Low Sugar Levels

By snuggums3030 Latest Reply 2010-11-04 19:50:52 -0500
Started 2010-10-29 00:05:11 -0500

How low does your sugar get before you go into a coma? My daughter's sugar level was 34 yesterday and I freaked out because I was at work which takes me an hour to get home because of traffic. My son called me and said her sugar was 34. He gave her candy, apple juice and two glucose tablets. When it drops low how much sugar do you give? This was the first time it was that low. Today it was 62 when I picked her up from school. I made her eat candy and a glucose tablet again. It's usually high not low.

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snuggums3030 2010-11-01 18:27:14 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone for your reply! It helps me alot to get advice from people that have been through it and learn what works and don't. Still learning every day!

Crashnot 2010-10-31 22:03:14 -0500 Report

If I've been running high, I can easily get down to 18 and be totally coherent, because my liver can pump out glucose to keep things running. If, on the other hand, I've had lows a few nights or times in a row, I'll collapse at 34 or so. It's the one time good control will do you in, because your liver will not have the excess glucose handy to pump into your system long enough to get help or some sugar. In a nutshell, coma levels are going to be different at different times.

jetten2 2010-10-31 11:03:06 -0500 Report

There is no actual number that fits everyone. Each person has different reactions to the highs and the lows. About 8 yrs ago I was sick in bed (before I learned to get alkaline) & was really out of it I finally told my wife to take me to the hospital after about 3 days. I do not even remember leaving the house or that she drove to the doctor first who came out to the car & told her to go to the hospital immediately. When I arrived at the ER my blood sugar was 1286 & somehow they kept me alive as my organs were shutting down. I was the highest this hospital ever saw that lived. What I am getting at is that when I was 1000 or so I did not even know it while someone else might notice it at 600 or so. Just go ALKALINE & she will be fine.

Eversinging1 2010-11-04 09:06:18 -0500 Report

I've heard a little about going alkaline…how does a person do this?

jetten2 2010-11-04 19:50:52 -0500 Report

It is TOUGH but you can do it with a l
ot of willpower and stomg commitment to getting rid of your disease. The first thing you must do is drink Alkaline water only. Most water is acidic. You can make your water alkaline in one of 3 ways. You can put a pinch or two of baking soda in your glass or the eqivalent if you are using a larger container. You can but PH drops & put it in the water or you can buy a water ionizer machine that makes your water pure & alkaline. ALWAYS drink ALKALINE WATER. Next I reccomend you buy DR Robert Young's book The ph Miracle For Diabetics and follow his direction. I eat about 95% alkalizing foods 7 probably about 90% raw only cooking an occasional small red or white potatoes ( no regular potatoes because the carbs will spike your sugar]. I also make my own soups using alkalizing vegetables & nothing acidic in one of those newer blenders with a soup button. By not cooking soup ot food over 118 degrees I do not destroy the enzymes & get the maximum benefit from the food. You must consume Sea Salt. There are many good sea salt such as Celtic, Himilayan, or RealSalt. The regular processed table salt is bleached & can have chemicals and additives in them which can result in various health problems such as High Blood Pressure. I have had high bllood pressure & took myself off the medication after going on the alkaline diet & I use plenty of sea salt & have lowered my blood pressure. The doctors are wrong. There are over 30 reasons why we must have salt in our diet. Just make it Sea Salt.
Go to Dr Young's website at phmiracleliving.com & begin to change your life & get rid of your ailments including Diabetes!

Harlen 2010-10-29 13:02:32 -0500 Report

I have benn down to 23 I would not let her get down that low lol
but I didnt pass out or go into a coma.
For me a small glass of OJ will do it for me.
Do you know what her carb to insulin ratio is???
Best wishes

jayabee52 2010-10-29 04:07:30 -0500 Report

I usually don't have lows. But from what I seem to remember is take 2 glucose tabs, and test again after 15 min. If still low, take 2 more and test in 15 min, repeat as needed. That way you don't overcompensate and get onto the BG roller coaster.

I don't know about the headaches. In the general discussions page there's a search box. Type in "Blood Sugar Blues" one of the results of the search should be a discussion thread by the same name. As I recall there was a lot of discussion about lows there.


snuggums3030 2010-10-29 00:06:33 -0500 Report

Oh, I forgot to ask, Is it normal for her to have headaches also. Since she has been taking insulin, she has a headache almost every day.

Crashnot 2010-10-31 22:08:20 -0500 Report

Insulin should certainly not cause headaches, unless they are in conjunction with having a low or a high. And that won't be from the insulin itself, but an extreme in her sugars. Is there a consistent pattern in her sugar level when she has the headaches?

Richard157 2010-10-29 09:57:06 -0500 Report

It is not good for the body to go through rapid changes from high to low and back to high again, repeatedly. If you have a low like the 34, and eat too much to raise the level, then you go very high. You may take extra insulin to compensate for the high. What jayabee suggested is much better. Take 3 glucose tablets and wait 15 minutes. Test again to see if the numbers are increasing. If it is increasing then wait another 15 minutes and test again. If it was NOT increasing then take 3 more glucose tablets. This is called the 15 minute rule and is used by many diabetics to keep from going too high when correcting a low. You should continue testing every 15 minutes until the numbers are at a safe level. When I am at 90 I stop testing.