really scary

soldierswife
By soldierswife Latest Reply 2010-06-24 21:38:10 -0500
Started 2010-06-22 07:22:27 -0500

I have never gotten shaky, dizzy, or anything when my numbers drop below 50. I know these symptoms leave you after so long of having them, but I have never had them. Now when its high, I get the thirsty, can't stop using the bathroom symptoms! Anyone ever have this problem?


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Crashnot
Crashnot 2010-06-22 20:16:25 -0500 Report

How high are you when those symptoms appear? They're pretty typical when you hit a certain number, which probably varies for each of us. It's your body trying to flush the sugars out and getting dehydrated in the process.

soldierswife
soldierswife 2010-06-23 06:53:03 -0500 Report

I can eat pretty much what I want and it will come back down under 140 in the 2 hours after eating. Now, ice cream, and cake and stuff like that will send it over into the 230-260 range but it will come down withing the 2 hours. Mine will let me know after about 130 or so that its not right. The doctor said 130 is not really high enough to have symptoms but I feel like a camel needing water and when I check it my numbers will be 130-140 when that happens. My numbers only run low in the morning when I wake up, or when I don't eat lunch and try to wait until dinner. I have lost 27 pounds which put me around 140 pounds and my ideal weight is 130 so I think that helped a lot. Cutting soda out of my diet alone took my A1C from 6.5 to 5.7 which dropped me into the pre diabetic range, and hopefully now its lower than that. I have tortured me family with my "stupid diet" as the children like to say lol. Hopefully I am stopping diabetes from attacking them at all :D

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-06-22 09:01:39 -0500 Report

I have not had a low that has frightened me, but I have gone high and craved the water to the point of wishing I was just connected to a water hose. Listen to your body, drink when you are thirsty that way and test to see where you are at and take immediate actions to reduce your levels. Exercise can help, but if you are already over 300, exercise can make it worse. Call the doctor or visit the ER if it too high to control on your own.

bettymachete
bettymachete 2010-06-22 09:04:13 -0500 Report

What are the dangers of exercise over 300? I haven't been informed, now I'm worried because I occasionally will skyrocket accidentally.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-06-22 09:10:22 -0500 Report

I was taught by my educator that exercising is risky if we start too low or too high. The low range is below 100 and for obvious reasons, we don't want to go lower. When we are high, sometimes exercise will increase our levels before it reduces them. So if we are starting high, it could cause more issues than it helps. The threshold I was told is over 300 for that caution. This is why it is important to test before we exercise and then 30 minutes after we are done exercising. When you find out what your body does during exercise, then you can make a better adjustment on when you do it. This is also another reason to keep those logs and include exercise, how much and what kind. You teach yourself to pay attention.

soldierswife
soldierswife 2010-06-22 10:15:47 -0500 Report

yea, I have never seen mine above like 220 and that was after ice cream. I am not being medicated. My doc says as long as my numbers are below 120 when i awake in the mornings he will not medicate me. My numbers through the day don't exceed 160 and they are always below 140 within 2 hours of eating, and most times its actually back around 100. I think my diet is controlling it well at this point! My A1C went from 6.5 to 5.7 just by changing my diet. I lost 27 pounds and now im hoping it will be a little lower when i go back, maybe enough to be back into not diabetic or pre diabetic at all!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-06-22 18:38:24 -0500 Report

You sound like you are doing beautifully! That is where I would like to be in my numbers. I can get them close with meds, but not on my own. I hope as I continue to loose weight they will get better.

soldierswife
soldierswife 2010-06-23 06:57:20 -0500 Report

Good luck Gabby! I am rooting for you!! I think my numbers are so close to good because I was already working on it before I was diagnosed. I knew it was coming. I got the tingly feelings in my hands and feet. Had surgery on my right foot and the podiatrist mentioned after the surgery he was concerned about how long it was taking it to heal. So, when I was diagnosed I had been clearing the sugar and what not out of my diet for a few weeks and the weight seemed to fall off with the 45 carb per meal plan! I am now in pre diabetic numbers as far as A1C, my doctor has warned me that no matter how good my numbers got I would never be "the same" and not to ever go back to "regular diet" as far as sodas and stuff. But I will gladly give that up for the chance to see my children have children that graduate college!!

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-06-22 08:05:16 -0500 Report

Being thirsty and going to the bathroom a lot are classic symptoms of high blood sugar. It's the body trying to get the glucose out of your blood via your kidneys. It's not a good thing!

soldierswife
soldierswife 2010-06-22 10:16:28 -0500 Report

my body alerts me once i am over 130 most times with the symptoms. However, the low ones have no symptoms what so ever!

Crashnot
Crashnot 2010-06-22 20:18:15 -0500 Report

I'm curious how you can get that low as a type 2 without medications driving it. Do the lows happen after a big meal, from your body cranking out massive insulin to address the carbs, and then over compensating?

soldierswife
soldierswife 2010-06-23 06:59:40 -0500 Report

I have ask my doctor several times why I was considered diabetic when my numbers were so good (i thought) He said that as long as my numbers were below 120 in the mornings when I wake up he will not medicate me. If I lose that edge then I have to go on meds. My numbers are usually 89-95 or so when I wake up! I wonder about my meter sometimes though. :) I'm actually thinking my numbers arent really that low considering my body is not warning me of that!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-06-23 17:44:41 -0500 Report

An 89-95 is quite normal. When you start dropping below 60 then you start to pay attention. Some people can do low numbers quite well.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-06-24 20:51:05 -0500 Report

Ouch, that can be tricky. They need to create an alarm that you can wear on your wrist or something that will go off when you start to drop. Some people can tolerate a 50, but that would make my head spin.

soldierswife
soldierswife 2010-06-24 20:57:05 -0500 Report

i didnt even know they had anything like that!! i will have to ask my doctor. Does that require have something inserted in my arm?

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-06-24 21:01:02 -0500 Report

It doesn't really exist...I was saying it would be nice if it did. Actually the pumps are equipped with an alarm system, but I have heard that people complain because it alerts 15 minutes after you start to drop. That is too late for some drops.

soldierswife
soldierswife 2010-06-24 21:15:11 -0500 Report

ahhh. silly me lol. I don't know much yet, but I am thankful for you people that inform me of these things. I have mentioned several times to my doctor that this concerns me. He ordered me a new meter today to be sure it is not a misreading of my meter. I use the precision xtra. Do you know anything about these meters? i am not on any meds so a pump is not an option, I am considering that a blessing! I wish that a cure would magically appear for diabetes and all these wonderful people would just be well… i think for most of us we are destined to have it just because of genes and there is not a way around it. However, I feel mine was soda and weight induced.