Lows. Sigh.

By ChrissyRI Latest Reply 2012-08-27 00:44:07 -0500
Started 2012-08-18 19:45:49 -0500

What causes your sugar to go too low? I don't get this disease at all. I even ate a candy bar to raise it. Help! It is only 79 after eating. Was 61 before that. This disease is not going to be happy until it either kills me or drives me mental…

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annesmith 2012-08-27 00:44:07 -0500 Report

I fall very low when I drink too much stuff with acid in it, and I had not eaten a full meal before hand. If my belly does not have enough food in it, combined with high acid, I drop low and pay a price. I am normally blood sugar range 160-500 if I eat enough, but, if I skip a meal ( which I rarely do now), then drink black coffee, I'm in big trouble—glucose tabs don't raise me at all, unless I have protein , then the glucose tabs. I guess it is different for everybody. Anne

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Set apart 2012-08-19 07:28:12 -0500 Report

James taught me the rule of thumb as stated in his response below! This is what works I tend to run hypo and am very sensitive to insulin, so glucose tablets sad to say are everywhere in my car, purse, desk, and gel by my bed! Glucose tablets will raise your BG and then you do have to eat I like string cheese, peanut butter, tuna has a high mat of protein, keep boiled eggs peeled in the frig! These all work! Good luck I would advise you to have a good breakfast and lunch on your wedding day! Healthy protein with healthy carbs! Congratulations!

ChrissyRI 2012-08-19 06:20:03 -0500 Report

Well. My wedding is exactly a week away. Let's hope for better readings so im not sick or on the verge of passing out. Whenever this happens I get to thinking "why would someone want to marry ME, with all these issues going on?" Then I remember my own words "diabetes is a PART of me…it does NOT define who I am…"

genniedevera 2012-08-19 08:53:13 -0500 Report

Congratulations! Maybe wedding stress has a lot to do with your BS readings…I know this might be easier said than done, but try to relax and let everyone pamper you and do all the work for you…

genniedevera 2012-08-18 21:56:39 -0500 Report

Hi Chrissy… hope you're feeling better…that's happened to me before, I was at 62, ate 2 sticks of kitkat bar, my BS shot up to 118…

ChrissyRI 2012-08-18 22:06:16 -0500 Report

Thank you Gennie im trying. Hang in there yourself also. We can do this…somehow.

ChrissyRI 2012-08-18 22:04:56 -0500 Report

Mine after dinner only rose to a whooping 79. I tried m & m peanuts…rose to 94. Finely im up to 125 and guess why? This lower than usual reading will then make it high in the morning. Grrrrrr so tired of it. No Jay no one ever told me about the 15s…good to know.

genniedevera 2012-08-18 22:08:38 -0500 Report

I hear ya! I was just told I have type 2 diabetes and that was it…everything is trial and error with me…that's why I'm so glad I found this community! I'm learning everything from everyone here…

ChrissyRI 2012-08-19 06:21:44 -0500 Report

I love how they just diagnose you, maybe send you off to a nutritionist, but do not offer any answers… welcome to the wonderful world of medicine for profit…

genniedevera 2012-08-18 21:32:15 -0500 Report

How many glucose tabs or skittles so we news to take?

jayabee52 2012-08-18 22:12:35 -0500 Report

Each glucose tab has a specific number of carbs. You will find it on the tube, box or bag in which the tabs come. you would then add the numbers of grams to determine how many tabs you should take. Tabs usually are between 3 and 5 grams each, so you'll need to do the math.

If you choose the skittles you will need to look at the label (in advance) and do the math to determine how many skittles will = 15 grams.

jayabee52 2012-08-18 21:14:42 -0500 Report

Chrissy, do you know the "rule of 15s"? When you feel a low and confirm it with your meter, you eat 15 g of FAST acting carbs. ( because there is fat in the chocolate of the candy bar it is NOT a good choice to raise Blood Glucose {BG} very fast). You could use glucose tabs (which may be your best choice because it is a measured dose of glucose) or a sugary candy like Skittles or a glass of orange juice or even sweetened soda.

15 minutes after you ingest the glucose, take your BG again to see if you have raised enough. If not take another 15 grams and repeat the process. You can do that another two times and if you don't rise enough, then it is time to call the paramedics.

When you do get to your desired BG level, you then eat something with protein so that you don't go low very soon again.

Following the "rule of 15s" is a good way NOT to get on the BG roller coaster.

genniedevera 2012-08-18 23:32:41 -0500 Report

Hi Jay…what level should we start taking the tabs? The tabs I have has 4g carbs and 4g sugar

jayabee52 2012-08-19 04:17:40 -0500 Report

those 4g carbs = 4g sugar which is the active ingredient in the tabs,

The starting point with the tabs depends a lot on how you feel. Some people feel low symptoms below 80 mg/dl, others don't feel symptoms until they are in the 40 mg/dl range, (some who have "hypoglycemic unawareness" don't feel symptoms until it is too late and they collapse).

The rule of thumb is anything below 70 mg/dl may be considered "hypo".

The only time I have felt a low or symptoms of a hypo was when my BG level was 40. And that was before I was aware of the rule of 15s, so I drank a whole can of sugared soda.

genniedevera 2012-08-19 07:07:26 -0500 Report

I do feel a little bit off when I go below 80…enough to make me check my BS…I would usually eat a peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread…and I check again to make sure it has gone up and it has…so the tabs are just for going really low, correct? And ill take 2 of those… thank you for taking the time to help me/us with this…

jayabee52 2012-08-19 07:44:54 -0500 Report

You are correct there Gennie. The tabs are for when you go really low (below 70) If you need to bring your BG up just a bit, then the peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread is ideal!

genniedevera 2012-08-19 08:47:50 -0500 Report

What is the normal level of BS drop? I.e. I'm 160 after lunch then drop to 95 two hours after? I guess that's my biggest concern.. that I might be dropping fast every hour. Makes me want to overeat so I don't feel the lows, which really scares the beejeezuz out of me… how much should they be dropping every hour? Or I should ask how should i maintain the good # throughout the day? Sorry if I'm asking too many questions..

ChrissyRI 2012-08-19 07:10:05 -0500 Report

The only time I've used the tabs, true story, is if I am at a wedding or some other function and have had a drink or two. I never go over two drinks on the rare occasion that I drink alcohol… but when I do, it drops me. The tabs boosted me right back up, and I was fine. Other than that, my issue is usually hyperglycemia not hypoglycemia so lows aren't ever my area of diabetic expertise. Lol. Guess I better learn.

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