Lower Blood Sugar After Eating Breakfast. Are Your Blood Glucose Levels Normal?

Lower Blood Sugar After Eating Breakfast. Are Your Blood Glucose Levels Normal?

August 13, 2019 38 By William Morgan


blood sugar drops after eating what’s
going on here I thought blood sugar was
supposed to go up after you eat let
typically what happens but people with
insulin resistance working on reversing
that insulin resistance can see some
really strange and paradoxical blood
sugar readings so today we’re going to
talk about that and sort it all out so
that you know if you need to worry about
this or not coming right up
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anything some people experience a drop
in blood sugar a couple of hours after
they eat so we’re going to talk about
that real quick first they eat something
the blood sugar goes really high because
they ate some high carbohydrate meal
their body makes a bunch of insulin
because insulin is needed to guide that
glucose the blood sugar out of the
bloodstream and into the cell and
there’s a whole lot of insulin to deal
with that high blood sugar emergency so
because of that large amount of insulin
blood sugar drops very very fast and
oftentimes it results it overshoots and
it drops too low
that’s called reactive hypoglycemia
hypoglycemia is when your blood sugar is
too low and it’s called reactive because
it’s in response it’s reacting to the
very high blood sugar that was there
before so this typically happens when
people eat frequent meals when they eat
a lot of carbs and they have pushed
their body into losing the ability to
regulate blood sugar they have dis
glycemia their bodies don’t know how to
maintain blood sugar and these people
they need to top off their blood sugar
every couple of hours this is typically
caused by high carb diets
quint meals and what happens is every
time the blood sugar is low peep these
people feel terrible they lose focus
they’re irritable they’re tired they’re
nauseous they can’t focus and every time
the blood sugar is low their bodies have
to make cortisol so this also results in
a stress response it’s wearing on their
adrenal glands and it’s really not a
good thing so what do you do you even
out your blood sugar over time by
adopting a low-carb high-fat diet with
fewer meals to give your body a chance
to learn how to use fuel properly again
but the main thing we want to talk about
today is the paradoxical response that
people are noticing that blood sugar
stays high and then it drops immediately
after eating so this is based it’s
related to something called dawn
phenomenon that we did a video on
recently and this is a totally natural
phenomenon it means that during the
night your body the blood sugar stays
relatively low and during the night when
you don’t eat anything your body
generates blood sugar through a hormone
called cortisol cortisol stimulates the
liver to release glucose from glycogen
and therefore the cortisol rises
gradually throughout the night to
maintain blood sugar but you need a
little extra boost to get out of bed in
the morning so right before you wake up
there is a spike there’s a peak of
cortisol and growth hormone and glucagon
so that you get that little extra jolt
to wake up to the cortisol increases
blood sugar the cortisol turns off the
melatonin which is your sleep hormone
and as a result it’s perfectly normal
everyone has a little bit of a dawn
phenomenon your blood sugar should rise
just a little bit however if your
insulin resistant then that little rise
in blood sugar become
a bigger rice because your cells are
resistant to the glucose and the insulin
so the more insulin resistance you are
the greater the fluctuations the greater
the magnitude of that dawn phenomenon so
a lot of people watch that video and
they said yeah yeah great video I get it
but I’m still worried because I’m doing
this fasting I’ve been going for three
days or seven days and my blood sugar
still is just at a solid 170 hundred and
eighty what’s going on here and even
more confusing to them is that it stays
at 180 until they eat and as soon as
they eat it drops not two hours later
like here but within minutes so this
happens primarily to people who are type
2 diabetics or who are highly insulin
resistant and here’s what’s happening so
remember we talked about how much blood
sugar there actually is in the blood
okay so if you’re writing at about a
hundred and eighty then there’s roughly
nine grams of glucose in the blood but
then part of that is actually solid red
blood cells so we have to subtract
approximately forty percent from that
because the sugar is dissolved in the
liquid so if we have a blood sugar of a
hundred and eighty we have somewhere
around five point four grams of actual
blood sugar so the body senses how much
