By Cardtn Latest Reply 2013-03-26 22:31:36 -0500
Started 2013-03-26 17:56:47 -0500

Hi everybody! Need some advice… Im trying to be careful what I eat with my heart, but I tested this morning and it was 79. I decided to check myself after breakfast 1 1/2 to 2 hours after and it said 81! What should I do?

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Cardtn 2013-03-26 18:55:49 -0500 Report

I get scared! Im newly diagnosed and I still confused and I have so many questions. Thanks for your comment! I feel like this forum has been able to put my mind at ease!

jayabee52 2013-03-26 19:16:48 -0500 Report

Howdy Card
Anywhere from a low of 70 mg/dl and up to 130 mg/dl is an acceptable range for a person with diabetes (PWD) If you go lower than that you need to bring it back up to the "normal" range.

The best way to bring it up to normal is to follow the 15/15 rule: I5 grams of FAST acting carbs (like sugar), wait 15 minutes and take the BG level again. If there is too little change, then repeat the 15/15 rule until the BG levels come up to the normal range. If you have to repeat it more than 3 times, then you should be headed to the ER to get checked out. Following the 15/15 rule keeps one from getting on the BG roller coaster. My late wife got lows frequently and she ate ravenously and had wild ups and downs with her BG readings.


Gwen214 2013-03-26 21:23:51 -0500 Report

You may want to ask your doc what normal range for you. 70 is low for me. I go by 80 - 130. I start feeling my low reactions any number below 80. And start feeling headache, sleepy highs at 140.

jayabee52 2013-03-26 22:31:36 -0500 Report

Of course low numbers do vary from person to person, I was giving a general guideline as to when to be concerned about one's numbers.

My 2nd wife sometimes felt low when she was over 150 and coming down from 300+ But once she got past that she was OK at 80 - 120 mg/dl.

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