It must be frustrating to wake up with HIGH blood sugar when you haven’t eaten for 8+ hours…
So let me share why this happens and why I think you should stop freaking out about it.
Let’s talk about Dawn Phenomenon.
Dawn Phenomenon is a term to describe high blood sugar in the mornings, particularly in people with Type 2 Diabetes.
But this number isn’t driven by FOOD—it’s driven by HORMONES.
In other words, your morning blood sugar is NOT an accurate reflection of last night’s dinner. Rather, it’s driven by a notorious little hormone called C O R T I S O L .
You see, part of cortisol’s job is to raise our blood sugar for quick bursts of energy—it’s like jet fuel compared to caffeine!
And it just so happens that cortisol peaks in the morning, causing a rise in blood sugar completely unrelated to food.
Oftentimes, a person’s morning blood sugar is the highest of their ENTIRE DAY.
The difference between someone who experiences Dawn Phenomenon and someone who doesn’t is a little problem called “insulin resistance”.
Insulin resistance makes it damn-near impossible to keep your numbers down.
High fasting blood sugar doesn’t necessarily mean you ate something “bad” the night before.
Again, this is driven by CORTISOL—not food.
A high morning number just means you’re dealing with some level of insulin resistance.
The good news? You can repair insulin resistance—and when you do, your fasting blood sugar, A1C & all those pesky symptoms will follow suit. Simple as that.
For now, take your fasting blood sugar with a grain of salt (figuratively).
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(Hint: most people are going about this allll wrong!)