How low do you go?

Jim Edwards
By Jim Edwards Latest Reply 2011-08-06 09:08:12 -0500
Started 2011-05-27 09:08:39 -0500

At 80, I start to sweat. At about 72, my thinking becomes not as clear as I like.
At 68, I have to begin to think about how to walk without tripping. Then I read in some posts about people getting in the low 60's, 50's even 40's. With how i begin to feel at 80, I would think at 40 I would be flat on the ground and not even know it. How low do you get before you begin to function "funny" or cease to function?

90 replies

WendyFR 2011-06-10 23:23:24 -0500 Report

The other day after my workout I was at 47. I shake and not able to think. If I do reach over 200, I have uncontrollable sleepiness almost like I'm on meds that make me drowzy.

MarkS 2011-05-31 11:32:44 -0500 Report

Obviously everyone reacts differently to both lows and highs. I woke up last night at about 1:30 AM to a 302; when I'm that high I always question the accuracy of the meter because it could possible be higher. I gave myself a bolus (always give myself more than my calcualted amount when I'm 250 or greater since it appears that my body needs more to come down after a 'ridiculous' high) and went back to bed. When I awoke, got ready for work, then checked my blood sugar, which was 47 (probably was a gradual decrease in blood sugar over 4.5 hours. Ate a bowl of cereal and headed out the door. Now had the drop to 47 been precipitous, I would have had some confusion and/or lack of brain connecting to muscle type reactions (i.e., as in what am I doing and why am I doing it!)

chucha 2011-05-30 21:05:29 -0500 Report

My lowest has been 37 and what was horrible is that I live alone. All of sudden something woke me out of dead sleep. I was so uncomfortably hot and irritable. Everything that I did to raise it made me feel worse. When I was admitted into the hospital I knew I was having a problem and I told the nurse to check my blood sugar. She told me it wasn't time for my blood sugar to be check but I was very very vocal about checking my blood sugar. So she did and it was 22. Then it was quick get juice, crackers, turkey sandwich, ice cream. Then i was better once it came up. She thanked me for being vocal about my blood sugar otherwise who knows what would have happened.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-31 08:21:22 -0500 Report

We know what would have happened! Glad you spoke up. I cannot imagine even being able to breathe at 22!

chucha 2011-05-31 12:09:27 -0500 Report

I was just blessed that at I was in the hospital and that I knew how i felt when my sugar goes low.

MoeGig 2011-05-30 21:00:59 -0500 Report

This is like a "Limbo" contest. (How many people on this site know what that is??). I have gone lower than anyone mentioned below: 27 on the last occasion. I was recovering from an infection (and taking a lot of extra insulin to drop my sugar (it used to be called sick days)); and, when I got cured, I didn't quit my superdose quickly enough. I actually thought I was going to "wake up dead" as my brother use to say. The whole story is on my site if you want to know more gory details.

bobec4 2011-05-30 19:32:14 -0500 Report

I just had a very scary low earlier today. I dropped to 35 and passed out just after getting my son home. My wife said it took over 15 minutes and 2 mouthfulls of maple syrup to get me awake for the paramedics. I NEVER want to go through that again! I guess its time for another doctor appt tomorrow.

sc1boy 2011-05-30 10:08:46 -0500 Report

I have gotten to the 30's and started to feel funny and not realize what I am doing or saying. My family can tell by my eyes that I am getting low.

Steam hammer
Steam hammer 2011-05-30 08:30:24 -0500 Report

As for me my low is at 72 and I start to sweat, dizzy& disorentated I'll pass out. Since the first of the yr I have been in 2 Diabetic Commas 1 for 6 hrs and the 2 nd 1 for 4 hrs it's something I don't wish on anybody I was lucy that God wasn't ready to take me .

clj01 2011-05-29 21:53:29 -0500 Report

I have been able to function in the low 60's, but definately feel that something is terribly wrong. I have only been below 60 once and never want to go there again. I carry glucose tablets when at work, and if I start feeling that fuzzy, tingly, something wrong feeling, I pop at least 4 tablets as quick as I can. It usually works. I then check my sugar and get something to eat.

Copperchef 2011-05-29 17:30:22 -0500 Report

If I go below 80, things start getting weird for me. At 72, I get confused, at 68 my speech becomes affected and I don't make cognitive sense during speech. I like to stay between 95 to 131.

sjcuteangel 2011-05-29 16:08:00 -0500 Report

I wake up to a fasting of 80 and if I don't eat can go as low as 68 without to much trouble my lowest was 36 thats when I got the sweats and shakes and blurred vision and very confused.

