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.
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.
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.