The Dawn Phenomenon
Updated: Aug 19
Recently I have been doing a lot of reading around my morning fasting blood glucose numbers or as the doctors will say “The Dawn Phenomenon”. This has always had me baffled to why, when you go through the night not eating, would your numbers go up? Well my Endocrenologist mentioned to me how the liver functions and may cause this. So like I always do, I started studying.
Our Liver stores sugar when we eat and when we are not eating our liver regulates our glucose levels by releasing the stored sugar. As we go through the night the liver continues to release this sugar and this can cause our morning highs. As I have learned our liver plays a big role along with our pancreas to control our blood sugar.
Then we throw in that a very high percentage of people with diabetes have a fatty liver. This disease has a lot of effect on how the liver functions, the excess fat makes the liver work a lot harder. I have been told for years that I have a fatty liver, but no doctor has told me how to fix it. It never has been a big concern. But in some of my studying it seems like there is a vicious circle of diabetes, pancreatic issues and liver issues. It seems to me that it is all interrelated.
Obesity, lack of exercise and poor diet are the leading cause of fatty liver, high blood pressure and diabetes. From this it is evident that getting these three issues in line will help with a good portion of the worlds illnesses.
This is where my journey has come in. I live a low carb or Keto lifestyle, I exercise daily and this has helped me drop pounds, feel better and get my blood sugar in line.
But I want to talk about my liver for a moment. In my studying about my fatty liver I founds several different nutrients that can help cleanse your liver. I started taking a juice product a little over a month ago and guess what? My morning blood glucose numbers have been coming down. Even though I keep my A1c in line my morning numbers would be between 150 and 200 in the morning. But I am now having numbers between 100 and 150. This could be a combination of all the things I am doing but it sure seems to me that cleansing my liver is doing something.
I have an appointment in a few weeks to get my numbers checked and I will see if my liver enzymes are dropping. So why are the doctors not talking about this more?
This is an example of how I keep testing new things to slowly improve my health. If you want to learn more about the juice I am taking please drop me a line. I can’t sale it but I am willing to share with you.
Keep up the good work getting your Health Over Fifty life in order.