blood glucose levels

By christelly Latest Reply 2012-01-29 16:31:17 -0600
Started 2012-01-27 11:36:19 -0600

Normally my levels are in low 100's, but this past week I've been consistently in high 70's. Is this good?

13 replies

Kirla 2012-01-28 08:40:28 -0600 Report

Numbers in the 70’s are considered normal. Going lower you might want to eat something to bring it up a bit. Depending on what meds you take or if on insulin you might want to talk with your doctor to see what numbers are good for you. This is something you should be discussing with your doctor.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-28 01:23:47 -0600 Report

Hi, it should not be below 80. You can have carbs and may feel better by eating some. Have you learned how to count carbs? Your counselor shouldn't tell you to have no carbs. Have you been sent to diabetes classes or seen a dietician/nutritionist? They will get you set up with portion control and how to count carbs and eat a balanced meal and snacks. they will also tell you to get exercise, and what to do before and after you do. If you can't go to these you can look it up on the internet.

Type1Lou 2012-01-27 17:06:54 -0600 Report

Like Patricia mentioned below, it depends on how you feel. I, personally, don't feel uncomfortable until I dip below 70, so I would be happy with readings in the 70's. You should follow Mary's advice to talk to your doctor about it since you may need an adjustment to the dosage of meds you are on. It's a constant balancing act. Congrats on these great results. I wish mine were as good.

tabby9146 2012-01-29 14:25:25 -0600 Report

I rarely get readings in the 70s, would love that, but I find I don't feel well if I go to 70 which isn't often. Talk to your doctor for sure.

MEGriff1950 2012-01-27 15:54:57 -0600 Report

Christelly that is awesome really but you need to talk with your dr. If you are on meds you might be able to drop some. You have gained control, awesome.

Young1s 2012-01-27 12:15:23 -0600 Report

I guess that depends upon how you feel when you're this low and how consistent is consistently. My doctor always says to me that my lowest low should be around 80, so I tend to go by that. To drop below that every once in a while probably isn't going to hurt you, but I wouldn't want to make a habit of it. The one and only time I got as low as 74, I developed an awful headache and was a little dizzy. Didn't like that at all.

tabby9146 2012-01-29 14:26:51 -0600 Report

I really hate to get dizzy or light headed, I sure did learn quickly the difference between the two once I was diagnosed over 3 yrs ago! Those were the "only" symptoms of diabetes I had and they scared me. once I was sure I was going to pass out, my daughter had to run and get a neighbor, was I was waiting on that next doctor's appt. at that time, and my doctor first ran other tests, not diabetes tests, thinking it was a heart problem.

Young1s 2012-01-29 16:31:17 -0600 Report

Wow! Scary is right. How long after this episode did you find out you were diabetic? Or was it because of this?

christelly 2012-01-27 18:20:19 -0600 Report

hi - that makes perfect sense as each body reacts differently. The b/s tends to stay low (after analaysis) when I stick to fish. I may be overdoing the elimination of carbs, per my counselor, and I do feel peppier if I have some smashed spuds. Nearly eliminated bread.

Young1s 2012-01-27 18:55:40 -0600 Report

That might be it. If you want to stick with just the fish for a while, try adding a side dish with some healthy carbs that will balance the meal out. The potatoes will do it but use them sparingly and certainly not daily.

BTW: I cut down on breads too, but I don't think I'll ever stop eating it, though. But I went from eating bread daily (with breakfast and dinner), to just 4 times a week (either breakfast or dinner; not both).

christelly 2012-01-28 15:01:27 -0600 Report

thanks, good idea…had HUGE salad, what I cqall garbage salad - iceburg lettuce, cheese, ham, mini cukes, carrots and a lite balsamic dressing. felt so stuffed. but my b/s was really low,so had some diabetic pound cake I made a few hours later and felt much better. Really miss my breakfast toast, but what is really disturbing, at least to me, is the awful hunger for bagels that I get periodically and I am not that fond of bagels!

Young1s 2012-01-28 15:52:42 -0600 Report

Those strange cravings happen to me too. Recently it was those chocolate cakes that you buy at the grocery store bakery (I prefer yellow cake). At any rate, I gave in to the cravings and went totally overboard. Now, over a month later, I'm just starting to see my numbers within normal range, but still not consistently enough.

I still have a strong desire to eat it but now that I know what the consequences are for overdoing it, I have better control over my urges. Plus, like they say "if it's not in the house, I can't eat it". So then the only real challenge becomes getting from the grocery store to the house without buying some.

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