BS dropped after eating

By genniedevera Latest Reply 2012-10-21 22:39:56 -0500
Started 2012-10-14 14:12:50 -0500

Can someone please explain to me what I did wrong? Before breakfast my bs was 118, I ate an egg sandwich on wheat with sausage, also ate some carrots. 2 hours later, my bs was 93…

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kerr bear
kerr bear 2012-10-21 21:41:36 -0500 Report

I'm new here and I find that listening to what you all have to say well its better than reading some articles. I am glad I found this place. I was wanting to join a support group and find frends in my area that I could talk to but this is pretty good too just being on the computer chillin at home. I think I might have an inner ear infection so I am going to try to get in to see my doctor. I do have a question though. Does anyone else have a doctor that thinks they don't need to test their BS at home daily? I don't get it why mine does. There are times when I feel like I should be testing in case I am getting low, like lately when I am getting dizzy spells. Not sure if its the inner ear thing or my diabetes. Anyone have any comments about this??? I'm all ears.

genniedevera 2012-10-21 22:24:28 -0500 Report

Welcome Kerr!! You will learn A LOT here! I'm fairly new also, diagnosed 5 months ago… and to answer ur question, yes my dr said that too… if I listened to her, I wouldn't know about my low issues… there was a time I was checking probably 8 times a day… to learn about the food or meal I just ate and whenever I felt off or weird…I've posted a lot of questions re lows…also vertigo… I do get dizzy too…are you type 2? Anyway, just post ur questions… everyone here is amazing!

kerr bear
kerr bear 2012-10-21 22:39:56 -0500 Report

Yes I am type 2. I found out in january and it was a shock. I'm still trying to figure out whats ok to eat and how much to eat and i still get low. I don't feel like my doctor is really paying attention to what I am saying. But… thanks for everything and I love being able to talik to others with diabetes. Thanks

Young1s 2012-10-20 21:38:47 -0500 Report

I would love to go from 118 to 93 after breakfast…lol. Given what you ate though, the eggs and the sausage were pure protein. The carrots could have driven your lvls up but the other foods stopped that. Carrots…good for the eyes, not for the BGs…lol

At any rate, a drop in BGs of ten points plus is not an issue unless you get into the 50-60s range. Consider it like your doing something right. Hooray for you!

momdoc 2012-10-20 14:00:17 -0500 Report

It is possible that your meter is not calibrated. If you take your reading 3 times in a row, usually there is a slight variation in the reading. I have had a swing as wide as 25 points before.

Sunflower71 2012-10-19 13:05:07 -0500 Report

I am on metformin which I take with breakfast and dinner. I have the same issue and my Diabetes Educator said that it was the medicine which caused this and it was OK. Just to watch and make sure it didn't go to low; if that happened it was a whole other ballgame.

jigsaw 2012-10-20 10:05:32 -0500 Report

Metformin alone will not normally cause a hypoglycemic reaction like the class of sulfonylureas medications that can. It works by causing an increase in sensitivity to insulin and allows your body to more efficiently utilize insulin. Sulfonylureas on the other hand cause the pancreas to release more insulin and this could cause a hypoglycemic reaction.
Here is a very informative link on diabetic meds:

Lai2 2012-10-18 18:19:53 -0500 Report

Two questions come to my mind. Has anyonce heard of glucose uptake resistance? We all know about insulin resistance but, does anyone know if we can also have glucose resistance? 2. Did you have a cocktail the night before? Sometimes that can get your liver kinda cranky.

Nick1962 2012-10-18 18:32:55 -0500 Report

Glucose "uptake resistance" is actually a result of insulin resistance. Insulin is the hormone that allows cells to take in glucose, amino acids and fatty acids. As long as insulin is present, either naturally, or by shot as in T1, glucose is absorbed.

