Dawn Phenomenon Prediabetes

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Insulin Resistance: Disease Or Superpower?

0 0 There lies a chasm between conventional medical treatment of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and the empowered language of ancestral health. The conventional medical definition of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes is high blood sugar; it follows that treatment should lower blood sugar. A different paradigm challenges the practitioner and patient to recognize and act upon the expression of a perfect metabolism that is simply in the wrong environment. Whether the patient is given a diabetes code (250.02) or a functional code of metabolic syndrome (277.7), this western paradigm belittles the strength and survival superpower that drives insulin resistance (IR). IR is not something you “have”; rather, it is an orderly and beneficent trait with which you must live in accordance. In this case, paradigms are not simply different ways of seeing the truth; they are 2 different truths, with unequal clinical endpoints. Let us first explore the conventional medical paradigm of high blood sugar and subsequent hypoglycemic therapy. Diagnosis of Hyperglycemia High blood sugar defines prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Accordingly, diagnostic procedures consist of measuring blood glucose (Table Continue reading >>

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  1. kmax

    Diabetes - Dawn Phenomenon Question

    I had a Blood Test, part of a physical, done by my doctor and my fasting Glucose was high at 107. Below 100 is normal. My doctor didn't say anything to me about it, I retrieved a copy of the test myself and spotted it. Being that one of my parents was Diabetic, I was concearned about this number and went out and bought a home monitor.
    I then started testing throughout the day and particularly two hours after meals. All my readings were below 100 except for one at 105. However, my fasting glucose is still high at 83 to 90. Note: I am using a meter that uses whole blood so the scale is about 20% less than a blood labs.
    I searched here and Minotaur mentioned something about the Dawn Phenomenon. I Googled that and found some info about Glucose rising before breakfast (early morning). It looks like I suffer from this but my question is does this mean I am a Diabetic? Even though my numbers during the day are good. Also, this is all new to me and I think may be misinterpreting the readings. Could I be?
    Thanks for any help here.

  2. Minotaur

    [Minotaur's ears perk up] Huh?
    A fasting b.g. of 83-90 is excellent and represents non-diabetes. But being that a parent was diabetic, your chances go up greatly that you will be too. Some doctors still go by the old scale that anything less than 110 fasting is non-diabetic. But the more current and cautious information is to consider anything over 100 as "pre-diabetic".
    If this is the first time you've had this blood work done, it's nothing to knee-jerk over. But it should be repeated and watched. And an oral glucose tolerance test should be done, as well as a fasting insulin level. Those together will paint the whole picture.
    I don't think Dawn Phenomenon by itself means one is diabetic. It means the liver has dumped a lot of glucose into the blood to prepare for waking. It's what the body DOES with the excess glucose, or not, that tells the story.

  3. stephenlouis

    The short answer based on what little info you have given is NO. You are not even "Pre-Diabetes". A new term for impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance. Pre-diabetes is characterized by glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnostic of diabetes. Usually those who have pre-diabetes do not have any symptoms but, if nothing is done to lower their glucose levels, they are at great risk of developing diabetes within about 10 years.
    youy first reading was in that range at 107, 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L) is the range.
    your other readings are normal.

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