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What Causes High Blood Sugar Levels?

A variety of factors can cause high glucose levels in the body. Diet, exercise, stress, medications can all play a role in the rise and fall of blood sugar.

Swings in blood glucose levels happen all the time, even in people who do not suffer from diabetes. However, when a person’s glucose level lingers outside of the normal range, it can be a warning sign of pre-diabetes or other illnesses and a visit to the doctor is in order.

According to the Mayo Clinic, another potential cause of high glucose spikes is something called the “dawn phenomenon.” It’s an abnormal increase of blood sugar that occurs between the hours of 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The dawn phenomenon is believed to occur as the result hormones that naturally release at night. These hormones include cortisol, growth hormones, epinephrine and glucagon.

The Mayo Clinic also suggests avoiding late night snacks consisting of carbohydrates. All carbs are eventually broken down by the body and turned into simple sugar.

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