Getting a low

By sugarbaby07 Latest Reply 2014-02-24 10:31:17 -0600
Started 2014-02-21 02:47:34 -0600

Is it possible for a type 2 to get a low on diet and exercise?

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tabby9146 2014-02-24 10:25:27 -0600 Report

I always wonderd that too and asked this same question a few yrs ago. I got mixed answers. I have come to the belief that what John says is right. In my own personal experience (type 2 normal weight now, low numbers never been 200 or more controlling by D&E) I have felt low at times, very few times, since late 2008 when I was diagnosed, I never had really high number, and for that first year or so, I chcked about 3 times per day, I checked when I woke up, and after two meals a day, other days, after all 3 meals, 2 hours after, like they told me. I never saw a really high number but then I exercised every single day and I watched what I ate. I have never seen my numbers go lower than 65. now, the last time I felt low, which was nearly 2 years ago now my meter read around 65 and I got light headed, very much so and I had to sit down. That feeling came and went and I chcked a second time, same reading, so I took 2-3 glucose tabs I had with me. After about 10 mins I felt fine and this was about 2 hours after eating a decent breakfast too. So I think at times, even in my case, when you never have high numbers, you can still go low and feel symptoms, but…not ever dangerously low. My first surgery after being diagnosed was back in June of last year. I was so nervous that it would make my BS go up real high for the first time, well it did not. I kept watch on it closer than usual for days. I asked my surgeon what he thought about someone in my situation, going too low, he did not think that could happen.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2014-02-21 12:41:18 -0600 Report

It's generally accepted by medical experts that without glucose-lowering medications, a type 2 diabetic has essentially zero chance of having a low blood sugar. Now that being said, with this crazy disease, pretty much anything is possible.

Have you been experiencing symptoms of low blood sugar? Have you tested your blood sugar when you're feeling low? If so, what have your readings been?

It has certainly been reported here that for some people with type 2, after their blood sugars have been running high for a long time, they have felt like they were experiencing a low when in fact they weren't low. They just had been high so long that their body had gotten used to that. Then when they dropped below 200 they started feeling low. But the good news is, that in short time, that feeling goes away.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-02-21 17:14:54 -0600 Report

WOW. My meter disagrees with the experts. No meds for me and I can still manage to go as low as 40.

jayabee52 2014-02-21 04:13:40 -0600 Report

Howdy Sugar
I really do not know for sure. I manage my Blood Glucose (BG) through my meal planning and not so much execercise. I have not yet, within these past 3 yrs I've been managing my T2 this way, ever had a hypo. I had one when on Met and I think once when I was injecting NPH insulin.

A hypo might be possible if one takes a medication which has a side effect of lowering a person's BG level, but that is hypothetical.because a T2's pancreas is producing just enough insulin to manage the disease through what is eaten.

Upon doing a Google search "Type 2 diet controlled hypoglycemia" produced this discussion as one of the results ~ From the answer given by Dr. Asqual Getaneh, it would seem that something out of the ordinary is happening in Kim's (the questioner's) body.

Dr Getaneh does mention one possible reason for a low which hadn't occurred to me, That would be consumption of certain types of alcohol can cause hypos.

So outside of alcohol or a mediction side effect, if everything else is OK and has not changed, it is not very likely for an eating controlled T2 will have a hypo. But that is only a guess on my part.

God's best to you and yours


tabby9146 2014-02-24 10:31:17 -0600 Report

that was a very interesting article. I have gone 5 years now managing well by D&E, after being on metformin about 3 months in the beginning, from Nov. 2008 - Feb. 2009 and lost 25 lbs of the weight by that time and was able to get off of it, and I did have some lows at that time, and I knw it was because of the metformin, once most of the weight was lost, and I continued to exercise a half hour daily, I just stopped them before my next doc appt. and the lows stopped and they were not numerous and it is hard to remember what the lowest numbers were but not very low , just felt really strange at times. This is quite an inspiration this woman going 15 years so far with D&E, I don't like it when people tell me it won't be many more years and I will be back on pills, most think around 7-8 yrs after diagnosis, but that is not true for everyone.

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