Fast droping blood sugar numbers

By Beerlilly Latest Reply 2016-09-24 11:10:05 -0500
Started 2011-08-01 19:41:48 -0500

Hello all, today something weird happened to me. I went to check my numbers 2 hours after eating and found that my numbers were 215 mg/dL at about 1:10pm. Than I wanted to check my numbers again because I was starting to shake. So, I checked it at about 2:20 pm and my number went down to 112 mg/dL.

I really didn't do any exercise and I didn't take insulin. I was just wondering if this or something like it has happened to anyone here. Also, maybe to have someone explain how my numbers could drop so fast.

Thanks for the input!

16 replies

Teacher7 2016-09-24 11:08:28 -0500 Report

This happens. I think it is because occasionally the body produces a small amount of its own insulin, or a theory doctors have previously used on me is that insulin gets trapped behind a muscle. I try to keep candy in my pocket. I have had to "reset" myself so that I would get symptoms of lows, and so dizziness, tingling in the mouth, thirst, (yes that is also a sign of a low)or feeling very tired or having a mood swing will tell me I'm having a low.

Yerachmiel 2015-09-02 10:14:05 -0500 Report

The pleasures of hypo-unawareness. Have had this issue for at least twenty-five years: went on the early CGMS in order to help detect the low sugar before it got me.

You SHOULD have a supply of glucagon around and those who you generally hang out/work/live with should know how to use it in case of emergency need!

SamanthaB1 2014-06-07 21:11:03 -0500 Report

Well for me my sugar dropped to 59 and the only difference I did that day was eat my breakfast a few hours later than normal and also I was not feeling well and was unable to eat the normal amount of food and after it dropped I was unsure how to get it to rise cause normal things like pop or something to eat would normally raise it, but it took like almost two hours to get it to go above 100,,not sure why it dropped

theladyiscrazy 2014-02-08 12:18:14 -0600 Report

There are so many variables as to what the cause could be. You mentioned a starbucks coffee and egg mcMuffin type sandwich. Did you see how many carbs were in them? Also, what type of coffee? Was it just plain black coffee? Again, carbs. If you had a lot of simple carbs, it could raise you quickly and then drop you. Also, are you on any type of medication?

Barbera 2013-09-21 09:59:02 -0500 Report

Are you type one or two. My dad was type one, diagnosed in his early 40's, and his blood sugars were extremely erratic. They could be as high as 1200 and drop to below normal in a very short time with no intervention. If you are type two and still produce insulin, this could be a factor.

mamacita8724 2011-08-02 13:51:22 -0500 Report

I was told by my doctor that even though ur body over period of small times does and may product a tad bit of insulin even though its a tad it may make a tad over time every once in awhile.

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Michael Morgan 2011-08-02 13:00:18 -0500 Report

I have done the egg mcmuffin but not with the Starbucks. I love Starbucks but it all has to much sugar. I have not been in the 200 range for weeks but I don't shack at 112 I start to shack when it gets down under 70. I could probably control my blood sugar better if I could get more exercise but my cancer meds take all my energy away.

AZnana2twins 2011-08-02 13:46:32 -0500 Report

I am new to all of this, but I find if I eat complex carbohydrates, like whole grain breads with an egg and bacon, it helps me keep by Blood sugars inline. They are much lower in carbs and I personally like the whole wheat/grains better than white bread. You are in a difficult situation with your cancer meds making you so tired. Have you tried exercising by sitting in a chair and at least moving your arms and legs by doing some chair exercises with low weights,even if it is just a soup can that you use for a weight and start out very slowly. You could ck with your doctor about this first to see if he agrees. I wish you all the best and will keep you in my prayers.

rayfamily 2011-08-01 19:43:40 -0500 Report

Hi Beerlilly! Did you any complex carbs? I know if they take longer to process in your system, you can experience exactly what you described. Just an idea!

Beerlilly 2011-08-01 19:48:49 -0500 Report

I had a Starbucks coffee and an egg McMuffin for breakfast before I went to work. All I did afterwords was walk up and down the store about three times than I checked my numbers for the first time.

rayfamily 2011-08-01 20:07:19 -0500 Report

Are you on insulin? If you are, then it's probably the complex carbs- that happens to me. I eat, take insulin (too much for the long lasting carbs) my sugar bottoms, and then a little while later it drops. If you're not on insulin, I'm not sure. (Not that I'm positive about the insulin part) :)

Beerlilly 2011-08-01 20:11:35 -0500 Report

No, I'm not on insulin, but it scared me a little today. I'm going to have to mention it to my doctor the next time I go.

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diabetes control 2011-08-01 20:31:34 -0500 Report

that is normal for me and I am happy with that, of course when I eat the sugar added icecream the number stay high longer (no more of that for me). Things have changed some in the last four years. When an AC1 was done, you would fast, then your blood sugar would be taken, and then a real sweet drink would be given and then two hours later your sugar would be read and the expectation would be for the sugar to have recovered back to where it was and that sample of blood would be sent to the lab. My last AC1 if I remember correctly, I just fasted, they drew the vile of sample of blood and then sent to the lab. Ambitions and goals for all should try to find ways to decrease the dependent on the amount of insulin, taking it has side effects (from my readings) of aging the two organs involved.

alanbossman 2011-08-01 21:11:47 -0500 Report

They still will use the blood glucose tolrance fasting test. A1c is a 3 month check of your blood sugar.

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