glucose levels

By joannemb Latest Reply 2011-02-11 09:34:55 -0600
Started 2011-02-11 09:23:15 -0600

Can anyone tell me why my glucose level at 11:05 last night would rise to 141 at 8:07 this morning? Had nothing to eat or drink after 11 p.m. last night.

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kdroberts 2011-02-11 09:34:55 -0600 Report

Usually it's one of two reasons.

1. Your blood sugar dropped low and your body corrected it by releasing glucose. This is called the somogyi effect.

2. Around 2-4am your body starts releasing hormones to wake you up and prepare your body. Some of these hormones trigger glucose to be released so lead to a rise in blood sugar in the following hours. This is referred to as the dawn phenomenon. It happens to everyone but diabetics have a problem because of the glucose.

The other reasons that it could be is due to medication wearing off or food still having an affect. If you had something that was higher in fat and/or protein a couple of hours before you tested it may be that the carbs are breaking down slower and hitting you later. It's referred to as the pizza effect and it can lead to your blood sugar continuing to rise for 3-5 hours or so after you would normally see your blood sugar going down.