Low blood sugar.

By Grainboy1 Latest Reply 2012-02-04 20:11:05 -0600
Started 2012-01-27 21:30:47 -0600

on my last checkup DR. took me off the metformin i was taking. My A1C dropped from a 12.0 to a 5.7 at time of visit my fasting blood sugar was 101 that was 80 days ago. the past 30 days i can"t seem too keep my sugar level stable it has ranged from 50 to the highest which is 94. How can i keep it stable any ideas

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Grainboy1 2012-02-03 21:06:52 -0600 Report

Went back to DR. for my blood work at time of my test my 12 hour fasting bg was 63 and my a1c was 5.5 .Talk to him about my lows but what got to him was my fasting bg he said that was crazy low.He gave me a shot to get it back up and had to eat breakfast there so he could get another bg on me 1.5 hours was 91 so him and the dietican uped my carb intake to 100 for breakfast meals and at bed time drink 8 ounces of grape or orange juice and at my morning & after noon snack add 4 ounces of juice he said i was too active and my body was burning thru everything to keep going.When i go back on my next visit if i'm still having lows like that he will give me meds to control it or let me resume normal eating habits.I got to keep check on my bg if it starts to spike then i got to start cutting carbs again too see where it keeps me in the 70 to 110 range.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-03 23:23:15 -0600 Report

Glad to see he has made the changes you and I talked about. I just didn't expect him to up the carbs to 100, and I knew the oj would help alot from my own experience. I was worried about you as going low all the time messes with you and can have long term effects. I'll still worry until you have the lows under better control.

So, will you stop all that racing around, you're making me jealous!

Grainboy1 2012-02-04 07:47:15 -0600 Report

I'll try to slow down can't make any promises.

Grainboy1 2012-02-04 19:53:25 -0600 Report

I'm better today my am bg was 93 my noon bg was 112 but befor supper it was back down to 66 it's been 2 hours since i ate and it's up to 97.

Caroltoo 2012-02-04 20:00:21 -0600 Report

Glad to hear your BG is coming up. Can't imagine how it would feel to be that low for that long!

Grainboy1 2012-02-04 20:11:05 -0600 Report

Thank you. Well other than the headachs and being really tired at nite i feel pretty good thru the day.

SCLWKR 2012-02-03 22:20:50 -0600 Report

@ Nick1962-> thanks for the shout out. I now "eat ahead of the lows" since I know what time of day I get a drop. My BG is very regulated now and I have been able to get off of the Glipizide that made me gain 10 lbs in one month! Hurray! Now just on Medformin. Keep on Keeping on gang!!

Young1s 2012-02-03 21:27:43 -0600 Report

Thanks for the update. Glad that you finally have an idea as to what's going on and a plan for correcting the problem. That's always better than flying blind and hoping that your doing the right thing. I have to say though, 100g of carbs per meals (I'm assuming that's what you mean) sounds like a lot. You must be really active during the day for him to suggest that. Or you must have a fast metabolism.

Grainboy1 2012-02-03 21:47:26 -0600 Report

DR. said 100 grams of carbs just for breakfast meals. Sorry i left that out he said that might help keep me in check i guess will find out.I do alot of walking and lifting i get bored so i find stuff to do at work i don't stay idol very long move around a lot just to keep busy thru the day. I should take it easy a little more but i get bored.

Nick1962 2012-01-30 18:14:01 -0600 Report

Excellent work! That's two people today with major drops! Like Sherry said also, monitor, monitor, monitor. Then, once you know the foods and feeding times that keep you on target, make that a routine.

Grainboy1 2012-01-30 18:37:24 -0600 Report

I check my BG 3 to 5 times a day and keep a log of my numbers and the food i eat the exercise i do how long i do it and weight loss and weight gain.

Nick1962 2012-01-30 18:58:49 -0600 Report

Heck then, I don't need to tell you anything. You're already doing it. My monday through friday food plan is the same each day. Boring I know, but i know what my numbers are now at any given time. I run between 65 and 95. Mornings are around mid-80's. Weekends I splurge a little because I'm more active, but because I'm "regular" during the week, i can absorb spikes a lot better.

