I received bloodwork last October which came back pre-diabetic, so high readings but not high enough to say I am diabetic.
i just attended a diabetic clinic at my local hospital about 1 month ago (the wait lists here are awful). At that time I was 25 lbs overweight, fairly inactive and loosely following a better diet than previously. I found the clinic to be very helpful and i have made some major lifestyle changes: since then I have been following a diabetic diet (low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, no sugarl, approx 1300 calories, and counting carbs, high fibre etc) and my husband and I bought a recumbant bike and we are up to 20 minutes per day. I weighed myself for the first time since the clinic, last night and i have lost 5 lbs. BTW I have no symptoms of diabetes as yet.
i have also been monitoring my blood sugar daily and my readings after meals are now excellent. However, my morning reading is still consistently higher than the average. Here in Canada, my reading should be between 4 and 6 but mine are always between 6-6.9. I have tried eating different smalls snacks before bedtime but that does not seem to change the readings at all.
I could really use some advice and encouragement. I do not want to be diabetic and I don't know what else to do to prevent this from happening. I know I have not been doing these things for too long but i did expect to see some changes to my morning readings by now.
thanks for any help
Hi Deb, yes the signature made me do a double-take! I'm sure lots of others will be along to answer your questions better but for now you can look back over the past threads here on 'dawn phenomenon'. There are various ways they all suggest to try to bring those morning fasting numbers down. For myself (also pre-diabetic, controlled by diet and exercise), I find that not eating any carbs at dinner gives me fasting numbers in the 80's or 90's. That is, I will eat some beans or vegetables with the meat/fish/chicken and salad but I don't eat any rice/potatoes or bread. You could try that and see if that works and in the meantime read what others have written in the past. Good luck.
Hi there, Deb, since the fall, I've altered what I eat and now exercise everyday. I flipflopped around trying to figure out how to bring my blood sugar numbers down and now after about 6 months (and the loss of about 15lbs so far since then .....), I have come to an agreement with my body. I feed it a portion of meat/chicken/fish at lunch and dinner with various vegetables and a few beans (a tablespoonful, I'm serious.) and salad or, if not salad, at least crunchy sides like radishes, cucumbers and celery. With dinner I also drink a glass of water with lemon and a glass of white wine. I don't get hungry later at night. Maybe an hour after dinner, I'll have tea and milk. My morning fasting number was 88 today. But keep in mind that everyone's pancreas may be working differently, at different stages of diabetes. If I eat half an apple with peanut butter at night, my morning numbers will be around 115, so I'll eat 2 slices of an apple instead if I want to eat some apple. I have to really ration out the fruit slices and I always eat some almonds or walnuts (or cashews, pistachios) with the fruit. In between meals, I'll have a stick of string cheese or nuts. Some people think what I do is too restrictive but I have to say that I'm not hungry and don't crave food and it's working for me. My husband or I prepare a normal meal but I just don't eat the carbs that night (potatoes, rice or bread). I find I can eat some whole grain pasta (not a lot) though with the rest of the meal and my fasting number would go to 100. So, I've just found what works for me. Weekends, special dinners, holidays, guests - all that can throw my regime off IF I lose track of what I eat, so I'll eat a bite of the cake, a bite of potato or whatever to satisfy them and not to deny me and good choices for the rest of the meal. In the fall when I first started with the glucose monitor, I averaged in the 120's to 130's fasting and around 140 to 170 after meals and before bed. Now, my fasting number is rarely over 100. It's usually in the 80's or 90's. This is a long-winded answer to your question of being hungry! Keep a food diary so you know what affects your numbers. One more important fact: eating less at a meal will normally result in lower numbers.