Feeling better with higher numbers?

By raquel75 Latest Reply 2014-11-18 15:11:25 -0600
Started 2013-04-08 20:39:39 -0500

I have been tracking my numbers and have realized I feel much better when my numbers are over 175.

For example, today I was feeling faint, sweaty, and very nauseous. I took my number and it was 129g
. I drank a juice box and felt much better (although not 100%). I tested again 30 min after drinking the juice and was at 169.

I am confused! My A1c recently came back reallllly high (11) but I never experience any feelings of high blood sugar that I know of. I just feel awful with the lower numbers.

Thanks for listening.

11 replies

Panda99 2014-11-18 15:11:25 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed (4 years ago) I had a really high A1c like your 11. Back then my Dr. told me that my body was used to those high #s and, I too, felt bad when we started to bring those #'s down. I still don't get any symptoms when my BG is getting high. But that is why we measure, and need to stay in the 70-140 range. I have been considered in control for almost two years now and my latest A1c was 5.4 It will take time, but you will feel different. Just keep trying your best and listen to your health team.

GabbyPA 2014-11-17 06:51:37 -0600 Report

Your body needs to adjust to the lower numbers. It has been used to the high numbers probably longer than you have been diagnosed. It takes some time, but you will start to feel better with the lower ones. I remember the first time I had a 98. I thought I was having a low. When I tested and it showed I was in a good range, I just stayed with it.

You don't want to treat a 129 as a low. If you feel bad though, keep your meter with you and take a moment to just relax. 140 is the goal on the high end of the spectrum, and your treatment pushed you over. If you have another time where you feel bad, test, if it's below 70 treat it. But if not, test again in 15 minutes to see if you are dropping. If it keeps going down, slow it down with some nuts or some protein. And then test again. If you can have another person with you while this is happening it would also be helpful. If it keeps dropping, then treat, but with caution.

Now, I can feel crappy when I get high numbers. Not long ago, I had a very stressful day, didn't eat, and after I did finally eat and was with a client, I started to feel sweaty and shaky. I thought I was having a low since I had not eaten most of the day. Nope, I was +300.

So once you get used to better numbers, your body will start to tell you when you are out of wack high or low.

RosalieM 2014-11-17 14:32:55 -0600 Report

Hi James,
That is helpful information. I think my body is really odd. It doesn't match anything I read. I have had diabĂȘtes for 25 years at least maybe more. On occasion my blood sugar is over 300. I don't feel any different than if it was 75. The only time I notice is if my blood sugar is below 65 or so. The only problem I have developed recently is tingling in my feet which went away after taking 1200mgs of Benefotiamine for 45 days.
The only way I can account for what I consider good luck is that I have been very active. I started paying attention to my health when John F Kennedy was president. The other thing is I never ate processed foods I wonder if that did it. If I could figure it out, it might help others. I do watch my diet. I eat like you, low carb.

raquel75 2013-04-12 16:57:24 -0500 Report

Thanks all. I guess I was hoping for a different answer…but I knew in the back of my head I would still have to work together them lower. I had am A1c of 7.1 before and know I can do it. It just sucks ;)

PetiePal 2013-04-11 09:15:05 -0500 Report

It's not always the number itself. Normal range for a non diabetic fasting is 100-125, (they even say it can go down to 90) When your sugar is DROPPING quickly that's really what is triggering these things. The rule of thumb is 2 hours after a meal you should be back down to around 160 or lower.

Some people find more frequent small meals to help avoid lows, and some find the 3 meals 2 snacks to work well as well.

jayabee52 2013-04-09 13:11:01 -0500 Report

Howdy Raquel and welcome!

When the body of a Person with diabetes (PWD) gets used to very high Blood Glucose (BG) numbers and those numbers start to come down toward normal the body is accustomed to the high numbers and will give what I call a "false low" feeling.

My late wife "Jem" was a PWD herself (as am I) but she had Lupis (SLE) and had to take cortisone shots or prednisone pills to combat when she had a "flare" of SLE. Either of those methods of control of that flare would skyrocket her BGs into the 300s or above. Then we had to work on bringing those numbers down. When the flare had passed and we could stop the pills, the numbers would start coming down, but it seemed like she would get the symptoms of a low in the middle of the night.

Sometimes I would be awakened to find Jem chowing down on high carb goodies in bed. I urged her to wake me when she felt like she was low, and once she did and I checked her BG levels and she was high 100s or low 200s.
On the basis of the meter reading I urged her to not eat the carb loaded foods but to fill her tummy with something to drink, or something full of protein. (since she was blind, that meant I had to get it for her) She stuck it out and the feeling passed, and she started to feel OK at more "normal" levels.

If you keep your BG levels over 140 for extended periods of time, the liklihood of complications increase greatly. I didn't pay attention to keeping my BG down for a long time, and I can tell you that the complications I now have are NOT any fun. I now have burning neuropathy of my legs and feet and tingling neuro from my elbows to fingertips (makes typing interesting!) I also have to undergo dialysis treatments due to my uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure. I have to go for 4 hrs a day 3 days a week (total time each treatment day is roughly 6 hrs with going there and coming home).

I urge you to please get your BG levels more close to normal. It will be worth it if you can avoid a lot of the complications which this disease can bring, but doesn't have to if it is controlled!

Praying for your improving health


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Set apart 2013-04-09 05:48:10 -0500 Report

This is because your body has already gotten used to running. I have a nephew T1 who when he runs in the normal range is like you will get really sick! Maybe in order to try to avoid complications and bring your A1c down you should slowly work towards the normal range, this way your body starts that adjustment period slowly and you just don't jump right into it. If I hit over 150, I don't feel well! I feel extremely tired and weak! Good luck with this!

GabbyPA 2013-04-09 20:34:24 -0500 Report

This is very true. I remember the first time I was below 100...OMG I thought I was going to fall on the floor. I tested and felt silly about it. My body was just used to higher numbers. The more your numbers fall into a better range, the more used to it you will get and then you will find that you start feeling crummy when your numbers are high.

Harlen 2013-04-08 21:59:37 -0500 Report

Yep I did too
Your bod is used to the high # but you will feel even better at 90 if you keep it in the good I know I did it just takes time.
Best wishes

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