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Morning Highs
jamie7282 posted:
Any tips for lowering blood sugar in the mornings?
Eating very low carbs in the evening does not seem to help?
krhudson responded:
Hi Jamie 7282,

Depends on what meds you are on and whether you are type
1 or type 2. How high are your fasting morning blood sugars?
Low carbs is a good thing and always helps. A little more
information may help about your schedule of diet and
exercise the prior day. Blood sugar can sometimes tend to
spike a little in the morning.

There is something called Pre Dawn Phenomenon that can
be explained better than I can explain it. This may have
something to do with it.

Can someone else explain Pre Dawn Phenomenon to Jamie?
Even if it does not pertain to her situation it is a good one to
know. It has to do with morning slight spikes. It may be more
often in type 2s than type 1s

auriga1 responded:
Hopefully, others will come along to give you some ideas from what they experience and do to lower BS numbers in the a.m.

I don't experience it because I use insulin. Insulin inhibits the release of glycogen (a form of starch) from the liver and muscles of most insulin users. Glycogen is stored in the liver and muscles for later fuel use for the body.

The dawn phenomenon results from the liver releasing glycogen (turns into glucose in the body) around 3:00 a.m. There are no meals during sleep, so the liver behaves as if the body is "starving" releasing the glycogen.

Some people have combatted the morning highs by a mixture of food/snacks before retiring for the night. You might have to something right before bed. Your very low carbs in the evening is most likely triggering your liver to release the glycogen in the wee hours of the morning.


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