How Do You Know?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-11-05 12:51:45 -0600
Started 2012-08-22 16:02:54 -0500

Everyone has tell tell signs that signal something!

Without using your blood glucose meter, how do you know that your blood glucose numbers are running either high, or low?

For me, whenever the pressure in my eye builds up, they begin to water, itch and turn red, whenever that has happened in the past I have tested my blood and found that my numbers were running high.

Other than your meter, how can you tell?


51 replies

GabbyPA 2013-11-05 12:51:45 -0600 Report

By how often I am running to the bathroom. If my numbers are high, I visit the throne quite often. When I am low, I feel shaky and don't seem to feel like my normal self.

Stuart1966 2013-11-04 19:12:38 -0600 Report


Skin color
Pupils of the eyes
Mental equasions
Self perception… active self perception.
Hand shaking
Sweating with no obvious cause

A long, long list!

msann 2012-09-09 14:12:41 -0500 Report

i am with youall my problem now is i retired aug 31,2012 and i worked 2nd shift 3-pm to 11pm ,now i am trying to get on a normal scheduled ater 9 yrs, so i am being tired and sleepy but getting back to me excercise routine next week hope that helps me any suggestions to help me thanks

msann 2012-09-09 14:12:40 -0500 Report

i am with youall my problem now is i retired aug 31,2012 and i worked 2nd shift 3-pm to 11pm ,now i am trying to get on a normal scheduled ater 9 yrs, so i am being tired and sleepy but getting back to me excercise routine next week hope that helps me any suggestions to help me thanks

Set apart
Set apart 2012-09-09 07:17:53 -0500 Report

For me my jaws clench when I am not in the right numbers. Sometimes I think I know what's going on and then I check my BG and I am wrong, lows are easier to figure out than highs are. When am low I star to talk nonsense, unable to focus!

flipmom 2012-08-30 19:13:41 -0500 Report

I can only tell when I'm on lows… I start to feel shaky and feel famished, and sometimes drowsy…

annesmith 2012-08-25 02:28:11 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for sharing that. You just helped me tremendously with my high pressure in my eyes. Every month, about 10-11 days before my monthly cycle, the pressure in my eyes gets gigantic, and my blood sugars soar radically—they go from around 160-250 straight up into the 300s, 400s, and 500s. This has been going on for ages with me. I had childhood brittle diabetes, and am now 42 years old, and a brittle diabetic. I am now going to take more care to pay attention to my eyes, and get in to see an eye doctor and also a dentist. I am not very high income. I work 2 jobs, and after taxes I only clear $1400 a month—basically, it is almost a financial nightmare, not quite a nightmare, but it's very very stressful. Sincerely, Anne

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-08-24 19:39:36 -0500 Report

I have that happen when mine is high, plus a headache or thirsty. When low, I will either sweat on the back of my neck or back, or my arms get really hot. My head feels alittle off at times, ok more then usual. There are times that non of these happen and I just get that hunch something is not right, scarry. I do alot of bg checks, but things happen when using insulin no matter how well you try and stay on top of it.

annesmith 2012-08-25 02:33:04 -0500 Report

Yes, I have found recently that I will all of a sudden feel hot on my arms, and it's really weird. I suspect I am low when that happens. Thank you for your help. I am waking up more to this disease..I have never denied it, not at all, but it's just that I for years was practically an athlete, so I can see now where I have been saying to myself " It will all be alright, no matter what, because I have always been a dedicated exerciser, maybe not always perfect on my diet, but, it'll all be alright." I see—-I need to pay more attention. I am so thankful for this site, that words cannot explain. Tonight, for example, I prayed extra hard to God to help me see things more clearly in my life, and He answered my prayer. Sincerely, Anne

Nonna2Three 2012-08-24 17:59:17 -0500 Report

Before, and during the first few weeks following my dx I experienced extreme thirst, extreme blurred vision and excessive tiredness as a result of my BG being so high. But, during that same timeframe I also experienced many lows and with those I always start with nausea, move to sweats and a feeling of panic and then to weakness to the point that I sat in the floor while my husband got me something to eat.
I am happy to say that since getting my BG in control I have not experienced highs. As part of my learning about my Diabetes I learned that breakfast is more important than I ever actually realized (or was willing to acknowledge). Now that I have made it routine to eat within the first half hour of waking I am happy to say that I also no longer experience the lows as I once did.
I know this may not always be the case since it seems that Diabetes is more like a dynamic condition that will most likely progress and probably will not respond as well to my current lifestyle changes. But for now . . . it's all good.

