Low ?????

By mommafish Latest Reply 2011-07-08 13:42:32 -0500
Started 2011-06-28 15:02:58 -0500

Just had my first reading of 74 is that normal or low ? Its low for me only had a few 89 but most of my readings are in the 120's
Thanks for ur help

11 replies

Type1Lou 2011-07-08 13:42:32 -0500 Report

I would consider 74 a low-normal BG. Ideally, I'd like to be between 70 and 110. For every 50 points above 120 at mealtimes, I need to add a unit of Novolog. I don't start feeling the lows until I get into low 60's or sometimes even lower..I have gotten into the low 30's which is REALLY low, and requires immediate attention. If I could only stop overtreating those lows and get off the low to high roller coaster!

Coach T.
Coach T. 2011-07-08 13:18:21 -0500 Report

Like some say, everybody's different. It depends on your body. Growing up with it the 70's-80's were ok for me; I was also an athlete. That made those numbers kind of dangerous. I learned a lot about how my body felt when I was high or low. The tingling, shaky, chills, & dis-oriented feelings were always a sure sign of 40 or below. Dry mouth, headaches, & severe grouchiness being higher. But I knew as soon as those feeling came along that I could pretty much bet on my BG range. I'm going on 23 yrs now Type I, I thought I knew most everything I needed to function, well I've hit my 30's now, & things seem to have reversed. So I totally agree that it's all based on each individual as well as their age. Hang in there, there will be better days!

NavyNerd 2011-06-30 02:02:43 -0500 Report

For me 90 to 130 feels normal and teh doc said to try to stay with that. When I go under 90 I get shaky and have been as low as 49 . that was awful, my BP was up, and I thought I would pass out. Called my mom, who is a diabetic educator and she taked me trhough getting it taken care of via the phone. Thank heavens! That was one of my first lows, on my new insulin, so I am super careful not to go under 70 now.

Armourer 2011-06-28 21:42:00 -0500 Report

Normal BG is 70-125. If my numbers have been high for awhile, I will react bad to lower normal readings. To some docs 126-150 is High normal, others anything over 125 is to high period. Depends on you how body reacts.

Kirla 2011-06-28 21:22:39 -0500 Report

74 is a normal reading. I go as low as the upper 50's with no problem. Were all different you got to figure what is right you. If using insulin or certain combinations of drugs then 74 might be low. Talk with your doctor to find what numbers are right for you.

edvel54 2011-06-28 19:15:56 -0500 Report

My normal reading is 90-95. I can go into the 70's and it doesn't bother me, but once I hit the 60's it changes, shaky, headache, can't remember, blurry vision and it is usually because I went too long between meals

Harlen 2011-06-28 18:05:13 -0500 Report

For me it's ok but starting to get low I dont let it get below 65 before I do something to fix it .
Best wishes

MewElla 2011-06-28 16:05:05 -0500 Report

74 would definitely be low for me and I would be testing/drinking some o j and testing again in 15 min. Anytime I get below 85 I start to feel the symptoms and it is scary…

mommafish 2011-06-28 18:48:55 -0500 Report

Thank u very much i ate a little cottage cheese and pineapple that brought it up to108 feel much better wha gettin kinda scary but i got it under control

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-28 16:00:49 -0500 Report

For me the 120's are great. At 74, I begin not to function right. A little while back there was a discussion about this and it seems to me most people are good above 80, but there were some that were ok in the 50's & 60's. Like most things related to diabetes, it seems to depend on the person. How were you feeling and functioning at 74? That is what matters. Jim

mommafish 2011-06-28 18:54:25 -0500 Report

It was kinda crazy got real lightheaded shaky and out of it. i didnt think someone on metformin could go low very easy yesterday i had a 82 reading twice then today the 74. hope this doesnt keep up, I dont like it one bit.
thanks Jim for ur help

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