What is low?

By kaiya2465 Latest Reply 2011-12-10 00:03:44 -0600
Started 2011-12-06 08:49:33 -0600

This may have been asked before, but what is concidered a low reading? I don't feel real good right now.


33 replies

SCLWKR 2011-12-09 23:49:01 -0600 Report

I'm T2 and I feel the low starting at about 60. Mine has gone down as low as 42 while I was in the process of making lunch one day. It pops right back up with some food though.

MarkS 2011-12-08 23:50:24 -0600 Report

If you take a look at a lot of the medical literature and discuss with a health care practioner they will recommend using 70 as the bottom; however, everyone is physiologically unique. Before being diagnose with Type 1 diabetes my annual physocal always came back with a fasting blood sugar in the low 60s. As you said, you were 59 the other day and felt fine - so everyone is different. I typically use 60 as my barometer unless I'm going to drive, then I try to make sure I'm about 80 and not dropping. I think a lot of the lack of mental alertness caused by low blood sugars is dependent upon how quickly your blood sugar drops. Remember, this is not a 'scientific study' but rather my own personal observations!

nzingha 2011-12-08 20:34:25 -0600 Report

low for me is anything under 100… my body feels fine when the readings are over and high…i get the same feelings when sugar level is dropping as i get when they are high… has anyone else had that experience?

sloane 2011-12-08 14:54:58 -0600 Report

Low is different for everyone-but generally ranges from 79 and lower..There are new Glucose Quick Sticks for low BS that don't require chewing..They are available at amazon.com.. Take care

Iva Bircher
Iva Bircher 2011-12-08 14:24:54 -0600 Report

A coke will bring it up fast. If you are going down really fast. To be on the save side, check your blood mor often. To keep you from crashing. You might want to ask the Dr. about the amount of insulin you are getting. Running into walls is not good.

kaiya2465 2011-12-08 14:30:08 -0600 Report

I just checked my level & I don't know why it is high for me @ 149..Any suggestions anyone?

SCLWKR 2011-12-09 23:51:17 -0600 Report

When mine gets into a range I don't like, I have a 16 oz bottle of water and 1/8 cup of almonds and it brings it down in a flash.

Iva Bircher
Iva Bircher 2011-12-08 14:33:45 -0600 Report

Stress can make it high, you not feeling good can make it high. Just watch it.

kaiya2465 2011-12-08 14:37:24 -0600 Report

I will keep checking off & on..I only fell once today planted my face right into the dryer..But have not fell since. I go back in for tests tomorrow..I sure hope I get some answers then.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-12-08 14:54:10 -0600 Report

I was doing the same things. My doctor tested me for B12 deficiency and found that I was severely low. I was actually diagnosed with pernicious anemia. I can't absorb vitamin B12 from my foods or oral suppliments. I can't absorb it through my intestines. I have to have B12 injections now. I get an injection every month. They are probably going to up my injections to weekly injections. The B12 has helped me but not enough yet. I was so depleted the first injection didn't help me much.But the second one helped more. I get my 3rd. injection on Mon.

Iva Bircher
Iva Bircher 2011-12-08 14:46:08 -0600 Report

Keep me updated. Let me know how the tests come out. This is so cool to have something like this, so all of us can share what we are going thru with what we have. You are in my prayers

Iva Bircher
Iva Bircher 2011-12-08 14:17:08 -0600 Report

But low for me is 70 or lower. I left work yesterday I was at 127. I thought being in Houston you never know what the traffic is going to be like. So I grabbed a coke to take with me on the road home. I am 30 mintues from my house. I got home and tested my blood. I was 37, I had dropped 127 to 37 in 40 mintues. And I was drinking the coke. ALL OF IT SUCKS. Trying to loose weight is a major joke.

SCLWKR 2011-12-10 00:00:23 -0600 Report

Yes, trying to loose weight has become a challenge. I keep a mini baggie of jellie beans in my purse (and glove compartment) at all times because I have a very hectic schedule (social worker). I also keep a peanut granola bar as well (Nature Valley Sweet and Salty, delicious). If I am going to go past a regular meal time I have the bar (just 140 calories with protein and carbs) to aviod having to deal with an unwanted low. However, if I am out and about and start getting the feeling of taking a dive, I whip out the jellie beans and enjoy!! It's like having a baby: Have to make sure you have the bottle, crackers, diapers. Whew, we require so many things! Lots of pre planning. But we are sooo worth it arn't we DC Pals?

