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Do you pig out when you have a low blood sugar? Does it seem you can't stuff enough food into your mouth at once to make that desperate feeling go away?
I've been told by my patients that avoiding overeating when you are experiencing low blood sugar is about the hardest thing you can do. That's because your body is physically telling you to put everything you possibly can eat into your mouth.
Hunger is one of the symptoms of low blood sugar, unfortunately it takes a while for the food to absorb and the brain to get the signal everything will be OK. The only source of fuel the brain effectively uses is glucose, and it takes at least 15 minutes before the blood glucose will start to rise after treating a low glucose. You may not feel any relief for a while longer after the treatment.
Here are some ways to help you resist over-treating and avoid the blood glucose pendulum swinging from low to high.
Have a good week,
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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I have a question almost passed out don't know how low surgar was but couldn't stand up had to sit on ground ate glucose tablet it happened yesterday suger is about 114, but still feeling a little bad, Could it have done any damage? Im not a dieabatic but Im hypoglycnic.
I have been fighting this for 2 years now and the thing that helps me is eating every 4 hours. I never feel hungry but I always eat. Yes it is ok to sometimes stop at DQ and have a little ice cream, get the small ones. I have my A1c checked a couple of times a year it is always near or under 6. Good luck I hope this has helped someone.
Monitoring is the key in beating diabetes
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about an year back. My doctor did not start any medications immediately and advised me life style change. When I was diagnosed, my HbA1C was 8+. But with lifestyle change within 3 months I was below 6.
It is very important in this disease to monitor yourself. I used a web based software to log and monitor my parameters [www.friendofdiabetic.com]. The more you log your parameters, more it acts as a feedback to improve. I don’t think I would have achieved A1C of 6 without monitoring what I was doing.
Today I had breakfast and about 7 hours later I started to get body tremors , cold sweat. I started to eat as much as I could fit in my mouth. I assume my sugar went low. I never had this happen to me before. I don't have any blood sugar problems. I did have a cup of coffee with sugar in between.
My 13 year old stepson has just just started living with us fulltime and he is a type 1 diabetic. My husband and I are taking the crash course in diabetic knowledge but we are novies. One major concern is that we learned from his doctor(in another state) that he "plays" with his insulin to manage it. We received a call from the school nurse this week telling us that his number was 394. He had missed his appt to go to the nurse to inject. All of my readings tell me that is dangerous. How can we get him to understand how important it is for him to manage his diabetes regularly and how dangerous it is to his health when he doesn't. ANY guidance is appreciated. Thank you in advance.
This site helped me a lot. Thank you
I am not but once in while I getting low glucose from not eating right, I drink a can of ensure and soon I am ok. Then I eat.
Wendy: Assuming that you are on insulin, we would say that you took too much insulin to cover toast and your elevated blood sugar.
I do the best I can with my blood sugar, but sometimes it can be 12 & I've had a piece of toast & then 10 mins later, freezing cold & shaky & hey my test is only 2.6, I'd be interested 2 know why this happens
have type 2 (so they say) have 5 injections per day...always before a meal one @ night & protophane as well in A.M. but I can go on a low where i can hardly see because of (yellow light) all I can see, & so shaky, feel sick, eat something then it can be lower.These happen mostly @ night ... if in the day time I can have morn or P.M. tea & I always keep to proper hours for meals, Carry 2 meusli bars with me all the time, incase I'm caught when out & still have one up my sleeve.Am 74 had it since I was about 40.Parents had it son has it brother & sister have it neices & nephews auntie but they say it is not inherited!!!Keep to one carb & two non carbs & one protein per meal.Diabetic clinic diet.
THIS IS REALLY EXCELLENT INFO! I HADN'T BEEN TOLD ABOUT THE 15 MIN ACTIVATION. I CARRY GLUCOSE TABS ON MY HOUR WALKS 1ST THING AM BEFORE MEAL (ACID REFLUX, CAN'T WANT FOR 3 HRS AFTER MEAL & THIS PREVENTS REFLUX COMPLETELY WALKING BEFORE A MEAL). HAVE NOT HAD TO USE THEM SO FAR, EAT A CARB WHILE WALKING WHICH HELPS.
THX NANCY, I DO SO ENJOY YOUR ARTICLES
For me, it depends on the "why" for the low blood sugar. If I've gotten delayed on the way home or been stuck in a meeting longer than I planned for, I take two glucose tabs, confident that this will end the low blood sugar until I can get to my next meal, even if it's an hour or more away. I don't hesitate to take a third tablet if the symptoms aren't gone in 15 minutes or so. Always works for me.
When I get a low blood sugar from more medication than food in my system, that's when I can easily pig out. Then of course I feel overfull, plus I'm grouchy from having lost control. So far, I have no good strategy for this situation, so rely on watching the food intake to match the medication. Makes it harder to lose weight, though, since I feel I can't simply eat less.
