I was diagnoised with t1 11 years ago and In my teens I have reasonable control, but I was ALWAYS going low, particularly in the night. As a result of this I would get up and have something to eat and then go back to bed.
But now that I have better control and don't go low in the night anymore (i'm using a pump now) I still get up and eat in the night, meaning my blood sugars are sometimes above 250 in the morning!!! I have tried to stop doing this by making sure I have a before bed snack, leaving my testing equipment out beside me, telling my bf to call out to me if I get up but nothing seems to have worked. Its like a crazy habit!!!!
Has anyone else experienced this or been able to stop doing it?
Any advice would be much appreciated.
a lot of people will refer to "Dawn Phenomenon", a release of hormones in the early AM hours, that raises your BG. My theory is that this is to "fuel" hunting and gathering breakfast although I don't know if anyone else shares that view? With a pump, I push my basal rate up in those early AM hours to get rid of the "bump" in my BG. Maybe just try a shade higher from 5-7 or 3-6 or if you've been getting up to eat, figure out when it's happening? You can guess but if you are getting up, if you can pin down precisely when it happens, you can have a decent chance of wiping out morning lows altogether.
Hey, haha that actually sounds exactly like me. I even put a lock on the fridge and stuck the key in my BF's pillow. But its really crazy cause if I am at someone elses house or I know the fridge is locked and I can't get the key, im fine and don't want to eat. Otherwise I just go eat whatever. Fully annoying I def understand where you are coming from. I only know of one other t1 that has the same problem!
Afraid it's just a habit that you can break by not giving in to eating at night. I know, much easier said than done. Have you tried the old diet trick of drinking water instead of eating?
Normal people's BG is lowest between 2-4 AM as the body's in a rest mode. Approaching waking, BG starts rising to meet the demands of being awake. Nothing to do with hunting/gathering:) Of course, we don't have insulin to regulate going too high so dawn phenomenon can send BG really high as BG increases.
Thanks Gerri, I agree!!!
Wish there was an easy solution. I drink water when I'm hungry. This is strange, I admit, but I also eat sour dill pickles to take the edge off hunger. Don't know why that works, but at least they have few carbs.