How can I lower fasting sugar levels?

I never was too concerned about my fasting sugar levels being higher because my endocrinologist didn't make it seem like a big deal. Well now I am pregnant and I am worried. They run from 104 all the way to almost 130. I also just found out that after a meal it should be only at 120. All this news is new to me. Anyway I was wondering how I can get my morning blood sugars to be between 80 and 100 like I was told it is supposed to be. I will eat right and my after meal sugar levels are slowly getting lower but I have no clue how to fix the fasting one!

I wish I could tell you that there was magic. Morning blood sugars are a problem. We all suffer to some degree from Darn Phenomenon (DP), our body clears insulin and releases cortisol in the morning as part of our natural rhythm. But for us this can lead to high blood sugars and I have to tell you, 130 is actually not bad. I use insulin and I still have my days, this morning I was 137, I was over 150 earlier this week.

Some people have had luck with snacks before bed, or taking all their metformin at night. I would expect others would pipe in with other suggestions. But the only truly effective method I found for getting my morning blood sugars down was a basal insulin. And even then, it can be difficult getting the right setting.

My blood sugars ran like that too. Try testing when u wake up in the middle of the night to see what your running it will help you see if maybe you are running low and your body starts to release sugar and that could be causing your high.all through my pregnancy my mornings were always a little high so you are not alone :slight_smile:

You can also try eating some protein in the evening

So far I've got my meds changed. Hoping for the best...for now. They said later in the pregnancy everything will change and I might need to go on insulin.

I was diagnosed 4 years ago and my fasting sugars have been the hardest to control. My numbers are finally getting lower in the morning, about 110 which is a great improvement from my previous 150's. Anyway, what works for me is a little protein right before bed. Either a couple of nuts or teaspoon of peanut butter. Good luck with everything!

Romaine lettuce salad, shredded carrots on op top, baby spinach, an light olive oil dressing - u pic! A small chunk of beef steak! Got it to 5.2 (93) that morning! Mornings hard! 5.8 this am! Sinned last nite! Wish u luck!

It is definitely a problem when you are pregnant. I'm 18 weeks now and I startd off this pregnancy with a HA1C of 5.6 which the endo and OB were very happy with but my fasting was also more elevated than they wanted it to be. My endo moved my metformin up from 1500 a day to 2000 a day. It is the slow release kind and I take it at night. I also try to do a walk in the evening around 8 pm and I found this helps somewhat with the fasting but even with these changes I was put on the slow release insulin at 8 weeks and told to up it by 2 units if my fasting is greater than 5.1 (92) for three days in a row. Both the OB and the diabetes clinic told me that insulin requirments sky rocket in T 2 pregnancies as the placenta makes anti - insulin hormones and to not be surprised if my requirments go up to 10 times what they started with. The other trick is to have a snack at night right before bed. Some people swear by this but I haven't found it that helpful. Anyways, don't be too freaked if you are put on insulin fairly soon and don't beat yourself up about it. Apparently you most likely go back to where you were after the pregnancy so if you were controlling just with diet and exercise before then you can expect to go back to that when the baby is born.
Take care