Iva Bircher
Iva Bircher 2011-12-08 14:13:54 -0600 Report

I weat a pump. I test my finger 8 times a day. Maybe more if I am not feeling good. My pump alerts me to highs & lows. But I start to sweat and feel clammy, and confused. I pop those tablets of I carry some packs of sugar in my purse.

SCLWKR 2011-12-10 00:02:00 -0600 Report

I am available for any bank robberies because if I get caught, they won't have usable finger prints. Just fingers with poke holes everywhere!

lifedriver 2011-12-07 18:16:40 -0600 Report

My Diabetic nurse told me that anything under 80 is low and it is time to do something about it. Don't wait till you are sweating or your heart is pounding to think about doing something. If you get too low and different strokes for different folks. Because each person is different you can go into a diabetic comma and pass out then .you are in trouble if you are alone. so if you feel your heart pounding or you experience a sudden warm up you may be low. Stay on top of this because low Sugar levels are dangerous…LIVE

SCLWKR 2011-12-10 00:03:44 -0600 Report

Charles, you are one smart cookie! Thanks for your ever insightful advice! Your Pal, Sherrie

berrykins0 2011-12-06 13:51:58 -0600 Report

this what i been told is low blood suger 60 or less but 70's or 80's can feel like lows too. never been below 70 my self i'm usally in a range of 80 to 110 unlessi dont feel well.

pixsidust 2011-12-06 10:51:34 -0600 Report

For me anything in the 70's or lower. On my meter it will beep at me that I am getting hypo. I start feeling it though in the low 80's. I like to stay in the 90's for the maximum feeling as good as I can

Caroltoo 2011-12-06 11:49:40 -0600 Report

I feel the change as it goes in the 80's, but it's not yet a "bad" feeling, just an awareness. I do know as my numbers have dropped and I've adapted, the low I feel ok with has also lowered. I think belor 70 is what the literature calls the beginning of a low BG. For me, the bigger and unanswered question is when does it actually become a threat to life rather than when do we get the negative feelings (shakes, sweats, etc.). Anyone with a medical background know that piece?

lifedriver 2011-12-07 18:27:40 -0600 Report

Carol I know what you mean While working out once I started the tell-tell signs and before I knew it I was seeing spots and had the shakes. I tried to test but I was shaking so bad my my Grand Daugther tested me and I was at 40. Thank God I had told her (12) what to do if this happened. Juice quick and due to her I survived and never have repeated this episode again. That is one of the reason this site is so vital to me and my walk with Diabetes. The number are unique to each person the key is to recognize and feel your body. Then to act appropriate and timely.

LindseyLou993 2011-12-06 10:45:12 -0600 Report

A non-diebetic person's body will aim for a b.g. of between 85-95 after meals. Their sugars will hardly ever go below 70, so that's where I keep mine.

My doctor says to stay between 75-120 after meals. When I hit between 80-85 I have a snack to keep my sugar up until my next meal.

door331 2011-12-06 10:40:11 -0600 Report

Here is what the American Diabetes Association website says:

"The normal range for non-fasting blood glucose (sugar) taken 1-2 hours after a meal is less than 180 mg/dl. The normal range for blood glucose taken before a meal is 70 – 130mg/dl. These ranges are for non-pregnant adults."

but my honest opinion on this matter is that the "normal" range is not real. It doesn't exist, it is made up. In fact, it has changed over the years and will even change from doctor to doctor. Another issue here is that different people feel the effects of a low differently. Some don't feel the effects at all.

For myself I feel hungry between 80 and 90. In the 70s is when I notice a "low" starting. So I suppose the ADA range is fairly accurate but I would say if you are in the 70s you should elevate your glucose.

Now the 2hr post check is different. As the ADA recommends below 180 is a good number- but if you are at 100-120ish chances are you still have 2hrs of bolus left that will bring you lower so a little snack might be in order there as well.

For the longest time I never used glucose tabs and instead relied on juice or some other liquid. I have to say though, the glucose tabs are much easier to use since they are in 4g doses. You can break them in half to get 2g of carbs. This is much more accurate than trying to guess the amount of liquid in a glass.

