new here......... How do you treat your BS Lows?

By sherid623 Latest Reply 2010-08-01 22:59:54 -0500
Started 2010-06-27 16:21:50 -0500

Mostly my blood sugar lows are sround 47 to 60 and they are in the middle of the night! I usually get up and get a bowl of cereal-and usuallly to weak to check my #'s
What do all of you do and eat to reverse your lows? Ive also had the problem of eatting until I feel better-Its a bad habit which shoots my BS way up! Help

15 replies

Armourer 2010-08-01 22:59:54 -0500 Report

I hate lows! My BG goes below 70 and I start to swett, shake internally, get confused in thinking. I eat what ever is in sight with high carbs to get it back up, then I go the other way! glucose tablets have been the best bet, I have a pack in the car, in the kitchen, and on me. I take about 3-5 tablets, for ME below 3 doesn't do much. The wait fifteen is good advice too.

packrat2 2010-06-28 19:49:18 -0500 Report

Gabby,,had a good post about eating 15 grams of carbs. and test in 15 mins. it needed eat 15 grams more…but very hard to do, you want to eat anything and every thing you can get your hands on…regards packrat2

ston3xc 2010-06-28 07:03:12 -0500 Report

I used to experience lows during the night quite often and would also get up and eat cereal and up would go the BS! Get a bottle of glucose tablets, they are cheap, from a drug store and keep them by your bed. Then at night when you feel you need to eat, reach out, get a tablet or two, pop them in your mouth and go back to sleep. I know the ravenous hunger( Get out of my way! I got to get to the fridge!!), the bone-dropping fatigue you get after you eat more than you should, and hardly making it back to bed before you fall asleep. Glucose tablets are my best friend! If you want to know more, send me a message

ston3xc 2010-06-28 07:12:19 -0500 Report

One more note…I experimented a long time before I found out that I could go back to sleep after taking the tablets, for awhile, you'll have to test before you go back to sleep, but I now suffer no ill effects in the morning after an overnite low, and my morning BS is in the normal range.

gregsteele 2010-06-28 06:30:10 -0500 Report

I have lows quite frequently even with adjustments to my insulin same exact meal can have different effects on my bg i have a glucagon kit and have had to use it once if you have lows please get one and keep it with you it saved my a#* my cde told me to always keep a real soda (for me its coke) and i have used it it will raise you immedietly so you can get it under control hope this helps love to all GREG

GabbyPA 2010-06-27 21:19:37 -0500 Report

Hi Sheri and welcome to the site. I hope you get the answers you are searching for here. I know you will get the support.

I have not had a low, so I cannot share from experience, but here is what I have been taught. If you are suffering a low, you want something that acts fast. Juice, hard candy like a life saver or two, glucose tabs or gel or even milk. These are close to refined carbs and shoot straight into your blood stream.
What you want to do is consume 15-30 grams of carb and then WAIT 15 minutes. If you can, call someone in that time to help you test your levels.
If you are still low, take another 15 grams. But don't over do it.

Now some things that are not helpful, but sound like they should be are things like chocolate bars, breads, or any carb that is paired with fats or fiber. Those two elements (fat and fiber) slow down your body's ability to convert the carb into sugar, so avoid those, that is why you can feel bad for a longer period of time.

As mentioned, adjusting your meds, talking to your doctor and eating a snack before bed are all great ideas and should be looked into. It could be something as simple and adjusting your medicines or changing your exercise to a different time of the day.

Crashnot 2010-06-27 21:04:43 -0500 Report

Low's for my type 1 trigger a survival instinct to eat until my body feels balanced. Unfortunately, the 30 minutes it takes for the first bite to get processed enough to reach your bloodstream is a LOOOONG time to be stuffing my face! I know that I need about 20 grams of carb to raise my sugars 5 points when I get that low. So I start by snacking on a food with a known carb level. I keep the fruit sticks in my purse and at home I'll usually have a cup of juice since it soaks in faster. At that point? It's a mind over matter to make myself stop until the food hits my system!

Harlen 2010-06-27 19:24:43 -0500 Report

I like a saltine that will bring it up a little and its quick ez and its all I need and if I dont watch it I will eat every thing in the
Ice box
Best wishes

monkeymama 2010-06-27 18:21:35 -0500 Report

If you are having low BG in the middle of the night. You might try eating a light and low carb snack before bed. It may help maintain your BG and prevent the low. On your next visit, you may also want to bring this up to you medical provider. You might need a little tweeking on your treatments. If I am having a low, I will either intake 1 bottle/tube of Dex 4, chew 3-4 glucose tablets, or 3 pieces of hard candy. i wait about 13 minutes and recheck myself. Worse case senario, I have a Glucagon Kit and a Milkyway Dark candybar for extreme laows that always does the trick. I will consider myself lucky now. I hardly get them now with my insulin pump. Hope this helps you out.

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