bs numbers

By bojack Latest Reply 2009-10-31 12:00:59 -0500
Started 2009-10-28 23:08:49 -0500

how low is to low? i know it's differentfor each person but i have been running in the 180 to 220 range then had a 73 and felt like crap, you know shakey, weak etc. and yet i know 73 isn't very low. how low might a person go?

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tabby9146 2009-10-31 12:00:59 -0500 Report

For me, having been diagnosed a year ago, BS under contrl ever since then, I always stay within 80-120 each time I check it with the exception of when I was first diagnosed, to see what foods affected me but for the most part, was alwys in that range two hours after a meal. Been months since I had a low spell, but I did because I exercised a lot and did not eat soon enough afterward and I started to shake and feel slightly light headed, so I got something with 15 carb grams that was healthy. Other times, I would drink just two ozs. of regular juice or something like that. Like everyone said, you don't want to overdo. Give it just a few minuts and check BS again. One reason I began having lows early this year, is because I had lost all the weight, and no longer needed the Metformin and it was time for me to come off that and I could tell, my doctor confirmed it. I would get in the 80s and feel too low, but would not treat until it was below 80. They say the longer you have diabetes, the less often you can tell when you are too low. Always carry a regular soda or juice under your car seat or in glove compartment, or those fast acting glucose tablets. I keep them in my purse at all times and have never had to use them yet.

mamaoak 2009-10-29 17:30:59 -0500 Report

mine have never been that low down maybe to 70 did not bother me but somr days i get dizzy at 101 or 90 cant figuer tis one out.

lipsie 2009-10-29 12:27:18 -0500 Report


Being your sugars are normally high that is why you feel so shaky at that level. Once you get your sugars under control it'll change, mind did. But anything under 70 I would eat something, have a piece of candy…something personally. The danger zone to me is below 50. But as everyone says here, everyone is different…so you'll have to test yourself really. Good luck! Be safe! Hugs! Sheila

Crashnot 2009-10-29 10:27:07 -0500 Report

I can get down as low as 30 and be perfectly normal. But if I drop really fast, I'm shaky at 60. A gradual drop doesn't get the same effect for me. Both are "low" for the health of your body, but how low you need to go to feel it will vary. If I'm going from 200 to 120 quickly, I feel a bit off too!

alanbossman 2009-10-29 09:05:19 -0500 Report

Hi, bojack your bs are high # your body is used to high sugar so if you get a low 70 that when you shake. To low depends on each person. some people dont feel anything until 50. If you bring down those high sugars and kept them down below 125 to 100 and stay there and you do get a low of 73 you my not feel the shake as much your is used to high sugars not normal sugars hope this helps


Hinboyz3 2009-10-29 08:50:41 -0500 Report

Ii don't know how low you can go, but I do know if my blood sugar is up or off in any way I get that shaky feeling, which I do no like I makes you feel very weird. Hope you get the bs number up to where it should be so you will feel much better, take care.

hbkunkel 2009-10-29 06:13:24 -0500 Report

Great question. I have been as low as in the low 40's and could handle it myself but much lower and I would have had to get help. Your range is pretty high so a 73 with those feelings was a definite low and you have to treat it as such. Approach this wisely and you will do fine.

Elrond 2009-10-29 01:53:33 -0500 Report

I've had sugars down into the 40's but I was in bad shape. I'd recommend taking action any time you get below 70. A small boost will probably help. (a piece of hard candy or a non-diet soda) By the same token, don't over-react and drive your sugar way too high. I've been known to panic and wind up in the 300's too. :)

bojack 2009-10-29 05:39:44 -0500 Report

thanks elrond,how do you know when you should seek help?

Elrond 2009-10-30 19:13:45 -0500 Report

Just got back to the site. I don't know about you, but when my sugar gets very low, I don't think or reason very well. At times, I can't even remember how to operate my glucose monitor. My cure-all is to drink a glass of chocolate milk. It quickly raises my sugar and I've never been known to refuse it, even in my most combative moods.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-10-29 12:46:06 -0500 Report

You sound like me Elrond: I can get down in the 40s and 30s, then I start feeling really badly, then I over react and before you know it, I'm up in the 300s. Very frustrating.

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