Diabetic Sugar Levels Too Low

According to Ayurvedic concepts and their evaluations of diabetes is the only disease that occurs when there is an accumulation of toxins in the tissues that result in blocking circulation. According to ayurveda there are different causes of diabetes such as poor nutrition, poor digestion, the inequity of the nervous system, mental and physical stress, and disturbance of the natural cycle.

Variety of natural resources have been suggested by an Ayurvedic doctor. Most effective Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes is exercise and yoga. Ayurvedic cure for diabetes sets out some herbs such as amalaki, neem, turmeric, etc. How are you herbs shilajit restore the balance of which causes an imbalance in our body, which are considered nutritional supplements.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which blood sugar (glucose) levels are above normal - either the body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin, which breaks down blood sugar, or can not use your own insulin properly. Diabetes can cause serious health complications, including blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and even loss of a limb. The good news is that if you are one of 20,800,000 Americans struggling with diabetes (type 1 and type 2 combined), there are natural methods to help avoid these life threatening diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Diabetic Sugar levels too low?
    My mom has diabetes she uses insulin. Her sugar levels are usaully high but lately they have been very low in the 50's. She takes insulin before going to bed and in the morning she checks her sugar levels and it's really low. She eats when she takes the insulin so I was wondering why is it so low?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar levels of 50 are dangerous and need immediate attention. She needs to adjust her night insulin dose. Its really important.

      Type 2 diabetics, who are not on insulin, rarely go too low. It does happen, though

      Type 1s (insulin dependent) can and do have low blood sugar episodes when they take too much insulin or don't eat enough to compensate for the amount they took. It's a balancing act to say the least.

      Lots of variables involved in sugar level being too low,

      For more on diabetes visit
      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  2. QUESTION:
    What does it feel like to be a diabetic and have your sugar levels be too high and too low?

    • ANSWER:
      When your sugar level is too low, you feel woozy and have no energy, and you look like you are very tired. You might even feel nauseous. Its not fun at all.
      When your sugar is too high, you might feel nothing. But after months of going like that, like if you have diabetes and dont know it, then you could start feeling numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, and could have trouble with your vision, and you feel thirsty all the time, and you pee a lot more than usual.

  3. QUESTION:
    Diabetes, Sugar levels falling too low after exercise?
    I have recently joined a gym and have lost 5 kg and feel much fitter. I am diabetic. Recently, when I train, I found that my sugar levels are falling too low. I am afraid that it might fall so low that it might do permanent damage? What is the best way to manage this?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends very much on how your diabetes is controlled. (Which also may relate to your age.) If for example you are on metformin alone, you can't really go hypo and there is no problem. Insulin, particularly the shorter acting types, would be easy to modify to reduce the risk of hypos with exercise. Medium insulins and other hypoglycaemics are the most difficult to manipulate. However if you take roughly the same amount of exercise each day, at approximately the same time, it should be possible. In any case make sure that you have some glucose sweets always available.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is a fast food/drink to bring up blood sugar level quickly for a diabetic who's level has dropped too low?
    My husband is diabetic and sometimes I need a quick snack to get his level up. I have been giving him ice cream, but he said it would be better to have something that has less complex sugar so that it will work faster. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Ice cream is not a good choice because while it has sugar, the fats in it will delay digestion.

      For correcting a low blood sugar, you need something that is high in sugar and low in fat. That combination will raise your blood sugar the quickest. (So the person who suggested croissants and pastries was wrong, because while those are high in carbs, they are also high in fats, and the fat will delay the digestion of the carbs, so the blood sugar won't rise fast enough.)

      Good hypo treatments include:
      - regular soda (I get the mini-cans which have 15g of carb each, perfect)
      - jelly beans (measure them out into 15g carb portions to prevent over-corrections)
      - fruit juice
      - fruit jellies
      - gummy bears
      - glucose tablets
      - hard candies
      - have a look in the kid's candy aisle. I find all sorts of cool things there. As long as the main ingredients are sugar, fructose or concentrated fruit juice, it will be OK
      - if all else fails, plain table sugar dissolved in water will do the trick!

  5. QUESTION:
    Non-diabetic low blood sugar question?
    I have have strange episodes of weakness and shakes for a few yrs, very minor. No doctor seemed to think it was anything. Now pregnant, at 9 weeks I passed out at a job interview, woke up in ambulance they said my glugose level was 81? Was given glucose gel I perked up and by time I got to hospital, still shaking and soaked it sweat, they said I was fine. at 4 months I saw another doctor who ordered labs to test potassium level because of high protein in urine (i have ibd, she was just curious to see how long it took for my potassium to correct itself after episode) She called saying my blood sugar level was very low and asked how i had been feeling. Since then I have passed out one more time and had near pass out episodes 3 times (24 weeks along now) I have not been able to test my blood sugar during any of these. Every time my ob has labs done it comes back fine. she says a level of 81 is within normal and would not cause any shakes or passing out. She insisted I just stood up too fast (vagal reaction).
    Ob claims the only reason someone's blood sugar drops is if they are diabetic and because of reaction o their meds. I know this is not true. Please help clear things up for me so when I see her tomorrow I will know what I am talking about.
    Already have, but doctor refuses to listen, still insists its all in my head.

    • ANSWER:
      A level of 81 is low, most EMS systems require IV glucose if your level drops below 80, some systems use 70.

      You mentioned that you are pregnant. Has your OB-GYN tested you for gestational diabetes? Some women develop diabetic symptoms when pregnant. Sometime in the first trimester they usually administer a glucose tolerance test.

      Maybe you should see another Dr. for a second opinion.

  6. QUESTION:
    My mother is experiencing low blood sugar level recently. Always between 2-4 is she a diabetic?
    Even though shes been to the Doctor they said it ok but she's worried it too low. And she also had high blood pressure. I just want to know before its too late.

    • ANSWER:
      4 to 6 is in the normal range. Under 4 is HYPOglycemic. Yes she has low sugar levels.

      My sister found that if she eats a low carbohydrate food plan, similar foods daily at each meal, she doesn't get the sharp spike then the crashing. She has been Hypoglycemic for many years, like before they let us have the meters.

      Please check out South Beach phase 2, Atkins phase 3 or 4, Pritiken, Zone - Dr Sears, Dr Bernstein, and a few other low carb food plans.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is my sugar level too low?
    I'm pre-diabetic. My doctor put me on Metformin (aka glucophage) to control my insulin because i'm insulin resistant. This morning, I took my pill and had to run out of the house to get to my 8:00am class; so I didn't have time to eat. I'm supposed to eat with my pills, because my pills lower my sugar levels for me, but they can only work better with food, so they can actually do their job. So in class i felt very weak, tired, shaky. So when I got out of class, I checked my sugar and it was 80. Someone told me that the normal levels for a 19 year old are between 80 to 120. I felt like it was too low, even though I was in "normal range"? Is 80 too low or normal?

    • ANSWER:
      80 is fine. You were just having a reaction to the pill and not eating something. Carry something in your bag for you to be able to eat when these things happen. It will make you feel better.
      You need to be careful tho. Before you take your pill check your sugar. It is dangerous not to.

  8. QUESTION:
    Diabetes makes sugar levels abnormally high, but do they go low too?
    a diabetic untreated by insulin neglected or forgot to eat enough would their sugar levels drop at any stage? to a normal level or hypo level?
    or if a diabetic ate unbelievably healthy very low carb no sugar sort of diet?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends. Type 2 diabetics, who are not on insulin, rarely go too low. It does happen, though. But no one has been able to tell me why. I'm never been below 70 in my four year history with the disease, so hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is a non issue with me.

      Type 1s (insulin dependent) can and do have low blood sugar episodes when they take too much insulin or don't eat enough to compensate for the amount they took. It's a balancing act to say the least. In the scenario you present, where they don't take insulin, the chances of having a low blood sugar episode is highly unlikely unless the patient has insulinoma, which is pretty rare. In most cases, given that scenario, their blood sugar will not come down... it could even go up because the liver can still convert glycogen into glucose even though no food has been consumed.

      Lots of variables, no absolutes.

  9. QUESTION:
    Normal Sugar Levels for a non-diabetic hypoglycemic?
    I just found out I'm hypoglycemic, can anyone give me normal sugar levels. I need to know what is too low before I eat and after I eat. I also need to know what is too high. Thanks!!
    Rinita- That wasn't my question. My hypoglycemia has been proven. My question is what the normal levels are..

    • ANSWER:
      All reading MUST be taken after fasting (not eating) for 4 to 8 hours. NEVER take a reading any sooner than 2 hours after eating! Those reading WILL be high, and they WILL confuse you/.

