hypoglycemic with family history of adult onset diabetes

By evansrabbitranch Latest Reply 2011-11-10 17:54:06 -0600
Started 2011-10-30 17:58:09 -0500

I joined because I have no money for doctors and no insurance. We are in the small area where we make too much for state insurance for adults, but not enough to afford our own. Every option we found would put us in the place of pay health insurance or pay the rent. I was diagnosed Hypoglycemic during my last pregnancy going off an episode I had in office and telling the doctor these incidents had been occurring to me since I was 17. What happens is if go too long, and the definition of "too long" varies in an unpredictable way, I get hot, then I have tingling sensations in different places, followed by difficulty focusing and the worst it ever got was I passed out once. A few times the room went dark and I was dizzy but did not pass out. The only things I have found that will reverse these are orange juice and jerky. Occasionally I have to add some pickles to make the headache or tingling go away. I was tested for gestational diabetes but never for diabetes when not pregnant. My mother has adult onset diabetes, her grandfather also had it. I believe one of her aunts does but I am not positive. My incidents have become more frequent. So, I got a monitor and all needed to use it, though I am not sure when or how often to test my blood sugar levels. I am following my mother's drs advice to her to eat 4 carb counts per meal. I am also counting calories to help me lose weight as I am about 60 lbs overweight. I was 75 lbs over so I've been doing well I think.

I just have no idea what to do and how to use my readings to help with this. Advice would be greatly appreciated on how often to check my blood sugar levels and what the readings mean. For example the day before yesterday. I tested first thing before eating or drinking anything and the meter read 89. 6:30pm that day just before dinner I tested again and also got 89. I don't know what any of this means or what I should be doing. Book recommendations would be great or good sites to read. Thank you, I want to try to avoid diabetes for as long as possible, totally if possible.

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berrykins0 2011-11-01 15:05:02 -0500 Report

my aunt had the same thing happen you are going through she was hypoglycemic when she was pregant then few yrs past she became type 2 dibetes person. my sister has hypoglycemic epsodies she could become diabetic type 2 in the future my aunt told me. i told my sister this too.sorry to hear your going through this i'm type 2 diabetic. never been through this but heard it's rough.feel bad for you.

evansrabbitranch 2011-11-04 21:50:06 -0500 Report

Thank you or your support. With a strong family history, even if I am not now diabetic, I am moving to living as if I were to better my life. I feel I need to monitor my bs levels a while longer to know what I am doing, in the mean time I work to improve my diet and exercise routine.

MEGriff1950 2011-10-31 13:46:14 -0500 Report

Hello Evan, I do not have a book to suggest but here is a link for the American Daibetes Association http://www.diabetes.org/ you might find some help here. My mother was hypoglycemic also and needed to follow a diabetic meal plan. Blood sugar readings below 70 most will agree is the start of hypoglycemic episodes. Your readings of 89 are good. Normal BG's are 70 to 120, some authorites will give different numbers but these seem to be about the average.

evansrabbitranch 2011-11-04 21:47:57 -0500 Report

I was able to test during an episode,I do not think I am hypoglycemic after all. During the episode I read 134. I drank lots of water and nibbled romaine until I felt better. After doing research, I believe I may be prediabetic :( I will look at that site, thank you.

pixsidust 2011-10-31 12:35:27 -0500 Report

I recommend this book. It has pictures, gives info in bite size pieces you can understand and is easy to read. www.Half.com (part of Ebay) has it for a cheap as .75 cents to $1.65 with $3.49 shipping. Some will let you mail a money order/check if you do not have a bank account.


Its called:
Type 2 Diabetes Your Questions Answered
A Comprehensive Guide to Living Well

Dorling Kindersley: Publisher
BY Rosemary Walker, Jill Rodgers
Book : Paperback: flexiback | 20 Mar 2006

A comprehensive guide to living well
Having Type 2 Diabetes doesn't have to mean putting your life on hold. Find out how to control the condition and live life to the fullest with this easy-to-follow guide. There are simple lifestyle changes to ensure good health like: What foods to eat and how to become more active. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow with the full-color photography that shows you how to monitor your blood glucose level. This important book answers the questions on diet, exercise, and medication that everyone needs to know about Type 2 Diabetes.

* Layout in highly accessible Q&A format
* Includes a comprehensive section on diet and exercise
* Approved by the American Diabetes Association

My prayers are with You!

evansrabbitranch 2011-10-31 16:05:10 -0500 Report

Thank you, I will try to get that book when we get paid next week!

pixsidust 2011-11-01 00:56:27 -0500 Report

Click on the link I included. Buy it used on Half.com. Most of the time they look new anyway. I was diagnosed in Feb 2011. I got several books but some are not enjoyable to read and this one is. The retail prise is $18.99 so the Half.com prices are well worth it. $4.26 to 5.14 including the $3.49 shipping cost. God bless you. My meds are on Walmarts $4 list. I can get a three month supply there for $10. If you could get a prescription, they can be affordable

Kirla 2011-10-30 20:17:53 -0500 Report

I found that drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables helped a lot with bringing my blood sugar down. Also cutting back on starchy carbs like bread, pasta, potatoes and just about anything made with flour. Flour is just as bad as sugar.

