High fasting sugar numbers

Hi All, does anyone have any advise on how I can lower my fasting blood sugar numbers? PPG numbers are fine and within the range but the fasting blood sugar before breakfast and before dinner are always high. I have tried having a snack befor ebew time, exercised before dinner, after dinner but nothing seems to help.

Look forward to hearing from folks who have had a similar problem and been able to control the numbers.

Can you give us more info? Are you on meds? Insulin? Pump? What’s your regimine currently? Diet?

Hi HealthyBaby,

I have the same problem with the fasting numbers. I find that if I miss my snack, my fasting numbers will rise. The only thing that has worked for the morning numbers is a glass of wine with cheese late in the evening. I also get up really early so I can eat to head off the rise. Have you checked out the site bloodsugar101.com ? There, Jenny describes the Dawn Phenomenon which is probably causing the high morning numbers. Hope this was helpful. Joanne

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In many cases, high fasting numbers occur as your body becomes unable to keep up with the demand for insulin. You basically just are never able to bring your blood sugar down after meals. If this is the case, you actually can have good results by improving your meal responses, decreasing the number of carbs you eat, increasing medication and exercising. But sometimes, things are more complicated. Many of us suffer from Darn Phenomenon, where our blood sugar is high in the morning. A variety of things may address this, including eating in the morning or even eating at night.

But in the end, some of us also suffer from chronic high fasting blood sugars. This was always my problem. I was 120-140 mg/dl all the time, even under the strictest diet, most aggressive exercise and with three medications. I started insulin last december and my fasting numbers have been the absolute best.

So, there are lots of things you can try. If you high fasting numbers are impacted by high blood sugars after your meal, you have lots of room for improvement. Be patient, things may take months and if one thing doesn’t work, try another.

My morning sugars have been between 250 and 300 every single day over the last few weeks. My liver is trying to kill me,

This is exactly why I went on the pump. Before the pump the only way to get any kind of control of my morning readings (by which I mean waking up at 150 instead of 250) was to wake up at 3:00 AM every morning and take a few units of Humalog.

Now, with the pump, something isn’t right if I’m waking up over about 120. My morning readings are almost always perfect. (But the rest of the day, not so much …)

Hi, I am not on any meds/ pump. I exercise 5 days a week for at least 45 mins everyday. I eat a balanced diet - 1200 calories a day, 9 servings of carbs. I tried having a snack before bed time, that did not help any. Stopped the snack before bed time and the numbers have not changed. Does it help to eat all meals at a particular time everyday? For e.g. I have breakfast any time between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Lunch between 12 noon and 2 p.m. Dinner between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Thanks Joanne, I will check out the site.

I exercise for a minimum of 45 minutes 5 days a week. I run for 20 mins at a stretch and oh yes, I do break into a sweat.

thank you. That is what my nutritionist said do, it is all about trial and error and finding out what works for you best.

9 carbs? Wow!

Do you know when you peak after meals? If not, find out and then use that time to apply this for a few days: Test, Review, Adjust

You may be in for a few surprises, especially after breakfast. Make the changes those tests will suggest are needed and the morning numbers may look after themselves.