I blame my liver ("Parker") for this, because chronically high blood sugar during a night is usually due to my liver secreting glucose, or whatever it secrets when it's upset (why can't it synthesize alcohol, or vitamin C?)
Since I am coming down off tonight's sugar high at this moment, now seems like a good time to describe what it actually feels like to have high blood sugar. It's a much more consistent feeling than a sugar low.
- A difficulty with small-talk. This also happens with low blood sugar. I say things that are either obnoxious (see "short temper" below) or I open my mouth and...nothing comes out.
- Thirsty, thirsty, thirsty! The first mouthful of liquid tastes great, but subsequent gulps feel funny, because of...
- ...an upset stomach. Actually, it's more like a stomach that's terminally clenched up.
- Always having to pee because of all that liquid I'm drinking.
- High body temperature accompanied by sweating, which makes your makeup slide off and defeats your deodorant.
- A short temper. Grrr!
- A tendency to complain and over-analyze, probably related to whatever makes my temper so short (and my makeup slough off).
- Anhedonia; an inability to really feel emotionally good about anything. Hence the complaining. For instance, right now I want to burst into tears about the stuffed cat that I mistreated and then gave away tonight, but if my blood sugar were normal I'd be able to at least acknowledge the GOOD stuff.
Am I complaining? Yes. Blame Parker.
Should I have eaten dinner? Yes. Blame me.
Why does the liver kick out the sugar at night? My doc said I was in starvation mode...but I am 40+ lbs overweight. How can I change this? And yes I often feel like you do.
Apparently there are two common reasons why you might wake up with high blood sugar: "Dawn Phenomenon" and "The Somogyi Effect":
If your doctor says it's from being in starvation mode, then chances it's the Somogyi effect: your blood sugar falls during the night (because you took too much NPH insulin or you didn't eat enough of a snack), and as an emergency measure your liver starts to kick out sugars to bring you back up...but it always raises you too high. When I was diagnosed they called this a "rebound."
So you aren't starving for FOOD, you're "starving" for sugar in your blood.
The above link tells you how to find out what's causing your morning highs, and how to fix it.
That said, I've never figured it out myself. I just do my best to keep it all under control and have a good night's sleep!
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