There are many ways to prevent blood sugar from creeping up in high levels during the night.
The following are ways to effectively reduce if not prevent the onslaught of blood sugar increase.
Test, test, test
In order to know the levels of one’s blood sugar – especially those who are suffering from type diabetes – it is important that blood sugar readings be done at least once a week in order to determine if a pattern of highs and lows exist.
It is especially important that the problems be identified first and that the causes are determined. When these are known, it is then a lot easier to eventually correct all of them. The change to be done should be one at a time. It is important that the blood sugar lows be corrected first and that a nurse or a physician is called immediately. Small problems must be addressed as soon as possible as these could escalate into big problems later on.
Know the cause of low blood sugar
In order to be able to effectively prevent the experience blood sugar lows, it is extremely helpful if one understands the causes of such. The following are possible triggers for low blood sugar. Once you know which are the triggers for your lows, try to immediately decide on the appropriate activity and correction that you should take.
Low blood sugar is usually caused by too much insulin, this could be corrected by a decrease in one’s insulin levels.
Skipping meals also helps lower blood sugar levels. The correction for this is to eat at regular times. Eating light meals and losing weight, as well as being active could also cause blood sugar to decrease. The correction for this is to be able to decrease insulin and to eat more.
It helps a lot to count
It could also prove helpful if you get to count the number of carbohydrates you take in to your meals.
Also, it would be advisable to use the test results acquired to adjust the quantity of insulin in your food. An example would be if low blood sugar usually occur during afternoons. A snack during this time or less of insulin during the morning or during lunch would be of help.
Testing insulin after doing vigorous exercise is also advisable. Periods of exercise that are quite long could actually cause blood sugar to decrease within twenty four to thirty six hours. Any change in physical routine should be taken into consideration. Vacation, travel or losing weight should be appropriately noted and observed.
A lifestyle that is varied yet with insulin doses that are already set could spell disaster. at this point, control is more important especially when giving minor doses of insulin. More importantly, the quantity of these doses should match one’s lifestyle.
Believe it or not, the lowest level of blood sugar occurs at about two in the morning. Currently, it is fortunate that analog insulins are able to reduce these lows. However, one reason for such lows during the night is due to the body being a lot sensitive to insulin anywhere around 12am up to 3am. During this time, the liver begins to increase the production of glucose causing the levels of blood sugar to increase as breakfast time nears.
All in all, prevention is always better than cure. Test blood sugar levels regularly and lead a lifestyle that promotes healthy eating at the appropriate time and in adequate quantities.
Karen Newton is a registered nurse and fulltime freelance writer dealing with endocrinology issues such as diabetes and hypoglycemia. To get a free copy of the “7 Day Hypoglycemia Survival Guide" go to: http://www.hypoglycemiasecrets.com/hypoglycemia.htm