      NORMAL fasting blood sugar levels are 80-120. If the fast is a short one (about 4 hours, like the time between lunch and dinner) the reading are slightly higher, like 100-130.

      8-hour fasting readings over 130 indicate possible diabetes.

      ANY reading less 75 is considered hypoglycemic. Any reading less than 55 indicates an emergency, and treatment is necessary, possibly through the Emergency Room or calling 911.

      The Good News is the Hypoglycemia can usually be corrected with a proper diet. MOST hypoglycemics are that way due to poor diet-- failure to eat proper meals with enough calories. This is often found in teenage girls with a bad "Hollywood": body image. These girls are too thin, but they think they are fat, and thus limit their own calories to make the bodies try to fit the "Hollywood" view. This is a BAD, potentially fatal, mistake!

  10. QUESTION:
    Low blood sugar readings for being a pre-diabetic?
    I got diagnosed with pre-diabetes not too long ago and I have done what the doctor said and watched my diet and exercise. I have also been monitoring my blood sugar levels. Some have come out in the 130's a few hours after eating and some have come out in the 60's. The lowest I have gotten so far is 58. Is it possible for someone with pre-diabetes to have low readings also? I usually don't feel too weird when I get low readings but when I get in the 130's I start feeling lightheaded, dizzy, and my breathing gets harder and faster.

    • ANSWER:
      there is a really good web site that you can visit that tell you all kinds of things about diabetics it is www.dlife.com

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your blood sugar is too low?
    The reason I ask is because I believe I have hypoglycemia, but it seems to be an uncommon occurrence in people without diabetes. I have had all symptoms of hypoglycemia, and when I do not eat for long periods of time I feel like I'm drunk, my hands shake, and its hard for me to focus. I crave sugar alot (although that could just be a bad diet habit :p) and I recently bought a device to test me blood glucose levels. In the morning my glucose levels have been normal (from 75-95), but it does seem like they are low when compared with others in my family who have also tested themselves. After eating a large meal my blood sugars still rarely rise more than 100, and are generally between 75-95 still. For ex: 1 or 2 hours ago for lunch i ate a bunch of grapes, tomato soup, 2 vegetarian sausages, and then some chocolate xp I just tested my glucose levels and it read 87. This morning before breakfast it was 79. I guess my question is are these levels low? There are articles online which say after eating it should be no more than 140, but it doesn't say how high they should be.
    Btw for more background info im 19, 120 pounds, and there is some history of diabetes on my dads side, though he himself isnt diabetic

    • ANSWER:
      Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia can vary from person to person. As the glucose levels in your blood go very low, the symptoms become more severe. The normal range of sugar levels in your blood usually should fall between 70-110 mg/dl. The articles online are correct after eating a large meal it should be no more than 140 but you can go up to 180 and stilll consider this normal after eating a large meal for a non-diabetic. You are within normal range but can get your number from an Ac1 blood test that your physican can administer in order to track your blood glucose for the last three months which can be helpful in order to determine if your levels are low.

      If your sugar levels are marginally lower(60-65 mg/dl) then the low blood sugar symptoms normally experienced are nausea, hunger, anxiety, trembling, nervousness, excessive sweating, palpitations and numbness in your limbs and craving sugar this is also a symptom of low blood sugar as your body is lacking the glucose. If you are experiencing these symptoms then you need to get that A1c test and other more specific testing for low blood sugar as explained below.

      There are two main types of non-diabetic hypoglycemia. The first one is called Fasting Hypoglycemia, which occurs after going without food for long periods of time. Most cases of non-diabetic hypoglycemia come from fasting and are usually ignored because people just assume that the symptoms are just normal effects of hunger instead of an illness.

      Fasting hypoglycemia will also occur as a result of hyperinsulinism, a disorder wherein the body produces too much insulin, resulting in a rapid depletion of the body’s glucose leading to sudden lowering of blood sugar. Hyperinsulinism usually results from abnormal development of certain hormones.

      The second type of non-diabetic hypoglycemia is called Reactive Hypoglycemia, which is still undefined these days as the causes are not always clear, or hard to pin-point. Currently, the most common cases came from people who underwent stomach surgery and developed problematic blood sugar levels afterwards. There are also disorders that affect the way the stomach processes glucose which result in reactive hypoglycemia. There are also a large number of hypoglycemia cases with causes that are still unknown, which get considered as reactive types.

      Admittedly, non-diabetic hypoglycemia is rarely diagnosed properly, since hypoglycemia is usually attributed to people who suffer from diabetes, placing it well under the radar of non-diabetic patients. However, some physicians will do tests on your blood when sugar levels drop and they will look for symptoms if suspicions arise. If you exhibit hypoglycemia symptoms, they may give you some medication or quick fixes to increase your blood sugar levels and if the symptoms go away, they will assume that you have hypoglycemia and further tests will go underway. A caregiver may put you on a 72 hour fasting diet to check how low your blood sugar levels will drop, followed by a mixed meal test to see which specific meal caused your glucose levels to go down. Finally, additional blood testing will be done to find out the exact cause of the hypoglycemia.

      Treatment of hypoglycemia is an ongoing process, remember to have a good diet with evenly spaced out meals every 2-3 hours apart. Also exercising can really help in keeping this condition under check.

      A lot of symptoms of low blood sugar have common signs as other diseases. You are experiencing symptoms that need to be checked, do consult your doctor for treatment.

      Hope this helps.

  12. QUESTION:
    Husband had diabetes and sugar is low constantly?
    My husband is constantly in low sugar. He is diabetic and has to inject insulin. I will make him a big healthy dinner and an hour later, his sugar is 30 or 26 or something. It's like this all the time! We have 2 young kids who witness daddy acting like a crazy freak. I am at my wits end and don't think I can continue this. When his sugar drops, he will start stumbling around and falls on the floor, or knocks into walls, coughs really loud and barks like a dog. He says crazy things that doesn't make any sense. He either is that way or really really mean. He will start screaming and yelling at me and call me a bitch and a whore. The kids see and hear all of this. And I have to help him. I have to get sugar and pour it into his mouth. Sometimes, he resists my help (because he's so out of it) and I have to literally force feed him.

    I am sooo fed up. It has happened twice today, last night too. It's all the time and I need some advice. Why can't he keep his sugar levels up?
    Husband has diabetes, not had. Sorry
    Thank you for all of the replies. I now think his insulin is either a. too strong or b. he is taking to many units when he eats. He has a doctor appointment tomorrow. Unfortunetly, I can't go and explain exactly what happens to him, to the doctor. He is just going to have to explain it to him, the best he can.

    • ANSWER:
      SERIOUS SERIOUS SERIOUS! He is producing to much Insulin and your husbands dr is a nut if he is letting this happen.

      Sounds like he is taking to much Insulin compared to what he is eating. You dont take the same amount all the time. He needs to talk to his dr about how to adjust his dosage.

      He could have a stroke and be in a diabetic coma. You cant expect someone that is mentally-medically unable to make the right choices. YOU NEED EDUCATION to help him.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is my sugar levels bad? I'm not diabetic but I check my sometimes?
    My mom is a diabetic and she was also pregnant with me and she got "pregnant diabetes"
    so i know i'm at higher risk
    but sometimes when she checks her (she has one of those home ones where you prick your finger and put it on the strip etc) and she checks mine too

    every time I've checked mine mine has been in the 80's
    accept one time it was in the low 100's
    but I had just ate less than 20 minutes before

    also I'm 16 years old, eat pretty healthy and I'm not over-weight
    I'm 5'3 weight 116lbs
    and i excerise almost day

    • ANSWER:
      Not only are your levels normal, they are truly, wonderfully, *perfectly* normal.

      By that I mean that there is a fairly wide range of what is considered "normal". The closer you get to the high end of "normal", the closer you get to pre-diabetes and full-blown diabetes territory.

      But you are nowhere near that. I have read in several places (such as http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/16422495.php ) that 82-85 is the "ideal" perfect non-diabetic blood glucose level.

      You are as good as it gets! :-)

      (great job with the weight and daily exercise, too.)