SCLWKR 2012-01-28 15:56:21 -0600 Report

Do what your doc recemmends and congrats on getting off the meds!! That's great. Monitor your readings closely and see if you take a dip at the same time every day. If so, just do what I call "eating ahead of the dip." meaning have a serving of carb and protein in anticipation of the low. It is better to have a little something to prevent the low rather than having to have something high in sugar in response to the low reading. I have found that frequent BG testing lets me get to know how my body responds to different kinds of foods and what it needs at various times of the day. Don't get frustrated, diabetes is very managable with a little education. planning and particpation with your health care team. Again, great job bringing those numbers down! You are an inspiration. {{Hugs}} Sherrie

Kirla 2012-01-27 21:51:30 -0600 Report

You can’t. Blood sugar doesn’t stay stable. It starts out low before you eat and after you eat something it will rise. It’s the way it works. Reading between 50 and 94 sounds like you got very good control of your blood sugar. For some a reading of 50 might be considered low but depending on how you feel it might be ok. Just eat something and it should go up in about ½ an hour or so. I wish my blood sugar was as good as yours. Keep up the good work

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-28 01:10:37 -0600 Report

Below 80 is considered low.

kdroberts 2012-02-03 21:41:09 -0600 Report

Below 60 is considered low for people without diabetes, below 70 is what has been decided is low for people with diabetes. Even then, if you don't have diabetes and you don't have any adverse signs, 45 is the lowest cutoff recommendation from various endocrinology boards. In the 45-60 range it's very much an individual thing to work out, 60+ is not considered dangerous at all and unless you are a diabetic with a conservative doctor it would be a non-issue if it showed up on a lab test, maybe something that gets tested again in a year.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-03 23:06:23 -0600 Report

Your post is interesting. Could you please tell me what site/link you got the information from. I'm especially curious about your last sentence as I have had diabetes since I was a kid (always on insuli) and am now 50 and that is news to me. None of my drs ever ignore my reading of 60+ and waiting to retest a year later, well, hmm…

Anyway, I'm not against learning something new and would love to read what you have been reading. Thanks

tabby9146 2012-01-29 14:05:51 -0600 Report

you are right. I get symptoms when mine is 70 or lower. I don't always treat, you might not always need to , depends. some people 'feel' low some don't.

Young1s 2012-01-28 12:21:42 -0600 Report

That's what I was told by my doctor.

SCLWKR 2012-01-28 18:03:49 -0600 Report

Are you able to attend a diabetes education class? Eating 1/2 jar of peanut butter won't raise anything but your cholesterol!! I see that you are newly diagnosed in July. Get into a basic education class through your helath care provider that includes diabetes education and meal planning. You will feel a lot more confident about managing your diabetes. I disagree that doctors guess at diabetes care. It is so widespread in the U.S. that most all doctors are well versed. The key is to be proactive yourself in seeking out information because we are all different and it is very managable. I was able to drop my A1c from 14.2 to 6.7 in 90 days, but it took my being willing to seek out the classes and resourses available to me. My insurance paids for all costs related to diabetes so I am fortunate that way. Don't struggle one day longer. Find a class and learn everything you can. Your numbers are really good so it should not take too much work to get them regulated. Keep me posted. I care about you!

GaryFB 2012-01-30 07:22:40 -0600 Report

Good advice about doing a diabetes education class. Mine is priceless. Has helped me answer a lot.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-28 19:52:21 -0600 Report

Maybe you need to change dr. Do you see an endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes? This may be what you need to get this fixed. You will find out if you are diabetic ot hypoglycemic which sounds more like it.

Grainboy1 2012-01-28 20:16:02 -0600 Report

He is a endocrinoloigst. I live in small nebraska if you want a top notch DR. you have to drive 250 or 300 miles if i had the money to drive i would go to Denver,CO. where my aunt goes hes the best.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-29 01:18:33 -0600 Report

Then tell him to explain with your labs, why he thinks you are a diabetic and then ask him about being hypoglycemic. You can't keep going with low bg levels. You don't have to go to a specialist for a second opinion. Maybe you can send your labs to your aunt, and she can ask her dr what he thinks, and then go from there?

Young1s 2012-01-28 17:54:34 -0600 Report

Given the experiences I've heard about from other members, it's easy to come to that conclusion about some of them. :) Maybe in your case though, it's just a case of misunderstanding or miscommunication. Try talking to him/her again to get some clear and definitive answers.

Grainboy1 2012-01-28 18:19:54 -0600 Report

I go back next week for my 90 day blood work i'm going to get him and dietican together and talk to them together.

