Low Blood Sugars

By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-01-08 13:08:26 -0600
Started 2011-01-02 13:25:47 -0600

After a lot of excercise of walking 5-6 miles per day, as soon as I get back home, I test my numbers and find #'s have dropped considerably and that I start to feel slighty shaky and off my norm. I quickly get a snack and it usually takes about 15 minutes to "level out" and #'s back up. Does this happen to you and how do you handle it? Open for suggestions. I always carry snack and water when I am out walking, just in case. Have lost a lot of weigh and this feels great.

22 replies

troublemaker27 2011-01-04 15:44:39 -0600 Report

hi there,my name is tori it's nice to meet you.
well when i'm at program i walk a lot.
and exercise daily.
so it's not easy dealing with type two diabetes.
i been diagnosed since december 2008.
i watch what i eat and drink.
is french toast good for a diabetic?
let me know thanks see you
oh i forgot to say please-tori

jayabee52 2011-01-05 08:26:40 -0600 Report

I don't want to be seen as a smart alec Tori, but to attempt to answer your question about French Toast it would be nice to know some specifics about how the French Toast is made, and what you are trying to do with it. Are you attempting to use it to bring your BG#s up, or keep them down?

French Toast made from "regular" white bread, and a mixture of egg & milk, would tend to raise your BG#s. If it is made with the thicker sliced white bread (often called Texas Toast), it would tend to raise your BG higher than that of the regular white because it has more carbs per slice. French toast made from whole grains would not tend to raise your BG#s as high as that made from white. But only your glucometer could tell you for sure what various types of breads and different ways of preparing the French toast do to your BG#s.

Since this discussion is entitled "Low Blood Sugars" I am guessing that you are meaning "good" as good for treating low Blood sugars. Any carb will bring up your BG#s. The question is how do you know how many carbs to eat to get your BG#s where you want them.

I very rarely have lows. My experience is with my bride, who would go low, and I would need to help her raise it (she was blind, so I had to read her meter for her and get what she needed whether something to eat, or insulin.) Her Endo told me that diabetics who feel low tend to over consume carbs, and create a roller coaster of lows & highs. (Jem would over consume carbs, a lot because she would eat a lot of sweets till she felt better. By the time she digested everything consumed she was high again.)

To treat a low, the Endo suggested to eat about 15 carbs, wait, i5 min, & test again. If BG doesn't come up to normal levels, eat another 15 carbs, wait 15 min & test again. Repeat as necessary until the BG#s are in an acceptable range.

MewElla 2011-01-05 07:43:21 -0600 Report

French toast sounds great, but only in my dreams…I too, walk and really watch my diet and have lost a lot of weight in the last 11 months. In fact, almost time for me to get out for daily walk…Have a nice day and pleased to meet you, too.

FlowerCrazyNana 2011-01-08 11:31:58 -0600 Report

Make your dream come true…:-) I make french toast by using the low carb bread (3 slices = 1 slice reg. bread). I do not use milk in my egg mixture…just a little water and spices like cinnamon. Then I spray my no stick pan with Pam and cook. Sometimes I sprinkle a little Splenda on top or use some fresh fruit. I don't make it often but it is nice for a change once in a while.

jayabee52 2011-01-05 13:52:12 -0600 Report

That's great Ella! I'm glad you are so together with your diet & exercise.

I was specifically addressing Tori's (troublemaker) question about the French toast as I suspect she was asking about it in light of her question occurring in a discussion entitled "Low blood sugars".

I usually don't eat French toast myself. It's probably been years since I last had it.
Blessings to you and yours!

tomecom 2011-01-03 13:13:02 -0600 Report

NewElla: Your body's cells are burning stored glucose, and hopefully stored fat, for fuel during the exercise. When you use up the glucose that is stored in the muscle tissues, the liver will attempt to restore it; but the process takes time so you may experience some lows. If you eat a low glycemic index snack before you exercise, especially something like legumes, your blood sugars will stay more stable, and your energy levels will remain high.
If you do the same exercise everyday, your body will adjust and slow your metabolism. You will lose some of the benefit if your goal is to lose weight. The best policy is to vary your workouts, meals, and time of workouts to keep the body guessing.
If you subtract your age from 220, and multiply that number by 0.65, you will have the heart rate that will burn the most fat (aerobic heart rate). The key is to exercise at that rate for at least 45 minutes. Fat will only burn in the presence of oxygen; the aerobic rate provides the needed oxygen to burn excess fat. Then do about 15 minutes at an aerobic rate, which is your age subtracted from 220 and multiplied by 0.85. That will burn pure calories, and elevate your metabolism, which will remain high for up to several hours after you stop exercising.
I use a treadmill. I will do up to 12 miles every other day, sometimes every 3 days, at 4.0 MPH and up to 14% grade. Treadmills will allow you to vary the routine easily, and will track your progress. I burn up to 2800 calories in a session.
Exercise lowers insulin resistance, which will help your body burn the glucose more efficiently. It also restores damaged capillaries (caused by high bs), and oxygenates the body's tissues.

MewElla 2011-01-03 15:24:58 -0600 Report

That makes sense. Wow, burning 2800 calories in a session is awesome! I'm going to try to figure my situation. Thanks for letting me know this, had no idea.

CaliKo 2011-01-03 10:35:08 -0600 Report

That's exactly right. I think its called the 15-15-15 rule or something. If you are shaky or other signs of low glucose, test your blood glucose. If its approaching 70, eat 15 g carbs, wait 15 minutes, test again, eat 15 g carbs, — usually once or twice will get you back to 100, you don't want to over-do it. 5-6 miles is a good, long walk. I sometimes take dried apricots on my walks, it might help to eat something like that close to the end of your walk if you get shaky every time. Congrats on your weight loss.

MewElla 2011-01-03 13:00:45 -0600 Report

Thanks, dried apricots would be handy to carry in my pocket while walking. Will definitely try this one..

peace13 2011-01-03 10:17:17 -0600 Report

that happens to me a lot after physical therapy
I just make sure I keep Gatorade on me which works better then juice usually

Harlen 2011-01-02 13:48:07 -0600 Report

That it dose or did till I started to have a little snack before I whent on my walk lol
Best wishes

MewElla 2011-01-02 16:45:09 -0600 Report

Just to keep you fortified, right, lol..Thanks,

Harlen 2011-01-02 17:45:42 -0600 Report

Keeps my BS from dropping to much

BandonBob 2011-01-03 11:11:16 -0600 Report

I agree with having a small snack before exercising. I ride my bike 5 miles every day and haven't had an episode of low blood sugar.

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