Really low glucose is it wise?

RosalieM
By RosalieM Latest Reply 2015-02-10 06:40:16 -0600
Started 2015-01-26 11:36:31 -0600

There has been some discussion about being really low carb. Like 20 grams per day. This can cause a health problem. The brain requires glucose. Your liver can make glucose from protein but it needs fat for energy to do so and of course enough protein otherwise it uses muscle to make glucose. This formula is too complicated for you and me to get it right.
It is safe to eliminate, rice, potatoes and all grains from the diet, as fruits and vegetables supply enough glucose. Blood sugar and weight will go down. However if concerned about glucose in fruits, just eat a variety of berries. Berries are the lowest in carbs. The other thing is fruits and vegetables are where many of the vitamins, minerals and fiber comes from. We need a variety of them, If they are too limited, one could become malnourished. Constipation may set in as meat, eggs and cheese have no fiber in them. This subject is somewhat complex even for me and I know a lot about food. I know a diet free of rice, potatoes, grains and sugar is safe as I have been doing it a long time with no problem. Blood sugar will go down. If it doesn't it is likely that it is from a food that is high in carbs that you are not aware of.
With too severe a low carb diet, one can develop a problem that would be attributed to diabetes.
When it is really malnourishment. Malnourishment develops over time as the body stores some vitamins and minerals. That makes it difficult to identify. Some vitamins found in fruits like vitamin c are water soluble, your body can't store them. They must be eaten every day.
If you are older, you may attribute health problems caused by an over restricted diet to old age.
Play it safe!


105 replies

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-01-31 21:20:22 -0600 Report

Low glucose is not good for you! I check sugar 7 times a day. If you feel shaky check it right away. I carry glucose tablets just in cause my sugar drops.

oink66
oink66 2015-02-09 22:55:55 -0600 Report

Wow I'm T2D is there something one can take when glucose levels rise? Besides Metformin 1000mg @ 2× a day?

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-02-10 06:40:16 -0600 Report

OINK66,
Metformin makes blood sugar go down. If your blood sugar is too low, talk to your doctor about taking less metformin. You could also eat something, however taking less medication is a better choice.

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-02-01 05:47:19 -0600 Report

Hi Allied Gardens,
I did mean to say low carbohydrates, not glucose.
What are you taking for you diabetes? How long have you had it.? What is your diet like? I suspect an adjustment in diet and or medication/insulin would prevent daytime lows. Night time lows can happen. Lows are dangerous but there is much you can do to prevent them from happening.

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:04:41 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:04:38 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:04:37 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:04:25 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:04:23 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:04:20 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:04:18 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:04:16 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:04:14 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:03:51 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:03:50 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:03:48 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:03:46 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:03:45 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:02:29 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:02:19 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:02:14 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:02:13 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:02:09 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:02:08 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:02:06 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-02-02 23:01:51 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-02-02 23:01:47 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:01:33 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:01:31 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:01:25 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:01:24 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:01:22 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:01:18 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:00:36 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 17:06:48 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic? Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:06:08 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:06:04 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:06:02 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:06:00 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:05:58 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-02 23:05:44 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
I'm on the insulin pump, glucose tablets are for low sugars. Its best to eat snacks between meals and i'm talking about something that with you like raisins or an apple but over do it.
I have diabetic since I was 10. Mary

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-02-01 16:08:16 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic? Mary

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-02-01 16:08:15 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic? Mary

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-02-01 16:08:13 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic? Mary

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-02-01 16:08:12 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic? Mary

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-02-01 16:08:11 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic? Mary

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-02-01 16:08:08 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic? Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 16:07:58 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic? Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 16:07:56 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic? Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 16:07:55 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic? Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 16:07:53 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic? Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 16:06:43 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic? Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 16:06:26 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic?

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 16:06:25 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic?

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 16:06:23 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic?

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 16:06:07 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic?

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 16:06:06 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic?

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 16:06:04 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic?

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 16:05:57 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic?