Hope this information was helpful,

door331 2011-12-06 10:42:39 -0600 Report

I should also mention there are times when I have felt "low" but my glucose was actually fine. This last sunday in fact, I was bowling and started feeling low. Unfortunately I didn't bring my supplies with me so I waited til I got home. My reading was 103. Not low at all, but I still decided to get a snack and bolus before bed anyways.

annesmith 2011-12-07 01:51:34 -0600 Report

I know what you mean. Several times, I felt quite low…very low, and then I took my blood sugar and it was 103, or 109. For my body a low is anything below 140. Below 140, and I feel bad. It's still quite a struggle for me …I can't just stop what I am doing at work when I am cashiering every time I go low—-that's impossible. My boss would hang me by a noose!!!—-ha, ha,ha…I have a very good boss, but iffen every single time I stopped cashiering when this happened, it would not be good. I often go low if I drink too many liquids..I have tracked this down…if I overexercise, then I have a big problem there, too. If I drink too much acidic drink, such as pure black coffee, that's a guaranteed serious low for me—I never do that anymore. However, if I drink black coffee with creamer and sugar, I go high…makes sense. If I don't get in enough protein for the day, that's also a guaranteed low for me. If I do none of the listed above, I never ever ever go low at all. It is all very interesting , that's for sure. I guess I forgot about stress—-that's been a VERY tricky one on my blood sugar—-half the time I go severely low—-WAY down into the 50s, then it will bounce straight back up high later. The other half of the time I will SOAR into the 500s——all the way up to HI ( 600s and 700). If I calm myself down, it'll come down, but ever so slowly. Since I'm brittle, mine usually is all over the map as a general rule anyway. On a humorous note: ANYBODY EVER NOTICE it's virtually impossible to just STOP in the middle of a huge shouting match and say " HEY—-I don't want to argue—let's see, well..I will go take my blood sugar now——ha, ha, ha, ha…usually, I end up taking it after the argument has exploded, unfortunately…ha, ha,ha…TIS is being human—-if someone is making a personal attack on me, I RARELY just say to them " Well, I am calming down right away, got to go take my blood sugar"—-ha, ha, ha…in reality, I have waited too long. OR, you're at work, and your boss is giving you your review—he or she is disappointed in something you did, so he or she pulls out a piece of paper that says " WRITE UP"—-HA, ha, ha,ha, ha…I can guarantee you, that I myself, feeling intimidated, STRESSED by that point, and staring at the look on my boss's face, will not look at my boss , who is a bit angry with me and say " Hey…GOT to go take my blood sugar right now.." Ha, ha, ha…nope, I can visualize taking it later—-maybe in the breakroom, but not right then and there, because the next response from my boss would be " You know, you really should not say anything about your health at all…this is a business."—-HA, HA, HA…ANNE

kaiya2465 2011-12-06 13:00:24 -0600 Report

The reason I am asking this is because I am flalling dowm, running into walls.getting a lirtle odd feeling and my bs

annesmith 2011-12-07 01:29:27 -0600 Report

I hope you will be alright! I know that when I run into walls, or stumble, I usually think for sure it is a severe low, or a low, but half the time it is an extreme high..I am surprised by this…this sure is one tricky disease. I did not realize how tricky it is until the last few months. If you are falling down, to me, that is a big signal to get to a doctor or a ride to the emergency room, dependent…whatever you do, don't drive if you are still feeling this way by the time you go to a doctor. I found out that if policeman pulls a person over after they see them wavering in a lane, they can actually write out a ticket…of course, they might call an ambulance or a cab for the person. I had that happen to me once…I was on my way to church on a Saturday night, around 5pm, I had just left a nearby Caseys and I had eaten. I got pulled over a block from my church. He came up to my window, said " I saw you wavering one of the lanes..did you realize you are wavering? " I said " No…I had no idea at all." He took my drivers license, went back to his squad car, called it in, saw I had zero criminal record. When he came back, he said " Are you diabetic?" I said " Yes, I am, but I honestly thought I was fine after I just ate." He paused, looked at me closer, and the more I thought about it, I DID feel super super low, but somehow, I had gotten numb to it. I then told him that, and he said " Do you need more to eat? Do you need an ambulance? Because, I'd be glad to radio in right now for an ambulance if you need help." I paused, thought about it, and said " No, I will be alright…sorry about the wavering…" He let me go on a warning…nice officer. Well, good luck to your blood sugars, etc…I look forward to talking again!!!!!—-sincerely, ANNE

door331 2011-12-06 13:55:20 -0600 Report

Oh no! I hope you are alright. If you have very low glucose you can become disoriented. Even if it is not from a low glucose you might want to go to the doctor to get checked out. If it is not an emergency but you want to see someone right away I suggest an urgent care center.

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