Low BG Levels...

By kaiya2465 Latest Reply 2012-08-08 21:47:20 -0500
Started 2012-07-30 15:18:08 -0500

I have been reading the discussions on here about low BG, but have not figured out where I may be going wrong or if there is something I need to be doing that I'm not…
I have been on a roll keeping my levels in the low 70s for a month or so, but lately when I test in the morning they have been in the h-50s l-60s, any ideas?? Just when I think I get something right something happens to make me re-think things… Not really worried at this point just very curious.


33 replies

Jccandals 2012-08-06 04:03:12 -0500 Report

I actually advocate against having low BS levels, with being a type 2 i usually was not symptomatic or at least i didnt think so until recentlY ( landing myself in a fastfood parking lot just sitting there for awhile until i realized i may be having problems) but I believe finding out why you are running low is important, because you may have this problem while driving also.. not good.. having snack in between meals ( dont have to be unhealthy either) and making sure you eat a snack when you are finished with exercising, I have to eat a snack prior to bed, my husband who is a type one has to be very careful on his snacks, he has plummetted to a 16, and i had to have an ambulance come :(, so my advice is take it seriously

kaiya2465 2012-08-07 07:39:14 -0500 Report

I talked with the Dr. yesterday & told him that my levels were getting down in the 50s-60s, & he told me that is fine & not to worry being there. Not sure if that is good advice or not…

Jccandals 2012-08-08 05:41:59 -0500 Report

I generally do not feel well when I am in my 50's or 60's, my symptoms show immediately, whereas my husband who is also diabetic, will not show symptoms mostly until he is alot lower. It depends on the person, their health, body changes and other factors. I personally don't advise messing with the numbers. I have been told by both my husband's doctor and mine, he is type one and I am type 2, that normal levels are between 70-160 or 150 but anything higher needs consideration ( perhaps a glass of water to bring levels down) but there are people who can tell their blood sugars are lowering even at 80, I suggest playing it safe and keeping it within those numbers, my husband use to believe this too, but he hated the way he felt when he was higher, so he liked it low, i am the opposite i hate feeling low so i tend to like mine higher

jayabee52 2012-08-07 11:38:18 -0500 Report

IMHO it is not the best advice as one could have a tendency to go hypoglycemic quite quickly and could go into a hypo coma without any warning.

Jccandals 2012-08-08 05:44:49 -0500 Report

dont know if thats the same as a seizure but you can have seizures also and they are hard on your body and brain

dietcherry 2012-08-07 20:13:43 -0500 Report

Here are the symptoms of DKA. You will need to seek immediate medical attentiion if you are experiencing them. I believe there is an over-the-counter kit available to diagnose DKA although honestly you will feel so bad that you will KNOW something is wrong!!!
Diabetic Ketoacidosis Symptoms
Symptoms of ketoacidosis usually progress relatively slowly. But since diabetic ketoacidosis can be a life-threatening condition, it is important to seek medical help immediately if you experience any of its symptoms. These include:
Excessive thirst
Dry mouth
Frequent urination
Elevated blood glucose levels
Elevated ketones in the urine
Persistent fatigue
Skin that is dry or flushed
Nausea or vomiting
Pain in your abdomen
Shortness of breath
A fruity smell to your breath (the result of elevated ketone levels)
Inability to concentrate
Confused state

dietcherry 2012-08-08 20:19:04 -0500 Report

Im almost positive that there are tests available over-the counter to check for ketones in your urine. Call or stop by a Pharmacy and they can advise you. I just inject a bit more insulin if my BG is getting close to 250 or so; this rarely happens unless Im sick and/or stressed beyond belief.
I had DKA when I was 17 and it sent me to the hospital for 3 days; I also began to have it once when I had the flu. I became severely dehydrated from throwing up and couldnt even keep water down (a vicious cycle) and had to go the ER to get fluids. Dehydration KILLS and diabetics are susceptible to it.

kaiya2465 2012-08-08 20:37:03 -0500 Report

Dietcherry: Thank you so much for the info. I am known to be dehydrated alot which I should pay better attention to.