  14. QUESTION:
    Am I a pre-diabetic; sugar level: 123 after 12 hr Fasting; read on please..?
    Recently my Dr's nurse called & informed me of my lab results: sugar: 123 -after no food nor drink for 12-hr. period; she told me: "Your sugar is a little high -so watch your Sugar (intake) I thought she meant; I did not think to ask her IF that meant that I was pre-diabetic or what. I checked my sugar late one afternoon since then & it was: 132; I'd had serving +? soft drink, but previously my sugar stayed around 120 or mostlly 110 & lower, around 95-100 lots of times. I don't have tester & chek mine, once in a while at my Mom's, as she is a Diabetic & takes insulin shots twice per day. I take Zyprexa, 2.5 mg. daily, for few yrs. now; am bipolar, & as u probably know: side effects of Zyprexa is often: diabetes and high cholesterol too, i believe and now my cholesterol level is 253; just a few yrs. ago my former Doc said that " it can't be any better than my (cholesterol level) was. now i've been takin statins approx. one mo. now (generic zocor, 10 mg. daily).thanx!

    • ANSWER:
      you are probably not a diabetic yet. The lowest form of type 2 diabetes is call a diet controlled diabetic. If you sugar was still ok after you ate food then you are probably not there yet. However, lets examine the evidence. You have a family history of insulin controlled diabetes, you had a glucose test that was a little high, and your cholesterol is way too high. I would say that you are a pre-diabetic in that aspect that although you don't have it now your family history and lifestyle choices mean that you will get it in the future. However all is not lost. If you monitor your food intake and stop eating sugar or high progressed simple sugars (like bread rolls and pasta) then you can most assuredly stop this from happening. Also you will be able to control the cholesterol and save your self from a triple bi-pass later. No other way to do it I am afraid. Go luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    During high blood sugar level above 300 could a type 2 Diabetic take Actrapid Insulin to lower it immediately?
    Oral one work too slow. During stress and andrenalis rush blood sugar to rise suddently. To prevent stroke, blindness and heart problem I was told taking by syringe directly into your blood stream insulin will protect you from stroke, blindness and other problems when the blood sugar level suddently shot up. Is it safe? Any of you have done it? Does it work to protect your body from harm?

    • ANSWER:
      You should never inject insulin into your blood stream. This is a short acting insulin. You need to consult with a physician. Diabetes and its medications are nothing to experiment with.

      WHo ever told you injecting into your blood stream for protection obviously has no idea of what they are talking about.

      Do you have a prescription for this? Please see a doctor and dietician in regards to your diabetes.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does Green Tea or supplements Lower Blood Sugar?
    I have recently ordered Gree tea supplements after reading online article that said it can lower blood sugar level in pre diabetic and diabetics.Has anyone tried and see the difference in blood sugar level?did you also notice some weight loss too?Can you share your experience?Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Can a diabetic whose blood sugar drops appear to be like someone with dual personaility disorder?
    I recently started dating a guy who I like very much. He is also funny, sweet, generous, etc. However, we recently stayed overnight in a hotel. He started sweating heavily in his sleep, woke up at 3:30 AM and started sleep walking. It really scared me. He had a glassy look in his eyes, started singing a song, peed on the floor, and called me a bitch. This all scared the hell out of me. I never saw this side of his personality and now I am afraid to be alone with him. He does have a history of childhood abuse and is a former marine. When he looked at me I didn't even know who he was. His personality was totally different and I was frightened he would hurt me.

    He claims he just needed sugar, etc. however I am petrified should this ever happen again. Is this type of thing typical of a diabetic who had too much insulin or does this sound like there is much more going on such as split personality disorder brought out by the low blood sugar. I en ended up leaving the hotel room and the hotel got the paramedics to come and revive him. His blood sugar level was 40.

    Does this sound like a relationship I need to leave? I am being advised to by several people but wanted to hear from some diabetics or those familiar on if this is very unusual and your impressions. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You got some really good, comprehensive answers and I'll just add a little bit. I am a Viet Nam vet and part of what you experienced struck me as very familiar. I believe he may (if he has been in any combat situations) have been experiencing PTSD in addition to very low sugar (40). A level of 40 is very scary for me, but in my case, I haven't had any violent episodes, thank God. The urination on the floor stands out for me as that was one of my signs of PTSD over twenty years ago. He definitely needs to check his sugar before bed and if it is anywhere near approaching the low range he needs to get some carbs in him. Contrary to what one poster said, low sugar does NOT excuse the behavior. He needs to be managing his sugar better or he is a danger to himself and others. Your actions may have saved his life. Now, if you are serious about him, is the time for a long, serious talk and plans for what to do about making sure an episode such as this doesn't happen again.

  18. QUESTION:
    i would like to know how to prevent or lower down sugar level in the body ?
    i have this wound and when i clean it, i place the cloth at my side and after a while, i saw black ants and doing some party on the cloth that i used to cover my wound. My skin also turns to red easily after i am scratch mildly by my friend or if the surroundings is too cold... Does this mean i am diabetic or have high sugar level? how can i decrease it to prevent being diabetic? Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      The amount of ants that drink your blood is a poor indicator of blood sugar levels. Get tested with a proper glucose meter with a doctor to determine your blood sugar levels. If having major skin issues contact a dermatologist.

      As for maintaining blood sugar levels, avoid starches/carbohydrates/sugars. Also Kidney Beans/Kidney Bean extracts suppress the enzyme that the body uses to process carbohydrates, thus preventing the amplitude of blood sugar level spikes after eating carbohydrates/sugar

  19. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend is a Type 1 Diabetic and when his bloodsugar gets either too low or too high he acts weird..help?
    He is 28 years old & was diagnosed in his teens with Type 1 Diabetes. He has trouble sometimes controlling his sugar levels. When this happens, he acts like a totally different person. He said he feels like he has multiple personality disorder. I have been with him for 7 years & am somewhat used to this, but sometimes he scares me. Has anyone else had this happen to them or someone they know? I'm just curious if there is anything herbal that could help his problem.
    He says he hurts physically when his sugars get out-of-whack & I'm sure this makes him grumpy, but sometimes he seems like a totally different person. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      WickedQueenAmanda: This is pretty simple....high sugar levels due to not enough insulin does not turn your blood into gooey karo syrup, but the oncotic pressure of the blood causes the tissues to give up fluid and you dehydrate yourself. Your boyfriend will get nauseated and will pee quite a bit, and then his body will become acidotic - a dangerous state. So dehydration, excessive urination, and an overwhelming acid load all make your boyfriend feel terrible and act a little loony - first grumpy because he's feeling sick, then he'll be worse.

      Low sugar levels, due to too much long acting insulin (or either skipping a meal or just feeling too sick or being too busy to eat) will starve the brain of it's fuel, and your boyfriend will act like he's drunk or tired - or both.

      There are two things you can do. The first is to help him calculate his calorie intake and his insulin requirements so that he matches his digested carbs to his insulin requirement. We all lie to each other and ourselves about the snacks we eat.....diabetics have to count every bite! The second is to help him with his testing, remind him to test when he eats more than he calculated his insulin to be (like when he has an extra beer or ate some of your dessert), or when he doesn't eat as much of a meal as he normally does.

      Although he sounds like a "brittle" diabetic, if you and he can get his insulin management a little better, he might be able to use an insulin pump and manage his disease even more closely. Remember, the better his HbA1-C, the longer he'll stay healthy!

  20. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me why i throw up when i smoke weed? Am i diabetic?
    My mate big ron never seems to be affected, even though we smoked some of da finest mexican hash. Is my sugar level too low?

    • ANSWER:
      For some people, the disoriented feeling that marijuana gives them is enough to make them vomit. You might be one of those people.

  21. QUESTION:
    Why Am I feeling low sugar symptoms: dizzy nauseated sweaty when my sugars aren't low?
    I've seeemed to continuously deal with this since last May 2008 when I had my 2nd child. I was told I was gest diabetic with him and after having him i've fought low sugar symptoms. Never shaky maybe a little weak but mostly headache and dizzy and tired and wanting to eat us out of house and home every couple hrs as of recently and dr has checked my thyroid blood sugars etc even did a 3hr test a month ago or so and all was normal. Anyone have any idea what else IT could be?? my bp seems ok too. oh and like a sugar level i have felt it at is 104 for example. 72-75 is as low as i've seemed to recall ever getting and i feel pretty sluggish then that I can understand.
    my sugar levels remain around the level i already said so i seem to feel yucky constantly the last week anyway but at times it seems I eat and the sugar level doesn't change but yea its odd. CELIAC disease not quite that's a shitting disorder lol and issue with the small intestine I looked that up. I have no problems with that half of my body ;) . ty tho.
    another UPDATE 6/28/09 - ok reading up on celiac. As far as me eating a lot I do it more so when i get dizzy to get rid of what I am calling a sugar low tho what I read its saying its a lack of carbs but I can eat a ton of carbs that makes no matter. FEEL FREE to IM me: mommy2robndax if you like.
    ooops forgot to answer: on medicines no. just my allergy meds zyrtec and flonase.
    i also never mentioned diabetes run very strong on my mother's side of the family. my mom and her sister were hypoglycemic. my gpa was diabetic and obese lost his weight it helped then he died of leukemia. anyway.. and his brother is still alive and insulin dependent as well as one of his grandkids. my great great uncle (gpa and his bro's uncle) was baaad diabetic on insulin.
    one LAST thing.. any gas issue or well i doubt this even affects my problem but i had my gall bladder removed 2yrs ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a condition known as "metabolic syndrome".

