Why am I so high in sugar in the morning? This is a question that they ask me all the time and I will go in and explain what is happening.
We call these sugars fasting, when you spend more than 8 hours without eating, for most people, this happens overnight and they taste their sugars in the morning when they wake up.
First, your fasting sugars tell us a lot about what is happening in your body and often have nothing to do with what you have been eating.
People will say, but I'm eating everything perfectly and my sugar levels are very high when I get up. What do I do wrong?
The first thing I am going to tell you is that it is normal and opposed to what you expect. It will not remain so if you follow the simple steps that I will give you here.
I see exactly the same effect that occurs in diabetics who begin intermittent fasting. This is when people spend more time without eating, usually more than 16 hours.
It's not something you need to worry about as long as you meet the criteria I'm about to share with you.
I will cover exactly what I mean by fasting blood sugar, when to perform the test and the results you are looking for.
So your body has two modes. It has two ways to regulate your energy. One, when you're eating food, one when you're not.
Fasting blood sugar is important because it tells us what is happening behind the scenes of your body. The upper limit for fasting sugars is 7.8 mmol / L or 140 mg / dL. Above this range is when the damage begins to occur in your small blood vessels that can cause permanent damage.
What I commonly see is that the sugars during the day are lower, but the fasting sugars remain stubbornly high. I will explain exactly why this happens and why it often has nothing to do with what you ate the night before.
The first thing you should realize is that you do not have diabetes, it is resistant to insulin. The most effective way to deal with this is to eliminate the cause. If you stop eating foods that require insulin to process them, you will start to become more sensitive to insulin and you will see that the sugars go down as a direct result.
The key here is carbohydrates. Any carbohydrate will put pressure on the pancreas and liver and will only make the problem worse. The best eating plan to deal with this is low in carbohydrates. Cutting out carbohydrates will do more for your health than any prescription from your doctor.
But I am deviating from the subject: if you are living low in carbohydrates, why are sugars still high in fasting? Are you not eating sugar or other carbohydrates but are you still above the upper limit when you do the test in the morning?
It is completely normal. It is a sign of insulin resistance. It really gives you information about how well your liver and pancreas are functioning and how insulin resistant it really is.
Your fasting blood sugar in the last number will go down when you are working to reverse your diabetes.
Diabetes is not just a disease of the pancreas, it is a disease of the liver, the liver is the source of energy that controls blood sugar.
Type 2 diabetes is a disease of too much insulin. You are over producing insulin and the body is not listening. So during the night when you are not eating, the work of the liver is to extract the energy that is stored and put it in the bloodstream, so that the cells have food to eat.
Around three in the morning, your body begins to prepare for the next day and the liver wants to make sure it has a lot of energy so that when you go from sleeping to being awake, have everything you need.
Video credits to Mary Kemp YouTube channel