extreme lows

By gregsteele Latest Reply 2010-07-10 15:45:19 -0500
Started 2010-06-04 10:09:38 -0500

I was diagnosed type one jan.21st this year released from hosp. on levimir12units 2 x daily and novalog 10 units with meals went to a d educator sometimes my bg would be 350 or higher down to 40 my doses were lowered i followed the diet was told to shoot for 65 grams of carbs each meal when diagnosed my a1c was over17 i have gotten that down to 6.7 at last appt .but i still have extreme lows at times i have been all the way down to 27 id like to hear from other people who have lows like this it is very frustrating love to all GREG

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good queen Bess
good queen Bess 2010-07-10 15:45:19 -0500 Report

Hi Greg, the good queen Bess has had a few extreme lows and found that the type of carbohydrate eaten makes a difference. For me pasta and pizza do not affect me during the day but, if eaten at dinne,r I will see them the nezt morning. A food diary will help find which foods, how, and when they affect you. When I was on shots, I had to eat a scoop of ice cream at bedtime to keep the surprize deadly lows away…and a case of canned grape soda by the bed for emergency use only. At room temp they can be chgl-a-lugged in a hurry to get rid of the low. I still get some lows but not like the 17 I woke up from in the emergency room! For daytime lows I keep soft candy handy as I have cracked and crowned a few molars from crunching down in a hurry (I panic with a low) . Hope this bit of advise helps.

Mike Ratrie
Mike Ratrie 2010-06-09 13:47:07 -0500 Report


How frequently are you testing?

Also curious to know how your CDE is determining what levemir(sp?) dose for you.

Fair Winds,

gregsteele 2010-06-04 19:02:04 -0500 Report

thanks Harlen im the opposite i need spuds to keep my sugars up , and you are dead on test, test, test is the only way you can get a handle on this disease love to all GREG

Harlen 2010-06-04 14:32:07 -0500 Report

It takes time to work it all out just test test test
It was the same way for me
I had to keep a log on what I ate and how much , what my blood sugars were two Hr after eating.This let me know what I was doing rong for me for we are all difrent.I can have a little pasta but no spuds at all french frys seld me off to space but I can have a cup of rice and not go to the moon.I worked very hard on keeping my blood sugar down and counting carbs
I am now on the pump thank god.
Life is much better.
Best wishes

John Crowley
John Crowley 2010-06-04 12:28:46 -0500 Report

That's a great question. It's all about learning to match the insulin you take to the food you eat.

It's important for you to track when your lows are happening. If they are happening before meals, that likely means your levimir dose is too high. If it's happening within 2 hours after meals, that likely means you're taking too much novolog for the amount of carbs you're eating in your meals.

Hang in there. You'll be an expert in no time.

gregsteele 2010-06-08 10:23:55 -0500 Report

Thanks John ive reduced my levimir to 10 as lows were either early or very late too soon to see a pattern but i remain hopeful love to all GREG

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