  22. QUESTION:
    sugar levels?
    what is a normal person's sugar level? if i am that, if i eat about 100 or more grams of chocolate or candy how high will my blood sugar level go?

    can i drink water to lower the levels? or what to do to not make it go too high?

    how much sugar would i have to take to turn diabetic???

    • ANSWER:
      In a person without diabetes, the pancreas can secrete the exact amount of insulin to cover what one is eating to prevent the blood sugar from raising too high. Usually, a normal blood sugar level is between 4-8 mmo/L (millimoles per litre) which is about 72-144 dL/mg.

      Blood sugar levels can be lowered by fasting (not eating. This is why blood sugar levels are low before breakfast) and exercise. Exercise and getting the good ol' heart pumping faster increases the rate at which glucose is used in the blood, and therefore lets blood sugar levels drop.

      Consuming sugar does NOT turn you diabetic. Fizzy drinks, chocolate, sugar, sweets will NOT MAKE YOU DIABETIC. FOODS WILL NOT MAKE YOU DIABETIC, only alter your blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes means your body can't make insulin to let your body use sugar, letting it build up in the blood, which is why undiagnosed diabetics have high blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetics DO make insulin, but not in a format that the body can use.

      I hope this answers your question =]

      x

  23. QUESTION:
    Help! How much insulin to lower diabetic's blood sugar?
    Here we are, on vacation, and hubby's blood sugar has gone to 376. I increased his dosage of Lantus another 10cc--total =25cc. After a couple of hours, his blood sugar is at 370--How much to lower it? He normally takes 8mg of glimpiride and 12cc of Lantus--and his levels are in the normal range. Unfortunately, he ran out of the glimpiride -now he's running way too high. Is there a doc out there with advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Lantus is a long acting insulin. Results on blood sugar from taking increased doses of lantus will not start to be seen for hours. In addition to this, if you would happen to give him too much, it would affect him for 12-24 hours, so it is critical that you do not give a diabetic too much long acting insulin.

      You either need to be patient or get him to a care clinic for evaluation by a doctor. Something might have to be done if he does not have his oral medication.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can you explain this?? Impaired glucose tolerance and low sugar?
    I've been told I have impaired glucose tolerance for nearly 20 years. I've had gestational diabetes 3x. I don't understand it. Even when I was 16, if I had a regular breakfast (40g) of carbs, I'd fail the sugar test. Even when I was 25 and a size 2, I failed the test. It seems no matter what I do, my sugars go up. I watch what I eat, no fruit juice, simple sugars, limited carbs, VERY few desserts, etc. After I eat, even if the sugar doesn't go higher than 140, 3 hours later it plummets. I've had sugars in the 50's and 60's. I get sweaty, shaky, and B**chy. The lowest I've caught it on my meter is 48.

    If IGT is caused by reduced sensitivity to insulin, then why does it crash about 3 hours after I eat? It seems to me that my body puts the insulin in only after the sugar goes up. It seems like it lags behind.
    Can anyone explain this to me?? If I recall correctly, my recent A1c was 5.9. I had a Slim-fast shake this morning, and 2 hours later felt very hungry. I couldn't understand why. It dawned on me to test my sugar level and it was 181. The label says the shake had 30g of carbs (including the skim milk).

    I have a meter from my pregnancies. My mom has MODY for the past few decades, and it VERY ill from it. Her sugars are regularly 400-600. Last time she was hospitalized it was 1420. I don't want to end up like my mom. She is a brittle diabetic. My uncle, her brother, died at 45 from diabetes. My great grandmother was a Sioux indian.

    I moved to FL and the last endocrinologist I went to told me to not come back till all of my sugars were over 200. He also said that sugars in the 50's are normal when you diet. I think he is full of it. I had an endo at Yale that wanted to see me yearly, and now I can't find a doctor to see me. Advice???

    The only time my sugar doesn't go up and I avoid a "crash" is with a meal with lots of protein, like bacon and eggs. But my last doctor got on my butt about too much fats and cholesterol. My HDL is sky high and my LDL is very low. I think the sugar issue is more important than cholesterol. My cholesterol is in the normal range and I eat approx.10-12 eggs a week.

    • ANSWER:
      This forum has far too many limitations to answer your question with confidence. It does not sound as if you have impaired glucose tolerance based upon your A1C of 5.9%. Given your A1C if you have wide fluctuations in glucose - 181 mg/dL which is 'high' for a non-diabetic and as low as 48 mg/dL which is 'low' for a non-diabetic - you may very well have an auto-immune process that is affecting the alpha and beta cells of the pancreas. In addition you may have an insulin secreting adrenal adenoma. I would strongly encourage you to see a competent endocrinologist as the recommendation to come back when your glucose readings are consistently over 200 mg/dL is absolutely ridiculous. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

  25. QUESTION:
    Low Blood Sugar Solutions?
    I don't have very good eating habits(am trying to improve), but frequently experience bouts of fatigue, mental sluggishness and the like. When I feel this way I have checked my blood sugar with a meter and it is in the 60-70s, which is too low, they say. So I have tried eating various things when it gets that low to try and help me feel better and to get it up to around 100, which I hear is good. I am not diabetic or hypoglycemic...I just cause the situation through my poor eating habits.
    My question is have others experienced this, and what have you done to help the situation, i.e. what foods do you eat to help you feel better faster and get your blood sugar up, snacks and such. It's not easy to keep your blood continuously at a good level...it seems you need to eat fairly frequent meals and balance them properly with foods with sugars and combine them with say protein foods to prevent a quick spike in your blood sugar and then comes the inevitable crash. I've heard lifesavers help, and peanut butter is good, among other things.
    What are other good snacks you can carry around with you throughout the day to eat to maintain a good blood sugar level? Any other thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated, thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Could a persons blood sugar be metabolized like normal sugar?
    My girlfriend is diabetic, and we were debating this fact. I asked "what would you do if you if your blood sugar was too low and there was no sugar around for miles?"

    Then I suggested that if she drank my blood (yeah, kinda weird, but this is hypothetical) then the sugar in my blood would help raise her blood sugar level. I do realize this would probably be a miniscule amount, if at all; but I just wanted to know if it was possible.

    She disagrees and thinks that the glucose in someone's blood cannot be used like that.

    Anyone have an answer?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, let's see. Generally, you should start with 15 grams of glucose. If your blood glucose concentration when she drinks it is high normal, say 100mg/dL (1000mg/L), she'd have to drink 15Liters of your blood. You only have 5 or 6 liters of blood. Sorry, won't work, unless you're diabetic and your sugar is at least 4-5 times normal (for purposes of leaving you some blood).

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the normal fasting and P.P. sugar level? What are the symptoms of Diabetics?
    My Fasting sugar is 139 and PP sugar is 197. Am I Diabetic? If yes, how severe it is? What I should do to reduce the sugar level? My toes and lower foot has a burning sensation and it pains too. Is it because diabetics?

    • ANSWER:
      Fasting blood sugar level is 80 to 120 and post lunch sugar level is between 120-160. These are normal levels.Nothing to worry. it is curable 100%.

      Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes:
      Severe pain in calf muscles [below the knee jonts], extreme thirst, extreme hunger, realing sensation,excessive urination, unhealed wounds/injuries, sore gums, sudden loss of weight/stamina, blurred vision,etc.,. Tensions have cumulative effect on symptoms.
      Cure:
      How to activate Pancreas :
      (A) ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:

      With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while press9ng a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or after 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels.

      Give acupressure treatment-pressing intermittently not only on point no. 25 of the Pancreas but also on the points of all the endocrine glands.
      (B) Drink 2 glasses of gold/silver/copper/ iron charged water reduced from 4 glasses of water everyday.
      How to reduce excess heat and reactivate proper production of insulin :
      (A) As the first thing in the morning, drink 1 cup (2 ounces) of fresh juice of green coriander leaves. Avoid any food/drink for the next 15/20 minutes.
      (A)OR in case green coriander leaves are not available take 2 lady's fingers (tffst) cut them in half and soak them in a cup of water. Keep it overnight, squeeze them in the morning-strain this water and drink. The sticky water covers the inside wall of the stomach and prevents sugar being sucked from the stomach. And thus helps in curing Diabetes.

