What is "liver dump"

By elwojcik65 Latest Reply 2014-03-01 13:43:49 -0600
Started 2014-02-24 06:15:22 -0600

I keep reading about people experiencing a liver dump. What is that? How would I recognize if I am having that happen?

6 replies

Nick1962 2014-02-24 12:01:13 -0600 Report

Lizzy’s response below is dead on. It’s more commonly known as “Dawn Phenomenon” because it usually occurs right before you wake up after going overnight without food.
A lot of times it can be overcome with a good understanding of what to eat and when.
You'd recognize it by unusually high numbers when you haven't eaten anything, or so little to warrant numbers that high.

KimberlyLC62 2014-02-24 11:28:04 -0600 Report

Here's what Internet says: When you eat your body converts the food into glucose basically.
The glucose is then used by the body and any extra is stored in your liver or
converted to fat.

The liver is like your own personal EMT, when it senses that your blood sugar is
too low it "dumps" some glucose into your system to raise the numbers.
If this didn't happen your body would shut down and you could go into a
coma at some point.

So in many ways this is a good thing, and your liver is your friend. This happens to
everyone to some extent, even people who aren't diabetic if they go too long
without food.

The problem with many people with diabetes is that their liver is waaaay to helpful.
It's as though it's over-active and doesn't wait until your blood sugar gets to 50 or
below. Research has found that a certain hormone that non-diabetics have that
regulates their liver isn't always working with T2.

That's one reason why we tell people to eat frequently, every 3-4 hours. It keeps
the liver calmed down.

Another way that a "liver dump" can happen is if you take insulin or an insulin
stimulating drug. If you don't eat enough carbs to keep your BS at a good level you
go low. Then your liver takes over for you. That's why it's so important to balance
medication with carbs, and it usually requires a period of testing and adjusting to get
it right.

Finally, this can also happen with exercise unless you eat enough carbs to cover it.
Exercise lowers BS numbers, but you also have to constantly fuel the muscles and
organs with glucose, because that's their fuel. True, the body can convert protein
and fat into glucose, but it's a much slower process and not the body's favorite way
to do it. And if you're very active it's just too slow, and you end up with constant
liver dumps.

Carbs aren't your enemy, you just have to learn when and how to use them for the
best results. And you have to also be aware of the affect of any medications you
might take and activity levels on the carb levels you consume.

It sounds really complicated, but in short time you learn to balance it. It just takes
practice and quite a bit of testing at first.


jaydoubleyou23 2014-02-25 00:06:26 -0600 Report

What about type one ? Do we still have that hormone for the most part or no ?

sazajay 2014-03-01 13:43:49 -0600 Report

Sometimes when i get up in the morning i take my bg and if im not too low i get ready and maybe watch a half hour of tv to wake up properly then i go take a bg reading again and its much higher?

glennb61 2014-02-24 10:41:21 -0600 Report

I have never heard of this either, sounds a bit weird.

jigsaw 2014-02-24 17:28:06 -0600 Report

I was unaware of it also, until I experienced it years ago. Simply put, your liver will normally dump some glucose in the morning hours to help energize your body to awaken. If you are healthy, without diabetes, your body will produce enough insulin to safely lower the blood glucose effectively. With diabetes, the blood glucose can stay high for a lengthy and unsafe amount of time.

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