Low BS at Nite...from dLife.com

By imsuzie2 Latest Reply 2010-05-13 17:56:09 -0500
Started 2010-03-05 16:55:09 -0600

Daily Tips

Trouble going low at night? Nocturnal hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose at night, can be a scary experience. Practice prevention with a proper bedtime routine.

* Always test before bed. Keep a blood glucose monitor on your bedside table so you won’t forget to check your blood sugar before bedtime.
* Drink responsibly. Alcohol lowers blood glucose levels. If you’ve had a few drinks, set your alarm for 2 or 3 am to test your blood sugar.
* Have a high protein snack before bed. Snack bars containing uncooked cornstarch have recently been introduced as a method of preventing nocturnal hypoglycemia.
* Adjust your exercise. Be careful about working out in the evenings or near bedtime if you’re prone to going low at night. Exercise has a blood glucose lowering effect.

Talk to your diabetes health care team about preventing nighttime hypoglycemia.

8 replies

Katie17 2010-05-13 17:56:09 -0500 Report

Ok, so I have a question reguarding bs, diabetes in general. I've been having low blood sugar problems for quite awhile, a few years now, and they've just gotten worse. I started seeing an endo last november or october, who diagonsed me w hypoglycemia. She put me on a low carb, high protein, no sugar unless w a meal diet. This worked for a little, but not really. Im still sick all the time, and I'm starting to think my blood sugar is getting high at times. Back in Feb, the nurse at school checked my bs literally 1 minute after I ate lunch and it was 119. I had only had breakfast at 6, and I didn't have lunch till 1. is 119 high? More recently, I've noticed that Im almost always feeling sick, but It's not always a low feeling. Sometimes I wake up w lows, and they are pretty bad, and other times I wake up, but it doesn't feel low. Im confused why I'm feeling this bad if Im following everything the doc says. Back in Nov my a1c was 4.9, which I guess is really low, but still acceptible. In feb it was 5.0 or 5.1. I've just recently started feeling different sick symptoms…At one time I had antibodies in my blood and the doc diagnosed me with hashimotos. As of 3 mts ago, my levels wern't bad enough to put me on meds but Im getting sicker, so I hope i can be put on some kinda meds to make me feel better. Im 17 btw.
Most recent symptoms:
tingling in feet
shaking, can't concentrate - when low
overall sick feeling - almost as if im drunk (although I've never drank - haha)
I have periods of hrs that I'll have a unquensible thirst, and ill be sick, but it doesn't feel low.
I don't have a meter, so I don't know what my levels are.
How does this make any sense?

Katie17 2010-05-13 17:56:01 -0500 Report

It seems like whatever I eat, I usually still have really bad lows when I wake up. I haven't been diagnosed w diabetes, only hypoglycemia, but I think there's something else wrong b/c im really sick all the time. (seems like its half high bs and half low b/s 24/7)

rankearl 2010-03-06 09:46:26 -0600 Report

hi good adivce suzie thanks i have always had a bedtime snack being a pump user it is even more important due to the constant basal rates new website to me will esplore thanks ((HUGS))julie

imsuzie2 2010-03-07 07:21:30 -0600 Report

Not only do they have the website, but a TV show on CNBC Sundays (4p PST, you can ck in your tome zone). They have great info as well, but never got into their "community". I love it here (and would not have time to do both unless I had NOTHING to do in my life. As it is, I am on here several hours a day when I work and more when I don't).

trey66 2010-03-05 20:45:42 -0600 Report

I have a snack like popcorn (mini bag) or 1 cup peanut or jello and plus I take 30 units of Levemir at night to manage my lows.

Harlen 2010-03-05 17:25:16 -0600 Report

I just have a light snack cheese or some lunch meat and no more lows
You dont need to buy a bar to keel from having lows.
Best weishes

imsuzie2 2010-03-05 17:55:44 -0600 Report

I also have a snack before bed. Lows have never been my problem to date, and I hope it stays that way. Glad you are both doing so well with your over-nites. Hugs

spiritwalker 2010-03-05 17:11:10 -0600 Report

I found a way to avoid night time lows. I have an h.s. snack
which includes protein. Since I have been doing this I have not
had a low during the night.

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