Kirla 2011-05-29 10:40:48 -0500 Report

My lowest reading was 57. Just went back to sleep. I felt fine. I don’t take meds or insulin and don’t worry about lows. Most of the time my lowest readings of the day are mostly in the 70’s. I get some in the 60’s once in a while.

MrsCDogg 2011-05-28 20:28:42 -0500 Report

So far my lowest low has been 38. Talk about scary! I got up that morning, took my meds, cooked breakfast and ate, and got ready for work. I took the trash to the curb and as I was walking back down the walk to the front door, I noticed that my legs felt heavy, I was shaking, sweating, and my vision looked like there was a huge shadow closing in around me. Checked my bs and found that it was 38!! I called my boss at work and told her what was going on and that I would be in when I felt better. Like a dope I went in at about 11 that day. I felt like total poo the rest of the day though. Should have called in sick. If I ever get down that low again, you can bet I will not be going in that day for sure!!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-29 15:52:31 -0500 Report

OMG!!! If I ever went that low they would be scrapeing me off the floor. I'm glad you made it through it. I'll bet that was a scary one.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-31 08:34:37 -0500 Report

ROTFL! You pinpointed how I feel. We are building a log home next to the cabin we have been living in. I was heading up to lunch and about 20 steps away from the cabin when I felt I was just going to collaspe right there. I went up there because I was hungry, not knowing the signs of low BS then. Tested my sugar at 58.
Then, I had to force my brain to think of what I needed to do. I had to think to get up, think to walk to the refrigerator, think of what had sugar in, think on how much to eat/drink. Aahhhh! A 12 oz can of Coke. 15 minutes later I was restored and ate lunch. An hour after my first test, about 45 minutes after the coke and lunch, I was at a healthy 135.

mkhojh99 2011-05-28 19:47:18 -0500 Report

with having my teeth all removed thursday my sugars have been between 75 and 149 which for me is wonderful! I started to feel funny around 90 or so but today I didnt catch it until I was at 80 which by the rukes is normal but mine is use to being between 250 and 400 due to all the infection I had in my teeth

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-29 15:49:50 -0500 Report

I feel for you, I had to have the rest of mine all pulled about 5 months ago. I was so glad to get them out because of the infections also. I hope you get to feeling better soon. I do know that it was worth all the pain, for me anyway. But it's going to take me a while to get used to these dentures LOL.

mkhojh99 2011-05-29 18:22:49 -0500 Report

ya the dentures feel weird…I myself havent had this many teeth in my mouth in forever! I got dentures right away…I have taken them out 2 times…today I soaked them for about an hour but dont like the feel of the stitches so had to get them back in lol. I feel better already just dealing with the lows is new to me

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-30 00:38:02 -0500 Report

I had partials for a long time, but after I became a diabetic I had to get all the teeth I had left pulled. I totally dislike the dentures. They are so big, I can barely close my mouth over them. I'm going to try and see if I can get some smaller ones. I hope so.
I have been running low all day today. But not bad low just lower than usual. 100's and 90's all day.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-28 16:01:12 -0500 Report

My lowest so far was 65, when I get below 70 I have a really bad time. My highest was off the chart when I was first diagnosed. I also have the same results you do and at approx the same levels. If I don't stop and take care of it at 70 I start getting really bad. Knees buckling and legs rubbery all that kinda stuff. I start feeling woozy at 80 then it just gets worse from there. ( I hope my definitions ain't confusing it's just a little of my southern roots showing through. LOL )

Gimpalong 2011-05-28 23:43:49 -0500 Report

I understand where you're coming from. The only problem I have is at 65 I'd already be out cold on the floor. I sure does make your family realize there is a problem fast. No more denial from them. LoL))))))))))))

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-31 08:36:56 -0500 Report

Heck, my family would just figure I was taking a long nap. It would be days before they would realize something wasn't right! lol

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-29 15:46:13 -0500 Report

When I do get to 65 I have to take a glucose tab or drink a glass of oj. quick or I would be on the floor in seconds also. So I know where you are coming from.

melissa5786 2011-05-28 15:38:36 -0500 Report

The lowest I've ever been was 42 and I passed out. My mother called 911 and I came to minutes before they showed up. I was out for about 10-15 minutes. It just came on. I had just gotten home, taken my bedtime insulin and ate a snack and when I got up to refill my water I passed out in the kitchen. I had just enough time to call my mom, so I wasn't just laying there unconscious and someone found me.

