When People With Diabetes Eat & Acid Reflux

At the end of my 6-month ordeal, I finally found the causes to my Acid Reflux. The first was eating too much protein. Next was eating acidic and spicy foods and the next to last reason for my Acid Reflux was excess ketones in my blood stream. Unfortunately none of those explained normal fasting blood glucose and phlegm.

I went back to the drawing board. Over the years, I have had many reactions before bed and during the middle of the night. During that time I had many diabetic binges due to the “Hijacked Brain of The Diabetic.” Somewhere along the way I had started the habit of eating right before bed as well.

Since my cough and phlegm occurred in the morning, I realized the mistake I have been making by eating before going to bed. If a person eats right before bed, your stomach has to work harder, and it takes longer to digest the food. Poor digestion caused increased acid and contributed directly to my digestive issues.

I stopped eating before bed. I made a rule for myself, that most health professionals tell everyone, I would not eat 4 hours before going to bed. Not only did the acid reflux get better but my fasting blood sugar improved and stabilized.

To get help or for more information on Diabetes-Focused Psychotherapy go to Eliot’s website or set up a free 30-minute phone consultation.

Eliot LeBow, LCSW, CDE, is a diabetes-focused psychotherapist. His private practice, located in New York City and is also available via Skype. LeBow, who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1977, treats the many diverse cognitive, behavioral, and emotional needs of people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Medical Disclaimer:
All the advice included in this blog is therapeutic in nature and should not be considered medical advice. Before making any changes to your diabetes maintenance program, please consult with your primary physician or endocrinologist.

2 thoughts on “When People With Diabetes Eat & Acid Reflux

  1. Thank you for that article. I have the same thing and stopped eating about four hours before bed but the coughing still happens when I eat at times. I wish you would have gone a little more in depth. Your blogs really make me feel I’m not alone. Do you know anyone in the Chicago are that helps people? I’ve been to support groups and it’s all type 2ers. I know you skype but it just not the same. Thank you for what you do. I share your posts with others in my life so they can understand better.

    1. I am from england ,I am type 2 diabetic ,when I am good i am good but when I slip and eat sugar i free fall and can not stop eating sweet stuff even though I no it could kill me such is the stronghold the addiction to sugar how insain is this behaviour knowing the damage i am doing to my self .I think this is the opposite to anorexia it is definite a mental health issue .even with cognetic organised behaviour .I fall off and the cycle starts again sometimes I feel I need protecting from my self.

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