Young1s 2012-01-28 18:34:20 -0600 Report

Not a bad idea if you can do that. Take a list of questions with you so you don't forget to ask something. I keep a tiny notepad with me at all times. This way, I can always write down any questions that pop into my head, instead of trying to remember them later on. Keep us posted.

Grainboy1 2012-01-28 09:28:20 -0600 Report

The DR.told me i need to be around 100 to 110

Young1s 2012-01-28 12:24:24 -0600 Report

He might have meant for your fasting (morning pre-breakfast) number. As Kirla said, nobody stays within a set few points a day. Even non-diabetics have fluctuations in their BG's, just not as extreme as ours.

Grainboy1 2012-01-28 17:54:44 -0600 Report

The DR. i got now tells me nothing over 146 for my morning bg and nothing over 170 2 to 3 hours after any meal

Grainboy1 2012-01-27 22:42:45 -0600 Report

THANK YOU. I could tell you i feel good when it gets down in the 50s but id"e be lying to ya.I feel like crap when it"s that low and all my DR. can say is eat peanut butter but it don"t seem too help.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-28 13:21:26 -0600 Report

You are probably tired after you bring the bg up I'll bet. When my bg drops it takes me a whole day or so to recover from it. My husband can tell when it is dropping as he says I get sleepy eyes, and then he'll start feeling my arms and face to see if I feel clammy or cold, even when I myself think I am fine.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-28 20:45:12 -0600 Report

This is what happens with low bg levels, which is why we are told to keep it above a certain number. I'm suspect of anyone who says they do great at 50 or 60. They may not see what others do, and being low can bring on problems as well. Did your dr tell you a range, lowest and highest to stay in?

Grainboy1 2012-01-29 00:54:08 -0600 Report

DR. told me 100 to 110 but not over 146 fasting and not over 170 after meals but would like me to stay 100 to 110 but 70 to 100 is good. I have had lows in the high 30s to low 40s in the past 90 days but only a few times because i was late eating.

annesmith 2012-02-01 00:18:59 -0600 Report

To me, that is way too low. Of course, don't eat too late, as it will aggravate your problem. I think it's fabulous you brought your A1c down . However, too low they say is just as bad as too high. I'm still learning myself. ANNE

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-29 01:29:20 -0600 Report

I forgot, you may need to keep a glucagon kit with you. It is for emergency only, but you/others need to know how to mix it BEFORE the emergency. It is a shot that will raise your level very quick! Your insurance should cover it with just the co-pay for brand name, otherwise it is very expensive, ask your dr for the prescription. I have to keep it with me at all times as my bg can just drop for no reason.

Grainboy1 2012-01-29 08:23:11 -0600 Report

I carry tablets and some kind of stuff you drink that they gave me but he don't want me using it unless i have too.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-29 12:56:28 -0600 Report

Maybe your numbers don't drop low enough to need it? But if it does, and you pass out, then what you have won't work! You won't be awake to chew or drink. It is only for emergencies. I had that happen out of nowhere and woke up in the ambulance, that is when the dr had me carry the kit. Mind you, I had belgiam waffle, coffee, and some juice for breakfast (hotel, driving accross country), and later snacks, and we were at a restaurant when it happened.
Ok, the good news except for my hubby's prim rib meal, the other three meals were free, and they put everything in doggie bags, haha. This was done while waiting for the ambulance, and I never left the parking lot. Once the emergency team knew what was happening, they hooked me up to IV, etc and told my hubby it would only take a few minutes before I woke up and make sure everything was ok. I refused the hosp visit and they told us to go to the hotel and for me to eat my food as we were heading through nomans land and no help for quite awhile. It is suspected that the time zone and altitude changes to be the cause. Who knew?

Kirla 2012-01-28 07:34:08 -0600 Report

Eating peanut butter isn’t going to help bring up your blood sugar. Eating a ½ to 1 slice of bread, maybe a few crackers, a small piece of fruit, maybe a glass of milk or a half glass of juice or soda might help better. You will need to experiment a little to see what works for you. I have had reading in the upper 50’s and lower 60’s and felt fine. Were all different. We all got to find what works best for us.

annesmith 2012-02-01 00:22:05 -0600 Report

Yes, you are right..it's all different for us. I myself go lower if I eat a slice of wheat bread, but I come up with white bread. I am a brittle diabetic. I can't have too much pure black coffee (with no food). ANNE

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-28 13:26:29 -0600 Report

My dr told me to eat peanut butter and crackers for a snack to KEEP my bg from dropping as I do insulin throughout the day. I HATE peanut butter unless it is in a chocolate cup:) Is your dr ok with you being in the 50 & 60 range? Do you take insulin?