I start to shake at around 65-70. If it goes any lower I shake and start to talk in a jumbled, nonsense way..

dmax32 2011-05-28 11:52:07 -0500 Report

This week I hit my lowest of 65.. I didn't even realize I was low until I checked.. I had an atkins bar since it was going to be a few hours till dinner. The next day I got a headache and checked and it was 73.. Up until recently I had to worry my blood sugar was always to high. But, I changed doctors, diet plan and medications. My doctor suggested a limited carb diet so I can slim down because I am was above 250 pounds to help control my diabetes. My normal range recently has been between 80-125..

Seems my body reacts to a sudden change in blood sugar high or low in either direction.. I have lost over an inch around my waist in four weeks and my blood sugars are the lowest they have even been since I was diagnosed in 2008. I go back to the doctor Aug 3rd… 2011-05-30 19:55:17 -0500 Report

This is wonderful that you lost the weight congratulations! And a job well done, I feel funny sometimes, like I am dizzy so I never really know if mine is due to a low reading or not because I do not get high readings, I usually get low readings such as 78-88, one time though, my machine said lo, so I know that it meant pretty low, but I do not know how lo it was I just ate a snack and went to bed, I am not on any type of medications yet and I am not sure with sugar readings like this, I doubt I will ever need them. Anyway, I know how good it feels to loose weight I did too, and I am proud of you! It is such an accomplishment.


Gimpalong 2011-05-28 23:48:30 -0500 Report

Great on the weight loss! Keep up the good work. I'd be dancing a jigg if my bg's were between 80-125. I'll keep working. Take care of you and have a great weekend.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-28 17:57:32 -0500 Report

Way to go! I think I would be happy if I wouldn't go so high and then so low. Today I punched in at 463 at 1PM. I reviewed my foods and drink, nothing out of the ordinary. Then I wondered, I was stung 3 times yesterday by a black wasp so I have been on Benadryl in case of allergic reaction. 2 hours later it had dropped by over 200 points.

jayabee52 2011-05-29 00:51:09 -0500 Report

I would guess your body was fighting the wasp venom, Jim. You probably had adreneline coursing through your body, and your liver dumps its stores of glycogen for energy so it could fight off the toxin in your system.

I don't know if Benadryl rasises BG#s.

Glad you're OK

MewElla 2011-05-28 11:11:22 -0500 Report

At 80, I seem to be able to handle it, but when I start into the 70's I get all the classic symptoms of shaky, disoriented, headachy, etc. The lowest I have been, to my knowledge as 67 and I never want to go there again…Very scary for me..

jeffrey9127 2011-05-28 11:07:35 -0500 Report

At 70, I start to feel a little funny. When I am below 65, I begin to shake and sweat. The lowest BS that I know of for myself was 59 (Meter Tested). It took about an hour of drinking Orange Juice before I felt almost normal again. This will happen to me if I allow too much time to pass between meals.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-28 18:00:15 -0500 Report

In the winter it is easier for me because I have an idea whether I should be hot or cold. During the summer I sweat a lot, so if my bs is too low, it is easy for me to miss it.

majikinfl 2011-05-28 10:23:52 -0500 Report

I was just diagnosed 4/27/2011 and after I got out of the hospital and even while in the hospital I got the low sweats, shakes and fuzziness at any number below 110. Now I don't get that feeling until below 90. I can be as low as 45 when I get up in the morning and its a challenge to make it to the kitchen to get some OJ, I cannot chew up hard candy, and I have tried the glucose tablets but you have to chew sometimes as many as 6 [the ones I got are big and chew up like tums] best I guess would be the gel. As time has passed I get less symptoms of low Blood Sugar and that scares me. I am afraid I won't wake up one morning. I am hoping my new MD will have a solution to the consistent lows I seem to experience, like cutting my Insulin to a smaller dose. I take Humulin N 55U morning and bedtime.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-28 18:01:02 -0500 Report

Sounds to me like you need a Hershey bar at your bedside! I can't even imagine being at 45.

