I have a serious question for everyone

By realsis77 Latest Reply 2010-08-15 23:12:28 -0500
Started 2010-08-06 09:44:57 -0500

When I eat certain things. I almost pass out. I get real sleepy. It happens when my bg levels are in the 300-400 range. Its like I'm not coherant. I can hardly be woken up. Last night I tried to make a health dinner I made whole grain noodles turkey meat and sauce. The sauce was from a jar it must of had something in it that spiked my bg levels to 350. My son noticed my eyes kinda rolling sleepy like and he said mom test your bg. I tested. But I had to sleep for an hour because I couldn't really wake up! An hour later I was able to wake up but I was still very slugish. What is this? Has ANYONE EVER done this? My doctor knows about it and said to test my levels when I'm like that. No one has told me what it is or if others do this or if its even realated to the diabetes. Please help can anyone give me some answers. I've been doing this for about two years now on and off. Its ALWAYS after I eat. I don't do it all the time just after certain things and I can not predict when it will happen. What do you guys think? Last night was a bad one. My mouth got completely dry I had to sleep. When I opened my eyes I saw double. So I closed them. I was better in about an hour or so of sleeping. Please help. Any advice? Remember I can not predict when this happens. Other times when my bg runs high I'm fine. Please answer I'd like some opnions. Thank you all very much! :)

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Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-08-15 23:12:28 -0500 Report

Happy day,
I will stand on the wall in the name of Jesus concerning this for you. This can be scary my husband Michael goes though this sometimes. I try to get him to exercise & take vitamins because w/him his energy level is the pits. So since he does things in his own time so I do the next best thing that I can do is pray for him w/o ceasing. Keep you face in the Master face & know that you are highly favored in the name of Jesus.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it,
Mama Dee

Jadeland 2010-08-15 08:07:44 -0500 Report

I do also get very sleepy after a high carb meal. I doubt that it is the sauce if it is a red sauce you are speaking of. Even though your pasta was whole grain you still must be very sparing in your portion. Remember 1/2 cup of pasta is considered one serving. Any more and you are eating too much of it. If you cut back you may find that your reaction is not so severe. I too had to experiment before I learned what did or didn't cause a bad reaction. White potatoes are my enemy even in tiny portions so I just avoid. Try the 1/2 of pasta next time. If your reaction is still like this, you are just going to have to give it up. It is not worth it.

supermandown 2010-08-09 11:01:45 -0500 Report

Wow 300 to 400 range is way to high. My doctor told me that if mine is over 300 to keep a close eye on it and if it reaches 310 to go to the emergency room right away. My highest was 353 when I ended up in the hospital and was lucky it didn't kill me. Thats how I found out that I have diabetes. And sense then I have kept myself on a strict diet and medication. and so far my highest has been sense then is 290. Yea I agree with some here. You should go to your doctor. something is not good. Hope you do this and go to your doctor. You seem like a good person and good people are hard to come by. Take care of your self.

Justin Cowden
Justin Cowden 2010-08-09 00:41:33 -0500 Report

I have found that after a high Carb meal, even with what I think is the proper bolus, I still get incredibly sleepy and irritable. You may be extremly insulin resistant during different times of the day, and you might want to try Glucocare. Its a supplement that you take along with your insulin and a meal. I get it at Whole Foods. I love it, and it has helped me greatly. Just a thought.

Edytka 2010-08-09 15:51:43 -0500 Report

Well this can happen because when you eat a big meal or even a small meal, blood from your body tries to collect all the nutrients. Now this is what can make you sleepy.

Ralph1 2010-08-08 23:52:57 -0500 Report

I find that after eating any kind of pasta, I get the same way. My doctor has told me that it's due to the starches…talk to your doctor about that, maybe stay away from anything that has a high starch count too?

GabbyPA 2010-08-08 19:00:37 -0500 Report

Those are really high numbers and if you are experiencing that daily I would recommend you talk to your doctor about your treatment plans. I just came from your post on the diabetic cook books and that is a great place to start and I know you are very new to it all.

What is happening when your levels are that high it means that your body is not getting any energy from your food, so it starts to take it from your body. That is one reason that diabetics are often very sleepy or tired after meals or just in general.

Once you start to have better levels, you will find you have so much more energy to do things. Are you taking any meds to treat your diabetes or are you on an exercise and diet treatment right now? If you are not on meds, I would encourage some additional activity after a meal as exercise causes your body to take in your glucose even if your insulin is not working for you.

vgarrison 2010-08-07 10:11:16 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed I was sleeping almost 20 hrs a day, not much fun since my daughter was just turning 3. Still sometimes when my sugars get too high now, I end up passing out on the couch. It is scary because it is like I'm in a drunk stupor. My daughter has had to jump on me to get me to open my eyes and then I'll answer her and pass back out.