annesmith 2012-08-25 02:37:13 -0500 Report

Yeah..since I started making darn sure I have something in me every morning before I leave the house, even if it's protein from the creamer in my coffee ( not a good example there ,sorry) , I rarely have severe lows. When I eat a whole breakfast, I go the entire day with zero lows—wow, what a difference. I'm glad to hear you also are having success with breakfast. Sincerely, Anne

herigoagain1 2012-08-24 12:05:19 -0500 Report

When my BS gets high I get dizzy and I feel as if I am going to pass out. My doctor told me not to drive at that point. I never have lows just highs.

annesmith 2012-08-25 02:41:04 -0500 Report

That is very interesting. Both of my parents are(were) diabetic, and my mom is always high, and my dad, like myself, was always brittle, both severe highs and some bad lows. When my BS is high, I feel a sense of elation, as if I am feeling super super super good—as in, TOO good, ha. I found out that is dangerous—so glad I found out, as, like I said, I feel extremely good when my blood sugar is high. When my blood sugar is low, my body does not handle it very well at all—I get very very shaky, and disoriented. It must be different for everybody, then. Sincerely, Anne

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-24 03:24:56 -0500 Report

Lows make me feel cold and I start trembling. If it drops fast I can go from happy to very depressed. Or sometimes a fast drop makes me shaky and sudden hunger
Highs seem to make me feel warm. As it drops I get shaky and sweaty.
Both can make me tired.

Debbiejf 2012-09-09 02:32:25 -0500 Report

talk about opposite reactions, when my bs is climbing I feel chilled to the bone and like an inferno at the same time-very uncomfortable :(. When my bs drops to 80 or below I feel sluggish, off balance and am almost blind…if I have some kind of print ( letter, newspaper) I cannot read it but I see letters floating! About a year and a half ago my syptoms have changed dramatically and almost flipflopped.

Armourer 2012-08-24 01:21:14 -0500 Report

For several years in the beginning, I had a wonderful alarm signal: my left arm would tingle, the lower by BG went the more tingling. Then I had surgery on the arm and the signal decreased a lot, but continued for several more years. Today, not as effective. Mostly when nearing 70 I get shaky in the legs, that increases and add shaky insides, problem concentrating, sweats, etc. The lower the numbers go the worse the effects. I have nothing with the high end.

CJ55 2012-08-23 23:03:02 -0500 Report

oh also, hot and sweaty is the biggie for lows. As for highs, my cheeks get very red and I get hot. Usually that is it for my highs. I have been running 500 to over (HI) 600 for 6 days from taking prednizone. My vision has been blurry which is new for me. Don't like that at all.

CJ55 2012-08-23 22:59:42 -0500 Report

I get shakey, nauseated, dizzy.. Then mine is low. Usually 70-80. That is my beginning point of my low. Normal for others. \U+127803

annesmith 2012-08-25 02:48:00 -0500 Report

My beginning point for low is 99…anything 99 and below and I feel really really bad. My beginning point for high is 200. I feel my best at 180. That is interesting. When I hit 500 , 600, and HI, keytones, I feel like I am WAY way way up in the clouds somewhere, and I feel as if I can do anything. When in a high, I feel a lot lot lot more strength, however, I have noticed over the last year, that I feel bad —real bad when that high, but I am much much much more numb to it. When in a low—without a doubt, I feel terrible, just awful. Sincerely, Anne