      (C) During the day, drink 2 to 3 cups of green juice adding in each cup 1 teaspoon of mixture of 300 grams of Amla powder (a fruit grown in India having 16 times more vitamin 'C' than 16 lemons) +100 grams of dry ginger powder.
      [D] cut raw vegetables + lime juice or curds without butter + black salt, will be fine.
      u can include in Ur diet for breakfast.

      The net effect of all these treatments will be that just within 10/12 days, Diabetes will be arrested. Now go on reducing the intake of tablets, pills of insulin injections in such a way as to stop all the other medication within 10 days.
      Continue the treatment for 35 to 40 days and Diabetes will be cured permanently unless contracted again by reckless diet and improper life style.

  28. QUESTION:
    Meal Ideas ... low carb for Diabetic ....?
    My boyfriend is a 49 year old diabetic … he has had diabetes since 1973 – so for a very long time. He doesn’t eat right. He watches his sugar intake “Usually” …. But I have told him his main concern should be his carbohydrate intake – as he always over does it.
    Finally he has agreed to try doing this for a couple weeks and see if this helps. His sugar levels have been all over the place …. And I have a feeling he just needs to get his diet regulated.

    I would love some meal ideas …. I know that it will be a general idea … as it depends on age, and weight and all of that. But Just a few general ideas – that would be good for him.

    Some ideas of breakfasts he could eat … normally he eats to packets of instant oatmeal … or a microwave breakfast sandwich. I think in the oatmeals for 2 packets it is like 43 carbs ? Is this too many?

    Lunch ideas ….

    And Dinner Ideas ?

    How many carbs typically is a good amount to have per meal. How many is too many /

    And any other general

    • ANSWER:
      wow 43 carbs is a lot for a day in a diabetics live ... I am a 37 year old diabetic and my doctor send me to some classes on how to deal and live with diabetes so I will be sending u some info. through ur email ok?... I don't have the time right now

  29. QUESTION:
    How long does soda affect blood sugar?
    Say if I drink 2 sodas at 6:30 p.m., will that affect my fasting blood sugar level the next morning??? I'm not diabetic, but I took my blood sugar level this morning and it was higher than it usually is. I have been sort of monitoring it since my Mom has diabetes AND I have a glucose tolerance test tomorrow a.m. Hoping by not eating sugar today it will be lower tomorrow a.m. It was 98, which is still not diabetic, but higher than it normally is. I know under a 100 is good, but 98 is too close for comfort for me!
    And to add to it, the reason I'm having the test is to check my insulin levels to control my PCOS, not to suspect diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      What you eat or drink in the evening rarely has anything to do with what your glucose is in the morning. For something with simple sugar like soda a typical person would be rid of the sugar within a few hours at most. The glucose tolerance test is not a test to check for PCOS. GT tests to see how your body is metabolizing carbohydrates. You go in fasting, your glucose level is checked, you drink a sugary drink and then your glucose is tested over a period of usually two hours. If your glucose is under 140 you're normal. If it's between 140 and 200 you're considered prediabetic/glucose intolerant, meaning you're showing signs of insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes) and if it's over 200 you're diabetic. You can't beat the tests by not eating...you'll just be hungry. To diagnose PCOS there are 3 different tests:1) by symptoms and physical findings, 2) hormonal testing, and 3) ultrasound.

  30. QUESTION:
    Confused with Sugar Levels?
    I’m confused and need help. 1 ½ year ago I was pre-diabetic 2hr GTT was 187 mg/dl. I am not overweight. I always had high cholesterol, not from my diet. I took meds and nothing happened.
    I always get severe-shakes, sugar helps. I lost my vision a lot and I have floaters. When I did my GTT I was thirsty a lot and bathroom too. But now I am more dry mouth and I don’t care :)
    my glucose monitor results are never the same. Someday I will be high (in the 200’s) post-meals and somedays I will be 70-105 mg.
    I did another GTT and my 2hr was 125 mg :( ? I feel worst than last year. My cholesterol is high, my good cholesterol low and Triglyceride high. My blood pressure is 173/177. I read that if your Triglyceride/HDL is above 2, it can mean insulin resistance, I’m at 3.15. Anyways, with my recent GTT my GP wanted me on anti-depressant. I am seeing an endo soon :) Is it possible my glucose levels are all over and it makes it difficult on the monitor or GTT. what's wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      You have alot going on the problem with your sugar may arise form another problem. Talk with your doctor

  31. QUESTION:
    Are these normal blood glucose levels for non diabetic?
    I am a non diabetic, tested blood sugar about an hour after eating yogurt around bedtime, it was 124. I understand that the blood glucose is actually at its peak around 90 minutes after eating and starts going down around 2 hours after eating. Around 450 am I tested again and it was 86 mg. When I woke up around 6 43 it was at 77 mg and since I thought this was too low I waited 15 minutes and tested again before eating or drinking anything and it was 100 mg. Are these normal blood glucose levels ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, sweetheart ... and I offer that as a general term of endearment. It is NOT intended to be offensive, obnoxious, condescending, or sexist ... though, I must admit, I have yet to use it to an adult male, apart from my own two grown up sons ... those figures are all OK.

      The reason your blood sugar level was 124 mg/dL around bedtime was precisely because you'd eaten your yogurt.

      Really, you should have waited until about 2 hours after eating to test your blood sugar level as shortly after you begin eating your digestive system is quietly breaking down the carbohydrate from whatever you eat. As this foodstuff is taken further through your alimentary canal, glucose is absorbed through the walls of the intestine into the bloodstream. This rise in blood sugar level would signal the beta cells (islets of Langerhans) of your pancreas to produce insulin. It's this insulin that allows glucose (sugar) to be taken into your muscles and used to make energy. That's what keeps us alive.

      You may think that the 77 mg/dL glucose level was too low, but current understanding stipulates that the 'normal' fasting level of glucose should be between 70 and 99 mg/dL, so you're well within that range.

      Being lower than 70 mg/dL is only considered a 'problem' if you become symptomatic. That is, if it's causing you problems, such as dizziness, disturbed vision, loss of consciousness, etc.

  32. QUESTION:
    My Diabetic Chihuahua going for cushing test!?
    My dog was Diagnostic Diabetic the last february, now he is getting 2 insulin shots twice at day, of three units. Last weekend the vet told me his sugar is high again and his leaver level is high too... thinking that he could have a urine infection and this could be the answer to what was happening to him, we did the urine test and results were negative. Now we are thinking he could have the cushing disease, what I first thought he had, but the vet told me it wasn't necessary to to the test because he was diabetic. Tomorrow he is having the cushing test and I am 90% sure he has it, and I am so mad because I could treat it 7 months ago, but my biggest mistake was that I just believed in what the vet told me.
    Diabetes is most of the times a secondary disease, and most of the dogs with cushing (primary disease), have it.
    He is ok, but once in a while freaks out: His back hair gets spiky and he follows me everywhere, sometimes shaking .We think this is because high or low sugar level but it is so confusing, If low sugar, he wouldn't do it after eating, if high sugar, he wouldn't do it after exercising.
    What do you think?

    Jessica

    • ANSWER:
      I have a deaf epileptic dog. In the journey of treatments and diagnostics on him, I have learned to get a second opinion when ever medicines and testing is suggested. It has taken me 3 years and about 4 veterinarians to finally find one that I feel confident in. My collie was having troubles with her back legs when she was about two. The first vet I went to told me that she had kidney failure and to put her down. I couldn't do that. She was otherwise a very healthy happy little girl. I got a second opinion who said it was a mild case of hip dysplasia and that she would live a full life. A third vet confirmed with x rays the hip theory. My epileptic border collie has been through three vets and they would either order expensive tests every two months or over/under dose his medicines. I finally got to this vet and with the exception of a few break through seizures may once or twice a year We have finally got him right where he can be a happy playful dog again. He is not suffering at all and we are not spending literally thousands of dollars a year in blood work and other tests. Keep looking for a vet you can trust who is knowledgeable and really has the dogs best interests at heart.

  33. QUESTION:
    Blood Sugar normal after being diabetic, why?
    I have been diabetic (type 2) for about a year now but only found out about it a 5 months ago (after becoming pregnant) I had an A1c of 12.5 needless to say I miscarried. I have been on 30 units of Levemir at night for the last 3 months. A week ago I noticed my blood sugar was very low in the morning (60) normally it is between 100 and 115 in the morning when I take my fasting BS. I spent the entire day checking rechecking and trying to get it up. I even used 3 different meters in case one had stopped working properly. Even after eating a rather heavy meal my blood sugar never made it over 130. Since that day I haven't taken my insulin any night and have had no problems with it rising to unhealthy levels nor failing to unhealthy levels. I have been waking up to a 85 to 90 range and 2 hours after eating 135 or lower. At bed time (about four hours after eating) no higher then 115.

