Stabilizing blood sugar is important for those with blood sugar concerns such as those with prediabetes, PCOS, type 1 diabetes, or type 2 diabetes. However it’s also very important for the day to day life of all individuals because stabilizing blood sugar means that you will have more constant energy without any energy crashes and it can help prevent any long term damage to blood sugar control in individuals as well. When it comes to controlling your blood sugar with your food, there are several things to consider. The first thing to consider is that all carbohydrates, regardless of fiber amount or nutrient amount will spike blood sugar in every individual. Carbohydrates include things like grains, fruit, beans, dessert items, sugary beverages, crackers, chips, sweeteners, starchy vegetables like corn and potatoes, and dairy products. Whenever anyone eats any of these foods, the carbohydrate amount in the food breaks down and causes a release of insulin in our body. Within these foods though, some contain higher amounts of nutrients and fiber that can help slow that digestion and release of insulin and can stabilize blood sugar instead of causing a large spike. These high fiber foods include whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, and 100% whole wheat products. The fiber in these foods slows down the digestion process and can make them a healthier carbohydrate source.
Many factors influence the stability of blood glucose during sleep. First, the night is a consequence of the day. Whether we played sports, ate, or drank alcohol, how intense it was. Lack of sleep increases the release of stress hormones, slows the metabolic rate, and makes it challenging to maintain optimal weight. People who don’t get regular sleep have an increased risk of dying from heart disease. Sleepless nights result in impaired tissue sensitivity to insulin (insulin resistance), one of the causes of diabetes development. Long-term sleep deprivation impairs glucose tolerance and exacerbates diabetes. In the morning, after a sleepless night, blood glucose can be too high and difficult to control, and sleep-disordered diabetics have considerable difficulty controlling their disease. During sleep, hormones such as growth hormones are secreted in the early morning hours to raise blood sugar levels. This is the so-called “dawn phenomenon,” which is particularly severe during adolescence and occurs in adult diabetics. When administering the evening dose of insulin or programming the insulin pump base for bedtime, it is essential to consider all of these conditions that affect glycemia during sleep and morning sugar.