I am trying very hard to get my blood sugar under control with food, exercise and oral meds. My problem is I can have a very good reading at bedtime, say 114 and in the morning have it 214. I can't figure out why it rises overnight. I take 1000mg of metformin in the evening. I am seeing the doctor in less than two weeks but I would like to have some plan of action to present. My A1C is 6.7. If I don't figure out a natural way to control and change this I will be facing insulin. I'm not ready to do that yet. Not until I've tried everything else first.
Has anybody had this problem and dealt with it in a natural manner? I've made a lot of positive changes in the last month and the weight is dropping. I keep thinking at some point the weight loss will kick in and make things better. It frustrates me to do so well during the day and then have it sky rocket overnight.
I find that, if I veer from the Diabetes Solution Bernstein (6-12-12) diet at all, I begin to exhibit high "Dawn Phenomenon" readings.
It takes a couple of weeks in ketosis for me to get back to lower bg readings.
Six grams of slow-acting, non-spiking carbs at breakfast, and twelve each at lunch and dinner.
I have to get up early and get a good breakfast in me, or I can get high readings anyway.
I've never heard of the Diabetes Solution Bernstein. I'd be very interested in looking at it. I do know that I started this site on Sept. 30 and got a D for eating. A C- the second day and a B the third day. the second day I had a nighttime reading of 129 and the next morning a reading of 201. Last night, the night of my B day I had a night reading of 110. I was so pleased and this morning it was 149 so I do think I'm totally goofing up my eating.
I am very grateful this sight makes it possible for me to keep track of exactly what I eat and break it down so I can see that I'm not getting enough carbs and way too much fat. I can deal with that and change it. Before I simply didn't know what to do.
Thank you for your response. It helps.
The Diabetes Solution is a book,
Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars by Richard K. Bernstein, M. D.
It is available at many outlets; Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon...you name it.
If you have a discount card, you could get it, new, for as little as $20.00.
It's a $30.00 book.
There is a Kindle edition at Amazon for ten dollars, I think.
The Kindle reading software for a PC is free from Amazon, so you don't have to get a Kindle to read it.
Within a month of starting this diet, I lost weight and my Doctor cut my meds in half, because my a1c was 5.4.
Thank you. I have a Kindle, I will download the book. I am really pleased with calorie count. The last two days I've brought my eating score to a B and my blood sugar is responding. Last night it was 108 and this morning it was 138. I'd still like to bring it down just a little bit more but to have the morning reading 138 is a distinct improvement over the 201 reading I had 4 days ago. I didn't realize how bad my eating was until I starting keying it in and seeing how it broke down.
thank you for the response. I will indeed look for the download.
Remember, it's a big book.
There is a lot to know.
Do yourself a favor and read it all.
If you stumble on the diet, it takes a few days to get your body back into the swing of it.
Be sure that you keep the terms ketosis and ketoacidosis separate.
If you are Type 2, it shouldn't be a problem.
There is a lot of useful information in that book.
Thank you. Wasn't such a good night last night. night reading 145 (who knew a patty melt was so bad) but my morning reading was only 152. Too high for a morning reading but it only went up 7 points overnight. That's a big improvement over a jump of 50-100 point jump.
again thank you for taking time to respond.
Isn't a Patty Melt a sandwich?
Sandwiches have bread.
Bread has carbs.
It is made from grain, like legumes- pinto beans and peanuts, etc.- and corn.
All grains have carbs, and are, therefore, off the Bernstein diet.
Bread, along with all other carbs, raise the blood glucose in a person with diabetes.
This is serious business, here.
I'm not going to tell you to avoid carbs.
I'm not going to tell you to avoid cigarette smoke or alcohol, either.
Eat what you want.
High blood glucose readings will follow blood-spiking carbs, though.
It is up to each of us to wean ourselves off of all bad foods.
This includes me and you.
We must all learn to avoid the foods that are bad.
As far as I'm concerned, there are very few good foods which contain carbs.
A carb is a carb is a carb, and no one can keep them out of my mouth, except me...and, no one can keep them out of your mouth except you.
No food is worth losing parts of your body over.
My doctor explained it to me as your body processes the cartbs you have eaten all day during the night while you sleep. if you have eaten high carbs at night before bed, then your bs will be higher in the AM when you awake. If you are having to have a snack before bed you should make it a protien with low carbs before bed, that way you will not be as high in the AM. I am also a RN with diabetes. the other night I forgot this my self and had a cup of raspberries as a snack. My bs is usally 100-115, but instead it had gone up to 126!I had to think about it then I remembered what I had eatten for a snack. It gets me every time. If I eat 1/2 cup yogart with 1/2 cup raspberries, I seem to be okay. For some reason, the protien with the carbs in smaller amounts seem to be okay for me. You may have to play around with the numbers to get it right.
I kept cutting back carbs thinking that would make my bs lower but when I found out how low I was in carbs I started adding back low glycemic carbs and making sure I combined it with some sort of lean protein. I was astounded to find my bs dropping dramatically.
we eat supper at 5 and I wasn't eating a snack at night so having it rise 50 or 60 points overnight confused me. As I started getting my carbs closer to the 55% mark and lowering my fat ratio, (bringing my daily grade up to B's and A's my blood sugar is almost normal now.
I still don't quite understand it but in the last 60 days I've brought my A1C from 167 to 135 with most of the improvement coming since I started using this website. I've very grateful for the help and support. Thank you.
Glad to hear you are doing so well. It's very encouraging to see what I know is the correct way to eat,(but have not followed in the past) work so well. I know in my heart that I have to eat this way for the rest of my life if I want to stay healthy and avoid the terrible consequences of diabetes out of control. My father in law just died of complications from diabetes which included heart disease, CHF, and kidney failure. He constantly cheated on his diet and said that no one is going to tell me what I can eat and what I can't. Not a pleasant way to go. I have not been able to loose weight on other diets, even though I stuck to them without cheating. I actually would gain weight. Iam finally loosing, even though it's slow.I know even when I reach my goal weight I plan to continue to count my calories, but increase slowly until I reach a level that I will not gain weight. I love this web site because it does it for me. Before I found it I was writing it all down on paper. I love that I can take this with me on my computer where ever I go. Haven't tried it while visiting the relatives, but I will.
I had gestational diabetes and had this problem. I tried lowering carbs in the evening..that didn't work. I then added a high protein with 15 grams of carbs snack. This worked for me.
What do you mean by carbs at the 55% level?
I have read Dr. Bernstein's book ,too and I learned so much. However, I find it almost impossible to stick with the 6,12, 12. How many grams of fats and protein do you eat along with it? I find that I am starving and don't know what to eat.