Mouthwash My Morning Blood Sugar Culprit?

So, in the last 5 days or so, I’ve been having higher than usual blood sugars. Nothing too horrific, just blood sugars in the above 100 range, to about 115 mg/dL. Now, don’t get me wrong… I don’t think this is going to kill me, or anything… But I found it kind of odd because I’ve always had blood sugars below 100 in the mornings, and most usually, in the 80s. So… I’ve been wondering what has been making them rise 30 pts or so in the mornings, like that, more than usual???


I've gone through just about all my records. I started taking a B-75 Complex not long ago, and I thought... well, maybe that's it. But I had a few days below 100 while I was on that... so I'm not so sure it's the B complex, itself. I took away all eating after 7:30 pm, thinking maybe it was something lingering... as complex carbs take longer to rise in BG. And still, it was higher in the morning. I started having salads, for dinner time, thinking maybe that was the way to go... still had a higher BG in the morning. Then I thought? Maybe it's a touch of Dawn Phenomenon, and so I had a small, small carb snack a few hours before bedtime, to see if that did anything... and still, higher blood sugars in the morning.

And then, last night... staring at my mouthwash, I saw the words "Contains no sugar. Sweetened with Xylitol." Xylitol. A sugar alcohol. Lots of people fall on their behinds claiming these things do not raise blood sugar... but I swear, I think it's that mouthwash. I saw a blog, by another diabetic, claiming his mouthwash, too, was raising his blood sugar -- though his had sucralose. http://paleoeater.blogspot.com/2008/01/sucralose-and-diabetes.html. So, I think I'm going to give this a try... That is the other one change I had been doing, besides the B-75 Complex. I had started using Aim Mouthwash, with Cinnamon flavor, and sweetened with Xylitol.

What do you guys think of all this? Starting tonight, I'm going to quit the moutwash, and see what this does. I shall keep you posted.

I know that hormones use to do that to me…I would go higher and then have lows. Ugh, glad those darn days are gone. Hope that you figure it out. I am happy if I am at 115 in the morning…perfect for me LOL

Could be hormones… hmmm… but it started quite suddenly, and I’m only 33, so I don’t know. I’ll keep it in mind if my experiment fails. :slight_smile:

You don’t have an infection or tooth problems? Dr B says infections can get worse at night and cause increased numbers in the morning too.

Nope… No tooth infections, or issues.

PMS will do it, not just perimenopause or menopause.

Could be… I just got done with my period on Wednesday.

You are being a good detective! I think you are doing exactly right - what is new, what has changed, read labels eliminate and add. You’ll track it down. Good advise on the infection question – that always will bump a sugar. Don’t give up! just keep looking. I was having that problem and realized that I had shifted my insulin times a bit without realizing it. Kept a better schedule and got a better sugar. Isn’t it amazing its usually the little things that make a difference.

So last night, I didn’t use mouthwash at all… The lowest morning BG I had while using the mouthwash was 103 mg/dL. This morning it was 97 mg/dL, even though I had even had some cheese last night as a snack, because I was starving. Coincidence? I think not. lol