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 16:05:46 -0600 Report

I wear an insulin pump. I have had it since 10. At night drink milk it lasts a long time.How long have you been diabetic?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-01-31 22:11:35 -0600 Report

Howdy Allied
WELCOME to DC!
I believe that title is a misprint. I believe that Rosalie meant to say "low carbohydrate" instead of Low glucose. (I think that would be born out by reading the discussion instead of only reading the title).

You are correct that low BG (hypoglycemia) is not good fpr any of us! My fiancee` Valentine Lady has a problem with hypos and I worry about her when she does. So far she has gotten down to 27 mg/dl and has passed out. The facility she is living in right now did have a glucagon pen and injected her. In the past couple of wks she has not had that problem

God's best to you

James

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-29 17:06:13 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie
I too am getting to this discussion late as well and just wanted to add my carb limit is 60. Sometimes I go over , yet other times I'm under. I do try hard to keep it around 60. That works for me. I'm consistently
loosing weight, my mind is sharp. I feel good infact haven't felt this good in years. I'll be 63 on my upcoming birthday. Vl

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-02-02 14:56:19 -0600 Report

Hi Rosalie,
Is doctor saying 60 carbs a day? If he is spread that out.Its a good thing to everything down or put it in your phone to keep track.If you have highs and lows your can adjust it. Mary

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-02-02 15:32:32 -0600 Report

Hi Anonymous,
You are more .likely to have highs and lows than type 2.
We can have them, but because we often make too much insulin, it is different to type 1.

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2015-01-27 00:44:46 -0600 Report

I'm coming into this conversation a bit on the late side but… I am not on a keto diet, but I am on a moderately low carb diet, around 50-75 grams a day. Some days I go over if I decide to have a sweet potato and there are days (once every few months in the summer time) when I go even higher when i have a kiddie cone. i agree that we need a varied diet of fruits and veggies, and I eat dark veggies every day as well as a bit of apple and some berries most every day. I have chicken, fish or beef every day and a bit of oil or butter in my diet. Somedays I mess up. I'm human, not perfect. Somedays I get less than 50 grams and some days I go over the 75 grams. Somedays my BG goes over 120 and somedays it goes under 75. I try to keep it pretty level and for the most part I do a pretty good job, but again, I'm human and sometimes I mess up. I think we are all individuals and have to do the best we can to make our eating plans what works for us at the time. what works this week may not always be what works next week. JMO. Heidi

Pegsy
Pegsy 2015-01-26 15:48:59 -0600 Report

Hmmm, I wonder where my diet fits in with all of these "plans". I consume protein (eggs, meat, cheese or nuts) at every meal/snack. I do not limit vegetables at all (with the exception of starchy ones like carrots, peas, corn, etc. which I treat as starchy carbs.) I limit whole grain breads, low carb tortillas, brown rice, fruit or smooth skinned potatoes to 1, 15-20 gram serving per meal, no more than 4 servings per day. I am careful not to have more than 2 fruit servings per day because of sugar content. I also enjoy a little bit of chocolate everyday. It's good for the soul if not the body. I cook with olive oil and coconut oil. I make my own salad dressing using olive oil and a variety of vinegars and spices. So, not ketogenic but not the ADA either. It seems to be working OK for me, for now. If I end up not maintaining control over time on this plan I will gladly give up all the starchy foods to avoid more meds.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-26 15:54:49 -0600 Report

That's the ONLY thing that matters..it is working for YOU…there are many things other people can eat that I can not…I eat very few carrots because they raise me a little too much out of my comfort zone…and I will eat 1/3 of a cup when I eat them instead of 1/2 cup…but I recognize that the vast majority of veggies that I eat are green and try to throw an orange one is occasionally just because of the nutritional differences..but yeah even with certain veggies many people can tolerate them but I can NOT…sad face..

Pegsy
Pegsy 2015-01-26 16:01:07 -0600 Report

Yes, each person does react differently. I can enjoy sweet potato and beans without issue while others cannot. Some can enjoy oats. I cannot. My portion would have to be so small to avoid a spike that there isn't much point.

