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Posted By : fembot - 7/4/2017 1:21 AM
I have not been diagnosed with diabetes. However, overnights I have had insomnia for months due to a stressful job. I've done pills, therapy, suppliments you name it. I think I may be hypoglycemic crashes that cause me to wake up with a high heart rate that slowly goes down. This happened to me in my 20's when ever I would drink. I want to try gluclose tabelts to take in the middle of the night. Or should I eat a snack? Something healthy? To help me get a full night sleep to help me heal. I can feel the lack of sleep, making my body feel worse and I'm hoping not to get full blown diabetes.

Any advice on what I can do?

Post Edited (fembot) : 7/4/2017 1:38:45 AM (GMT-6)


Posted By : Lanie G - 7/4/2017 7:05 AM
Welcome to the Diabetes Forum, Fembot. Before you try those glucose tabs, you need to know what your blood sugar is. Have you told your doctor what's going on? Have you had blood tests like the complete blood count? I would suggest you start by seeing how your thyroid levels and blood sugar levels are first. It would also be a good idea to check your vitamin D, magnesium, potassium and B-12 levels.

"If" you already have a blood sugar meter, then go ahead and test your blood sugar in the morning when you get up before eating and then a couple of hours after eating. And it would also be helpful to take your blood sugar when you wake up during the night. Post what those readings are. And please write what food you eat for meals.

I'm glad you posted. Maybe this problem can be narrowed down before you try to take glucose tablets.
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

Posted By : fembot - 7/4/2017 8:19 AM
Thanks for your reply. I've had everything you mentioned checked and it was in normal range that my doctors didn't see a concern. I also got checked for anything related to diabetes and all tests returned normal.

I don't know if you read my entire post. So what can I do in the middle of the night eat a snack instead of the tabs? I would prefer not to eat them. What snack can maintain blood sugar through out the night?

Posted By : Lanie G - 7/4/2017 9:12 AM
Hi again. Yes, I read your entire post. My concern is about taking the glucose tabs without knowing what your blood sugar is when you take them. This is why you should test your blood sugar. The episodes you're experiencing may not be about low blood sugar.

People who have chronic hypoglycemia benefit from eating smaller meals more frequently, or eating smaller meals and having snacks in between, and not overloading on carbs because carbs cause spikes and then dips, and depending on the person, the spikes may be higher and the dips lower. But, again, without knowing what your blood sugar actually is, it's hard to say exactly what's going on and what you should do.

Alcohol in general may cause lower blood sugar but the type of alcohol is significant. Straight gin or vodka, dry red and white wine (to a lesser extent than liquor) can cause hypoglycemia in many people, even diabetics. This is why food must be eaten when drinking alcohol. On the other hand, mixed drinks that have sugar like margaritas or daiquiris as well as fortified wine are very high in carbs and can cause blood sugar to rise.

So, the bottom line is knowing what your blood sugar is. If it goes low, then eating a snack before bed like some unsweetened yogurt, or peanut butter and some celery, or a handful of nuts and some string cheese will help keep blood sugar from dropping.

And this is why I am suggesting that you test your blood sugar before deciding how to handle the episodes.
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

Post Edited (Lanie G) : 7/4/2017 9:49:42 AM (GMT-6)


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