dietcherry 2012-08-08 21:36:04 -0500 Report

Youre welcome kaiya; even a little dehydration can cause fatigue, fuzzy-thinking, and other symptoms that we might attribute to being caused by something else. I buy the gallon jugs of spring water at Walmart for .88 cents and use it as much as possible in place of tap water because of the flouride they add to the water supply in my municipality. Flouride can compromise your bodies ability to keep your thyroid levels in the healthy range. But thats a whole other Discussion! lol

Lizardfan 2012-08-01 18:50:45 -0500 Report

Have you changed your work out routine or exercise plan in any way recently? For me walking on the treadmill does nothing to my blood sugar the day I do it, the next day I will get a low if I am not real careful! So, I do have delayed glucose releasing from my system, perhaps that could be your issue too. I do not like to have my fastings below 85, that is just my personal range, otherwise I am fearful of waking up low, and I don't want to start my day with that! Are you symptomatic when your numbers are in the 50-60 range?

kaiya2465 2012-08-02 08:31:32 -0500 Report

Lizardfan: I have not changed my 3 mile a day walk yet, although if I find out today I need surgery on my knee I will have to. I have started to watch everything I eat though, & am very picky on portion sizes. Maybe that is my problem I am trying to eat at least 1200 calories a day. Also am trying to get into see the Health nurse here, she said she is willing to help me on the right foods to keep me level w/o the lows every morning.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-01 05:59:02 -0500 Report

Your numbers are great, but like Nick said there is such a thing as lows and if you haven't experienced them then you're lucky. I've had lows like 26 or 35, scary! Do eat your snack before bedtime, my Dr, doesn't like me to get too low my #s are usually in the 80s to 90s, I am very hypoglycemic, and since I am insulin sensitive I have to be very careful when I go to bed I have to be at least @ 125 to avoid bad lows! This sometimes gives me a fasting BG of 100 or a bit higher which I don't like, but like I said for me lows are scary!

kaiya2465 2012-08-01 07:29:31 -0500 Report

Set apart: I see the dr. again on the 8th & will ask about lows again to see if I get anything out of him. I have been hypoglycemic all my life, but never knew that it was dangerous until I was diagnosed with pre-d. Guess the drs back then didn't know or didn't really care.


Jccandals 2012-08-06 04:12:28 -0500 Report

I was hypoglycemic also as a child before finding out I was prediabetic, then went to gestational, then later was termed as diabetic, and now my diabetic symptoms have become more noticeable.. I think doctors are now connecting the dots that hypoglycemia at childhood might be a precursor to prediabetes, one doc told me, its a pulley that is malfunctioning, you can look at it like a pully belt that goes a round and round, as the pully belt gets more slashes, eventually it will break, well if your insulin cells or pancreas is not functioning correctly then eventually it will stop working right altogether, this helps me keep it all in perspective.

Nick1962 2012-07-30 18:37:23 -0500 Report

I went through a spell like that not too long ago. Doc said it was because I had a natural "swing" of spikes and lows. Can't say i believe that but it has leveled out some since then. Just make sure you eat something before bed so you're not going the whole night on empty. Keeping it in the 70's is admirable, good work! But keep in mind there is such a thing as too low.

kaiya2465 2012-07-30 19:06:59 -0500 Report

Hi Nick, what is really considered to low? Confused on that one.

Nick1962 2012-07-30 20:26:46 -0500 Report

I shouldn't make a general staement like that, my apologies. It really depends on the person. For me the 80's is just about right so if I miss a meal/snack, or get the morning liver dump I don't go out of "range".
At 70, if you have something that lowers you, it might be considered the dangerous or "hypo" range. So many things effect our BG and even with frequent testing we might not see the real pattern. I wouldn't worry now, but if this keeps up, like me you might have to tweak your plan.

runthe 2012-07-30 17:11:54 -0500 Report

I think that 50's and 60's are pretty low. Somethimes when I get at 70 or under which is not to often I feel nervous and shaky.

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