Grainboy1 2012-01-28 17:59:44 -0600 Report

No insulin was on metformin but DR. took me off becase he thinks the DR. that put me on it jumped the gun.

annesmith 2012-02-01 00:24:56 -0600 Report

I took Metformin for a year and a half, and it sent me so low, it almost killed me. Insulin I responded to much much much better. That's interesting. I know my belly does NOT tolerate hydrochloric acid, which I read is what Metformin is. It made me bleed internally, then I dropped even lower. The tests showed my pancreas rejected the Metformin. Interesting, as I know so many people take it. ANNE

jayabee52 2012-02-01 00:39:54 -0600 Report

I have been searching for the site which says metformin is hydrochloric acid, without success. Where did you read that information?

annesmith 2012-02-03 00:30:15 -0600 Report

I wish I could remember…I'm sorry. I see there's a link from cavie2…I'll go in and read it now…ANNE

Kirla 2012-01-28 15:33:32 -0600 Report

I don’t drop that low that often. Only happened a few times. Usually before a meal so I just go ahead and eat. So far it hasn’t dropped to where it has affected me in any way. I don’t take insulin or meds. Control by mostly diet. Hadn’t had any reading below 70 in some time now. My latest A1C’s have been high at 5.9 6.0 and the last at 5.8. Only got the low readings when my A1C was 5.2. By the way my blood sugar reading have been this year I don’t think its ever going to get that low again.

tabby9146 2012-01-29 14:11:14 -0600 Report

you sound a lot like me, I control now by D&E, rarely ever go too low, In 3 years, I've had a reading below 70 maybe three times, once was after exercise, when I was newly diagnosed, 'before' classes, and ate but not enough, and quite a while later, had a low, the most recent time was a few weeks ago, around 60-65 not sure why, but had eaten a decent breakfast less than 2 hours before it happened. My last A1C was 5.4, trying to get it lower than that. I'm the type who doesn't do well on really really low carb diet, I have to have more carbs, I just make sure they aren't too much. Interested in hearing from others who are like me. It's interesting to see how many years one can go contrlling well with d&e. So far for me it's been over 3 now.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-29 19:30:25 -0600 Report

Way to go! You are doing so well, your A1c is fantasic. If you keep it up, you may never have to do meds. I wish that was an option for me:)

Kirla 2012-01-29 16:19:03 -0600 Report

My lowest reading was 57. It was like 2 in the morning. I just went back to sleep and when I got up at 6 o’clock it was back up to 90. I have had reading in the upper sixes a lot when I tested before supper. I just go ahead and eat my supper like I always do. I don’t conceder readings in the sixes as lows. Maybe if they drop below 50 I might start to panic but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

When I was on Dlife there were several people controlling with diet and exercise for over 10 years and still doing great. I believe its possible to control with diet and exercise for the rest of our lives as long as we watch what we eat and test regularly. At least that’s what I’m hoping.

When first diagnosed I cut my carb intake to mostly low carb vegetables. I was only eating about 1200-1500 calories a day. I analyzed my carb intake on sparkpeople and figured I was getting about 30 grams of carbs per day. The last time I used the analyzer on sparkpeople I was eating and drinking about 100 grams of carbs per day. Mostly from low carb vegetables, peanuts, almonds and products of made of soy flour. Blood sugar isn’t as good as it used to be but still isn’t that bad. Last A1C was 5.8 so I guess there ok.

5.4 is pretty good. If you try and go lower you are probley going to have more reading in the 60’s. When I got the 5.2 I had lots of reading in the upper 60’s. I have no reaction so far from low blood sugar. But I really don’t conceder reading in the 60’s as something to worry about. I just go ahead and eat my supper and its back up in no time.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-31 14:03:45 -0600 Report

That is true, as long as you are not an insulin dependent diabetic as I am (juvenile). But, diet and exercise should still be followed.

tabby9146 2012-01-30 08:31:40 -0600 Report

I too believe it is possible to control this way for many years. Everyone inspires me, those that have had such a hard time, and brought it way down, and are doing well too. I watched some episodes of dlife on tv once I realized we had the channel it came on…lol

