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Morning Blood Sugar

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 02, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I recently bought a Glucose meter to test my blood sugar. I took it yesterday about 3 hours after a meal and it read 100mg/dl.

This morning I took it 12 hours after my last meal, and it read 112mg/dl. These numbers seem high. From my understanding, you may see a higher blood sugar level in the morning, since the liver secretes glucose when your body is not ingesting any. However, I read other posts and normal for people seems to be under 100g, fasting around 70-90mg/dl.

Should I survey my results for a few days and see what I come up with?

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on April 18, 2012
at 12:25 PM

A fasting blood glucose is typically done in the morning before any calories -- liquids or solids -- are ingested.The goal is to see what your blood sugar levels are when you don't have a dietary source of glucose.

25d95a981e9bee54e095b1285442733f

(30)

on April 18, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Just curious - When you say 'fasting' do you mean only ingesting liquids, or 100% water?

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on February 03, 2012
at 05:29 PM

I am not sure how water affects the reading. At least it's not in diabetic territory.

985324c2c5566ae308f43f368f052b8b

(40)

on February 02, 2012
at 09:36 PM

It is the most common test for diabetes. You can do one yourself as well. Bayer has a home test kit for $30 with two tests in it. People disagree about what a "good" score is, but if you are below 5.5, you are probably not diabetic, but you might be insulin resistant. Below 5.0 is awesome. 6.0 - 6.4 is considered pre-diabetic. 6.5 and higher is diabetic. Check out bloodsugar101.com for great info on this stuff.

15480ad0efe9168bc518967b9a2e240d

(608)

on February 02, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Nice, thanks for the input. Unfortunately, I eat dinner around 8 due to my schedule, but it shouldn't make a big difference as long as I'm doing the 18/6 or 20/4 fast. I will re-test later and hope it goes down.

15480ad0efe9168bc518967b9a2e240d

(608)

on February 02, 2012
at 08:55 PM

How would I approach him, is it a common test for testing for diabetes? I don't want to blurt out can i have hba1c test and have no idea what im talking about...

15480ad0efe9168bc518967b9a2e240d

(608)

on February 02, 2012
at 08:54 PM

I'm eating between 20-75g per day. 75g is on the high end. I try to keep it under 50g most days. I will see if my results change over time...

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on February 02, 2012
at 04:20 PM

BTW, this from Paul Jaminet is also a good read re blood glucose levels: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=5027

15480ad0efe9168bc518967b9a2e240d

(608)

on February 02, 2012
at 03:08 PM

No I am not. That's why I am scared. I just drank another glass of water and retested and now its 99mg/dl. That seems better, but still high right?

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7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on February 02, 2012
at 04:18 PM

How many carbs do you eat? According to Chris Kresser, "very low-carb diets will produce elevated fasting blood glucose levels" and "if you eat a low-carb diet and have borderline high FBG (i.e. 90-105), it may not be cause for concern."

Keep in mind as well that home BG meters aren't necessarily 100% accurate. At least initially, you may want to take 2 or 3 readings at a time to see if what kind of variability your meter may show. If it's high, you may want to use the average of multiple readings.

15480ad0efe9168bc518967b9a2e240d

(608)

on February 02, 2012
at 08:54 PM

I'm eating between 20-75g per day. 75g is on the high end. I try to keep it under 50g most days. I will see if my results change over time...

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on February 02, 2012
at 04:20 PM

BTW, this from Paul Jaminet is also a good read re blood glucose levels: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=5027

25d95a981e9bee54e095b1285442733f

(30)

on April 18, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Just curious - When you say 'fasting' do you mean only ingesting liquids, or 100% water?

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on April 18, 2012
at 12:25 PM

A fasting blood glucose is typically done in the morning before any calories -- liquids or solids -- are ingested.The goal is to see what your blood sugar levels are when you don't have a dietary source of glucose.

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De787530dd6cf65e2cd03ada9f4cd214

on February 02, 2012
at 06:21 PM

I had the same issue -- I had been following an ~80/20 paleo diet for ~2 years or so, and although my postprandial BG levels were always fine, my morning fasting levels would usually range between ~110-125.