Lai2 2012-10-19 12:51:04 -0500 Report

Yeah…I didn't think my questions would really cut it. BUT, I did think of another reason why this sort of reading could have occured. Has this ever happened to you? Sometimes I feel the start of a hypo event. Once -I tested about every 20 mins and found that at 83 I felt terrible. 20 min later I was at…50 something. Maybe that happened to this lady.

genniedevera 2012-10-19 21:03:20 -0500 Report

Hi Lai… no, this was the first… and I do feel the lows in the low 80s…it even scares me to walk around the mall for a long time…bec I do get dizzy when I walk around and shop…

Nick1962 2012-10-19 14:51:53 -0500 Report

Well, I think Gennie's thing here is that she's pretty newly diagnosed and has never seen a blood reaction like this before. When I was in my early stages I tested a lot to see what foods did what so those drops aren't suprising to me. They really happen all the time, and her numbers react just like they should.
I had to test often at first because I don't feel lows until I'm in the 40's. Before I got things figured out I could swing from 190 down to 45 in 4 hours.
You can see in one of my experiments here I dropped by half in 2 hours, that's if my meter can be believed.

genniedevera 2012-10-19 20:58:34 -0500 Report

Thanks Nick…and you're correct…I'm just trying to learn and understand it…like I've mentioned to Nana, I do suffer from vertigo…and I know 93 is not bad, but after being used to my BS spiking up after each meal, I didn't expect that drop after breakfast…and you know ever since I've joined this community my concerns have been the lows and dizziness…so yes, I got concerned that I might have done something wrong… God knows vertigo's no fun! Scares the hell out of me… thank you for all your help, Nick!

Nick1962 2012-10-20 16:09:54 -0500 Report

I can sympathize, I spent years with a sinus issue that affected my inner ear. i could turn my head just the wrong way and get light headed and dizzy. Getting diagnosed only made matters worse. Didn't know if I was low or what, so i was testing all the time.
I had the sinus surgery, and now that I'm on a pretty routine meal plan, my numbers don't get out of whack like they used to. Your will even out also. Now if we could do something about that vertigo…

genniedevera 2012-10-20 19:38:56 -0500 Report

That's exactly where I'm at right now, the not knowing if it's low bs or what. I hate it! I'm scared to be out there for a long period of time, which happened today at the mall… :-( …

Nick1962 2012-10-21 16:43:05 -0500 Report

I’m an analytical kind of person. We sure don’t want you missing out on life in any way, so let’s analyze that, because I think you might be letting your brain get in the way a little bit.
I can think of only three reasons why you’d go dangerously low.
First, you’d be a T1 and have no pancreatic function/liver function or are insulin resistant. We know that’s not the case because you had an almost textbook reaction to your breakfast. So that’s out.
Second, you’re a brittle diabetic, but since you haven’t said anything about crazy highs or lows, I think we can rule that out also.
Third, and most likely, like me your pancreas/liver aren’t quite in sync due to a roller coaster of eating. Quite possible, but given your current health, if they are “off” it isn’t by much.
We know that if you eat too little, you will go low. We also know that both diabetic and non-diabetic folks have that automatic response called liver dump or dawn effect where your liver will produce a huge amount of glucose to keep the systems running. So the chance of you going uncontrollably low is slim because we know that system works in you or you’d have been hospitalized by now if it wasn’t.
I know you’re not reading this going “huh, that makes sense, I won’t worry about it anymore” so let’s try an experiment.
One sure way to keep you out of the low range and/or triggering a liver dump is to…….wait for it…, right? So how about say every two hours you just shove a handful of peanuts in your mouth, not many, just a quarter cup or so to give your body some fuel to work on. Maybe a small chunk of turkey jerky, heck even sugar free gum has 2 carbs in it, and all that stuff fits in your purse. It doesn’t even need to be low carb necessarily either. On pack of those vending machine cheez/crackers can last a whole day if you only chomp two at a time. As an added benefit, because you are curbing the hunger along the way, once you do sit down to a meal, you don’t eat as much and avoid those big jumps a big meal would cause.
By doing this, there is really no logical reason you should be crashing. I don’t like to eat and drive, so on my road days (which can be 12 hours sometimes) I can manage to keep my BG’s right around 80 just with beef jerky and cashews. Of course I eat a sausage egg and cheese muffin in the morning, and will pack a piece of fruit for the afternoon, but all in all, if I have a small salad with protein for dinner, Mr. Pancreas seems to be happy with that.
Every mall I’ve seen has a food court. No reason you couldn’t stop and split a hot dog or get some of those spiced nuts. Get out there, you’ll be OK.

