By TLCinTexas Latest Reply 2008-11-28 17:01:50 -0600
Started 2008-11-25 22:04:01 -0600

My doctor finds that my blood sugar bottoms out and then sometimes he checks it it is too high, he said this would lead to type 2 diabetes as it progresses. Has this happened to any of you guys. New to the group

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Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-11-28 17:01:50 -0600 Report

I would think that if your blood glucose is EVER "too high" (higher than the nondiabetic under the same circumstances), then you are diabetic. The fact that your blood sugars don't ALWAYS run high suggests that you ARE type 2. Of course, I'm NOT a doctor, but if that's happening and your doctor has not definitely said you're diabetic, I would get a second opinion.

2008-11-26 10:10:05 -0600 Report

TLC, I have had this issue since I was 6 years old. I was checked for Diabetes as a child and didn't have Type 1 but I continued with the low blood sugar on and off all my life. kd is correct that it appears to be a miscommunication between the liver and pancreas. I have now been diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2 7 years ago. I am 51 years old so I've been dealing with this for 45 years. I was told by many diabetes nurses and several doctors that it is sometimes looked at as a sign of diabetes. My current doctor has a different view and says it may be a hypersensitivity to adrenalin although it causes the same symptoms of low blood sugar. We are testing that now so stay tuned. Regardless of which viewpoint you believe the treatment for it is the same. Small frequent meals, protein and carbohydrates combined (some examples - 1/2 of a turkey sandwich on 100% whole grain bread, a small apple and a piece of string cheese, Whole grain crackers with peanut butter etc… ) The protein helps sustain the sugar but not put it over the top. If you would like to chat about it, I have a lifetime of stories to share and also current ones as it still happens to me when I exercise sometimes.


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-26 09:01:59 -0600 Report

This is what my dietitian told me:
* know the symtoms of low blood sugar
1. Sweating
2, Rapid heart rate
3. Dizzy
4. Headache
5. Trembling
6. Hunger
7. Blurred Vision
8. Irritable
If you think you have a low blood sugar or feel sick, tesat your blood sugar right away.
If your blood sugar is below 70, here is what to do:
1. Take 15 grams of carbohydrate right away.
2. Rest for 15 minutes
3. Test again- if still below 70, have another 15 gram snack. Fifteen grams of carbohydrates will raise your blood sugar about 30 mg/dl to 40 mg/dl in 10 to 15 minutes…Debe

kdroberts 2008-11-26 09:54:55 -0600 Report

This is decent general advice for diabetics when they get low blood sugar. However, it doesn't sound like the OP is a diabetic but rather has a chronic problem with hypoglycemia which is not that uncommon. People who have the condition are not technically diabetic, don't usually have a glucose meter, often don't know about it and generally don't dip that low.

If I understand it right the pancreas doesn't shut off correctly and produces insulin when it's not needed which drives blood sugar lower than it should at which point the liver panics, shuts off the pancreas, releases too much glucose and shoots blood sugar up then the cycle continues.

For people without diabetes it's very, very common to have blood sugar in the 60s which is perfectly OK so the low would be lower than that. Depending on who you ask the definition of low blood sugar is often under 60, not under 70. More often than not for diabetics they consider under 70 low, but some doctors still use 60.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-26 10:05:54 -0600 Report

I do believe your right. This information from my dietitan could be at least 5 years old and really needs updated. But reading the info you contributed I agree 100% with it. Thanks …Debe

kdroberts 2008-11-26 08:36:53 -0600 Report

I don't know if that happened to me but it's starting to be said that that is the very early indicators of diabetes and some people have called for it to be counted as diabetes. I think it's based around a communication problem between your liver and your pancreas but don't quote me on that. It still seems a lot of doctors don't give enough attention to this situation when with some diet modification it can be managed and at the very least delay the onset of a full diabetes diagnosis if not prevent it completely. I believe that multiple, 6 or more, small, lower carb meals per day is the current method of choice for managing it. That way you keep your blood sugar from dipping too low and prevent it from going too high.