Blood Glucose Levels High

When I wake up in the morning I am getting lots of high level readings. I asked my doctor and he told me it had something to do with a “phenomenon” of some kind. I am still wondering what it might be that is causing this to happen.

Answer:

Your doctor is probably referring to something which is commonly called a “dawn phenomenon”. A few people with diabetes experience hyperglycaemia occurring spontaneously in the early hours of the morning. This can manifest itself as high blood glucose when you wake up.

This is normally due to a pre-dawn surge in the secretion of hormones — adrenal , pituatary and thyroid which have a multiplicity of functions which are totally unrelated to diabetes but are absolutely essential to our bodies.

The secretion of hormones is not brought about by hyperglycaemia but they do , however , have the response of amplifying glucose release from the liver. This high blood glucose effect can be managed by either increasing the insulin concentration at that time or decreasing the glucose output from the liver.

In the case of Type 2 diabetes the medication “metformin” is quite often prescribed.

In all cases such as this the matter should be referred back to your doctor who will be able to advise the most suitable course of action to be taken.

Blood Glucose Levels High
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