genniedevera 2012-10-21 18:40:57 -0500 Report

Yeah, I thought of that too… Mind is a very powerful thing! But also, most of the time I forget to snack every two hours… Or sometimes when my number is a bit high two hours after a meal, I would skip the snack and wait for the next meal to lower my number before lunch… Especially when I know Or want to eat a big lunch… I guess that's wrong??? On days im not focused or paranoid about my bs, and eat, I feel much better… But a bit guilty later on and won't even check my number… Ahhhhhh…I have lots to learn …

Lai2 2012-10-21 17:35:46 -0500 Report

Hi to all-I've got a really wierd snack. One cheese stick and some baby spinach and flat leaf parsley or cilantro wrapped around the cheese stick. It's kinda tasty and full of the vits.

Nick1962 2012-10-21 17:49:11 -0500 Report

Ohh that sounds good, I love cilantro. I bet that would even be good heated in the oven like a mozzerella stick.
I do something similar with ham and cheese on a lettuce leaf.
Almost forgot, you're new around here right? Welcome to the party!

tabby9146 2012-10-20 19:54:19 -0500 Report

even nearly 4 yrs after my diagnosis, I still get nervous especially about going low never had had any major symptoms of being too high I never get too high with the numbers, but I tend to go low at times. last night we were at this fun place, we'd done a few things, had to eat an early supper to get there, an hour away from home, on time to get in line for tickets to this haunted forest, anywy, I knew while standing in that line nearly an hour, that it had been by that time, 3 hours since I'd eaten, and it was cold. I did not bring a warm enough jacket with me, and I"d always read that temps can affect BS too, fortunately hubby got me some popcorn and brought it back to me, that was the only semi healthy thing they had at the place. so whenever I am going somwhere that I have no idea how long i will be, I get nervous, I began to feel kind of weak, is why I asked him to get the popcorn, had he not, who knows, but I brought juice with me, kept it in the car just in case. there are some places where I do not want to bring a purse out with me, I wll leave it in the car where my meter always is, places where you are going to be out riding rides, and things ilke that, it just isn't the right thing to do, and in those type situations, I get nervous. I can't escape it, and I wish I could just not worry but it is always there in my mind. I don't know about the others, but it still bothers me not as much a 4 years ago, and like I said, only in certain situations. But it will get to you less as time goes on.

genniedevera 2012-10-20 20:17:46 -0500 Report

Thank you for sharing, Tabby… It's pretty stressful, debilitating … I was supposed to go out with my girlfriends tonight, I cancelled… They all know about my diabetes, I'm afraid ill get dizzy and ruin the night for them…

MoeGig 2012-10-16 18:08:57 -0500 Report

As a song goes…"Don't worry, be happy!" But stay involved and dedicated to maintaining control. Aim your blood sugar to be 80 to 180, and your A1c (the important measurement) will be in the 6's, which is perfect.

rosanoescudero 2012-10-16 01:38:34 -0500 Report

if that happen to me i would be very very happy…bless you gen.

Nana_anna 2012-10-16 14:05:37 -0500 Report

Me to, but understand why that would be a concern. Dropping to low, is just as scary as being to high.

genniedevera 2012-10-19 20:48:00 -0500 Report

Thank you, Nana… dropping low is a concern to me, because I do suffer from vertigo… I'm just trying to understand why it drops… after eating…

rosanoescudero 2012-10-17 01:45:38 -0500 Report

Yes, i guess ur right..its still essential to find out what happened and your doctor is
the only one who can explain it the episode. Thanks nana_anna.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-10-15 05:47:13 -0500 Report

Great numbers, nothing wrong with this like everyone else said! I eat protein all the time besides veggies! Some carbs, but very little unless I know I'm going to need an extra umph!

genniedevera 2012-10-15 22:10:58 -0500 Report

Thank you, Set apart… I've just been having so many issues with my health, I thought to myself, what's next?!? Ugh…

annesmith 2012-10-15 01:08:15 -0500 Report

Many time when I ate carrots , especially raw carrots in the morning, I dipped a lot lower than I thought I would. I think it's great your numbers are so good, but , I see what you were wondering. I usually rise extremely high after a medium sized meal or a large meal, but a few times, I dropped, and I was very surprised—after thinking about it, usually it was because I had over exercised before I ate, or some kind of different stress—different things on my mind—-carrots, though, they can be weird with the blood sugar I have found—-ANNE

genniedevera 2012-10-15 22:13:32 -0500 Report

Thank you, Anne… I've never seen my BS drop after eating… I didn't even do my exercise routine… but then I did walk around the store for an hour…maybe that's what helped?

