feeling like my glucose level is low, when it's OK

By thegizzard Latest Reply 2011-07-24 16:32:07 -0500
Started 2011-06-07 06:46:44 -0500

Why do I feel shaky and lightheaded when I've eaten correctly and checked my glucose only to find that it's around 118.

9 replies

appealstome 2011-06-09 01:55:27 -0500 Report

I have same symptoms. This week I not only felt light headed after eating a salad with protein, I almost passed out. Just read the problem could be serum insulin. Most doctors measure glucose, not serum insulin. Insulin is a pancreatic hormone that reduces blood sugar in response to eating. Many physicians routinely measure blood glucose, but not insulin. The ratio of glucose to insulin is more valuable than the level of either alone. Insulin puts sugar into the cell. So if you eat the typical American diet or lots of carbs, a person's insulin could be sky high because the pancreas could be working on overdrive to push blood sugar into the cells, while your blood sugar is normal. This is dangerous and many doctors never think to measure a person's insulin. Insulin makes a person fat. The more insulin, the more weight gain. So if you are dealing with stubborn weight that refuses to come off, you may have high insulin. This is why the ratio of glucose to insulin is important. High insulin gives you a higher risk for many diseases. Serum insulin levels is measured by the blood.

thegizzard 2011-06-09 12:56:04 -0500 Report

Fascinating! I'll have to ask my MD about that at my next appointment, unless things worsen, when I'll call his office. I keep thinking that I'm doing well with my BG results, but from what you've said, this might not be the case at all! Do you know the specific name of the test, or is it simply serum insulin?

nzingha 2011-06-07 22:41:55 -0500 Report

i was saying the same thing… i get this light headed feeling as well with good readings… i call it my withdrawal junkie feelings.. body craving more sugar..!

JoleneAL 2011-06-07 08:16:58 -0500 Report

What they all said below. I'm re-grabbing control of my glucose and am going through that. Just know I'm like 40 or something and its a nice 98. Hang in there and test to be sure!

Harlen 2011-06-07 07:46:14 -0500 Report

Yep when I first started and from time to time I feel that was thats why I test
Best wishes

jayabee52 2011-06-07 07:16:32 -0500 Report

I call them "false lows", Elizabeth.
My bride "Jem" got them a lot when she had been high for an extended time and then was getting her Blood Glucose ("BG") levels more toward normal range. It is scarey. Just test your BG before you eat anything to correct for lows. Hang in there and once you get your BG#s more toward normal range then you will feel a real low.

Praying God's richest blessings to you and yours


ravenmoon33 2011-06-07 07:00:14 -0500 Report

I have the same problem…someone told me it is because my body is "used" to the high glucose and it will take some getting used to to feel normal at a normal number. I am not sure about that answer and look forward to hear what some more "seasoned" diabetics have to say. Have a blessed day.

majikinfl 2011-06-07 21:33:11 -0500 Report

Not seasoned but I too feel its my body getting used to the "normal" levels after being used to High's for probably over a year. Just hang in there and it will level out as long as you stick to a good eating plan and take your meds. Good luck!

DEBBY52 2011-07-24 16:32:07 -0500 Report

I experience the same thing… It is scary when it happens, I was not sure why it was happening but after reading this discussion I am sure you all are right.. My glucose is never very high.. the only time it was over 150 was today after having coco milk with my cereal it went to 173.. : 0 I will stick to Almond milk from now on.

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