By Elmer71 Latest Reply 2011-12-11 12:53:18 -0600
Started 2011-12-10 22:11:55 -0600

I have been getting down to proper range of 80 90 compared to my normal 200 to 300 but I am getting the shakes so bad!! I want to treat myself as though it is a low but I do not think this is a proper fix. Any ideas or directions?

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Harlen 2011-12-11 12:53:18 -0600 Report

For me it was three weeks keeping my # good for me to start feeling good and not feeling low As well as stopping the shakes

Some times nuts will help me they are high in fiber and low carbe
Best wishes

annesmith 2011-12-11 01:48:23 -0600 Report

I can relate to your situation, only I have not achieved proper range—-I HAVE however, almost achieved a much better stabilization of my blood sugars. When I have enough to eat, most of my readings are also 200, 300, and in the 500s. The big big problem with me is I will treat a low because when I was on Metformin and I turned out to be allergic to it, it set me SO low for a whole year and a half, it almost killed me. I landed in the emergency room, and had gone down to 63—a 63 for me is a SERIOUS serious low, so I passed out in the E.R., came conscious again, and after they gave me glucose shots in the arm, my sugar shot STRAIGHT UP to 701. So, what happened to me is I got so fearful of that ever happening again, that most times now when I go low, which is not very often, I treat it right away with protein and carbs and orange juice—then I go up really high. I am just now stabilizing that off more ——-once you come that close to death, you will do anything to prevent that again. Congratulations on your achievement. THE SHAKES—-nothing is worse in my book. I have had them enough times to know. I would suggest gradually keeping your sugars at the proper range. If it's done too fast, the body can seriously get way out of whack. I have figured out how to prevent more 500s-HI ranges on mine—I don't eat a lot of honey with protein…many times when I hit HI ( 600s and 700s -KEYTONES), I had more honey than I should, along with french fries and protein—not good. So, glad I tracked that down more..I have a long long long ways to go, but will stay focused on the positive. My main goal is to prevent further limb damage ( I have had some limb damage) and to prevent blindness. I would say you could gradually continue on your 80-90 range. I myself do not believe peoples' blood sugars should be considered high until after they surpass 126—to me, anything below 125 is too low—-I don't agree with the scale. If I were to walk around in the 90s, I'd feel really bad…I have been in the 90s, and that is precisely when I feel my worst. However, I am pushing myself more to gradually adapt to the scale. I may not like it, but it's best that I try to abide by it more…I feel my best in the 150s…anytime I go below 158, I feel low. I guess I am not a very good example—-good luck!!!!!—-ANNE

jayabee52 2011-12-11 01:17:24 -0600 Report

Howdy Elmer

WELCOME to DiabeticConnect. Sorry you qualify for inclusion in our little "family"

If you have had BGs in the 200 thru 300 range and now are getting your BG levels under control and are getting the symptoms of a low, it is your body, which had been used to those high readings trying to get the readings back up.

I had a bride "Jem" (deceased July 2010) who frequently went high due to prednisone use. When she came off the prednisone she would have what I called "false lows". She had the shakes and was RAVENOUS for carbs. I had to slow her eating down when she got like that, otherwise her BG levels would not come down very quickly.

What we did when she was high and got the false lows is I would take her BG readings, (I had to do it as she was totally blind) once an hour and if her BG levels were not at normal levels she didn't consume carb laden food or drink until she got ner BGs normalized.

So you are on the right track Elmer when you say treating as though you were low is not a proper fix.

You might want to tough it out and as long as you are having those symptoms take your BG readings every hour, and if you are getting close to normal, you might wish to test every half hour to make sure you don't go low. Eventually your body will get acclimated to your normalized levels.

Blessings to you and yours.


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pixsidust 2011-12-10 22:34:03 -0600 Report

I get skaky in the 80's too. Eat & get that protein in! Have an apple & with it cheese. Eat whole grained bread with a piece of ham, lettuce and mayo open faced. I do that all the time instead of eating a whole sandwich
Bring snacks with you that have a protein and a carb. If I am in the 90's I feel the best. 100-120 after eating is not bad either. I have scrambled eggs a sausage patty and a cup of whole grain hot apple cinnamon cereal. Its only 16 total carbs per cup. Make sure you eat hearty.

Congrats on the control, that you have achieved!

Caroltoo 2011-12-10 22:21:48 -0600 Report

It is your body adjusting to the lower BG readings. Test to be sure you are in the safe range, but try not to compensate much for it because your body will adapt. If you take insulin, you may want to check with your doctor to see if there needs to be and adjustment in the quantity.