If you suffer from diabetes, there is a probability that you may experience a sugar spike in the mornings in spite of not having eaten for a couple of hours. Scientists believe that because of hormones released during the night (growth hormones, cortisol, glucagon, epinephrine), your insulin resistance may be stronger, hence the elevated levels in blood sugar.
A small spike in fasting glucose level is normal for most people, but if your numbers are too high or you are waking up with headaches or sweating, this could be an indication that something is wrong. Your blood glucose may be too low at night or you may be experiencing what is known as the dawn phenomenon—when the body increases sugar levels to make sure there is enough energy for the person to wake up in the morning.
If you are experiencing this problem frequently, of course you want to talk to your doctor for professional advice, but chances are you just need to implement lifestyle changes that will help resolve the problem. Keeping your nutrition on point and exercising frequently may be all you need to help alleviate this condition.
In a study that looked at data from 1990-2016, scientists discovered high fasting plasma glucose had increased by 76% in US. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in April, revealed high body mass index (BMI) and fasting plasma glucose are two of three important risk factors and are steadily increasing.
Both conditions are related to diet and lifestyle choices and can be preventable—in some cases they can be completely eradicated. In fact, it is possible for patients to eventually get off insulin prescription if they are willing to implement changes in their lifestyle and nutrition. “US residents are not consuming a healthy diet; they tend to consume more calories than needed,” the article highlights. “Rising BMI is driving up fasting plasma glucose levels and diabetes.”
Alarmed by the findings and how dire the situation is, authors of this study made a call to action by stating it is imperative that Americans control and reduce their weight as well as for our country to develop a comprehensive program to improve the US diet.
Given the overwhelming research that continues to show the trend of how our health is directly impacted by our dietary choices, it is important that individuals work with qualified practitioners to really dig deep and find the root cause of disease—this is the goal of the functional medicine approach. If your doctor quickly prescribes medication and has never asked you what your diet looks like, it may be time to start looking for another doctor.
At Bellissimo Medical we do not simply prescribe medication to put a patch on the injury; we look at family history and underlying causes of disease. We work closely with patients to optimize their health in a way that is not possible through traditional medicine. If you are suffering from diabetes or simple want to improve and balance overall health, we can help.
Call us today and schedule your free consultation at 954.384.8989. Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Functional Medicine and Stephanie Muniz Nerette is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Diplomate to the Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Bellissimo Medical is located at 2665 Executive Park Drive, Suite #3, in Weston.