increase. The internet does offer a vast amount of information of things that could possibly be going on, but it maybe a surer way to find out what is going on is to go see your doctor. The more you can tell your doctor, may help him/her figure it out sooner, so have notes about things that have and have not changed.

phototransformations 07-20-2018 20:11

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Originally Posted by mbuster (Post 1307299)
Hi David welcome to the forum. As others say, a simple reduction in carbs may help get you back on track.

A number of things could be going on that has brought this on recently. A couple of possibilities, your insulin resistivity has gone up or something has happened to increase the release of more glucose from your liver. It may be you need to have your metformin increased if you are not at the maximum amount already. Maybe your natural insulin production is dropping off and you should get tested to have your insulin measured. Maybe there is some other health issue or new medication that is contributing to the increase. The internet does offer a vast amount of information of things that could possibly be going on, but it maybe a surer way to find out what is going on is to go see your doctor. The more you can tell your doctor, may help him/her figure it out sooner, so have notes about things that have and have not changed.

Thanks. I do plan to contact my doctor soon, but I want to test as many variables as I can, so he has more information to go on. Medications haven't changed, haven't noticed any new health issues, but something is obviously different!

David

phototransformations 07-20-2018 20:39

One more observation: After my blood sugar finally comes down, which seems to take about 4 hours, it continues to drop to levels I don't usually see, down into the low 80s. So I have an unusual spike that lasts a long time, followed by an unusual dip, and it seems to occur only in the morning and to be largely independent of what I eat.

phototransformations 07-21-2018 03:38

Thanks. I hadn't seen this, but I have, for years, been following the similar guidelines Julian Whitaker put into his 1999 book (before he started packaging things into products and pushing them on the market). However, I hadn't considered that a diet richer in fat vs protein was even more effective than the reverse.

Onward!

TooSweetForMe 07-21-2018 14:50

Hello, and welcome to the forums. Hope you can find your answers here, or with your PCP.

fjk2013 07-21-2018 17:35

May be worthwhile to keep a log of what you are eating along with the amount of carbs being consumed. I know for myself if I am following a strict low carb regimen the numbers are consistent. But if I stray for a few days; I may not see a rise in my blood glucose. Then when I least expect it my liver decides to play havoc on me and I have higher blood sugars in the morning even though I was back to a low carb diet. Almost seems like my liver is a tank and when it gets full it spills over.

Good luck and let us know.

Best,
fjk2013


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