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loverain
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   Posted 10/27/2009 3:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning, y'all!  If I get up at say five in the am and it's been 8-9 hours since I last ate anything and take my blood reading and it's 106...I don't eat anything...I go back to bed and sleep another two or three hours...get up for the day...take my blood reading and it's now 117.  My fasting level is the 106, right?  That's the one I record in my daily BGL log, right?  I feel kinda sorta silly asking such questions...just when I think I've learned a lot I find myself wondering about these type of things and find myself a bit confused.  And here I am a 63 year old Grandmother!  Well, lilke my lil' granddaughter says...I never said I was pofect (perfect) LOL.   I'm pre diabetic...no meds.  Joni

TVEditor
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   Posted 10/27/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd record the 117 just cuz if you cheat a bit, you're only cheating yourself in the long run :)
 
Sounds like you've got Dawn Phenomenon going on (check old posts ... Google).  Try a late night snack and you might see your morning fasting numbers drop.  Here's a good explanation from Jeannie:
 


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Post Edited (TVEditor) : 10/27/2009 4:36:07 PM (GMT-6)


Phishbowl
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   Posted 10/27/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
The short answer, Joni.... If you normally get up at 5:00AM and start your day, then 106 is your fasting number. If you normally get up at 7-8AM, then the 117 is really your fasting number. Your fasting number is the reading you take when you first get up and start your day.

Although 8-9 hours since eating could technically be considered as a fasting number, that number should be taken in context of the time of day to truly reflect it's value. For instance, I wouldn't consider eating breakfast at 6:00AM, skipping lunch, and testing at 4:00PM to be a fasting number (OK, a Random Fasting but not a Fasting :-)

Our body functions almost like a clock (circadian rhythm), meaning it tends to perform the seemingly benign but important bodily functions it does, on a pretty regular & consistent basis. One thing that happens to everyone with a bed-at-night-wake-in-morning schedule (non-D included), is that somewhere around 2-4AM our bodies start releasing hormones and other stuff to get us ready and primed for waking. Including insulin, glucose, etc. Diabetics can have particular problems with this process and sometimes see Dawn Phenomenon to be the cause.
It differs for many of us so, check out the info on it to see if that might explain your situation.

Don't worry about silly questions - there are none :-) I'm almost 5 years into Type1 and still learn something new every day.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


TVEditor
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   Posted 10/27/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Phish is correct. There are no silly questions. There are, however, a lot of silly answers :)

Phish = WISE

Trust Phish's answers :)
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 49 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right

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