Friday, April 07, 2006

True or False?

If one has an untreated low in the middle of the night, they will rebound quite high by the next morning.

4 comments:

Shannon said...

I've been told by my son's diabetes educator that this is true...although I've never witnessed...but I could've missed it along the way.

Kerri. said...

My doctors told me that only happens if there is glucagon in my liver at the ready. If I've already experienced a low and my supplies are depleted, I'll remain low.

Not a theory I'm looking to test, but that's what I've heard.

Scott K. Johnson said...

Just like with everything else in diabetes, my answer is "sometimes".

Like Kerri says, it depends on whether or not your body has glycogen (or glucagon?) ready to go. From what I understand, you have to have recently (day or two) had a series of pretty serious reactions that have depleted your glycogen stores.

I've also heard that if your body automatically treats a serious low through the night, that you would have ketones present in your urine the next morning. I've not experienced that myself, but I'm also not sure just how serious the nighttime low would have to be.

How's that for an undefinitive answer?

Penny said...

It's happened to Riley before. I think this has already been said, but if your glucogen supplies are depleted then you don't have the rebound.