Blood Sugar Lows

By Ralph Latest Reply 2011-05-21 20:51:03 -0500
Started 2011-05-16 21:07:22 -0500

Yesterday I had my new lowest blood sugar count. It was 65. How low is too low and has anybody had problems with low blood.

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-21 20:51:03 -0500 Report

Mine sometimes has been dipping between low 60's and 55. Don't like the quiverry, tremble feelings. Feels like hypothermia setting in and have trouble feeling warm until it raises. Usually about 15 grams of crckers and some protein - cheese or nuts help. The protein seems to help keep from not having a rebound crash.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-05-21 11:21:39 -0500 Report

It does depend on the time of day. I would only be concerned if you had continuing very low counts. Are you on insulin? If the counts continue being too low check with your medical professional as you may have to adjust your insuin.
The start of the day (before breakfast)your blood sugar count should register 70-120. 2 hours after the start of a meal your blood sugar count should be less than 160. At bedtime your blood sugar count should be 100-140. I hope this helps. Your A1c should be less than 7%

cavie2 2011-05-21 05:04:09 -0500 Report

I started off on 10 units of insulin (humulin) and was told after 3 days if readings were too low or high I was to adjust the unit amount by 2 units less if reading was low or 2 units more if reading was too high after another 3 days do the same etc until you get the readings steady. I managed to go down to 6 units. Then became allergic to the humulin so was changed to Lantus now I am on 8 units. Do you people in the US have to consult your Doctor first before an adjustment can be made to your insulin and each time it needs adjusting do you have to wait until you see your doctor and he makes this decision each and every time because surely that cost you all money each time you have to make an appointment to see your doctor.

jayabee52 2011-05-21 05:19:49 -0500 Report

Gerie, I can only speak from my most recent experience.

I believe that depends on the Dr and the relation you have with one another.
Some Drs seem to relish playing god, and don't want patients making a change without discussing it. Others instruct their patient like yours did you.

My bride Jem had a pretty free hand with her meds in general because she was trusted by most of her Drs not to make bonehead moves with her meds, including her insulin. Because I was her husband and made her happy, the relationship between Jem and Drs carried over to me, so I had a relatively free hand too.


Armourer 2011-05-19 00:55:08 -0500 Report

The lowest my BG has been is 32, a few times at 38, and many 50s. When my BG goes below 70 the low signs start to manifest itself: shaky feeling inside, heat & sweaty, and confusion. The lower the numbers the worse the symptoms. My understanding is one doesn't want to go below 40, for this is a dangerous line. Lower then this coma and death. I tend to over do the carbs when the low BG hits and it climbs the other way. However I am getting a handle on this. Had a friend's mother have a low BG while driving, she passed out and was killed. So please be careful!

tabby9146 2011-05-18 11:15:09 -0500 Report

sorry that happened. I"m not on insulin, so as far as that, I know very little about. I can't say I have ever been dangerously low. Don't know how new you are to diabetes, but keep orange juice in your fridge at all times, maybe a small juice box handy in the car, some hard candy, and best thing, those glucose tablets on you at all times. I carry them everywhere. The lowest I ever got was about 70-72 something like that. I 'feel' it too, even though I am controlling by diet and exercise. When I am 80 I feel it. But I try not to overdo I just try to get about 15 grams of carbs. I know you will get good advice on here.

