Rapid blood sugar drops/dumps

By mooreigit Latest Reply 2013-10-23 08:53:51 -0500
Started 2013-10-20 22:43:08 -0500

My wife has diabetes and experiences drops in her blood sugar level that can be rapid. It can happen after she exercises, eats or even is just sitting. It use to be at the same time a day but it happen at unpredictable. I have the supplies needed to bring it back into a healthy range.

I have had a long road ahead in finding out and understanding what in the body's function causes the sugar in the blood to drop. It seems like a simple question but so far no matter who I ask no has an answer, no matter what their specialty of training is. I couldn't even get answer from her Endocrinologist but no luck there. I'm not going to give up though. I can't believe that all that is known of the functioning of the physical body that this would not be known. Is the liver filtering the sugar out of the blood, is it the pancreas, the intestine, what. what is removing the sugar from the blood and why. What is the trigger that causes this action. Saying it is diabetes is not a complete answer. Does the disease cause an enzyme to trigger the organ to remove/dump the sugar out of the blood. Is there multiple causes? If so, what are they? To me it seem like a straight forward and simple question, but no one as been able to describe how and what is happen inside the body when the sugar is removed/dumped from the blood. Why is it so rapid?

Can you help me find an answer or at least get me in touch with someone who can help me

4 replies

Hops 2013-10-23 08:53:51 -0500 Report

One other thought. As a diabetic it helps prevent sudden BG drops by having protein and fat in the diet. If your wife eats only basic simple carbs as her meal then her BG will shoot up only to crash as her medication continues to proceed through her body. I eat a half cup of yogurt as part of my breakfast to stretch out the impact my fresh fruit and a half cup of granola has on my blood sugar. Scrambled or poached eggs are a helpful breakfast protein. Best wishes and find a doctor who has the time to at least get your wife together with a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Hops 2013-10-23 08:45:28 -0500 Report

Are you aware of Hypoglycemia Unawareness? Over time as your wife has low blood sugars her body loses many if not all the symptoms that she was familiar with when she started out managing her diabetes. Her doctor and endo will help. How many times a day does your wife test her blood sugar? Ten times a day is ideal for me as a Type 1 diagnosed as child. Six BG tests a day one before each meal and one two hours after each meal really help as a guide for how your wife's body is metabolizing her food and diabetes medication.

When your wife knows she will be exercising she needs to have a snack that includes carbohydrates and protein. An 8 ounce glass of 2% milk is a good start. Ten Peanut M&M's has only 15 grams of carbohydrates that are low glycemic because of the peanuts in the M&M's. When I walk for 30 minutes my BG will go up and fall 30 minutes after the walk. So I start with 5 Sweet Tarts and 5 Peanut M&M's to get 17.5 grams of carbs to cover my walk.

If your wife has successfully managed her diet and is losing weight eating fewer carbs and more fresh green vegetables and fresh fruit it is likely her body requires much less diabetic medication either insulin or Metformin. This is a concern your doctor ought to inform you about.

You are on a long journey. Every day is a learning experience. In my case I know my diet is much healthier and I exercise much more than before my diagnosis with diabetes. There is light at the end of the tunnel known as diabetes.

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