Treating Low Blood sugar episodes

By LadyLouAnn Latest Reply 2014-08-21 06:57:02 -0500
Started 2014-08-19 20:16:44 -0500

Today again I had a low blood sugar attack. I can't really think straight and I swear I can't hear properly either. It's not pretty and the urge to stuff my face becomes so strong. Anywho..I treat it but it takes me a couple of hours to feel normal again. My head still feels foggy and I'm totally drained. I just want to go to sleep.
We always hear how to treat Hypo episodes but no one has told me about how long it takes to feel normal again. I feel so tired and it's been an hour since I treated it.
This happens every time I have a hypo episode..I'm useless for 3 to 3 hours after.
Does anyone else experience this?
I am on 3 diabetic meds. 1 Bp med, 1 High Cholesterol med, and 1 anxiety med.

4 replies

GabbyPA 2014-08-21 06:57:02 -0500 Report

I think it depends on how low you go, how low IS low for you and what you use to come back.

For me, my first low was easy to treat and bounce back because it was not that the 70's I think. But the low I had a harder time feeling "normal" after was 45. That was very low for me because I usually run high. It took me a while to get into a safe range and it took most of the day for me to feel like I could move on.

Fear for me, was part of that mix. I didn't start having lows until I was put on insulin, and so didn't understand the fear of the low until I started having them. That is what keeps me from feeling "normal" more than anything else. Is it over? Is it going to happen again?

Glucerna 2014-08-20 16:18:08 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry to hear about the low blood sugar. Are you following the 15/15 guidelines that James mentioned? It's a good idea to talk with your physician/diabetes educator about this during your next visit. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-08-20 15:06:07 -0500 Report

Just to add to jayabee52's comment…make certain that when you are treating that low, you are treating it with a fast-acting carbohydrate (like glucose tablets or gel, or jelly beans or lifesavers or juice). You should avoid anything with fat in it (cake, candy bars etc) because the fat slows the absorption of the sugar and takes longer to work and bring your BG's back up to normal ranges. I generally start to feel my sugar levels getting back to normal after about 20 minutes…but it's hard to stop treating myself until then.

jayabee52 2014-08-20 03:57:35 -0500 Report

Howdy LouAnn
You, of course, know the 15/15 rule of correcting hypos (but for those of you who don't read this ~ )

As far as how long it takes to feel "normal" again, I believe that to be highly individual between person and person and perhaps even from episode to episode. I don't think any one can tell you definitively how long it takes to feel normal again.

God's best to you


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