I have tried a diet of just meat and veggies but I don't feel well on it. Sure my glucose is a lot lower but I feel bad. I seem to need a little starchy carb in my diet. I just have to be very careful about it.

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-01-26 16:17:01 -0600 Report

Pegsy,
Do you take something for your blood sugar? If you do that might explain why you can eat the carbs you mention. I take just enough long acting to make up what my own pancreas no longer makes. I have a low carb diet similar to Jibber. I don't need to lose any more weight, so I can have fruit, but not grain. Not even my greatly reduced carb, homemade 100% whole grain breads. Except in the spring when I rake my garden. Then I can have a little because I rake it off.

Papanna
Papanna 2015-01-27 08:26:19 -0600 Report

As u say that u have consume fruits. Most of them saays that fruits have frctrose it highly spikes Blood sugar more than 4 times as Glucose Therfore diabetics cannot use Doctors says use fruits in limit as orange apple tomateo pappaya What r the fruits u have consumed and quality please share

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-01-30 09:47:36 -0600 Report

If your doctor is not diabetic, he may have wrong information. They only know what they are told and some of the things they are told is not correct.
It is OK to question the inf0ormation your doctor has.
Rose

Papanna
Papanna 2015-01-30 03:31:50 -0600 Report

Thanking u Rpsalie M Iamtaking apple orange papapaya seasonsable fruits totaly less than 60 gms that means small 4 5 peices of apple pappaya and small quantity of orange As Doctors says the fruit contain fructrose it is highly danger more than Glucose and BS spikes high . That purpose Iam stpped the consuming thefruits from last 2 months Thanks for respond

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-29 16:49:41 -0600 Report

Hi papanna
I know your question wasn't directed toward me but I too am on the same type of diet. Low carb, high protein. I eat 2
fruit a day. Or Atleast try to. I eat apples.applesauce but mostly berries. Berries of all sorts. I prefer fresh but I do keep frozen in the freezer just in case. I eat apples with peanut butter on them as a mid-afternoon snack. Great source of protein. It raises the bg just enough to get you through to dinner. Hope this answered your question about fruit. Yes, diabetics can eat fruit.

Papanna
Papanna 2015-01-30 03:28:42 -0600 Report

Thanks for respond As i am in India here Doctors advise is the fruits contain fructrose it is more spikes the blood sugar than glucose So the Diabetic peoples should avoided . However the soared fruits like orange musambi tomateo may be consume freely but apple pappaya to be consume bery limited quantity and Banana mangeo sappota frapes maybe better to fullt avoided.
I am also eat apple pappaya orange pomagranite fruits every night instead of night dinner. As per Doctors advise now I will left the fruitssome how 2 months.
High proytein diet i may increase the Bp ? It is my expereince since last2 years Now I amusing low calorie foods and medium quantity ofprotein and also fat My wt also reducedfrom 65 to 57kg from last 4 months
Please clarify if very low quantityfood carb taken in night it may be FBS high ? What the solution we may take to reduce FBS to normal value .
I am 60 years taking Glimipride 2 and metofrmin daily 2 times

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-01-30 09:51:19 -0600 Report

It is not wise to eat the fruit you are eating in the evening before bedtime. Protein and vegetables are better in the evening. Eat the fruit early in the day, that way you will use the calories and sugars for energy while you are active during the day. You won't use much energy in the evening before bed.

Papanna
Papanna 2015-01-27 08:31:33 -0600 Report

R u consume Metaformin S R only how much dose and how much of time u taken Can u please share 500 mg of metaformin S R tablets how much of works Except metoformin u cannot consume any sulfunal urea drugs

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-01-27 07:31:34 -0600 Report

Peg,
Thanks for telling me that you take metformin. It is important to us on this board, when we compare how different foods affects our blood sugar. Different drugs as well as insulin modify the effect food has on blood sugar. I like to get as close to as normal as I can. However if I didn't take the small amount of insulin I take, I would be starving myself. If I didn't restrict my diet, I would be taking a lot more medication and insulin than I do.
The medication lets you have more carbs, but doesn't protect against complications. Sigh