Lower than normal BG??

By Sherelle112 Latest Reply 2014-01-24 10:08:10 -0600
Started 2014-01-20 07:46:05 -0600

Good Morning DC Family!!

I quit smoking 2 weeks ago today! YAY ME!! I'm not sure if that's causing my lower blood sugars or not! For the past week every time I've tested it's been between 60-85. I know that's not dangerously low, but it's too low for me. I feel shaky and confused in the 60s. I haven't recently changed my eating habits… I'm still taking the same dosage of Metformin that I've been on the entire time.

For example I ate dinner last night at 6, but I worked til 11 & was starving when I got off!!! I went to Taco Bell and got 1 hard & 1 soft taco and this am my fasting BG was 78. Just freaks me out bc I don't normally eat that late … so how low would it have been otherwise?? Should I be concerned? Can I talk to my dr when I go next month or should I go sooner?

15 replies

Rebelove 2014-01-24 10:08:10 -0600 Report

Any change you make to your intake…be it food, chemicals, medications or otherwise…can cause changes in your BG levels. Its good that you recognize the confusion for what it is. The next step is finding out how to prevent it, and how to deal with it when it happens. It wouldn't hurt to put in a call to your doctor, even if its just to alert him of your numbers, and the effect they are having on you.. Concern shows awareness, and that's always a good thing. Oh, Congrats on quitting smoking…probably one of the best things you can do for yourself! :) Wish I could!

Bekah Nikole
Bekah Nikole 2014-01-20 14:56:27 -0600 Report

For one thing go out and by yourself a gift! The first two weeks are so hard cause it's just so easy to throw your hands up and give up. You didn't though, so get yourself a reward.

I went through something similar, I had stopped smoking, been eating right and had been more active. My numbers were good then other times just too low, I didn't like waking up in cold sweats or just feeling weird all of a sudden. I'd definatly give your doc a call and give the nurse a heads up to let them know what's going on. That sounds like the best thing to do, your doc might just have to adjust your meds now that the nicotine is out of your system.

Once I talked to my Endo she adjusted my meds and the cold sweats stopped. As well as the sevre dips in my numbers. Don't stop fighting for yourself, always better safe than sorry!!

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-20 10:45:49 -0600 Report

Congratulations! I smoked 43 years. That was one of the hardest things to do that I've ever done!

I'm not qualified to give you any advise, but you definitely need to talk with your doctor, even if it is just a call to him. Waiting for your appointment could be too long to wait. He may want you to come in earlier just to be safe.

I was reading up on one doctor, he tells his patients that if your blood sugar is from 80 to 110; that you may not need to take meds. Yours is running lower than that.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-20 10:30:00 -0600 Report

Congratulations on quitting smoking. You asked this question,"Can I talk to my dr when I go next month or should I go sooner?" Why wouldn't you talk to your doctor at any time you are having a problem? Your doctor knows you medical history. We don't. He/she is the person you go to when something with your health isn't right.

Risingsun611 2014-01-20 09:26:05 -0600 Report

Please talk to your doctor. Your meds dosage may need to be adjusted.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-20 10:32:16 -0600 Report

I agree with you 100%. The only person who can answer questions about your highs and lows is your doctor and if the doctor knows that you have quit smoking he or she can help you with the highs and lows as your body adjusts to your no longer smoking.

jigsaw 2014-01-20 09:15:22 -0600 Report

Quitting smoking is difficult and amazing, a great attribute! Congratulations!
I would definitely discuss your lows with your doctor. Also, I hope you take measures to increase your bg when you experience a low. Keep in mind that meters have a +/- 20% error margin, so you could be lower then you realize.
A quick token to your quitting smoking!

Sherelle112 2014-01-20 10:21:41 -0600 Report

It's hard!! I must admit that I'm using the fake cigarette thingy!! I don't smoke in my house.. Or at work so it was a little easier! And I hate the smell, lol I know I'm weird! But I got the fake one bc I was afraid of gaining weight back!! I've come too far to gain weight from quitting but that's another reason I'm thankful for diabetes! I already changed my eating habits so that's helped!! You can do this!!! I keep telling myself I want all my limbs and extremities when I'm 80!! ;)

jigsaw 2014-01-20 13:48:39 -0600 Report

I'm with you on that comment! I'm doing my best to keep all my parts attached as long as possible. As far as I'm concerned, and for the most part, what ever it takes to quit is worth it.

old biker
old biker 2014-01-20 08:35:10 -0600 Report

First let me congratulate for being cigarette free for the last two weeks. I wish I could say the same for me. I have tried stopping 3 times in the last 2 years. I was on chantix twice and currently taking wellbutin to stop smoking..Each time I stopped or cut back to 2 or 3 cigarettes a day my blood sugar numbers were noticeably lower after 2 weeks.. The numbers you are getting are a little low definitely talk to your doctor about it the next time you see him or you might want to give him a call…Good luck and have a great day

Glucerna 2014-01-20 18:10:02 -0600 Report

It's great that you're trying to stop smoking again Old Biker. Use the energy of the folks here to help you get through this. ~Lynn @Glucerna