How low is too low???

Jibber Jabber
By Jibber Jabber Latest Reply 2015-01-10 08:37:41 -0600
Started 2015-01-06 20:14:41 -0600

After 3 mos of beating my numbers back…and being very successful at it..I find myself slightly concerned…just slightly…thank goodness I have my DC friends to answer questions for me (smile)…I ate dinner, as usual at 6pm..had a green salad with dressing (mostly extra virgin olive oil and spices), 1/3 cup fresh carrots and a 6 oz burger…(yes I measure)…I tested by glucose levels at 8, like a good little diabetic…and my reading was 115…other than the other day when I ran out of strips and was extra careful with my breakfast..then actually was able to get them and tested at 111…this is the lowest I have ever been post meal…my question to this a good thing or a bad low is too low??

18 replies

Skatinlayton 2015-01-10 08:37:41 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed in 2012 with a blood glucose reading of 735 and placed in the hospital. After that for months I would have the symtoms for lows and my reading were still around 100. My diabetes educator explained that this is a common occurance when the numbers were so high and out of wack.
Dave 2015-01-08 13:02:42 -0600 Report

Your numbers are great, in fact if my numbers were anywhere near that my doctors would ask who are you, and what have you done to her, lol. Continue to do great like you are.

GabbyPA 2015-01-07 14:11:35 -0600 Report

The true test of your levels is to know the pre meal test and the post meal test. If you are keeping your rise to less than 40 points, then you are doing great. Most meals won't make you drop post meal, but it's good to see is something does.

Type1Lou 2015-01-07 08:44:34 -0600 Report

I don't get worried until I drop below 70…then it's time to reduce my basal insulin (using my pump's "temporary basal" option) for a while until my BG gets back up or to eat something to get it back up. Your readings sound ideal to me…but, if you're concerned that your post meal BG might be too low, test again in an hour or 2 to be certain you're not headed for trouble. Some foods are absorbed more slowly than others and may "spike" differently.

debcox 2015-01-07 00:31:24 -0600 Report

Your numbers sound good to me. I've always tested pre-meal and except when I've had some hypoglycemic issues, I've never tested after a meal. Does your doctor want you to do this?

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-07 02:40:29 -0600 Report

My doctor, although a very nice an idiot when it coms to diabetes…he didn't even tell me to check at ALL..lmao…I switch it up…I will test before lunch one day and after dinner…then the next day after lunch and before dinner..IThe only two times I always test is in the morning when I firstget up and right before I go to bed..

lilleyheidi 2015-01-07 00:15:10 -0600 Report

Hi Jibber Jabber, Your numbers look perfect to me, anything under 70 is too low. You mentioned to Steve that you were going to get up at 3am to test, is there any particular reason you get up to test in the middle of the night? I don't test in the middle of the night at all, unless I've had any early morning lows, or have gotten up to go to the bathroom, then I will test. Just curious. HUGS, Heidi

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-07 09:25:45 -0600 Report

I just like to know exactly what is going on with my blood sugar…I am very new to this..and need to figure out what is best for me..if I wake up with a higher level than I went to bed with..i need to address this…going to sleep at 90 and waking up at 120 is no beuno..I am seeing an endo for the first time on the 16th (I think)..need to check…and I need to tell him EXACTLY what is goig on with my numbers so we can work out some kind of "battle plan"..yes I am very type A..hee hee…need to be in control of everything…but it seems my personality has served my diabetes well..because I have things pretty much under control and it hasn't even been three mos yet…

jayabee52 2015-01-06 23:33:47 -0600 Report

Howdy Jib Jab
111 or 115 mg/dl are excellent BG numbers! "Too low" is anwhere below a 70 mg/dl reading.

You seem to be doing well


notmaiden 2015-01-06 21:42:28 -0600 Report

My pump is programmed to have my normals to be from 80 to 130 pre and post meal. From midnight to 6am I am suppose to be 70 to 120. I actually had to go into my pump to check. These are new numbers for me. With shots I was suppose to be between 100 and 150 all the time

sweetslover 2015-01-06 20:30:20 -0600 Report

I'm no expert, but I occasionally have readings like that post meal, and I love it. Be careful that you are consuming enough calories—your body still needs to be fed.

haoleboy 2015-01-06 20:27:20 -0600 Report

70 is too low. you want your bgl to return to normal at 2 hours … like non-diabetics do


Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-06 20:28:37 -0600 Report

TY…so I am good…I will still be extra careful tonight..make sure I wake up for a 3am test…

RosalieM 2015-01-07 07:25:11 -0600 Report

You don't need to test at 3:00 AM! Do you take any drugs or insulin? With your very low carb diet, which is very good, you could get low in the night because you liver hasn't stored enough glucose to hold you through the night. I have a few peanuts before I go to bed. That is enough to keep my fasting blood sugar around 75. If you are taking drugs or insulin, than you will need to adjust them or you could go too low. It takes a number of years of too high blood sugar before you have a complication problem. If you bloods sugar is too high in the morning than adjust you diet. You have a some time to get things worked out.
You are conscientious and doing well. Getting up to test at 3:00 a.m. is not needed. Your sleep is more important.