Extreme swings in blood sugar levels.

denise coats
By denise coats Latest Reply 2012-10-16 08:20:26 -0500
Started 2012-10-15 23:11:23 -0500

Approximately 20 years ago I had a gastric bypass and Ive been very successful at keeping the weight off. However, now I'm experiencing a ton of post surgical problems caused by malabsorption. The main trouble is that I've been diagnosed as a brittle diabetic . My blood sugars get close to 300 during the day, then they drop to the 30's so fast that I faint. This happens at least once a week. My endocrinologist has a continuous glucose monitoring system implanted in my stomach to alert me of the highs and lows. I'm on proglycem (Diazoxide ) six times a day. So far I'm not on anything for the highs. Can anyone shed any light? I feel like I need to be on something to control the highs so it won't swing so dramatically. I know you understand what I mean when I say that I feel like I'm having to drag myself through a vat of molasses each day. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thank you in advance for your help.

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cherylwillard 2012-10-16 08:20:26 -0500 Report

Ladies, I understand the vat of molasses analogy. I'm fortunate to have easily controlled type 2, so when I do get above 200, I'm miserable. I can't IMAGINE what 300 or more must feel like, except to say worse by miles. What I would ask is how are your eating habits and what are you eating? If you're old school, and stick to 3 meals a day, with meat and potatoes, I would suggest changing that first. My doctor highly recommends diet as an assistant measure to controlling fluctuations. He told me to eat 5 or 6 small (300 calories or so) a day, and make sure as many as possible include fresh veggies and fruit, not processed. Also, keep the protein lean and as unprocessed as possible. Talk this over with a dietician, if you have one, or ask your doctor to recommend one. I know the size and content of my meals is critical to keeping from going too high. I wouldn't begin to suggest an exercise plan, you need the doctor to do that, but I know it helps for the highs. Given your propensity to drop dramatically, though, I don't know enough to help there. Good luck and God bless!

annesmith 2012-10-16 01:13:14 -0500 Report

Oh, my gosh, I am going through the same thing, only I never had surgery. I also was diagnosed as a brittle diabetic, 7 years ago. I have had slow acting insulin and then some other kind of insulin since then, but not everyday. My big problem is I had bleeding ulcers, which set me extremely low, down into the 50s, and then it took me forever to get my blood sugar back up. I have been anemic to different degrees over the last 7 years, and have fought to actually raise my A1c. My highs are 300-600, then, when I drop it's down into the 50s, 80s. I have found that eating crackers and regularly exercising at the same time every day helps some. However, I still battle the erratic changes in my blood sugar day after day after day. I guess I am not helping you, so sorry. I take it you are not on insulin, or are you? I believe I need in the very near future half a unit of insulin up to 1 to 3 shots a day, as, my vision is often spotty. However, not good to start insulin when my A1c is 5.9—I would not want to go unconscious if I dropped too low. What is weird is I recover from a low immediately. I have no problem to raise a low, but, my blood sugars dodge back and forth, everywhere, every waking minute of the day, so, I can't keep up with every little change in blood sugar. I have almost been admitted for ketoacidosis several times since 2010. Basically, the only thing that saved me from ketoacidosis was I would "starve" out some of it—I would skip a meal, or over exercise, but I found out this is not good to do that. Good luck, and sorry I did not have too many suggestions. Sincerely, ANNE

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