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JGriffin
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   Posted 5/27/2006 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a type 2 who is having a hard time with my morning sugars. My counselor said it was due to the "dawn phenomenon" which raises my blood sugar from around 3:00 a.m. until morning to prepare my body for awakening. I have heard that Melatonin can help regulate the sleep/wake cycle. Has anyone read anything about a relationship between Melatonin and insulin resistance? Would taking Melatonin help with morning sugars or insulin resistance? JGriffin

Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/28/2006 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
J,

Most of the stuff I could find about melatonin and insulin resistance was published by people trying to sell supplements and make money. The dawn phenomenon often happens when your blood sugar drops overnight and your brain tells your liver to kick out some glucogon and convert it to glucose so there will be enough for the brain. (Your brain runs on pure glucose and always trys to make sure there is a steady supply.)

What meds are you on? Do you eat an evening snack? Are you on insulin? Do you think I'm nosey?

There are ways around those high morning numbers but we need more info. I don't know if melatonin is the way to go until we see what else is going on. Hope we can help.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Jaclyn1
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   Posted 5/29/2006 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Try eating a protien and a carb ei: toast and penutebutter, cheese and crackers,Plain yogurt, fruit and cereal before bed as a snack.
Type 2
Metformin 500g 2x daily
March 4, 2006 A1c 11.0
May 5, 2006 A1c 7.9

Post Edited (Jaclyn1) : 5/29/2006 9:21:33 AM (GMT-6)


JGriffin
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   Posted 5/29/2006 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, they are not severly high - 117 -125 and always come down after my morning exercise. But I cannot seem to get them below 100. I have taken my blood sugar readings at 3:00 a.m. if I woke up. It is usually around 105-108. My highest readings are always at 7:00 a.m. Currently I am taking fortamet 500mg with my evening snack of graham crackers with peanut butter and milk which I consume around 10:00 p.m. That is why I started looking at the "dawn phenomenon" and my sleep patterns. I just wondered if wakefulness over the years had been a main cause of my insulin resistance and thought I would ask the "experts" on the forum for their opinion about melatonin.

Warren
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   Posted 5/29/2006 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Cut out the gram crackers and milk.  Milk is loaded with sugar and so are gram crackers.  Then lets see if it makes a difference!
 
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JGriffin
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   Posted 5/29/2006 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Warren, I would appreciate your suggestion for a snack at bedtime. The graham crackers I eat are oat bran for extra fiber and lower in sugar with peanut butter. But it is so confusing, I would like your suggestions.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/30/2006 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
The graham Crackers are high in carbohydrates (flour) so it doesn't matter if there is little sugar in them. All carbohydrates convert to sugar in your body... Milk is full of lactose (milk sugar) that 's why it's not such a great bedtime snack. Get one of those 8 oz. blocks of motzarella cheese and cut it into eight equal pieces so each is one ounce. Keep them in a ziplock bag. Buy some peanuts.

Try a nightime snack of one cube of cheese and 18 peanuts. This will kill your hunger without raising your sugar.

On a lighter note.. I would kill for your numbers. You have nothing to be concerned about so don't worry. Just follow your food program and KOKO (keep on keepin' on.)
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


JGriffin
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   Posted 5/30/2006 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I will try that tonight. Thanks for the suggestions.
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