annesmith 2012-10-16 00:52:07 -0500 Report

Yeah, walking around the store for an hour very well may be what dropped your sugar. If I walk around a store after eating, it seems to me I might drop temporarily, or have at different times. A store might also be hot, or warm, which could drop the blood sugar. ANNE

tabby9146 2012-10-14 18:36:00 -0500 Report

fantastic number, nothing wrong with that! there are many on here I am sure who would love that number 2 hours after eating. You are doing it right. nothing wrong with what you are.I agree too, higher protein than carbs!

Nick1962 2012-10-14 17:24:20 -0500 Report

I agree with jigsaw - higher protein than carbs, carbs get absorbed slower. If your body has it's choice, it will typically take protein over anything else. That's my typical weekend breakfast and I have the same results. You didn't da anything wrong, in fact you're doing it right.

genniedevera 2012-10-14 20:18:38 -0500 Report

Thanks, Nick! Whew! It honestly scared me… I thought… Now what?!?

Nick1962 2012-10-15 08:48:13 -0500 Report

No problem, really you’re doing just fine. Those numbers have to go down at some time as the food gets run through your bloodstream. You ate what your body needed and it responded correctly. I’d worry if the number went crazy high, or stayed high after 3 hours, or went really low after 3 hours. That means things aren’t working or what you ate didn’t agree with your condition. That may happen, but it’s a guide for you to learn what you can and can’t tolerate.

Lizardfan 2012-10-14 16:08:04 -0500 Report

I don't see a problem! Great numbers before and after, the closer you can get your numbers to react normally the better it is. Keep up the good work. What would you have preferred the numbers to be? Just curious?

JSJB 2012-10-14 15:46:45 -0500 Report

This morning I tested on my right hand and the reading was 140. Immediately tested again but on the left and got a 103. Make sure you are steralinzing the test site before using the lancet.

genniedevera 2012-10-14 14:39:06 -0500 Report

Hi Jigsaw…No meds this morning. I only take it at night… But isn't my number supposed to go up after eating?

jigsaw 2012-10-14 14:50:26 -0500 Report

Not necessarily. It also depends on how much you ate, the percentage and type of carbs ( simple carbs vs complex carbs ) the amount of protien, and fat. Protien and fat tend to slow the absorbtion of carbs. If you keep your portions small, then there is usually less carbs for your body to digest, and less chance of over loading your bg levels. Meds can have a long lasting effect also!

genniedevera 2012-10-14 15:17:05 -0500 Report

Hmmm…thanks… My after lunch number should be interesting… Just had a big lunch :-(

jigsaw 2012-10-14 16:45:50 -0500 Report

Sometimes it's just to hard to resist! I've given in to temptation on various occasions. I do my best to keep it to a minimum!

JSJB 2012-10-15 04:14:18 -0500 Report

We can't stop living because of this condition. I also give in to temptation but not that often. I love cheese steaks and pizza but I do not eat them often only on special occasions so I do not forget what they tast like. The only change is wheat rolls for the cheese steaks but I do not care for wheat pizza.

jigsaw 2012-10-15 14:01:00 -0500 Report

I believe you are correct! The key is a balance between staying healthy and enjoying life.

tabby9146 2012-10-14 18:44:05 -0500 Report

before going out to a holiday event where you know most of the food is not going to be things you need to eat a lot of, eat something healthy with fiber and protein before going, that is what I do often, and then I am not real hungry and not tempted to overeat on that bad stuff. sometimes I allow myself things too, and I probably eat more than I should around holidays, so dont beat yourself up over it, if you do but that, and drinking lots of water before, will help.

jigsaw 2012-10-14 14:35:46 -0500 Report

I'm not sure you did anything wrong. It all depends on whether you are on meds, when you took your meds, and if you exercised. All of these could cause a drop in blood glucose (bg). In either case, 118 and 93 are pretty good bg readings!!!

JSJB 2012-10-15 04:16:55 -0500 Report

Compared to what other people get, they are great but it is hard work to keep they in that range.