    What could be the cause of this?

    I am wondering has anyone ever had this happen? If so what caused it?

    I have been completely healthy no illnesses, fevers, mood changes, nothing just the normal blood sugar, if anything I feel better.

    I have searched all over the internet and cannot find any information or instances where someone has had this happen.

    I have an appointment with my doctor in two weeks but in the interim I am to stop my insulin until I see him or it get too high
    Ok, to add a little more detail. I was only pregnant for a month. My A1C was 12.5. Now, your A1C is like a 3 month record of sugar in your cells. I did not have gestaional diabetes. I had been diabetic for over six months prior to becoming preggers. Drs. said it was like I became diabetic around the december holidays of 2008. Which make since since around that time, until I was diagnosed and treated I had just about every possible symptom of diabetes... I am just bad at taking care of myself and seeing doctors... So, I did not have just gestational diabetes. I had a miscarriage on Oct. 16 2009. It is only by coincidence that I was diagnosed at the time of pregnancy.

    pls excuse my spelling.

    • ANSWER:
      You are not diabetic. You had something called Gestational Diabetes which occurs during and sometimes for a short time after pregnancy. You are probably not type 2 diabetic and was misdiagnosed. Your blood sugar returned to normal once you had the miscarriage and your body returned to normal!

      By your Avatar you look young, Type 2 diabetes usually occurs later in life!

  34. QUESTION:
    My Diabetic cat's BG level is extremely low......?
    I test her blood at home, just started this week. I noticed she was a bit weird tonight and tested her blood sugar which was 2.5 (too low!) and gave her food which she instantly ate. Long story short, she got lower and now she is siting at 2.2. She is alert and awake, she is licking honey off of my finger. How long will it take for her blood sugar to go up enough for me not to worry that she will have a seizure if I go to sleep?Should I give her more honey?

    • ANSWER:
      I would go ahead and rub more honey in her mouth until it reads normal. Watch her through the night and make sure that she has access to food the whole time.

  35. QUESTION:
    when do you think dietitians in the UK will catch on that a low carb diet is a good diet for a diabetic?
    I have been eating low carb since the beginning of October last year (the same time I was diagnosed with type 2). I did a lot of research and low carb eating made the most sense. I was very obese, but by eating low carb (usually about 50 to 100 grams a day) and exercising I have so far managed to lose 6 stone (84 pounds) and have brought my HbA1c down to 5.7. When I went to the dietitian last week she was very critical of my low carb eating. She said I am losing weight too quickly, not eating enough calories (I eat between 1200 and 1400 a day) and I am not eating enough carbs. I tried to explain to her that diabetics in America are finding it much better on their blood sugar levels to limit their carbs. I got a earfull about your body needing those carbs, etc... I agreed after much argument to have at least 100 carbs a day and 1500 calories... *Sigh* She asked me if I was prepared to eat the way I have been eating since October for the rest of my life, I told her that, yes, I was perfectly happy to as I don't feel like I am missing out on too much... She didn't aknowledge my answer at all... Probably because that wasn't the answer she was expecting!!!! So, do you think dietitians in the UK will ever get on board with the low carb diet for diabetics? Thanks for your reply!!!! :0)
    Micksmixxx, Hmmm... I wonder how she didn't learn this then!!! The dietitian said and I quote, "We don't believe that anyone should eat a low carb diet!". I must have ended up with the one dietitian that missed those lessons!!! Thanks for your reply, Mick!!! :0)

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, congrats on your hard work and your fab numbers.

      There is no one-size-fits-all answer for diabetes. I am glad you have found something that works for you and you should continue with what works.

      Unfortunately, many dietitians seem to think that there IS a one-size-fits-all solution and worse, that that solution is low fat high carb. This is mainly because for 30 years, medical science has been obsessed by the idea that fat is bad for you. And because diabetics have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, they were told to go low-fat. The trouble is that low fat by default is high carb.

      As diabetes is primarily a disease of carbohydrate intolerance, why would you give a patient the exact thing that is toxic to them? It is like giving nuts to a nut allergy sufferer. Hey why not right? Nuts have lots of good, heart-healthy fats and are in general good for health. But not if the person is allergic to them!

      So please continue doing what works for you. I only listen to dietitians if my blood glucose meter also agrees with what they tell me. So I listen quite selectively. For example, my dietitians keep telling me that I don't have to inject insulin to eat cherries. Because that is the answer given in their book of knowledge. But my blood glucose meter tells me that 15 cherries will raise my blood sugar by 3 mm/ol. Of course, I listen to my blood glucose meter rather than the dietitians.

      Your dietitian is also wrong about the body needing carbs. The body needs zero carbs a day to survive. You might hear them telling you 'the body needs 130g of carbs a day to function'. But this is wrong. The body need 130g of GLUCOSE a day to function. It can get all of that glucose perfectly fine from protein.

      Please don't let this dietitian's ignorance keep you from maintaining your great numbers. She is just parroting what she has learnt from a book and it is all theoretical to her. But it is your diabetes, your life, your organs, your risk of complications.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are considered high blood sugar levels for a 15 year old girl?
    The doctor told me that my average is 80 and my low is 60 but she didn't tell me what my high is. I just came back from a Christmas party and I feel really sick. I think I ate too much sugar. I tested my sugar and it's 105. Is this okay? I feel really sick to my stomach. Please help! I don't know what to do. I'm not diabetic but I'm close to it so I have one of those blood pricker things! What do I do?

    • ANSWER:
      105 is fine. It's common for even non diabetics to have higher reading of 130ish shortly after eating a high carb meal.
      Why do you think you are close to having diabetes?

  37. QUESTION:
    Why do diabetics NEED sugar?
    So here's the story, I dated this girl once in college and she was a diabetic...she had to always take insulin and have her blood sugar levels checked.

    I can remember several instances where she felt very weak, usually after long periods without eating, and she told me that her blood sugar was too low and needed to drink fruit juice to help make her feel better.

    I thought diabetics couldn't break down glucose, and if that's the case why did she need to drink fruit juice to feel better?

    Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Before I got diabetes, I was also confused about this. Here's the explanation:
      She is diabetic, so she cannot normally produce insulin (or not enough insulin).
      She needs insulin to break down sugar.
      So, her sugar levels are always high. BUT, her doctor has prescribed her insulin injections to make up for her body's lack of production. If she didn't take insulin then her blood sugar would always have a tendency to be high.
      Taking insulin makes your blood sugar go down, sometimes fast, sometimes over a longer period of time, depending on what type of insulin.
      So now she needs to watch her carbohydrates (including sugar) intake. Carbs make he blood sugar go up, but insulin makes it go down. She wants to keep her blood sugar in the middle. Exercise can also make it go down, so she needs to eat more carbs if she is going to exercise. So if she doesn't eat enough carbs and/or exerts herself too much during the day then her blood sugar will go down too low because of the insulin that she is injecting.
      If that happens then she might get dizzy and could go into a comma if it goes too low, so she needs to bring it up quickly, which she can do by eating some sugar (ie juice, candy). That is why it is important for diabetics to always carry around some emergency candy even though they (we) usually can't eat sugary things so much. Hope that helps. :)

  38. QUESTION:
    5.3mmol/l night time glucose levels.?
    Hiya, i have slight suspicians about being diabetic so got a home glucose monitor a while ago to test my levels as i did not want to to to my doctor if it turned out to be nothing. I have had an increased thirst and very often im getting classis 'low sugar' like feelings.. atleast on a weekly basis, this has happened every night now too, and i am having to keep food and glucose tablets in my room to help me feel better. tonight i was feeling like the classic low blood sugars e.g: faint, headache, craving for sweets, dizzy, suden need for food, and an increase in my depressive mood. When i took my sugar levels it read at 5.3mmol/l and i have had a normal dinner like i would normally would but also had chocolate around 10 olock, is this normal? i have had some dextro tablets and feeling better now.. do you think it could be a sign of diabetes? i get problems with blurred vision ect and wonder if its all linked?

    please help me, thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Well, micksmix is cock on as ever! I'm not even going to try to improve on his answer. Good luck!