blood sugar is in the system as a whole
it’s maintaining a certain level and the
cells are resistant but there’s no need
there’s only a teaspoon of sugar
floating around so the body doesn’t have
to do anything about it it’s not a
threat it’s not an emergency there is
not a whole bunch of fuel or sugar
coming into the body so even though the
blood sugar rides at a hundred and
80 the body doesn’t increase insulin
productions it’s happy it’s content it
feels it has things under control it’s
waiting for the cells to become less
insulin resistant and then what happens
as soon as you eat something then the
blood sugar drops maybe it drops into a
normal level maybe it drops to a hundred
and forty or so but the point is it
drops from where it was sitting and it
happens within minutes or maybe 20 30
minutes from eating so anytime that you
eat you produce insulin insulin is a
nutrient sensor it’s a storage hormone
it doesn’t matter what you eat you will
produce insulin
now carbs produce a lot of insulin they
stimulate a lot of insulin protein
stimulate a moderate a low to moderate
amount and fat stimulates a very very
small amount of insulin but it still
produces insulin so if you eat a
low-carb diet where primarily fat and
protein then you’re going to stimulate
some insulin but you’re not adding any
new carbs to the system so you’re on the
right track but that little bit of
insulin that you produce is enough to
bring the blood sugar down because you
didn’t add any new carbs you haven’t
loaded up your system with a lot of new
carbs we want to think about this and
understand what’s going on that when you
eat something that food whether it has 5
grams of carbs or a hundred grams of
carbs it has to go through the blood
into the cell just because you eat
something doesn’t mean it’s actually
inside your body it’s inside your
digestive tract it has to be absorbed
into the bloodstream and the blood has
to deliver it to the cell and the
bloodstream can only hold about a
teaspoon of sugar at a time
so if you eat 5 grams of sugar 5 grams
of carbs it’s no big deal it makes a
little bit of insulin and that gets into
the blood it gets into the cell but if
you eat a hundred grams now that food
that carbs have to get into the blood
and then it has to pass through the
blood very very quickly because there’s
more carbs coming but if you’re on a
low-carb diet there’s no emergency you
are just making a little bit of insulin
so you’re not making your insulin
resistance worse but it’s enough to
lower your blood sugar so in other words
there’s nothing to worry about here
you’re going in the right direction just
to illustrate with this with with an
example I had a patient come in and he
was very very pressure to take
medication they wanted him on both
metformin and insulin and he says I’ve
had it with drugs I don’t want to take
that stuff I want to do something about
this and he was very very highly
motivated says blood sugar was over 300
when he started so he went straight into
a mostly water fast
he had some bone broth and and water and
coffee and tea and so forth but
basically no nutrients except a little
bit in the in the broth and in about a
week’s time his blood sugar went from
300 to 170 and then it just sort of sat
there and he was still being pressure he
told the doctors and say hey it’s gone
from 300 to 170 and he said I’m on the
right track aren’t I and they said no
it’s still too high and what I wanted to
him to understand was that if it goes
from 300 to 170 you’re on the right
track but that hundred and seventy
represents a very very small amount of
blood sugar there is hardly any
carbohydrate in the system and with such
a low level of carbon
great the cells are burning through
existing fuel stores and you’re
reversing the insulin resistance you are
slowly turning the cells around you’re
getting them ready for new fuel but it’s
gonna take a good while so then as soon
as he had some bone broth it dropped to
140 and this proves the point that this
was not an emergency a tiny tiny bit of
insulin brought it down because there
was essentially no new food there’s a
tiny tiny bit of food added but no
significant amount of food added to the
system so his body continues to become
more insulin sensitive despite the
seemingly high blood sugar so even
though his blood sugar was a hundred and
seventy which seems like still a high
blood sugar which it is that 170 is a
whole lot better it represents relative
to the 300 it represents a whole lot
more progress than the number itself
indicates this is one of the most common
questions that I’ve gotten after that
dawn phenomenon video so I hope this
really clears up some of those question
marks if you’d like to learn more about
how to get truly healthy make sure that
you check out our other videos on
insulin resistance and dawn phenomenon