Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
September 3, 2002
Question from Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA:
What causes your blood/sugar to read higher after you have gone to bed for the night?
In a person without diabetes, there is normally some circulating glucose even when fasting overnight. This balance is finely tuned by the balance between insulin and glucagon which causes the liver to output glucose (gluconeogenesis from hepatic glycogen and protein) and glucose uptake by the brain and muscles.
In person who has diabetes, the insulin waning over the late nighttime and the dawn permits the liver to make too much glucose and the peripheral tissues not to utilize properly the glucose available. This often leads to an higher fasting blood sugar.