I believe that testing what you eat before and after each meal helps a lot with determining what to eat. Right after being diagnosed I was testing before and 2 hours after eating. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating. When my numbers dropped a lot I started to test 1 hour after eating to see what my peak blood sugar was after eating. Again I cut back on or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar over 50 points 1 hour after eating. Now most of the time I spike maybe 30-40 points after most meals. Had to cut back on the high carb starchy foods.

Blood sugar numbers before eating should be somewhere between 70 and 90 before eating and when you first wake up in the morning. 1 hour after eating it’s nice to try to keep it below 140. The ADA recommends less than 180. After 2 hours it’s nice to keep it below 120. The ADA recommends 140. Anyway going over 200 isn’t good at any time. When fasting blood sugar gets over 125 in the morning its one sign you have diabetes. So is having reading above 200.

I usually recommend following a low carb diet like South Beach or Atkins. Or you can google low carb diets and see what’s out there. I kind of went low carb after being diagnosed and my numbers went from the 300+ range to almost normal numbers in about 6 weeks. It can be done. Anyway your numbers of 89 seem kind of high for someone with out diabetes. But not to bad if you do have or are starting to come down with this disease. I started in the 300’s for fasting and in the upper 200’s before most meals when first diagnosed. I believe if you loose some weight and start eating right and cut back on the starchy foods some people can avoid the disease.

evansrabbitranch 2011-10-31 16:03:43 -0500 Report

I don't know what's going on. Today I had a first thing reading of 105 and just now, almost 2 hours after eating it read 105 again. My numbers are not very consistent. Been eating more low starch fresh veggies more this week, more water and less soda. Only half a can today :) I've been eating breakfast more than I used to but I still get some symptoms of episodes. Doesn't help that I have a hormonal imbalance that causes hot flashes, those can get confused with my hypoglycemic attacks as those start with a rush of heat too. My highest reading so far was 113. This has happened both in the morning before eating and 2 hrs after eating. I think I need to test more often to get a better idea of hat is going on. Thank you for recommending a low carb diet,I am actually looking at some books on this too.

Kirla 2011-11-06 12:04:31 -0600 Report

This is what I post for people having a hard time with blood sugar control. Its what I did. It may help and then again it may not. But I believe it’s worth trying.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

evansrabbitranch 2011-11-10 08:18:15 -0600 Report

I'm not really having huge spikes but this info is still good so thank you. I was surprised to see walmart carries an A1c test you can do from home. I will get one and do it soon.

Kirla 2011-11-10 17:39:14 -0600 Report

In my area they sell 2 different kinds. The Reli On Brand and one made by Bayer.

The Reli On Brand cost about $10.00 for one test. You need to prick your finger and come up with 2 very large drops of blood. Then you let the card where you drop the blood on dry out and when dry you need to send it to some lab. You can have them e-mail the results or send the results by mail. I had them send it threw the mail and it took like 2-3 weeks to get the results. All together it was a pain. I wouldn’t recommend unless you like to bleed a lot and don’t mind waiting forever for the results.

The Bayer one cost about $30.00 for 2 tests. So you can test now and again in 3-4 months. It just takes a little more blood than a regular blood sugar test you do all the time. Then it takes about 5 minutes to get the results. Prep time and testing might take 10-20 minutes. Maybe a little longer your first time. I recommend you watch the video that comes with it and read and follow all directions exactly. I have used several times. I recommend if you can afford the extra cost to use this one. It takes a small amount of blood and you get the results fast.

I found both tests to be accurate. People I heard that compared them to there labs say they were right on. I find them cheaper than my co pay so I will continue to use them. So far all my A1C’s using them have been 6 or less. Lowest was 5.2.

If you can’t find them in walmart most drug stores sell the Bayer one. Only place I seen the Reli On one was at walmart.

Good luck

evansrabbitranch 2011-11-10 17:54:06 -0600 Report

I can't afford the more expensive one right now but if they will email the results that is great, if not I do not mind the wait. Thank you!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-30 19:33:53 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear your having such a tough time of it. Sounds like a good site to check out from Philtac. I was just going to ask if you have a public health dept? Alot of times they can help you on a sliding scale. No money, No pay! Also check with the Red Cross, they might be able to help. If you have a local hospital, call them and ask it they have any free classes on diabetes. Sometimes you can hook in that way. Well, good luck and we are all here if you have any more ?'s.
God Bless

evansrabbitranch 2011-10-31 15:56:27 -0500 Report

We live in a small city, health department is not very helpful, but I will ask. The hospital seems to focus on cancer, pregnancy and elderly for free things but again I will ask.

Philtac 2011-10-30 18:13:20 -0500 Report

Outstanding websight is: http://www.mendosa.com/index.html
Its free and the Author will answer e-mails if you have questions, I found him 5 years ago , he helped me out a lot. Good Luck

evansrabbitranch 2011-10-30 19:11:15 -0500 Report

Thank you, I looked at it but perhaps its my windows 7 bugging out again, I could click very few links on his site and the navigation bar did not work :/ I will try from another computer.

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