  39. QUESTION:
    transplant glucose levels, not diabetic?
    I recently had an A1c test done in November (first test ever) and my level was 5.0. I know my medicine for my autoimmune condition can cause high blood sugar so I recently started testing and most of my numbers have been totally fine 80s to low 100s. But at 10 pm less than an hour after two bowls of cereal for dinner, my glucose was 156. I was shocked, retested right away and it fell to 134. A 22 point dip in 3 minutes. So, my question, what would be considered too high for a blood sugar reading at bedtime for a non-diabetic. And should I dispose of the strips a certain number of days after buying them. I've had this one bottle for at least three months since I rarely test.
    I take it back, I've had this one bottle of strips since June. It took me 9 months to use one bottle of 30 strips.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there a correlation between low blood sugar and hypothyroidism?
    I have a non-functioning thyroid (had hyperthyroidism and the radioactive iodine treatment and am now hypothyroid) and my TSH levels are in the normal range. It was 1.25 My blood pressure was 90/53, and I usually run lower than the "norm"

    I keep having symptoms of low blood sugar and had a bunch of tests done by my doctor. I have a daughter who is a Type 1 Diabetic, so I also check myself on her meter when I am not feeling well. My numbers are usually between 61-68 when I am feeling low. My doctor says 65 is in the normal range. I know for my daughter, her range is 70-100 and lower than 70 is considered too low.

    The doctor originally suspected an insulinoma when I saw him 6 months ago and the testing then came back normal. A week ago, they did a fasting and PP insulin test on me, along with InsW and C-Peptide. I still haven't gotten the result of the fasting (checked on daughter's meter and it was 67 about 30 minutes before I had my blood drawn) and the PP was 80. My C-Peptide was 0.8 (lowest normal on the reference range) and the InsW was 2.5. They also did an A1C on me which was 4.8.

    I'm not sure if the blood sugar issues have anything to do with the hypothyroidism, as they are both autoimmune. My doctor doesn't seem to be worried, but I have been experiencing what are low blood sugars to me (including all of the hypo symptoms) for about six months. Should I request other tests to be done as well to try to figure out why I keep having lower blood sugar?

    I'm really confused and want to be sure there isn't something more serious going on. Thanks in advance for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      Connection between thyroid disease and diabetes:

      "To counteract this lack of awareness, and encourage Americans to uncover their family health history to discover their at-risk medical conditions, AACE is launching a new campaign, "The Neck's Generation: Thyroid Genealogy," to educate the public about the genetic links associated with thyroid disease. Research shows that there is a strong genetic link between thyroid disease and other autoimmune diseases including certain types of diabetes, anemia and arthritis (2). In fact, thyroid disease affects more than 13 million Americans, yet more than half remain undiagnosed.(3)"

      and...

      "The Diabetes-Thyroid Connection

      AACE's survey found that 79 percent of Americans did not know there is a connection between diabetes and thyroid disease(6). In fact, fifteen to 20 percent of diabetics and their siblings or parents are at a greater risk of presenting with thyroid disease compared to 4.5 percent of the general population(7)."
      http://thyroid.about.com/library/news/blneckgen.htm

      and...

      "Diabetic patients have a higher prevalence of thyroid disorders compared with the normal population (Table 1). Because patients with one organ-specific autoimmune disease are at risk of developing other autoimmune disorders, and thyroid disorders are more common in females, it is not surprising that up to 30% of female type 1 diabetic patients have thyroid disease. The rate of postpartum thyroiditis in diabetic patients is three times that in normal women. A number of reports have also indicated a higher than normal prevalence of thyroid disorders in type 2 diabetic patients, with hypothyroidism being the most common disorder." http://journal.diabetes.org/clinicaldiabetes/v18n12000/Pg38.htm

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I know my diabetic cat is in the honeymoon phase?
    What is the normal blood sugar level for my cat?
    He tends to be in the 20 most of the time. Is that too low?
    How do I know if my cat is in the honeymoon phase? Will his blood sugar be higher?

    • ANSWER:
      ask your vet

  42. QUESTION:
    What if a diabetic fasts for 2 days without using insulin?
    Will their Blood sugar level go down do to not taking in any food (but not too low because they aren't injecting insulin)?

    • ANSWER:
      The body has some sugar stored, and if the diabetic doesn't eat and doesn't take insulin, then the blood sugar RISES in the short term. In the long term, of course, the patient dies.

  43. QUESTION:
    Went to Doctor Before Expected Period, Said I Maybe Diabetic instead????
    I have been feeling preg symptoms for 15 days now. I'm supposed to get my period this weekend. I know most people don't feel preg symptoms that I have been feeling this early on in a possible pregnancy (nausea, dizzy spells, heartburn) but I wanted to go to the doctor to see if I could find out what was wrong with me. She gave me a urine test, but I am unsure why she did that instead of a blood test since I haven't had a period yet. She said she doubted I was preg because of early symptoms and it was most likely something else. She wants to get me tested for diabetes. They took blood to check blood sugar level, and she said that low levels could cause neausea and dizziness. She also said the heartburn was from producing too much acid in my stomach.

    A girl at work told me when she was preg with her child, they insisted she had hypoglacemia (sorry for spelling) and she wasn't preg. The meds they wanted her to do could kill a baby, she kept insisting she was preg, and turned out she was

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, it could be WAYYY to early to for a reliable pregnancy test. Some women just don't produce the HCG required for a pregnancy test until they are due or late.

      I don't think your doc would put you through testing for being diabetic if he/she truly didn't have just cause for it. And yes, you can have the nausea and dizziness from low blood sugar. And heartburn...whether you are pregnant or not, is caused by the same thing. The pregnancy doesn't CAUSE it....it can just be more frequent because digestion slows down.

      I am sure by the time your results come back from your testing, you will be able to have an accurate HPT and that will be before you are given any meds.

      But consider this, as well....many women get gestational diabetes. They just don't ignore it when that happens.

  44. QUESTION:
    I think i could be diabetic? Not sure though..?
    I've told my parents but they pass it off alot.

    Im 15, and female.

    I get really dizzy alot, and feel like im going to faint.
    I get really happy or really sad in short periods of times, though i've suffered with depression in the past.
    Sometimes i get like, red spots in my eyes?
    Im ALWAYS thirsty, im never not thirsty really, which means i do pee alot.
    It seems im always hungry too, i never get 'full.'
    The thing that worries me most is about the dizziness, cause sometimes it really feels like i do need to faint, or sometimes i just wont be able to stop shaking.

    Does this sound like diabeties?

    My parents pass it too the hot weather making me drink, being greedy and eating alot, or standing up too quick etc for getting dizzy and shaky.
    Though it has been said i could have low blood sugar levels..

    • ANSWER:
      Best thing to do for you to insist your parents to have blood tests. Hemoglobin AC1 test that will reveal your last 3 months average sugar in your blood.Tell them you really have concern.Hope your parents have health insurance for you and for them.Good luck.

  45. QUESTION:
    What's life like as a diabetic?
    Or more specifically, a type one diabetic.
    I'm in the process of writing a draft of a book, and the main character is a type one diabetic.
    It'd be great if you can tell me the ups and downs of everything--and by everything, I mean everything.

    I know that they need to be careful with their blood sugar, and I have a friend who is a type one diabetic, so I see her carry this device around her waist at all times. (I would ask her what it is, but that would be kind of rude.) I think it's something to determine what your level is, but I'm not sure.

    Anyways, here are some of the things I would like answered:

    1) What happens if their blood sugar gets too high/low? What are the symptoms?
    2) What would happen if, say, they had to go on for a few days without food? What would be the symptoms?
    3) What are the differences between type one and two diabetes?
    4) What are the must-have kinds of food (if any)? What's their the main diet?
    5) What are the foods they have to avoid? What would happen if they eat it and overdose on it?
    6) Do they have to take in insulin? And if they do, do they have to carry it around?
    7) Are the needles just there to determine what their blood sugar is? If not, what else is it there for?
    8) How often do they need to check their blood sugar?
    9) Are sweets (soda, candy, chocolate, etc) okay alternatives to glucose tablets if their sugar level is too low?
    10) How often do they need to exercise?

    And lastly, because I know I'm talking like diabetics are fragile variables in an essential scientific experiment where I must know everything,

    11) What's their lifestyle like?

    Go ahead and tell every detail, irrelevant to my questions or not; I'd love to hear it all.

    • ANSWER:
      Type 1 or type 2 are a real pain in the butt.
      The ada is not a good source for diabetes info . Got to this website for complete info:http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.php It;s called Blood sugar 101

      Take care Buff

  46. QUESTION:
    How do you lose weight if you are diabetic?
    Is being 11st and a size 14 at the age of 20 fat?

    I know I have already asked this question before but I forgot to mention the fact that I was diabetic
    I am a type 2 diabetic and I findit hard to "starve" myself when it comes to dieting cos in order to lose weight you have to basically cut back on calories. Well my sugar levels can get quite low if I don't eat regularly or if I don't eat enough.

