HELP! Why are my blood sugars so low?

By RebC Latest Reply 2011-11-19 20:31:11 -0600
Started 2011-11-15 22:58:54 -0600

So I'm tired. And I want to go to bed. But for some reason tonight my blood sugars have been less than ideal, meaning that they have been on the extremely low side. I can get them to come back up to normal, but they keep dropping, without the use of any Novalog.

At 6 I was 27 (yikes) and I ate dinner, only giving 1 unit of Novalog for 60 carbohydrates, when I would usually take 6. I recovered, got the little one ready for bed, checked again at 8 and I was 24. Ate something with lots of sugar (probably halloween candy from the trick-or-treat bucket) without any insulin, recovered, but just checked again and I'm 26. What is going on here? I've been fine all day. Nothing has changed. My Lantus is in the same dosage as I have been giving for months. I don't know what to do to fix it, and I just want to go to bed. Please help!

8 replies

MEGriff1950 2011-11-16 19:29:43 -0600 Report

RebC, I think that you should take these low of reading seriously. When you blood sugars are that low you are not moving enough oxygen to your brain. None of us should go below 70. When you cannot get your numbers back up to where they should be especially that low I suggest that you go to ER. This is a life threatening situation.

Caroltoo 2011-11-16 19:36:03 -0600 Report

Rebecca, you are pregnant aren't you? If so, this could affect baby's growth and oxygenation. Potentially serious stuff. Please give your doctor and/or OB a call. It's not just for you.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-16 19:37:38 -0600 Report

Wow Carol, I am glad that you remembered that. Reb please take extra care of the both of you.

RebC 2011-11-17 09:30:48 -0600 Report

Thank you for pointing that out. We hear so much about high blood sugar being bad for the baby, but hardly ever hear anything about low blood sugar. I rarely have low blood sugar—especially THAT low. I called the OB to make sure baby would be okay, and he explained to me that my sugars were probably so low because baby needed more sugar, so the sugar in me was diverted to baby to keep him/her stable. Comforting to have an explanation, but still not comforting to have blood sugar that low. I will take care, and maybe include a mid-afternoon snack into my diet to keep that from happening again. Thanks again!

Caroltoo 2011-11-17 09:53:12 -0600 Report

Thank you for letting us know and for calling your OB. I was up earlier this morning to check this feed…it had concerned me lots. I've spent the last several years working in my states Healthy Start program and in the Army's New Parent Support program, so am rather sensitized to prenatal and early childhood concerns. You want to give that little baby brain all the energy it needs to grow up big and healthy. Keep us posted on how it's going for you.

door331 2011-11-16 07:13:28 -0600 Report

How did your night go? I hope everything is ok. 27 is suuuuper low I think I have been walking/talking around 32-36. I am not sure how low I need to go before I am incoherent (has not happened in a very long time). From your description it does not sound like this but if you have had more than a few drinks your bloodsugar will also plummet— however this should be fixed by the steps you took above.

If everything is good now the only thing I would suggest is next time dont take any Novolog until after your bloodsugar has started recovering— the fastest way would be with glucose tabs but I also use orange juice which is rapid as well. 2 hours is the normal re-check time but your bloodsugar was so low and depending on what you ate for dinner it could take longer than usual for you to see the numbers start rising.

Also- if you felt fine do you have a different BG meter you could check? it would be awful to correct if you had a malfunctioning meter (although I have never had one break in twenty years it does happen).

RebC 2011-11-16 14:31:13 -0600 Report

Thanks for your concern guys. I really still have no idea what was going on, though I made it through the night okay. I finally went to bed at 67 (with a snack) and woke up at 92…weird. I don't drink alcohol, and I hadn't eaten anything before dinner since lunch time, so I guess it's a mystery. It's been a long time since I've been that low (after I was first diagnosed I felt low, checked my b/s and was 17. I can't believe I was still standing!), so I guess I was just scared. :)

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