Debbiejf 2012-09-08 22:53:46 -0500 Report

hi anne :), symptoms are different for everyone for lows and highs…the most important thing for you to do is to get your bs under control! I was diagnosed when I was 28 (back in 1984) when there wasn't a lot of information readily available, nothing like there is now. For about 13 of those years I ignored it, then for 2 years I did the right stuff, after that I ignored it again for many years. I am 56 now and have diabetic neuropathy in my feet and numbness to a degree over all of my body. I can walk but don't have great balance, I used to have the same highs…no more :). It's only been in the last year I have really cracked down on my diabetes. With no support from my now ex-boyfriend of 9 years, I literally had to end the relationship because he wouldn't take my health issues seriously so SUPPORT IS IMPORTANT, he was constantly buying groceries I wasn't supposed to eat. I was finally able to buy my own foods and cut out everything sugary, all carbohydrates-ALL breads, rice, pasta etc. Sure it was very hard but I now have a strong hold on my bs's :). I am not able to exercise at all, this coming from not taking care of my diabetes. Please do what you have to do to get your blood sugar under control ♥

annesmith 2012-09-09 00:15:19 -0500 Report

Thank you. Yes, I find that I am very fortunate to be able to exercise 4-5 days a week, no problems doing that at all. Without that, I'd be miserable. I feel sorry for you, not being able to exercise. I will pray for you, and hope that maybe somehow, some way, you will be able to in the future or near future. I have lost 9lbs in the last year, with 41 lbs to go. The excess 50lbs I've carried over the last 10 years has been bad. My dad and I always used to run together—he's deceased now—died at age 73 of congestive heart failure. He was also a brittle diabetic like myself—same exact blood sugar patterns, etc. ANNE

Debbiejf 2012-09-09 02:12:26 -0500 Report

I meant to ask you, what do you mean by 'brittle' diabetic? I've never heard that term used before, and thank you for your prayers :). I had gained 50 lbs after starting on insulin but not just because of that-it was the feeling hungry that you get when taking insulin and then eating whatever to satiate the hunger :(. My inability to exercise comes from many problems but the complications I've been experiencing from the neglect of my diabetes have only made matters worse. I'm lucky if I can do laundry, only 1 or 2 loads at a time. My back problems keep me from walking any distance, can't even walk my dog :(!, and just the normal loss of muscle from aging doesn't help. I have managed to lose 19 lbs in the last 3 months by sticking to my strict rule of no carbs…a dietician told me I needed to in corportate carbs back into my diet, this only caused my bs to sky rocket, eating meat and veggies of all kinds works best for me :). I treat myself to an apple or banana a few times a week, and certain sugar-free goodies like jello/pudding but even there I have to be careful-anything 'no sugar added' is like eating regular sugary foods to me-shoots up my bs :(. Sure I miss that stuff but I like living a whole lot better :).

MAYS 2012-08-23 22:10:31 -0500 Report

My eyes swell up and the pressure within them becomes intense, also I visit the restroom frequently, and my body begans to feel rather warm.

genniedevera 2012-08-23 19:56:41 -0500 Report

Hmmmm…I'm still trying to figure out the highs… I've only felt lows, my head starts to feel tingly then comes the dizziness…but then again, my doctor said my dizziness was because of vertigo… I don't know…

ryan.worley 2012-08-24 08:25:03 -0500 Report

I don't deal a lot with low blood sugar. My wife and I are both out of control hyperglycemics. We struggle with keeping our blood sugar down.

genniedevera 2012-08-24 08:27:27 -0500 Report

I know both highs and lows are bad, but which is worse?

MAYS 2012-08-24 09:02:36 -0500 Report

Actually, they both are, Highs do more damage over a longer period of time, that damage occurs mainly to your organs, damaging them slowly:

Lows can starve your brain of the only food source that it can survive off of, "Glucose!"…The human body will do all that it can to prevent this form of starvation to the brain.

Knowing the "general" signs of "highs" and "lows" plus your personal signs is very important:

You have to try and maintain a "perfect" balance between the two, something that our body does automatically, except in the case of diabetics, who must do this manually by managing their blood glucose level daily with (or a combination of) medications, insulin, exercise, or food/nutrition management!


daydreamer630 2012-08-23 18:36:45 -0500 Report

When my bg is high I get extremely hyper and crazy thirsty(more so than usual). When its over 300 I usual get a stomach ache. Lows are different, if I'm busy I might not notice until I'm in the 50's but I feel like my chest is quivery and I feel really blah. When it gets below 50 I get loopy and I can hardly see because my vision gets wacky.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-23 18:14:23 -0500 Report

I get a headache when my blood sugar is high and my eyes feel like they are going to explode strange feeling. When it is low I get dizzy and light headed.

