- A diabetic has to manage blood sugar levels on a daily basis
- A diet high in fibre can help in controlling blood sugar levels
- A healthy dinner can result in better blood sugar levels
Blood sugar levels are generally high in the morning. But if you are a diabetic your blood sugar levels can go significantly high. This condition usually happens before breakfast. Diabetes patients of both Type 2 and Type 1 Diabetes have to constantly monitor blood sugar levels to avoid major fluctuations. High blood sugar levels can make the condition worse for a diabetic. People who are not suffering from diabetes may experience high blood sugar levels in the morning due to hormonal changes. But in diabetics, the body does not respond to insulin properly which results in fasting blood sugar levels. This condition is called the dawn phenomenon. The effect of this phenomenon can vary from person to person.
High blood sugar levels in the morning
The natural rise in blood sugar levels early morning is defined as the dawn phenomenon. Diabetics are more likely to experience this phenomenon. This usually happens from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. This rise in blood sugar levels happens to ensure enough energy to kick start the next day but diabetics do not have enough insulin to react properly to this condition. This results in too high blood sugar levels. You may experience some symptoms like nausea, vomiting, faintness, blurry vision, extreme thirst, fatigue and tiredness.
Tips for diabetics to control the effect of dawn phenomenon
Some simple precautions can help in controlling the rise in blood sugar levels in the morning. These methods can help in reducing the negative effects of dawn phenomenon. Some of the steps which you can follow may include:
- You can ask your doctor for a change in medications there can be an increase in dosage in the morning
- Eat a light and healthy breakfast with diabetes-friendly foods
- You can also try exercising in the evening
- Eat dinner a few hours before going to bed
- Go for a walk after eating dinner
- Eat the right dinner with fewer carbs for dinner
- Never skip breakfast
Other ways to control blood sugar levels
- Restricted carbs intake can help in managing blood sugar levels
- Regular exercise is the best way to keep blood sugar levels under control as well as to promote overall health
- Eat a proper diet with fibre rich foods
- Always keep a track of your blood sugar levels
- Sleep properly every night for 6-8 hours
- If you are overweight lose those extra kilos
To fight the symptoms of diabetes effectively you need to follow all the precautions suggested by your doctor. Also, take the advised medicine along with a healthy diet.
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