Low blood sugar

By Alexsmom3105 Latest Reply 2014-04-12 09:06:13 -0500
Started 2014-04-10 15:03:45 -0500

I was hoping that I might be able to get some ideas from everyone. I have low blood sugar a lot. I am trying to lose weight and I am not eating enough. So my question is, are there any snack ideas that I could have that would keep my blood sugar up that would be healthy for me at the same time?


9 replies

GabbyPA 2014-04-11 07:14:57 -0500 Report

Almonds, raw. Those have great benefits for you and can keep your levels happy. Just about 1/4 cup will do.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-11 00:56:54 -0500 Report

When my blood sugar drops I drink a glass of orange juice to get it back up. I also make a juice of 2 apples, 2 oranges, 2 stalks of celery, and 4 carrots in my juice machine. This brings my sugar level up and last long enough for me to take my daily walk. If I'm not at home I eat a glucose tablet which I keep with me at all times. I really like Jayabee and Glucerna's post on here, they both have some very good suggestions for solving the problem. I hope you find the answer that will work for you.

jayabee52 2014-04-10 23:02:34 -0500 Report

Howdy Alexismom
Just an idea, could you eat more protein? One of the things we are told once we have done the 15/15 thing to raise one's BG is to follow it up with something which digests slowly so the bottom doesn't drop out of the BG level again.

You are having lows just generally or more often do they correspond to days on which you work out.

Should the latter be true, it might be wise to eat protein prior to exercising. Here is what FitDay suggests: "Protein recommendations for endurance and strength-trained athletes range from 1.2 to 1.7 grams/kg body weight. This protein intake can generally be met through diet alone, without the use of protein or amino acid supplements" source ~ http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrit...

I pray your hypos go away and your BG levels remain stable.

James Baker.

Glucerna 2014-04-10 18:56:44 -0500 Report

Are you on any diabetes medications or insulin? If so, talk with your doctor about your goal to lose weight, and she can help you adjust your medication so that you don't go low. The trick for PWD who want to lose weight is figuring out how to eat less calories and exercise a bit more, all while maintaining good blood sugar control. Your doctor can give you some good suggestions. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Alexsmom3105 2014-04-10 19:23:44 -0500 Report

Thanks my big problem is I work out 3-5 days a week and so I am often hungry. I am doing weight watchers and so I run out of my points. And then I go crazy because I am so hungry and the cycle just continues.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-11 22:32:28 -0500 Report

I got off the weight watchers points plus plan. It does not give me enough points and I got so low I ended up in the ER. They have a diabetes program but I have not looked into that.

Alexsmom3105 2014-04-11 22:57:32 -0500 Report

Just Joyce, that is my biggest problem I am finding out that I don't get enough points. I am always going through my points every day. It's making me crazy. Do they really have a diabetic program?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-12 09:06:13 -0500 Report

It is in the material I was given. All you have to do is call them. I think what you should do is speak to a dietitian about exercise and diet.

If it is not working why continue doing it? I thought I could do it and ended up in the ER. I stopped doing Weight Watchers the minute the doctor told me that caused the problem.

Glucerna 2014-04-11 13:47:52 -0500 Report

You're right to think about how you can break the cycle of getting too hungry, because when that happens blood sugar drops and our body just wants food. Perhaps look at the timing of meals and snacks with exercise so that you bookend exercise with eating. For example, eat breakfast, exercise, morning snack. Also look at how you're putting together meals and snacks with the WW points to maximize the satisfaction and amount of food you can eat. ~Lynn @Glucerna

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