Dec 13th, 2010 by sandalwood
Like many type-2 diabetics, I take a reading of my blood sugar levels in the morning before breakfast, always hoping I will start the day right with a reading below 126 mg/dL (that’s 7.0 mmol/L in the non-U.S. measuring system), knowing that if it is below that level then my chances of maintaining control are better for the rest of the day.
But, as a long-time type-2 diabetic, I also experience periods where my morning blood sugars are higher than they were the night before when I tested them prior to going to bed. It has been explained to me that this is because, after a few hours asleep, in the early morning hours my body signals that my blood sugars are getting down below normal and that in turn prompts my liver to start producing glucose in response in order to rectify the developing situation of low blood sugar levels.
Whether that truly is the correct reason I’m not sure, but I have a solution to the morning’s higher than normal blood sugar levels and that is to have a bedtime snack, a solution similar to others who also experience the early morning phenomenon and I just want to share my own simple snack details that almost always helps me achieve my target of being below the 126mg/dL glucose levels mentioned above. I’m sure the other bedtime snack versions are equally effective too but the following is mine, it involves crispbread, cheese and milk or soymilk.
Available in most food stores, there is an inexpensive product called Crispbread, a dry, crisp wafer, that comes in several varieties, Light Rye, Sesame, Fiber Rye, and many others, manufactured by WASA and packaged conveniently in about 20 to 30 slices or so, each slice about 2 inches by 4 inches by about 1/8 inch thick, about 27 calories and less than 7 grams of carbohydrate.
I use the Laughing Cow brand of light creamy Swiss cheeses, also readily available in most grocery stores. The cheeses are neatly packaged in small 35-calorie triangles wrapped in foil and boxed conveniently for storage.
My snack is 2 slices of the crispbread with one triangle of the Swiss cheese spread on the 2 crackers and with a half a small glass of milk or soymilk. I don’t usually need to eat the apple slices.
That usually produces the early morning blood sugar levels that I’m looking for.