Shift work and Diabetes


Shift work and Diabetes

Does your work require you to work shifts? This could be the place to discuss the ups and downs of managing diabetes when you can't maintain a regular work schedule.

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Started by Kevin Smith. Last reply by John May 4, 2009. 1 Reply

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Comment by John on February 24, 2011 at 1:28am
it's been so long since I logged in. Another change in my shifts now working a rotating 7days on and 2 days off shift schedule. Now I can really use the song "Shift work" as my theme....just when you find yourself getting in a groove the company fins a way to mess things up....go figure.
Comment by kristy on December 14, 2010 at 3:24am

I work graveyards with the local police dept..I find I run high all night at work and then low when I wake up in the afternoon..however on nights when I am home and go to sleep at a normal hour, I always wake up low around 0630???

Comment by Mikey Irish on October 17, 2009 at 1:24pm
Hey guys...another shiftworker here with an active hellish schedule otherwise to boot. Figured I would say hi...Thanks
Comment by John on October 9, 2008 at 9:07am
Well it’s been a while since there been a post here.

I work a rotating shift schedule in a power plant for a pharmaceutical company it is a 12 hr shift, dayshift 4:30 am till 4:30 pm and night shift 4:30 pm till 4:30 am.

A typical month starts on Friday night, I work 4 night shifts getting off Tuesday morning and go back to work Friday morning for 3 day shifts off on Monday and 3 night shifts getting off Friday morning and going back to work Monday morning for 4 days shifts, here’s the bonus once I’m done with the 4 dayshifts on Thursday afternoon I don’t go back till the next Friday night and start all over.


Above would be a typical schedule now at times there is overtime to cover.

As far as treating my diabetes I try to keep it regular as possible taking my Levemir around the same time 10 to 11pm regardless of what shift I’m working and taking Novolog when I eat.
One draw back I find is that on the night shift I’m only having two meals one when I get up and another in the evening, but I do fit in a light snack.

So far this has worked very well with me, I have only been on the Levemir now for a couple of months and I feel I have much better BG control, prior to that I was using a Novolog 70/30 mix and it was like a roller coaster, looking forward to a new A1C number at the end of this month.
Comment by Nancy on June 18, 2008 at 12:07am
I work the night shift 7p-7a 4 nights a week as a nurse.
It is hard to follow a diet and keep my sugars in order when I sleep days. If I eat correctly before going to bed in the morning, I wake up sick in the early afternoon due to sugar drop. Working in a hospital, sometimes eating is when you get a chance to grab a bite. There is no set schedule, so keeping on track is hard.
hang in there. you are not alone.
The weekends are easier since I am on a 'normal' schedule.
Comment by John on May 25, 2008 at 8:34pm
I work for utilities power house for a major pharmaceutical company as an operator technician, I have been doing this job for 15 months now after work a steady day job for 20 yrs. This change was due to the company restructuring and moving manufacturing overseas and having 28 yrs invested in this company this was one of the few opportunities that were available.
I work rotating shift nights and day’s 12 hr shifts, 4:30am till 4:30pm for the day shift and 4:30 pm till 4:30am for the nights.
A typical month of work for me would begin on a Friday night working 4 night shifts getting off Tuesday morning and then going back to work on dayshift for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, start back on nights Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and then back to dayshift Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. After that rotation I get 7 days off and start all over again the next Friday.
At times I find it very challenging to maintain good blood sugar levels “all the time”.

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