If your sugars are going to high, then keep a food diary and when you start to feel this way you can look back and see what foods make you feels this way more.

Good Luck!!
Blessed Be

RAYT721 2010-08-06 18:38:44 -0500 Report

Healthy sounding foods aren't always healthy. I was reading of a cereal with a healthy name that actually have more sugar per serving than a serving of Oreo cookies. The best way to review a product for calories, fat, carbs, etc is with the labels. I had a soup today for lunch with a healthy sounding name. Here the carbs were in reason but reading the label further was that it was 2 servings. Thus I had to take the healthy x 2 and it wasn't so healthy anymore. I hope you are feeling better, find the answers and cure to the sleepy time issues, and continue to care and share with us, your new virtual family. :)

kaitin 2010-08-06 14:47:08 -0500 Report

this tends to happen to me when my blood sugar gets too high. i can usually tell if im getting up in those higher numbers when i start to get cotton mouth and drowsy. i tend to catch it head on and prevent the "zombie" mode i go into when i don't catch it

realsis77 2010-08-07 08:43:09 -0500 Report

Thank you for sharing that with me. Its good to know I'm not alone in this!

Bubbles2526 2010-08-08 21:24:20 -0500 Report

I too experience this.. it is scary.. so is my sugar getting to low.. the battle for normalcy is crazy! Glad I joined the site… thanks everyone!

Diane987 2010-08-06 14:36:01 -0500 Report

Pasta raises my blood sugar level even if it is whole grain. I don't use sauce from jars anymore because I always spike when I eat them. But sometimes you just want some pasta with sauce so I only eat a 1/2 cup of whole grain pasta and I use diced tomatoes to make a much lighter "sauce" for me. I mix the tomatoes with other veggies and Parmesan. It satisfies my craving and only takes my blood sugar a little higher than a normal "non-pasta" meal does.

I know what you mean about needing to sleep. If I eat something that makes my blood sugar go into the mid 200's I get really sleepy and have to close my eyes for an hour or so. It feels uncontrollable. I see many of my family members who treat there diabetes like they only have to take a pill and it doesn't matter how much they eat do the same thing after a meal where they clearly overindulged. I usually joke around an say that it is their bodies knocking them out before they eat anything else, but it really isn't funny.

The key for me has been portion control. I grew up in a family that seemed to think every inch on the plate had to have something on it and we had large plates. I did not know what a normal size portion was until I started weighing and measuring everything. I also have to make a conscious effort to stop eating before I feel full. I drink a glass of water before I eat so I will eat less food. If I am still sitting at the table and thinking of getting seconds. I drink another glass of water. That usually fills my stomach and keeps me from overeating.

realsis77 2010-08-07 08:41:36 -0500 Report

Thank you ! I will try your pasta recipe! Its really tough to know what to eat when you have been eating one way for your whole life! I've only been diagnosed for two weeks but I know I've had diabetes for about two years because the sleepy thing has been going on that long! Thanks for your help!

kdroberts 2010-08-06 11:31:30 -0500 Report

How much of the noodles did you eat?

realsis77 2010-08-06 12:04:41 -0500 Report

I ate a plate of the noodles. But they were whole grain noodles. I just readan article mays gave me now I see they have just as much gluclose as regular noodles which I didn't know until today!

kdroberts 2010-08-06 12:18:25 -0500 Report

Yup, pasta, regardless of the type, can raise blood sugar very high and give you the feelings you experienced.

Kirla 2010-08-06 12:20:19 -0500 Report

That’s why reading labels and testing blood sugar is so important. Testing only has to be done a lot at first. Once you know how different foods affect you, you only need to test to make sure your still doing ok. Some people recommend testing 2 hours after eating and some say one hour. I believe it doesn’t matter much as long as you’re testing. All grains spike me. Either in bread, noodles, cakes, crackers, chips or any product that contains them it doesn’t matter my blood sugar spikes. If you eat and your blood sugar spikes, look for the starchy carbs. Just about all starchy carbs spike me. I know of one guy who only tests after eating. Doesn’t test before. It all matters how much the insurance company will pay for or how much you can afford. I tested 6 times a day and some days even more. If you test after 2 hours once your numbers come down some, I believe testing 1 hour after eating for a few weeks helps fine tune your diet.

