question about lows

By SuzyAttendorn Latest Reply 2009-09-29 20:21:30 -0500
Started 2009-09-29 12:00:31 -0500

Since my recent diagnosis, I have been trying to pay attention to what my body is telling me. It was getting to be time for lunch and I was busy reading posts on this site, and I started to get shakey. Kind of like when you've had too much caffiene. So I got some soup going (have had a cold so not much appetite) I decided to check my BS and it was 84. I have been running in the low to mid 120's fasting. Is this considered a low? How do I keep from having this happen? Should I have had a snack a couple hours ago? It was about 4 hours since i ate breakfast. Thanks for your help! Suzy

7 replies

Sarguillo 2009-09-29 19:07:51 -0500 Report

Hello, If your body is used to a higher BS number then a 84 will seem like a low to you. I have had low sytoms and find that I was not as low as I felt. It will be more normal for you as you learn what your body is telling you. I know I feel lows at about 60-70 and really get the sweats and the shakes below 60. The guide line is to take 15 grams of sugar (2 fast acting tablets, 1/2 cup regular soda, 1/2 cup OJ or apple juice or 2 pieces of hard candy) wait 15 minutes and test again. Repeat as nessessary till you get your numbers back to normal.
My doc says, under 100 on a T2 means either too much medicine/ not enough food or too much exersise without enough food.
Good luck.

SuzyAttendorn 2009-09-29 20:21:30 -0500 Report

I will do that if it happens again. I tested after 2 hours and it was 97…I would have expected it to be higher after eating.

Ginetteb 2009-09-29 13:55:02 -0500 Report

When I first was diagnosed with Diabetes
type 2, I had a nurse come to my house to teach me all about diabetes. Her explanation of a sugar-low was as follows:
Wherever your numbers are, if they come down too fast you will have a sugar-low.
Of course, numbers below 70 are definately too low. When that happens I was told to drink 4oz of Orange Juice, wait 20 minutes, test the blood sugar again and if still too low, drink another 4 oz of orange juice. Repeat this until you numbers are in a good range. The next step is to eat a good meal.

SuzyAttendorn 2009-09-29 15:46:20 -0500 Report

thanks to all. After eating, I felt much better. I can see this is going to be a long process, figuring out how to handle the highs and lows. Every day is an adventure!

Tia Shirley
Tia Shirley 2009-09-29 13:51:08 -0500 Report

My doctor has suggested that he wants mine to be no higher than 140 and no lower than 80. However, when it gets close to there I get something to eat like how you got the soup. Keep listening to your body. Feel better soon.

hbkunkel 2009-09-29 13:25:08 -0500 Report

My doctor considers anything ain the 70's and below lows. However, if your plummet quickly it could also be a low - like your 84. It is ideal to eat every 3 hours or so - that being said - an apple, or a small lowfat yogurt can be considered eating. Having any illness doesn't help. Try fluids and get better soon.

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