Low blood sugar

By 21Rose'syearsT1 Latest Reply 2014-01-18 09:33:28 -0600
Started 2013-12-17 02:23:37 -0600

Hey my blood sugar is 57. I had a salad earlier. I don't know why I'm feeling so low. I only took 4 unit of humalog.

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Dr John
Dr John 2014-01-18 09:33:28 -0600 Report

You really, really need to talk to your doctor or diabetes educator. You know nothing of how to control your blood glucose.

tabby9146 2013-12-19 07:39:10 -0600 Report

not just chicken, but adding beans to a salad is good, I like edamame.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 09:49:17 -0600 Report

My neighbor is a Certified Nutritionist and another neighbor completed her doctorate in Nutrition and something else. They both told me that salads alone are not good for diabetics. Even my doctor told me that. My neighbor does my diet for me. She took salads out of it for the first six months of my diagnosis because I was eating a lot of them and all I was doing was eating water. When she put them back she told me what to put in them to make them a meal. I now make salads with field greens, spinach, egg, cheese and grilled chicken, turkey or ham.

I just read somewhere that Edamame, Soy beans, tofu and something else wasn't good for you. If I find the article again I will let you know.

denipink57 2013-12-24 00:52:11 -0600 Report

anything made of soy causes inflammation. we don't need that.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-24 08:59:59 -0600 Report

I read that soy is the worse thing in the world to eat. It also causes hormone imbalance in menapausal women. People jump on everything fad without fully understanding it.

tabby9146 2013-12-20 11:58:05 -0600 Report

if you can find that article, I would love to read it. I love the taste of them and evrything I read about them was very positive. I like chick peas too in a salad, when I go places that have them, or when I have salads at home, and you are so right about the eggs and cheese too low fat cheese I don't alwys do, but I try!! But I found early on, a few yrs go with me too, salads did not keep me full long and I had to have several sources of protein with them so I would not go low. one time, I had a salad at Ruby Tuesday's, I'd had breakfast that morning, lunch was at the regular time and I got this big salad, and I put some edamame in it, cheese, lite ranch dressing,some vinegar dressing also, on parts of it as I wanted to try that, all kinds of veggies and ate one of their small biscuits. Well, about a half hour afterward, or 45 mins. or so after eating, I was in a store, and I felt "low" and I thought what?? no way, so I went to the restroom and checked and my BS was around 70, which for me, I start to sometimes feel low at that. I thought about how I had added some vinegar based dressing to that salad!! vinegar is known to lower blood sugar and maybe I did not have "enough" protein at lunch, so from then on, I tried to be more careful. I got very light headed in the store.

tabby9146 2013-12-24 10:24:32 -0600 Report

yes, the very best thing is not to eat some diet that restricts important food groups. best to do fruits, veggies, proteins, like low fat dairy, beans, meat but watch the amount of red meat, things like that. portion control. Try to eat the least processed foods, which is hard for me, but improving all the time.

denipink57 2013-12-24 00:55:53 -0600 Report

i was eating autoimmune Paleo so very healthy. Paleo teaches to eliminate starches. i was taught by my dietician to eat a starch at every meal. since doing that my bs is in the zone,..no more Paleo. strictly diabetic diet all the way. i bought a good diabetic book with meal plans off of Amazon. i love my new book. i am learning so much and my bs is much better now. i feel so much better.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-24 08:58:55 -0600 Report

The body needs starch and salt to keep you balanced. This is why I won't deal with the Paleo diet.

A found out from a friend who has heart problems that her cadiologist told her she needed to eat iodized salt at leas once or twice a week. She was using sea salt or kosher salt. My sisters cardiologist told her the same thing. Even diabetics need some form of starch.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-20 13:10:53 -0600 Report

I don't do salad as a meal. It is a waste of time because I am hungry an hour or two later. Salads can also be very high in calories and salt because of the cheses and the fake bacon bits. (I have no idea what those things are made out of). I will look for that article and send it to you.

dagger1234 2013-12-17 14:59:14 -0600 Report

Ive been scared of eating carbs because my tests are usually past by 100's. When I don't they stay under or very low but I feel shaky. It's so hard to understand what I can't eat and when I see the results after I consumed carbs, I just stick to a salad and usually just add baccos for the only carbs and then 2 hours after testing, I'm left hungry, shaky and confused.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-17 10:50:02 -0600 Report

You are low because you didn't eat enough food. If your salad consisted of lettuce and carrots, as kejo said, you basically had water. Next time have the salad but add grilled chicken with it.

21Rose'syearsT1 2013-12-17 11:01:18 -0600 Report

2 Ozs of chicken should do the trick

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-17 11:20:24 -0600 Report

Since my blood sugar is under control, I stopped looking at ounces of protiens and veggies. I eat as much as I want.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-17 11:33:36 -0600 Report

I have one also. However, I use portion control and don't bother to weigh food any longer. I can eat at a buffet and still come out without suffering from highs and lows because I now know what will cause a spike and I know that if I don't eat the right amount, I will have a low. I prefer to live life and enjoy it than make being diabetic the focal point of my life and I find I am having so much fun. I have diabetes, it does not have me.

GabbyPA 2013-12-17 09:17:02 -0600 Report

What you might want to do is add some protein and even a little carb to the salad to help it keep you going longer. Just lettuce and carrots as Kejo says is just water and about 5g of carb.

21Rose'syearsT1 2013-12-17 03:35:42 -0600 Report

4 ozs of Lettuce and 2 oz of carrots

kejo 2013-12-17 04:15:09 -0600 Report

Lettuce is basically water ( iceberg lettuce ) and carrot have carbs but I doubt much. Did you have dressing ?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-17 10:51:49 -0600 Report

I will not eat a salad made with iceberg lettuce. It has no food value and is harder for the body to digets. I usually go with field greens or fresh spinach with chicken or tuna salad. Filling and delicious.

kejo 2013-12-17 03:34:39 -0600 Report

Depending on the salad… There's hardly any carbs in salads.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-17 10:52:51 -0600 Report

That can depend on what is in the salad. They can be high in carbs, calories and salt depending on who makes it and the kind of dressing used.