    I am 11st 2lbs which is about 154 pounds. I am 5ft 8 which makes me pretty tall. A lot of my friends are slightly taller than me and are thinner than me :'(. I am an apple shape too which means I have a big tummy. Also the only exercise I do is walking since I hate going to the gym and can't really afford it. What I wanna know is: Is being a size 14 fat for a 20 year old lass like me?

    • ANSWER:
      Not as tricky a question as you might think, however, you can do it providing you don't expect to do it overnight. That will not happen. You must start with your doctor and have a plan to lose 2 lbs per week - that makes the goal easier because then you know how many months/years it will take. Point 1. - Never Starve. Point 2. Always plan two weeks ahead so that you do not waste any food. Point 3. Make sure you have snacks. - While I do not have a great belief in counting calories - do it anyway. I count up to 600 for my meals (and allow another 1000 for things I really can't count - like dressings etc). I do stop at my 600 - can be done - did it - took two years - lost 70 lbs. Do not ever leave any food group out and I eat them all but limit meat to 2 oz per day and fish to 4 oz. Yes, I do have pasta - 2 oz with tomato based sauce. I love fruit & vegetables but count every single one - and space them two hours apart.

      Snacks - try a couple of walnuts or popcorn - forget the celery sticks & carrot sticks because you can eat them all the time and anytime you want. For a little flavour might try a few pretzels (only a few).

      I'm elderly and cannot do all the excercising some folk talk about but I do walk where & when I can but not to exhaust myself. That would be silly.

  47. QUESTION:
    night time hypoglycemia?
    Hi I am a non diabetic who has been experiencing low blood sugar levels at night time. before I go to bed I eat and I wake up several hours later sweating and test my glucose (i have been montoring via docs orders to see if I a diabetic) and it is around 60-70mg/dl is this normal?During the day I eat what I am supposed too. The only changes I made was quitting soda. No my sugar levels are lower and run from 65-100 throughout the day. I am not sure what is low and I am very scared about all this to the point where I dont want to go to sleep out of fear of hypo while I am sleeping. Please help I am confused thank yo

    • ANSWER:
      That reading isn't that low.

      If these episodes really bother you, try having a SMALL snack before bedtime, one with both protein and a little fat. For instance, have some peanut butter on a graham cracker, or a glass of milk with some popcorn. Or have some salad with cheese and regular (not lowfat) dressing. Maybe you'd like to have half a sandwich of meat or cheese on whole-grain bread. Protein and fat will metabolize more slowly than carbohydrates will, even complex carbohydrates, and will keep your blood sugar a little higher throughout the night, so you will not be worrying about this issue. However, you must account for this extra food, you need to eat a little less at dinner to compensate for eating a bedtime snack.

  48. QUESTION:
    Why is my diabetic father like this?
    Hello. My dad is 47 years old. He has had diabetes for somewhere around 20 years, and he has a doctor specalizing in diabetes along with his normal doctor whom he goes to frequently. My father was never an unhealthy diabetic. He is very active, therefore he is muscular and skinny. There is no unnecessary fat on his body. He doesn't eat sugary food, and works in the construction buisness, eating the same lunch every single day - 2 turkey and cheese sandwiches on white bread, cheese crackers (the two crackers with the cheese stuff in the middle), a diet pepsi, and some sort of fruit. He claims that eating the same thing as lunch daily is good for a diabetic, but I'm not sure whether I believe him or not. When I was younger, he never used to go into what I believe is called insulin shock. I may have the wrong term, but it is when his sugar level gets too low, and he starts shaking, and not knowing what hes saying, therefore being very persistant. He could possibly go into a coma if he doesn't get some sort of food with sugar in it down his throat. He naps every single day for around an hour, usually after work. This has always been when he goes into insulin shock, during his nap. As I was explaining, it was a very rare occasion when I was growing up. Lately, he has been constantly going into this insulin shock. It seems like it's once a week. My mom is always checking on him while he's sleeping to be sure he's okay. It's like taking care of a baby, and he doesn't even care. It's killing me, because it feels like he just doesn't care. I tell him all the time that I don't want anything to happen to him. A few incidents ago, he promised me he would stop letting this happen frequently. It has probably happened 5 times since. It has gotten to the point where my mom and I don't like to leave the house without him while he naps after work. It's really effecting me. What is going on?

    • ANSWER:
      Tell him to notify his doctor about what is happening. If he doesn't, you and your mom contact the doctor.

  49. QUESTION:
    Could he be diabetic?
    My fiance stayed up late at a party Saturday night, and Sunday he wasn't feeling well. He figured it was because of the party, and drinking. By Tuesday he was feeling worse, and had lost his appetite, so he barely ate anything all day.

    Tuesday night, he passed out.

    This has happened about 4 times in the past 6 years, and the last time it happened, we took him to the ER. They said he passed out because his blood sugar was too low, and said if it happens again, he should check his sugar levels immediately, then drink some orange juice (or something to get his sugar back up).

    He refused to go to the ER or the doctor because he won't have medical insurance until October (he has to be at his new job for 6 months before it starts).

    I read that some symptoms are frequent urination and drinking lots of fluids, both of which apply to him. Also, I believe that diabetes is genetic, and his grandpa is diabetic.

    Do you think I should make him see a dr or is this just a virus?

    • ANSWER:
      Is he on insulin? He wouldn't pass out from low blood sugar related to DM unless he was on insulin.

  50. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar problems?
    I have been having very severe blood sugar issues. I'm not on any medication for diabetes and I'm waiting for my new medical insurance to begin so I can make an appointment to be tested. I have not been diagnosed with diabetes. During the week, I eat just about the same thing every day- Oatmeal and coffee for breakfast, a small snack (like crackers or fruit) on my break at work, then steamed vegetables for lunch, another snack a couple hours after lunch, and then dinner when I come home. I eat pretty healthy. But every day, my blood sugar levels vary dramatically. For example, today, after my lunch, I drank a can of Monster Energy drink, which is loaded with sugar. Shortly after, I felt sick and tested my sugar. It had dropped to 22. But two days ago, after my usual lunch, I felt sick and tested my sugar, and it was 328. I don't know whether I'm hypoglycemic or diabetic, but my sugar jumps dramatically up and down this way quite often and I almost always feel sick. My sugar is rarely between 70-150. It's either too high or too low. I've researched the issue and haven't really seen a case like mine, except for in diabetics who take medication. Any ideas?
    John- I understand completely what you are saying. I used my mother's meter...she is diabetic and must use it frequently. The readings are accurate for her (so I don't see why they wouldn't be for me), although I can't argue that perhaps maybe THAT particular reading was not. However, I took that reading because I became extremely dizzy and disoriented, and broke out in a terrible cold sweat and could hardly walk...so there is no doubt my blood sugar was very low. But my insurance should be active within a few days so I'll figure things out then, I was just looking for opinions on what the issue could be. I know the readings must be somewhat accurate, because I feel extremely ill when my sugar drops or rises too high.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do is to do a little more research about what to eat and what not to eat I know it has to do with the carbs. I was asking questions just like you on yahoo I even posted a question last night. Today I finally went to the doctor. I also was waiting to add myself to my husbands medical insurance but it was taking too long. I found out last month and i've been monotoring my blood glucose levels everyday but was not taking any medication (Cause of Insurance) My sugar was in the 300's to 400's everyday till last night, it went up past 500. I really did not feel too sick just mainly tired and frequent urination and thirsty but thats all nothing major. But seeing my results in the 500's scared me last night. i thought to myself what if i dont wake up. That would not be fair to my kids and husband. Insurance was a big deal for me too now i paid money for doc visit and tests that i could have used on my deductible when i do get insurance and also now I have been diagnosed with diabetes before being insured there is a chance when i get the insurance that it might not cover pre existing medical problems. But it was an eye opener for me last night. I made a decision to go to the doctor and deal with the insurance issues later. My life was more important. I was waiting for my ins so that I can go to a good doctor. Instead what i did I found a little clinic just to see doc for now and get my meds I paid 170.00 and doctor issued me generic medicines that i took to Kroger and i was prescribed 3 meds and I paid less than 20.00. Kroger has a program where meds are 4.00 a prescription. You sound just like me asking questions not knowing what to do. We really know what to do, we are just looking for answers that we want to hear and the answer we want is .....It is okay to wait. But it actually is not the right answer and I am now wondering what kind of damage has my kidneys had due to waiting too long. Just make the right decision and God Bless you.