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March 4, 2000

Daily Care, Puberty

Question from a nurse in Idaho, USA:

What is the effect of nighttime and sleep on blood sugar levels in teens?


From: DTeam Staff

Nighttime and sleep should be the same for teens as others. Most have a snack, with a rise in sugar followed by a drop. Since most have insulin — usually NPH or Lente — working in the night, the sugar tends to fall in the early hours of night and then rise with the dawn. The balance of glucose and insulin is critical here and often a problem. We try to avoid lows in the night but also highs in the morning. This often is difficult to do.