Somogyi Effect vs Dawn Phenomenon

Here's a simple way to remember what is happening with insulin in these two causes of elevated fasting morning glucose level:


The Somogyi Effect is a "rebound" hyperglycemia cause by too much insulin.

The Dawn Phenomenon is a morning hyperglycemia due to insufficient insulin to counter the normal physiologic morning rise in glucose.


Thanks to Dr. Mariano Olmo.

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Category: Biochemistry Mnemonics

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