A lot of people suffer from midnight craving and late night eating. Whether it’s because you skipped a meal throughout the day or your just craving something sweet before you hit the bed, night time cravings can sometimes be hard to control which is concerning for people with diabetes. But why is late night snacking problematic for people with diabetes? Is there anything we can do to curve our appetite at night? Let’s take a look and find out.
There are few things to take into consideration when you decide to eat at night time; the primary issue is what you’re eating. If you have diabetes then it may be best to eat something that is low in carbohydrates.
The key to late night munching as a person with diabetes is carb control. Although it is not completely off limits, eating carbs is still considered risky if the proper care and control (such as measuring your sugar and eating small free foods) is not established. To start off, night time eating has been shown to increase the chance of weight gain. Weight gain is not good for anyone but is something that people with diabetes need to be more concerned about since excess weight can lead to other complications (such as heart disease, respiratory problems etc.). Some statistics state that weight gain is normally associated with the type of foods you eat at night time, not so much the eating “at night”. This is why we advise you eat small, low carb snacks because it will not only help keep your sugars in range but also help keep your weight down.
Sugar levels are the biggest concern for people with diabetes who are into late night eating. Depending on the food you eat, eating late at night (especially high carb and calorie snacks) can cause unwanted spikes in blood sugar. The issue here is that people are usually most sedentary during the night, which makes it hard (especially for people with type 2 diabetes) for your body to digest the sugar. This can lead to very high sugars in the morning and if it is a common routine then it can even lead to other dangerous complications.
Late night snacking is very problematic for people with type 1 diabetes as well. Since people with type 1 diabetes require insulin for the carbs that they eat, taking a shot of insulin can have a number of risks associated with it. Night time hypoglycemia is common among people who eat late at night since it can take anywhere from 2-5 hours even for fast or rapid acting insulin to peak. Sometimes people will go to sleep thinking their sugars are fine and might wake up with a low in the morning or may not wake up at all. Night time hypoglycemia is very dangerous and can lead to a comatose state if severe enough.
If your sugar is low before going to sleep, make sure you eat the right amount of carbs in order to compensate for the low. If you are constantly low around night time then contact your endocrinologist to see if they can adjust your insulin amount.
Night time (during sleep) is your body’s primary time for healing so make sure you do your body a favor and keep your blood sugar levels normal throughout the night. Remember if you are going to eat something at night time, make sure it is something that will not raise your sugar so you and your body get the proper rest it need to maintain a healthy happy lifestyle.
Note: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.