Answers to Common Diabetes Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about diabetes.

How can someone with diabetes help reduce the effects of the dawn phenomenon?

Dr. Miguel Parilo discusses how someone with diabetes can help reduce the effects of the dawn phenomenon. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How can someone with diabetes help reduce the effects of the dawn phenomenon?

We have very little ability to influence our hormone levels. If the blood sugar is on its way up, adding fuel to the fire, consuming additional carbohydrates would simply magnify it. If you have medicines that aren't necessarily peaking or working during those times, if your timing isn't appropriate, then the sugar may elevate more than if the medicine were overlapping at that appropriate time. You can have a positive influence on it. Perhaps timing exercise, or timing the types of meals, or the timing of your medications to peak or work in synergy at that time, then the blood sugar may not escalate to the same extent.

 

There isn’t much someone with diabetes can do to help reduce the effect of the dawn phenomenon, because it would involve changing hormone levels, Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say.

You could make sure not to eat additional carbs during the peak time. You could also talk to your doctor about whether timing your exercise and medications could help manage the morning spike caused by the dawn phenomenon.

For more information about how someone with diabetes can help reduce the effects of the dawn phenomenon, talk with your doctor.

Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Isaac Corney, MD, Trotwood Physician Center; Ann DeClue, MD, Saadeddine Dughman, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Gary Fishbein, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Roger Goodenough, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; J. Wes Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Timothy O Donnell, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; Miguel Parilo, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Srikanth Sadhu, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Trisha Zeidan, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Miguel Parilo, MD, FACP, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Kristine Sun, MD; Premier Family Care of Mason;

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