High Morning Fasting Level and Normal Evening Fasting Level

By VaultDwellerJoe Latest Reply 2018-09-18 10:04:57 -0500
Started 2018-09-08 10:16:16 -0500

I need some help figuring out some things.

About 12 years ago I started feeling tired/fatigued and foggy every day. I’ve been on a quest to figure it out. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. It seems like I get unrefreshing sleep. I’ve had so many different tests. I am not diabetic.

One thing that has stood out is my blood sugar levels. The past 2 years I had 2 lab blood sugar tests and an A1C test. First test blood sugar was 104 and second was 99. The A1C was in the normal range. I got these tests done in the morning after fasting/sleeping.

I’ve done my own testing the last month. The 2, 3, 4 hour tests seem normal. The morning 8 hour fasting level is around 108. If i do a fast in the evening, then the sugar level is low 90s.

My questions are:
1. What could cause this?
2. How do I lower the morning level if my evening 8 hour level is normal?
3. Can anxiety/depression cause this just during sleep?
4. Could something be causing both the unrefreshing sleep and higher than normal blood sugar level? I know some hormones impact both.

So I guess I think I just found an anomaly and am hoping diagnosing this will help the fatigue/tiredness.

2 replies

2018-09-18 10:04:57 -0500 Report

Anxiety and stress can really affect health and cause fatigue. Maybe focus your attention towards mental health and exercise. Yoga, minimalist/intentional living (search Josh Becker), and getting outside all help me. Best wishes.

Nick1962 2018-09-11 16:21:14 -0500 Report

Factoring the 20% accepted margin of error for most meters, and the fact that your A1c (which is more important) showed a normal range, your morning levels are “normal”. It isn’t uncommon to have higher morning numbers, especially when you first get up. It’s called Dawn Phenomenon and happens because your liver literally dumps a load of sugar into the bloodstream to get you moving. We all experience it, diabetic or not.

You’re not diabetic, don’t worry about that morning number, and stop treating yourself and testing as if you were. It may help some of that anxiety by taking the possibility off your plate.

Yes, hormones effect blood sugar and sleep, but your numbers are not really “higher than normal”. Some people run on the high end depending on lifestyle and activity. Stress effects it too.

As for lack of sleep – there can be many and multiple reasons for that.

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