Gastroparesis Solution to BG spikes for a Type 1 Diabetic
Occasionally, in the middle of my sleep cycle, I was having an abrupt increase in blood sugar I have no doubt this is a result of my gastroparesis diabeticorum (delayed stomach emptying) due to a neuropathy caused by poor glycemic control of my type 1 diabetes I tried several methods in Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution regarding this issue including: chewing gum stomach exercises Betaine HCL with pepsin digestive enzyme capsules and prescription Zofran. The only thing that helped was the Zofran. But at a side effect that made this medication unworthy of a long-term solution I do not recommend it. Another solution would be liquid meals, but I look forward to my meals And I didn't want to explore this venue unless absolutely necessary. Let me explain my day and eating schedule. I work 3rd shift. I awake at 7:30 p.m.
Eat dinner between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. Eat lunch about 3:00 AM Then eat breakfast at 8:30 to 9:00 AM. I go to sleep around 1:00 PM. The gastroparesis spike, when it happens, occurs between 4 to 6 p.m. My solution was figured out and tested after I fasted for blood tests and explained to my doctor that what this was and how I tried to treat it My dinner, the last meal I ate before my fast, the night before my bloodwork did not empty out of my stomach for about nine hours. If I eat a big lunch six hours after dinner, My guess is that my stomach stops and slows digestion.
Then again eating breakfast about five hours later can slow and stop my digestion once more. After I'm asleep, between 4 & 6 PM, my stomach empties causing a surge in blood sugar I usually awake to a high Dexcom CGM warning, take a correction dose of insulin, and go back to sleep I skip lunch on the weekends and do not have these spikes in blood sugar during my sleep Cycle. I performed an experiment.
Instead of my regular lunch of a 'Whip It' bread sandwich and 2 ounces of cheese, I only ate the 2 ounces of cheese for lunch It's an easily digested and small protein meal. It worked! Ever since this change, I haven't had a blood sugar spike during my sleep cycle. Normal glycemic control for a type one, insulin-dependent diabetic is a tricky business, but none-the-less achievable Just to recap what was happening before my dinner has emptyed from my stomach, I was eating a big lunch slowing or stopping digestion I was eating breakfast before the previous meals had emptyed my stomach slowing digestion once more. While in the middle of my sleep cycle, my stomach was empty causing a huge blood sugar spike! I fixed this by sizeably reducing and simplifying my lunch. If you have this problem, take note of when your stomach empties and adjust. It certainly worked for me!.
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