According to the Quality of Life Research Journal, blood sugar drops in the middle of the night is a bigger risk than many diabetics or their doctors realize. While hypoglycemia is usually more of a concern for type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes are not immune. Such sudden blood sugar drops while you're sleeping can be dangerous because you might not wake up in time to catch it before it gets to a dangerous level.
Here are some ways to try and avoid it.
Don't Skip Dinner
Even if you're not hungry, you should never completely skip dinner. Remember, you have a long night ahead of you.
Don't Over-Exert Yourself
Exercise is an important part of diabetes management; however, you shouldn't overdo it before bedtime if you experience blood sugar drops at night. Give yourself, at least, two hours between your workout and light's out.
Check Before Bed
Before you go to bed, check your blood glucose levels. If your glucose is low, a light snack might be beneficial.
Change Your Dose
If you use an insulin pump and struggle with nighttime hypoglycemia, reduce your insulin dose at nighttime.
If you're a type 2 diabetic who is managing diabetes fairly well but suffering from nighttime hypoglycemia, check with your doctor about tweaking your medication or insulin doses.
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