The Dawn Phenomenon and Somogi Effect in Diabetes
Morning blood sugar levels. It's a topic we always get questions around.
Namely, why on earth are my morning levels so HIGH when I've eaten nothing since yesterday. Surely they are meant to be their lowest first thing in the morning?
While it's easy to assume that this would be the case, there's more to the picture than you know.
In particular with type 2 diabetes, there are two factors that raise blood sugar overnight. These are known as the Dawn Phenomenon and the Somogyi Effect.
By the time you finish reading this, you should have a much better understanding of why these morning highs occur.
Glucose Happens 24/7
As you may (or may not) be aware of, the body's cells need fuel to function and that fuel is mainly glucose. Glucose fuels the cells in your organs, in the brain and in the muscles and tissues. And they need fuel 24/7.
While you're sleeping or if you were to fast, your organs still need to function so the body has other ways it can produce glucose, other than via the direct food you eat.
Glycogenolysis – some of the excess carbs you eat gets stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen. When these stores are needed, the process of glycogenolysis occurs, breaking the stores down so that more glucose is circulated in the blood to fuel the body.
Gluconeogenesis – your body is also capable of creating glucose from non-carbohydrate sources such as amino acids in a process called gluconeogenesis.
The body will always try to maintain blood glucose within a certain range in the body. This happens in both diabetics and non diabetics alike. With both kinds of glucose pr Continue reading