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Thursday, February 26, 2009 Heather, Community Member, asks

Q: Does early morning exercise counteract dawn syndrome

My type 2 diabetes was way out of control.  Just controlling the eating was not enough, I needed to exercise too.  I also have dawn syndrome.  Will exercising early morning help counteract the 50 - 80 point rise I have in the morning from bedtime?

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Kelsey Bonilla, Health Guide
2/26/09 3:17pm

Hi Heather,


You'll probably have to try it and see what happens to your blood sugars.  In my experience, morning exercise doesn't have much affect on my dawn phenomenon because I have to detach from my insulin pump to swim.  Basically, the swimming replaces the basal insulin I would be receiving for that hour.


Since you have type 2, I'm not sure whether you're on insulin or not.  Either way, I think exercise could help with the morning highs.  You'll have to see how your body responds to the particular kind of exercise and the exact time of morning you work out.  All of those variables could influence the blood sugar results you see.


Good luck,


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