MewElla 2012-01-29 14:13:33 -0600 Report

You inspire me…I will be 2 years early Feb. with diet/exercise controlled…Want to work hard to stay here…

Grainboy1 2012-01-28 09:25:35 -0600 Report

Thank you. Some times i wonder if DRs even know anything.My dietican added more carbs to my meals to try and help with the lows

MEGriff1950 2012-01-28 07:47:26 -0600 Report

Kirla peanut butter may not raise your blood sugar but it will spike mine quickly. As you said we are all different. Also a BG of 50 is considered a hypoglycemic episode by most professionals. When the blood is that thin you are not getting enough oxygen to the brain and this can lead to a stroke.

annesmith 2012-02-01 00:30:50 -0600 Report

This is very true. My dad and I are ( he is now deceased) brittle diabetics. One time I took his in the afternoon, and it was 201, then a short while later it was 31. He said he felt very tired at 31. I have the same problem..mine might be 300 right now, and in 5 minutes it might be 80…interesting. Peanut butter lowers mine. Peanuts by themselves lower me even more. A full meal with protein and vegetables will spike me WAY way way up to 200-600. If I wait too long to eat, and have had coffee before hand, I'll fall down to the 50s…interesting…ANNE

MEGriff1950 2012-02-01 09:29:39 -0600 Report

Oh my Anne I am so sorry that you have such a bad time. I think that maybe an endocrinologist might be more help to you. Diabetes is one of their speciaities. May God bless you and help you through this.

Grainboy1 2012-01-28 09:37:59 -0600 Report

on 1-3-2012 bg was 59 i eat half jar skippy and only raised bg to 67 i ate supper 3 hours after eat my bg was 72 ate a snack and one at 3 am and bg was 69 at 730 am i dont get it

annesmith 2012-02-01 00:36:51 -0600 Report

I know after taking Metformin for a year and a half, and I had to quit taking it, because it set me way way too low, I was in what they call a LOW STATE for a long time afterwards. I never went low before Metformin. It was my biggest enemy. It also cut my appetite off almost completely. I'm not your doctor, but, it's possible the Metformin has put you into a very low state for awhile, even if you have stopped taking it. I am not sure, since you are not me. I went into low after low for a whole 6 months or more after I stopped taking it. Peanut butter, no matter how much I eat, just send me lower. I was tested for hypoglycemia, and it came out completely negative. They said I am very very diabetic, it's just that my pancreas rejects Metformin. Anything high in acid also sends me way way way too low. I cannot eat peanut butter when I am low, as it only gets worse for me then. I myself have to eat high protein to raise my blood sugar , however, it shoots straight up then, up into the 300s. I would suggest eggs and orange juice to raise yours…try that…ANNE

Kirla 2012-01-28 15:45:39 -0600 Report

Your reading are a little low. Almost look like fasting or before meals. Do you test after eating. My blood sugar will peak after eating at about 30-60 minutes after eating depending on what I ate. You might try testing about 1 hour after eating to see how high your numbers go. Something doesn’t sound right if your blood sugar stays that low after eating. You might want to talk about this with your doctor.

annesmith 2012-02-01 00:39:52 -0600 Report

When I was on Metformin, my blood sugar stayed too low after eating, and I had several episodes of almost passing out, diabetic seizures. I had to stop taking it. Before Metformin, my blood sugar went WAY way way up after eating. The Metformin put some kind of lock on my pancreas, and almost killed me, but I realize this is rare. Interesting…I responded to insulin perfectly…ANNE

Grainboy1 2012-01-28 18:04:34 -0600 Report

Yes around 2 to 3 hours after. This morning fast bg was 72 ate breakfast checked 2 hours after was 89

annesmith 2012-02-01 00:42:38 -0600 Report

I am sorry…I thought you were on medications. Being you are not, something is very wrong if your blood sugar is staying low after eating. I wonder …what is your last A1c, and have you been tested for hypoglycemia? Are you drinking strong black coffee at all? I know that pure black coffee sends me too low…ANNE

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-28 13:33:02 -0600 Report

Is your meter new, if not use the test solution and then redo your test strip. I dropped a meter once and it gave low readings, so I replaced it. I took it to dr visit with me and checked it with their reading. I just want to make sure we have covered that as well.

Grainboy1 2012-01-28 18:09:53 -0600 Report

got it in 8 of 2011 checked it with DR.s test last visit and it was 1 point higher he said that was great

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