What I did to solve the problem: ~ stopped eating after ~6-7 pm most nights ~ gave up alcohol ~ went close to 100% compliant with my diet... no grains or sugar (except some fruit) at all! ~ started taking R-lipoic acid daily, an antioxidant that helps to lower fasting BG levels ~ stepped up my fasting regimen to 2 24-hr fasts per week, ~18-20 hr fasts the other days

After less than 3 months on the above regimen, I rechecked my morning fasting BG (I don't like to test regularly, because it just makes me neurotic). My levels were down to the low-to-mid 60s! I took several readings, because I was so shocked that my levels had dropped so dramatically... and all of the repeat measurements were in the 60s.

You don't necessarily have to do everything above to see an improvement, but those are some suggestions about what worked for me. What's nice is that, as an experiment, I drank a few shots of alcohol and ate a sugar-containing dessert with my dinner, both relatively late at night on the same night, and measured my fasting BG the following morning; the several readings I took were all in the 70s, so that assured me that I don't have to be 100% primal-compliant every single day, to maintain healthy BG levels. Apparently the period of being really good helped to heal me and has resulted in a permanent improvement.

15480ad0efe9168bc518967b9a2e240d

(608)

on February 02, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Nice, thanks for the input. Unfortunately, I eat dinner around 8 due to my schedule, but it shouldn't make a big difference as long as I'm doing the 18/6 or 20/4 fast. I will re-test later and hope it goes down.

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985324c2c5566ae308f43f368f052b8b

on February 02, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Ask your doctor for an HBA1C test, or get a home test at Walmart for $30. The lab test is probably better, but the home test is pretty decent.

985324c2c5566ae308f43f368f052b8b

(40)

on February 02, 2012
at 09:36 PM

It is the most common test for diabetes. You can do one yourself as well. Bayer has a home test kit for $30 with two tests in it. People disagree about what a "good" score is, but if you are below 5.5, you are probably not diabetic, but you might be insulin resistant. Below 5.0 is awesome. 6.0 - 6.4 is considered pre-diabetic. 6.5 and higher is diabetic. Check out bloodsugar101.com for great info on this stuff.

15480ad0efe9168bc518967b9a2e240d

(608)

on February 02, 2012
at 08:55 PM

How would I approach him, is it a common test for testing for diabetes? I don't want to blurt out can i have hba1c test and have no idea what im talking about...

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Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

on February 02, 2012
at 03:55 PM

It's on the high end of normal but not necessarily a problem and certainly no reason to be scared. Really you want to see how it responds when you eat though - that's the measure of how effective your system is. Look at how high it spikes and how quickly is goes down again. But if you're confident you're eating well then I would trust your body to be able to work out how much blood sugar it needs rather than any of us here. If you're not confident about what you're eating (and the rest of your lifestyle) then feel free to share it and I'm sure there's plenty of people willing to poke holes in it that might correlate with your blood sugar readings.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on February 02, 2012
at 02:58 PM

This seems high. If it were me, I'd keep testing, and test after certain foods to see the reaction. Yes, your body does usually figure out how to make glucose, but if your signalling is off, it might aim too high high in the morning. There are several theories as to why this happens. Are you diabetic or pre-diabetic?

15480ad0efe9168bc518967b9a2e240d

(608)

on February 02, 2012
at 03:08 PM

No I am not. That's why I am scared. I just drank another glass of water and retested and now its 99mg/dl. That seems better, but still high right?

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on February 03, 2012
at 05:29 PM

I am not sure how water affects the reading. At least it's not in diabetic territory.

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D80e105afbd746f5c7d749a5ffd9e280

on March 02, 2012
at 04:53 AM

Optimal levels are between 70 - 85 mg/dL of blood. Too much protein and too many calories in general can elevate blood glucose above the optimal range. Try eating closer to 100 grams of carbs per day and making sure you aren't consuming higher than 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight.

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