Something I want to tell newly diagnosed who are controlling with diet and exercise

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2012-01-01 18:55:06 -0600
Started 2011-12-30 19:36:23 -0600

If you are controlling by diet and exercise, and things have been really good, you can still go too low. I never was sure until today, when I had a few awful dizzy spells, only an hour and a half or two hours after eating! I just want everyone who is not on pills or insulin, to be aware of this. I wasn't. When I was in class, I was on pills at the time, and I never asked my doctor or diabetes educator that question. I asked that question on here a long time ago, and got different answers, some said no, i would not have to worry, others said yes, it could go very low and cause problems. You need to always make sure to have some juice or glucose tabs with you at all times, wherever you go.

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locarbarbie 2011-12-31 08:39:37 -0600 Report

Good advice Tabby…My blood sugar IS well controlled by my diet (still lazy re exercise til Jan 1st, and then watch out!!) and because of this I have become compacent. I learned the hard way to ALWAYS carry my meter even when just running out for a quick errand. And of course have glucose tabs, juice etc on hand if you do go hypo. Or at least money to stop for some quick acting carbs.
I left the house for what I thought would be a quick trip before eating and it turned into hours past when I should have had lunch. I felt extremely dizzy and weak and was convinced I would die before I got home. I tested immediately upon arriving home and bs was ok at 88 but I could have avoided freaking myself out by being able to test!!

tabby9146 2011-12-31 09:21:25 -0600 Report

That's great Jayabee that you are able to do this, I have read your story. I wonder though, is there anyone else out there, controlling by diet and exercise who gets dizzy like this at times and did you find out why? I could understand if you'd gone too long without eating, or if you had eaten too much sugar, but I did not do either yesterday, and it still happened. Possibly sweets from the day before.

jayabee52 2011-12-31 04:01:36 -0600 Report

Howdy Tabby! I am not newly Dx'd but I am almost 1 year new into managing my diabetes without meds with what I eat, and a little exercise. I have not noticed that problem for me. If I have a problem I tend to go a bit high (up to 140) after eating. I guess that goes to show that our metabolisms are quite unique.

Having a backup stash of carbs is always a good idea, but I have not needed to use it yet in the 11 months on my new eating plan.

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