Good luck

kittyct 2010-08-06 16:46:08 -0500 Report

I have found that regular noodles don't change my blood suger much if I cook them less. I do cold pasta salad with fresh veggies.

realsis77 2010-08-06 12:08:01 -0500 Report

When I say "falling asleep" its like I'm drunk! I see double mouth gets dry and I have to sleep at least an hour. I couldn't get up if I wanted to I'm so out of it!

Bubbles2526 2010-08-06 10:56:25 -0500 Report

I too experience the same when my sugar is high and it is worrisome because I know how dangerous it is. It most times happens when I eat to much. And if I use any kind of can foods it tends to cause a spike. I have been on the South Beach Diet and they offer many homemade easy sauce mixes. It is suprising how many cannned items have an extreme amount of sugar added. I avoid them it seems to help. Also try lots of water, staying hydrated helps keep your BS low. Check your sugar more often and take walks or do yard work or housework for about 1/2 an hour also bring sit down. These are things I have found helpful.. good luck!

realsis77 2010-08-06 11:08:07 -0500 Report

Thank you so much I'm glad to know I'm not alone in doing this!

Pjordan 2010-08-08 19:45:47 -0500 Report

I found the same thing, if I drink about 48 ounces of very cold water it will bring my BG down very quickly and I can avoid that awful, scary sleepiness. Does anyone know if taking your meds at that time helps? I've been diagnosed less than a month and still coping. Pjordan

Kirla 2010-08-06 10:26:38 -0500 Report

High blood sugar can cause you to go into a diabetic coma just like low blood sugar. When diagnosed my doctor’s office called me for a week, because they were worried I would go into a diabetic coma. When I checked my voice mail it kind of scared me pretty good the doctors office calling 5-6 times an hour for several days. Thought I was dying or something.

Having such high numbers causes lots of damage. Over 220 I think will cause the liver to start dumping glucose into your urine. This makes you extremely thirsty and tired. High blood sugar does a lot of damage.

The good news is if you can get your blood sugar down to normal levels, I believe that further damage can be stopped and may even be reversible over time. It all depends how much damage was done and for how long.

I found that drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, salads, cabbage, cucumbers, sauerkraut and pickles helped bring down my blood sugar fast.

By testing my blood sugar before and 2 hours after each meal I found that all bread, pasta potatoes, rice and corn spiked my blood sugar more than what I liked and had to quit eating them.

After my blood sugar dropped a lot, I started testing before and one hour after eating. I was able to further fine-tune my diet even more.

I wrote how I controlled my blood sugar on my blog. Click the link below if your interested.


Good luck

MAYS 2010-08-06 10:13:40 -0500 Report

Excess and uncontrolled blood sugar levels causes sleepiness in diabetics.
One of the reasons for this is due to the body trying to remove the excess glucose, it's easier to do so if the body reduces some of the vital signs during this time period, thus causing, and bringing about sleep.

It is believed that excess glucose can cause a "calming" effect on the brain, causing drowsiness.

Having narcolepsy (since childhood) and being diabetic made things a little difficult for me because of conflicting analysis, so I can imagine what you are going thru.

Have you noticed that your need to urinate increases during this time of uncontrolled sleepiness ?

It's just your body's way of removing the excess glucose, get it under control and manage your diabetes, failure to do so is creating much more damage on your body than you can ever imagine !


realsis77 2010-08-06 10:27:36 -0500 Report

Thank you mays. I don't notice much when I'm in that state but I do believe I go to the bathroom a lot at night. I even (before I found out about the diabetic problem) got put on nuvigil. A medicine for norcoleptics. I still take nuvigil but during the times my body "crashes" it dosent help at all! Its awful! Its embarrassing its just terriable! Why do certain diabetics do this and certain diebetics do not? Is it that I'm more out of control with my bg levels? I really tried last night to eat well. I wonder what in the food caused this to happen? Any ideas?

MAYS 2010-08-06 10:49:46 -0500 Report

You just need to know what foods will raise your blood glucose level rapidly and which ones will not, it's all bout YOU now doing manually, what your body once did automatically, controlling the release of glucose into your bloodstream by controlling what you eat.

That's where the Glycemic Index comes into importance for diabetics:



Check out the site below (sign up, it's free), look into the tools and calculators section, it's very helpful as well as informative !



realsis77 2010-08-06 11:13:27 -0500 Report

Thank you so much mays! Hopefully soon I'll get this under control ! Sad thing is I thought I was cooking good with turkey meat wheat noodles ect! I guess its trial and error! I'll read the links you sent! You alsways have such good info!

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