MoeGig 2011-05-18 07:26:27 -0500 Report

Lows have been my biggest problem until a couple months ago. I woke up to a bunch of EMT's at my bed a few months ago, and they told me my BG was down to 27. Very dangerous and potentially fatal. I solved the problem by minimizing the amount of Humalog I take. I try to get by on just the Lantus, and the only way you can do that is to be on a very low or no carb diet. Humalog or whatever instant insulin you take is the culprit. My A1C is 6.7 which is low enough (my doc tells me). I test 3-4 times/day and I'm in the 90 to 150 range. After 46 years of dealing with this, lows are the biggest challenge, because after a while, you don't feel them coming. The adrenal gland (after a few years) stops kicking out adrenalin to stimulate the liver to release a bunch of glucose; so, you just pass out. Low carb has become the only answer for me…not only to prevent the high's, but also, to prevent the low's. Ironic!!

blueeyes33 2011-05-21 02:57:00 -0500 Report

I had the same problem but my bs was 24.I am on an insulin pump now and rarely have lows unless i punch in too many carbs.Please take care of yourself.I feel for you. :)

jayabee52 2011-05-17 03:55:38 -0500 Report

I've had a low of 40, Ralph.

But how low is too low? That depends on the individual Person with diabetes. I felt something was not right at 40, but didn't have a great problem at that reading - I was still pretty functional. But I have read here on DC of people who had BG readings of 10. As diabetes is not a one size fits all condition, "too low" is rather an individual thing. People can go into siezures at 40, yet others won't have a siezure till they get into the teens.

And there are what I call "false lows" people experience when they are sky high for a while, and then feel low symptoms approaching "normal" BGlevels.

So there's not a single definitive answer which can be given to your question.

tweetydele 2011-05-18 22:26:32 -0500 Report

if my sugar goes b low 70 im in trouble. sweats shakes tongue goes numb and hard for me to walk so i have to get something to eat real quick. reg soda im told is not a good thing to use but dont remember why? bananas or pb crackers works for me. its not a good feeling if i ever had a low of 10 im sure i would b in a coma…

livlaughlve22 2011-05-17 00:59:32 -0500 Report

65 is fairly low but you could go lower! I have had the blood sugar monitor reading "LO", and its not too fun. My blood sugars are all over the place, but low blood sugars usually hit me when I'm sleeping and I usually wake up too weak to move and fall back asleep while low because I'm too weak to get up. Its dangerous but I have no other way of dealing with them until my insulin is adjusted

tweetydele 2011-05-18 22:27:46 -0500 Report

try keeping a bottle of oj next to ur bed and when u wake up with a low bs drink it and then rest to get ur bs back up

Ralph 2011-05-17 20:17:29 -0500 Report

I have wondered about mine being lower while I sleep. My Doc told me that sometimes your liver will produce glucose if your blood sugar gets low sometimes. I use to have higher readings in the first time in the morning before I started eating a bowl of cereal late at night, now my blood suger is better.

jayabee52 2011-05-21 04:52:44 -0500 Report

I believe rather than eating a bowl of cereal loaded with carbs which will spike and then drop just as rapidly, perhaps your better course would be to eat a graham cracker with peanut butter on it. Something which will last most of the night when you retire for the night.

jayabee52 2011-05-19 10:25:55 -0500 Report

its variously called the "dawn phenomenon", or a "liver dump" the liver doesn't produce the glucose, but it stores it for later use as an emergency fuel if BG levels get too low, or in response to an adreneline dump from the adrenal glands.

edvel54 2011-05-17 00:07:27 -0500 Report

I have been getting low quite often, but it is because I am adjusting the amount of insulin I take. But I can tell when it is getting low..I sweat, blurry vision, headache, shaky, tongue goes numb and I get Cranky. I always have glucose tablet shandy or something high in carbs for me its either toast or regular soda . My last low was 51

Ralph 2011-05-17 20:19:24 -0500 Report

Wow, I hope mine does not get too low to cause all of that stuff. I have got the hot and sweaty feeling but it was just a little after I have eaten something.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-16 22:27:15 -0500 Report

Occasionally I'll get a bad low. Say from 34 to 46. When that happens I feel really bad. All I have to do is drink a glass of low fat chocolate milk. The feeling when it happens though us very nasty!

Ralph 2011-05-17 20:21:16 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear that. It would be nice if we did not have to go thru such things. I like the idea of drinking the chocloate milk, I love choclote!

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