Why Is Your Blood Sugar High When You Wake Up? How To PREVENT Morning Spikes!

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What is the SOMOGYI EFFECT, and what does it have to do with decreasing morning blood sugar?

1) The human brain regulates the release of CORTISOL into your blood stream in the morning. This steroid hormone helps you become alert, but it’s also a CATABOLIC HORMONE – which means it also causes your liver to release GLYCOGEN. Glycogen is a form of starch which the body uses for quick energy, and when it’s released into your blood stream, it has the effect of raising your blood sugar.

2) When insulin decreases glucose levels too much, it may trigger the release of certain hormones which quickly increases blood sugar as an automated response. So some type 1 or type 2 diabetics who take insulin close to bedtime may unintentionally experience the Somogyi Effect, as their nighttime blood sugar levels might drop low enough that their bodies attempts to correct it.

3) The Somogyi Effect suggests that some diabetics may be taking diabetes medications or prescription insulin too late in the day. There is also the possibility that your late-day dosage is too high, or too low. So making some moderate adjustments to your medication schedule or dosage might help you avoid your blood sugar dipping too low, or remaining too high through the night.

4) Aerobic exercise helps your body move glucose out of your blood stream and into muscle cells, WITHOUT the need for extra insulin. So moderate muscle movements can work to lower your blood sugar readings, and you won’t have to worry about excess insulin floating through your blood stream. Therefore, if you wake up with high blood sugar, try going for a short walk, or perform a quick strengthening workout.

5) If your morning blood sugar levels are already high, adding more sugar to the mix is not going to help. So make sure to eat a light breakfast, with a modest portion of lean protein, healthy fats, and foods which supply fiber.

6) Research shows that, by improving mechanisms responsible for uptaking glucose within muscle cells, apple cider vinegar creates physiological effects which are similar to METFORMIN, the most common blood sugar-lowering medication prescribed to type 2 diabetics. A recent study showed that consuming two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed may reduce morning blood sugar levels by 6%, and other research shows that it can lower blood sugar levels just 30 minutes after consuming it.

7) Some medical experts say that eating a small portion of protein and fat before bedtime can help those with insulin resistance to maintain steady blood sugar as they sleep. However, eating carbohydrates, especially foods without much fiber, might cause your glucose levels to remain high throughout the night. Therefore, avoid night snacking, and it is especially important to not eat carb-heavy foods before bed.

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