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What Causes High Morning Blood Sugar?

Jul 27, 2020

Does this sound familiar?

You’ve had a great day, Diabetes-wise, making healthy choices about activity and food and your blood sugar has been in range all day. When you head to bed a few hours after dinner your blood sugar is a nice 112. Super proud of yourself, you expect to FINALLY wake up with a fasting blood sugar you can be proud of. The next morning, you brush your teeth and take your morning meds before pulling out the blood glucose meter, already proud of what you know will be a fantastic result. 162.

WTF??? This is not the result you were expecting. You went to bed at 112, had nothing more to eat, got a great night’s sleep and now your blood sugar is HIGHER? What gives?

High fasting blood sugar is one of the more frustrating aspects of Type 2 Diabetes. It’s also an incredibly common scenario. Personally, I got so frustrated at this perceived failure that most of the time I’d “forget” to take my fasting blood sugar...

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Understanding Low Blood Sugar

Oct 08, 2019
Do you know what low blood sugar feels like?

People experience it in many different ways. Recognizing your body’s response to low blood sugar is an important of overall diabetes health.

Low blood sugar is called Hypoglycemia. People with Type 2 Diabetes usually only experience hypoglycemia if they’re taking insulin or taking a medication that causes their pancreas to release insulin. These medications are called insulin secretagogues and include the drug classes sulfonylureas and glinides. The most commonly prescribed drugs in these classes are Glimepiride, Glipizide, and Glyburide. Occasionally people taking other drugs for Type 2 experience hypoglycemia, but it’s not as common.

If you take insulin or one of the other drugs that causes an increase in insulin, you’re at risk for experiencing hypoglycemia and it’s important to be able to recognize and treat low blood sugar.

Symptoms of hypoglycemia vary from person to person and even between...

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