Blood sugar can be brought down and kept at normal levels throughout the day, yet, many diabetics find that even though they have not eaten before bedtime, when they wake up in the morning their blood sugar levels are elevated. This is caused by something called the “dawn phenomenon”:
“Although the mechanics of the dawn phenomenon aren’t yet entirely clear, research suggests that the liver deactivates more circulating insulin during the early morning hours.” [This results in sugar not being pushed into cells for energy but building up in the blood instead.]
“Investigators have actually measured blood sugar every hour throughout the night under similar circumstances. They find that the entire blood sugar increase occurs about 6-10 hours after bedtime for most people who are so affected.”
“Both the time it takes for blood sugar to increase and the amount of the increase vary from one person to another. An increase may be negligible in some and profound in others.”
Excerpted from Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution
by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein
You can begin maintaining healthy blood sugar levels with regular exercise combined with a low carbohydrate diet and by supplementing with the correct nutrients. This can also help reduce the effects of the “dawn phenomenon”.
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