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tracyMCS
By tracyMCS Latest Reply 2013-10-14 13:51:50 -0500
Started 2013-10-09 10:51:56 -0500

Hi everyone my name is Tracy Ive been a member since April but really haven't participated much ..but im changing that now. i hope everyone has had a great day so far..its beautiful here. i have a couple questions: i was diagnosed as type 2 in 07 and since then it seems like ive been fighting an uphill battle and not finding a lot of information, until i found this site that is… first question: what are the high and low symptoms of blood sugar? i never know what i need to look out for or what to do if i have high blood sugar at work or low blood sugar episodes. Thank you everyone who has answered my slightly crazy questions so far and have read my rants.. im loving this site and enjoying finding out i still love to cook and using the recipes listed on here(my mom doesnt know they are healthy) feel free to friend me since im unemployed right now i love to talk and willing to listen..thanks everyone


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tracyMCS
tracyMCS 2013-10-12 14:17:44 -0500 Report

ok so test if i get in doubt or feel weird and test..just basically test and keep track of what and when i eat…another question…if its to high how do i correct that?..i think my problem is it gets to high i dont think ive ever had a low..but again i havent tested when ive felt all those symptoms so i m not sure..but how do you correct a high?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-14 13:51:50 -0500 Report

Tracy, again highs can be different for each person. When I know I am high, I drink water and add apple cider vinegar to it. This works for me but might not work for you. Highs are the hardest for me to deal with because I get impatient waiting for it to go back down. Thankfully, I don't have them frequently. In fact it has been about 6 months since my last big one. I learned what will spike me.

The problem with a high is that you still have to eat something. I eat protiens and no carbs at all until I get back to my normal range. I will also walk up and down the block to help bring it down.

Yes you have to test, test, test and keep track of what you eat, the amount and the number of carbs. I have found a middle ground for carb consumption. I eat most of them during the day and something protien before bed. This has stopped a lot of my morning highs. You have to find out what works for you and you have to have patience because learning this takes time and trial and error. What works for one may not work for someone else.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-10-11 17:32:36 -0500 Report

The best thing you can do it keep your meter handy. That is the most accurate way to tell what is going on inside. I have felt low which is very shaky and I feel weak. Tested once, and it was a 98. Have tested another time and it was 49. So my meter is more helpful than my guessing.

Listen to your body and don't just put it off. Like with Nick, he has little warning and by then it's very low. When I had my last low, it came so fast and I was relaxing. I was tempted to just lay in bed, but my body said get up and get help.

Young1s
Young1s 2013-10-11 17:44:51 -0500 Report

This is so true, Gabby. My last low (of 55), I didn't even have any symptoms at all. If I had skipped that mid-morning test, I never would have known. Very scary to think about what might have happened had I not checked.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-10-14 13:19:09 -0500 Report

Yep, I know we hate testing. It's a literal pain, but it is the most accurate way we have. It's not perfect, but it's the best we have.

Young1s
Young1s 2013-10-11 15:00:12 -0500 Report

Hello there, Tracy. Glad you've decided to speak up more. This site would be nothing without willing participants.

I have two pieces of paper, given to me by my doctor, that I have taped to my wall next to my bed. One says Hyperglycemia (High Blood Glucose) and one says Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose). They have cute animated pictures on them to illustrate the particular symptoms.

The Hyperglycemia symptoms are listed as such: dry skin, frequent urination, hungry, blurry vision, slow healing wounds, thirsty and drowsy.

The Hypoglycemia symptoms are listed as such: shaky, fast heartbeat, sweating, irritable, weakness and fatigue, dizzy, anxious, hungry, headache, blurry vision.

As you can see, some of the symptoms are the same for both. And as I've come to understand, through talking to folks here and with my own experiences, the lists don't really matter because a type 2 can mimic the symptoms of a type 1 (and vice versa) depending on your levels. That's why I try to keep on alert for the signs for both types. Mostly though, when I'm too high, I get thirsty or really, really sleepy. And when I'm too low, I get dizzy or jittery. Also, when I get too high I experience blurry vision and when too low I get hungry, symptoms that apply to both types.

So, I guess it's just a matter of getting to know yourself in order to be aware of what's happening to you so you can react to it in a timely manner. Hope this helps.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-11 12:35:35 -0500 Report

HI Tracy, as Nick says it can be different for each of us. When I am low, I feel lightheaded and dizzy. When I am high, I have a headache and my eyes feel like they are about to pop out of my head and I get a warm to hot feeling. Thankfully I don't have either of these on a regular basis.

Take a meter to work that you can leave there with test strips and lancets. When in doubt, check your blood sugar and keep snacks that will help raise your blood sugar in your desk. I kept the mini chocolate candy bars, real hard candy in my desk all the time in a container. Good luck

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-10-09 12:43:41 -0500 Report

Welcome Tracy!
Highs and lows can be different for each of us. I suffer from hypo unawareness – I don’t feel my lows until they’re in the 40’s, and at that point it’s just like I could fall asleep standing where I am. My body gets very weak and cozy warm. I’ve had 2 episodes where I actually passed out (and was aware I would so I made it to a chair) and stayed out for a minute or so, then slowly “woke up” in a drenching sweat. Some folks don’t get that warning. I experienced highs even before I was dx’d (in 2007 also) and for me it was constant sweats, headaches and feeling flush. I’m sure others can add to this list.

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