Lizardfan 2012-08-23 10:35:19 -0500 Report

I get a queasy feeling for no reason when I start into a low, sometimes I just feel *out there* and I will be low then too. No feelings at all when I am high tho!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-22 21:36:19 -0500 Report

Mays for me the highs make my jaw tighten up what an awful feeling.. Lows sometimes surprise me, wont feel them sometimes, until suddenly i know something is wrong and it needs to be fixed. Real bad lows for me cause the sweat and shakes and a feeling of desparation!

GabbyPA 2012-08-22 21:16:36 -0500 Report

I can tell by how often I am in the bathroom. When my numbers are high, I am in there every couple of hours. When I am in a better range, I feel more normal and can do more things without worry of where the bathroom is.

Harlen 2012-08-22 19:13:29 -0500 Report

When I grab that SOB that cut me off at the light and lift them up to slam them into the sidewalk I stop and think hummm is my BS high ?
For lows I start shaking and swetting but I dont get mean lol lol
Best wishes

annesmith 2012-08-25 02:58:46 -0500 Report

Ha, ha,ha!!!!! I have the opposite problem, and my dad had the same carbon copy problem that I do. If I am hungry and in a low, WATCH out—ha,ha—laughing at myself, here. No joke here, my dad and I had a reputation all our lives ( we both are diabetic—he is deceased now) —everybody in the house knew when we were hungry—we both got MEAN. I am not proud of it, but just being honest. With low blood sugar, I now force myself to go eat. I seriously cannot drive when in a low—-a police officer pulled me over one day about a year and a half ago. I had no idea I was swerving a lane—not funny at all. I rolled my window down when he got out of his squad car. He asked me how I was feeling. In short, I said " I feel okay, why?" He said " You were swerving in a lane. He saw my diabetic necklace and asked me if I needed an ambulance. I said " An ambulance? Oh, no..I really don't think I need an ambulance, but thank you. I will make sure that I pull into that parking lot nearby and go inside the church near the parking lot and eat something..again, I apologize." He let me go, but insisted on an ambulance. Ever since, I make darned sure I am not low when I drive. Anne

Harlen 2012-08-25 08:33:09 -0500 Report

Sorry for you loss
I test before I drive just to be on the safe side .
When we drive we take the lives of otheres to chance so being who and what I am I just cant take the risk of hurting somone from not doing what I can to keep us all safe.
Best wishes

MAYS 2012-08-22 19:22:20 -0500 Report

Harlen, "Thanks" for commenting.
I'll bet that they (SOB) won't cut you off again after that!
Is that a reaction because it is high, or is it the reason why it goes high?
I guess that the lows provide a kind of relief of sorts, huh?!

annesmith 2012-08-25 03:06:19 -0500 Report

I forgot that the blood sugar can SOAR when we get mad. On a note of good humor, one time I was in a severe severe low. I got into a terrible argument with a friend of mine. The argument escalated out of control. All at once, in the middle of the argument, my friend , who is also diabetic, said " Anne! Your blood sugar! I can tell you have had a sudden reaction—stop , and go take your blood sugar, immediately. I got even madder, thinking he was being a wise-cracker. I said " NO, I am not having a blood sugar reaction—you are just trying to evade my question." He said " No, I am SERIOUS! You don't look good at all..go take it." I took it, shaking terribly from our argument—he made me so darned mad—ha, ha. It was 588. Wow—not good. I retook it and it went even higher. The humorous part is, it was no longer low, that's for sure—-ha, ha. After it peaked out around 599, I felt a heck of a lot better—-I do realize that neither the low nor the high of 599 was healthy. Anne

Debbiejf 2012-09-09 02:23:02 -0500 Report

OMG, I never thought there was a correlation between emotions and bs levels! I know stress is almost a poison but anger?, that explains a LOT of things. For the time being I am living in a very stressful situation :(, but I really never knew that anger can cause high blood sugar…wow, I have been waiting to see a Endo dr for a long long time, appt isn't until the end of Oct :( and that was made in June!

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