grandmaducky 2011-08-05 12:24:28 -0500 Report

jim do u think the hershey bar is a down fall for you lol that alot of hershey your handing out lol

three putt
three putt 2011-08-06 07:27:59 -0500 Report

Let's talk hershey bars for a minute. Heading for my doctor's office for a a1c check I felt uneasy, my vision was doubled so I stopped at the store and grabbed a hershey bar and started to down it. When I got to the office 7-9 minutes later checked-in I felt alittle better. They drew blood and the next day my doctor called and told me my a1c was high (9.1) but my sugar was 37..My lowest blood sugar was 29 when I was in las vegas. I wasn't felling very good around 11:00 pm so I went up to the room checked my sugar and guickly when and ate a choc pastry and a choc milk. It took approximately 45 minutes for my bs to get to 125. Scary..

diabetes control
diabetes control 2011-08-06 09:08:12 -0500 Report

I have felt faint three times in the last year and a half, a glass of orange juice and take a real orange and get the juice out of each slice, here you are going how you feel. Tell your doctor what happen and redo the test!.

blueeyes33 2011-05-29 02:13:04 -0500 Report

I have been as low as 24. The cashier knew i was a diabetic.I walked in fine i thoght the next thing i knew i had all these guys around me escorting me to a table and the cashier gave me reese cups and oj.They called 911 by the time they got there i was doing better.

helen7898 2011-05-27 16:25:33 -0500 Report

Wow, I am new at this still and I thought I was doing great at 98 and 116. I hope I am still in the normal range.

Type1Lou 2011-05-27 17:02:49 -0500 Report

I believe a "normal" BG range is from 70 (or is it 80) to 110. Sometimes, I start feeling my lows in the low 60's but have also tested in the high 20's, 30's and 40's. Luckily, I can usually feel the low coming on and take steps to get it back up before anyone around me notices and/or has to help. Glucagon is always on hand and my husband has learned to administer it when I'm too low and can't help myself.

jayabee52 2011-05-28 04:03:30 -0500 Report

I was taught in CNA school that normal BG#s were 80-120, but I have seen people say that normal range is 70-130. Lower than 70 one is heading for a low and for trouble if it's not brought up.

Yes Helen you are still normal!

CaliKo 2011-05-27 16:10:15 -0500 Report

I think 65 is the lowest I've ever caught my blood glucose in 2-1/2 years of diet-and-exercise controlled T2. I think the way we feel at different readings is somewhat individualized, and depends on what your body is used to. When I was first following my meal plan, I used to have symptoms and I'd run to my meter and I might be 85-95. Now I feel quite normal in my 80s, but I can tell when I drop into the 70s. I'm one of those people that eat small healthy snack-meals throughout the day, so my numbers are typically 80-120, and I don't have many swings. I feel better that way. Considering how I feel in the low 70s, I wouldn't want to see 40s or 50s either.

tabby9146 2011-05-28 10:00:43 -0500 Report

That is what I was wondering, what is the lowest among the diet and exercise controlled? my lowest was about 70 and I really feel it too. I do the same, eat small snacks, and never let myself get real hungry. yes, you can feel funny, like you are going too low somtimes when you are not, when it is in normal range, but say, it goes up fast. That happens to me sometimes, I will check and it will be between 80-120 usually lower than 120, and I get those feelings and my doctor said some people are just extra sensitive to going up or down a little fast, even tho it is within the range.

CaliKo 2011-05-28 10:52:02 -0500 Report

Sounds like we're in about the same place, diabetes-wise. Here's to staying in this stage as long as possible! I have also found when I feel low, sometimes when I don't quite have dinner ready, I'll overheat and start to sweat. Used to I'd stuff something in my mouth, then have to subtract it from dinner, but I've found that if I tough it out for 10 minutes or so, my body will correct the levels and I'll feel better again. I'm not sure that's good advice though, I'm sure some people will continue to drop and get in a bad place if they don't go ahead and eat. We're all different.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-27 15:47:48 -0500 Report

I start to get hot around the mid 50s, by the high 40s I'm shaking and my toung feels swollen and my heart is beating fast. Seems I have a fairly small window from uncomfortable to coma.

Maui wisper
Maui wisper 2011-05-27 16:37:02 -0500 Report

If you are feeling hot at mid 50's & shaky you need to bring your sugar up. Please talk to your Dr. about it.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-27 17:54:06 -0500 Report

Maui. I guess I wasn't clear. These lows of which I spoke are very infrequient. Maybe in the last 3 months it's happened 5 times. Usually, it's because I figure my needed insulin before eating but then I start eating and just can't make myself eat.

Harlen 2011-05-27 13:17:34 -0500 Report

I feel it at 65 ,get fuzzy at 45 ,wake up shaking at 40
On the other side I feel it at 150 get sick at 170
Best wishes

realsis77 2011-05-27 11:46:28 -0500 Report

Hi. I've actually fell into my 30's and I feel like I'm going to pass out at that point. I feel shakey and just not right. A couple of months ago.i had the flu and felt all around bad. I told my husband I felt like I was going to faint and he suggested I check my blood sugar (I thought the flu was doing this to me) when I checked my sugar I was actually 30! He quickly gave me some juice to bring me up. It worked. But its scarey that it didn't occur to me to check my sugar. I was thinking the flu was making me feel bad. Now I ALWAYS carry DEX4 in my purse just for lows. They are tablets that bring up blood sugar for diabetics. And they taste great. So if I'm stuck and can't eat right away and feeling low I just take a DEX4 tablet and that saves me from the low. You can get the tablets anywhere. I got my last bottle from rite aid. They are so handy to have!

dietcherry 2011-05-27 11:13:16 -0500 Report

When my BS is in the 70's, I still function normally. If it continues to drop, usually when Im sleeping, I will have a seizure once I hit the 30's. But my BS bottoms out rapidly and Ive also lost my early warning system that alerts me when something is wrong, so even if Im awake I seldom realize what is happening to me and dont have the mental and/or physical ability to fix it in time. The in-between is a diabetic no mans land for me and I do some awfully strange stuff when Im there.

Kirla 2011-05-29 10:31:34 -0500 Report

Have you looked into getting an alert dog? I heard there pretty good at sensing when you go low and will let you know you need to check your blood sugar. There was a lady on Tudiabetes who had one and it seemed to be able to tell her whenever she was going low. I believe if you google diabetic service or alert dogs you should have lots of info. I would try and find someone in my area who owns one to find out more about where to get one and to see first hand how well they work. I don’t take insulin and to date haven’t had problems with lows.

dietcherry 2011-05-31 11:23:36 -0500 Report

Kevin I would love one and Im surely a candidate but it is not feasible for me at this time-maybe someday! In the meantime, I have furry kids who sometimes swarm around and awaken me but most times that is not the case. :)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-28 18:15:27 -0500 Report

Once when I was "new" and was in the 60's, I knew I should do something, but my mind could not convey to my body what I needed to do. I was in a parking lot outside a grocery store. A 2B an RN soon was there and asked, "Are you okay? Are you diabetic?" I guess I answered right because a 1/2 later I was okay. She had just bought some sugar and bottled water and dissolved the sugar in the water and I guess I drank it. I thanked her and told her if it happened again, I preferred a Hershey Bar!

dietcherry 2011-05-28 21:21:02 -0500 Report

Im always shocked and awed by the kindness and knowledge of strangers. The first time I had a low and wrecked my car, I had hit a long wooden stand of 10 oversized mailboxes. I plowed them all down but they did stop my car. I was told later that I was just sitting there crying and a couple stopped to ask if I was okay. I told them no and, wonder of wonders, I had actually crashed across the street from Drs offices. They took me to the first door and the Nurse had a diabetic sister and knew exactly what was going on with me and what to do. After she fed me peanut butter crackers, she called the State Trooper on me! :)

Gimpalong 2011-05-29 00:08:16 -0500 Report

A few months ago, I was with a group of friends, when I started to feel a little strange, but not shaky yet. I was leaving to go home when one of the friends said, I can't understand a word you're saying. By that time I guess I was sweating and getting shaky. Her husband is a diabetic. Before I hit the floor, she had OJ and peanut butter for me to eat. I figured I had one friend in the group. Hekc the others would have let me have a stroke or whatever and think that I was being funny. Not funny to me at the time. LOL

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-31 12:29:48 -0500 Report

You are like me, when you are a prankster, it does catch up to you! I can hear it now, "Look at Jim on the floor. He is pretending to be in diabetic shock. He isn't gonna fool us, just pretend he isn't there!"

dietcherry 2011-05-29 12:33:36 -0500 Report

I like to think we cross paths with people in life who are put there to assist us and vise versa. Like my just happening to crash across the street from a Nurse with a diabetic sister who had lost her license due to hypoglycemic-induced wrecks; coincidence? I think not!!!!!! :)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-31 12:27:41 -0500 Report

Hummm…seems to me we need to have your license pulled! We will let it go this time, but next time you will need to have a chauffeur drive you around, in a black limo (or pink), with tinted glass, hot tub, tv, and other things you can't live without! You know, that sounds pretty good to me!

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