When my blood sugar drops low enough to have symptoms, I feel really ill all of a sudden and the last thing I want to do is eat. It takes all my internal discipline to get in enough glucose to raise my blood sugar. I guess that makes me "lucky".
My husband has type 2 diabetis. He takes Lantus and Novolog insulin. His blood glucose often becomes too low, especially prior to noon meal. The Dr advised to raise the blood glucose level up with carbohydrates or pills he was given, retest with monitor, and if glucose was raised, to give the Novolog injection as usual prior to eating his meal. I am confused on why you would raise a glucose level above low, and then give a novolog injection which is going to lower it again in a short time.
What do I do when my blood sugar jumps up in a matter of less than 3 min. then falls back down even lower,after taking my tabs/THEN JUMPS UP AGAIN?
I disagree that you are hungry when sugar is low...I eat only because I have to to bring the level up...I am T1. Low blood sugar is one of the scariest things you can experience.....for a dr to suggest for you to take 2 units of rapid acting insulin when you are below 70 is irresponsible ..in my opinion....some times you have to make your own call even though there may a consequence to follow..
Justin, Frequent low blood glucoses can affect the awareness of hypoglycemia symptoms. Try to run the blood glucoses in a little higher blood glucose target and avoid low blood glucoses for several weeks and see if some of the symptoms return. "The Diabetes Athlete" is a good book for serious athletes.
I am having trouble feeling my low sugars. I am an athlete, I have a solid diet and I have had diabetes around 8 years. I test 4-5 a day, 21 years old, 6'1, 210. Is this normal to not feel lows? Any ways to get back to feeling lows like they did for the first time?
I have low blood sugar and it drops every two hours i dont know way i have it i eat all day just about and when it drops my brain goes crazy i have been too doctors and all they tell me is too watch my diet but i dont eat sugar but i have ate so much penut butter and crackers im sick of them and now i can not use the bath room so can any one please please tell me what can be done about low blood sugar or what i can eat too keep it from dropping so much it is.realdy making me nervous all of the time it is destroying my systerm thank you please help patsy
I just wanted to warn others that when you wait too long to eat-you may still get a headache so avoid doing this because then you will be taking headache medicine and that can cause more problems-I actually use dark chocolate kisses-Two is perfect and works fast and I avoid headaches which can be everyday-
Is there a picture book with photos of serving amount limits for suitable foods for a Type-2 diabetic or a web service where a person can type in the foods he/she likes and the calculator will tell how much of each to eat daily? Thanks.
my papa is 80 years old.he's suger level is near 299-300 .so give me veg-diet to control suger & some exersize.
Carol, the best answer I have is that the liver produces excess sugar at night and dumps it in to the system so when you test in the am it is high, Actually, what helped for me is a small pm or bedtime snack of about 15 carbs and add a small amount of protein. crackers and cheese or peanut butter seems to trick my body that I have enough sugar in my system for the night
My daughter has severe symptoms of hypoglycemia.
She has been to an endocrinologist and he had her test glucose levels for 2 weeks with a diary of food intake. She eats relatively healthy -- low fat and very little sugar. She was supposed to take her glucose level 2 hours after meals. Before the two hours were up she would feel severe symptoms of hypoglycemia. Her blood sugar levels were between 70 and 90, which are "within normal ranges" according to Dr. although her symptoms were very similar to those suffering with lows in 50s (shaky, light-headed, unclear thinking, weakness, sleepiness). My son has had type 1 diabetes since the age of 15. He also experienced low blood sugar symptoms a year or two before he was diagnosed with diabetes. Just wondering if pancreas produces too much insulin and goes out of control prior to shutting down completely? Also was reading about reactive hypoglycemia and wondering when it requires more testing with severity of symptoms, as well as what tests should be done? Daughter's symptoms are 3 or 4 times a day, with little difference with change in diet. She has been eating several small meals, but still experiences the symptoms. Her quality of life has definitely been affected greatly. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Is there a good book I can use for a diet guide. My mom has diabetes & I need to help her develop a daily meal plan that will keep her blood sugars level. Before I can start, I need to know how she should divide up her calories, carbs, etc.
does taking two teaspoonfuls of white vinegar before lunch and dinner stop your blood sugar from spiking?
if so how do you swallow it, just by itself?
Good advice. The only thing I might add is that I try to be aware of whether my BG is going up or down at the time I treat - when was the last time I took insulin? ate? etc. If the BG is stable at 50, it will take less glucose to treat the lo than if it is 60 and plummetting.
Michael, keep up the good work.
My a1c for the last 2years ranges from 6.2 to6.6 I have it done every 3 months. Knowing this I don't test every day but never let more than 4 or 5 days go by. Is this ok
Well for me? It All depend on How Low I am..
Moderately? a couple of tabs and find other things to take my mind off of it..for next 15-20 min and 9/10 x it works
If really low ?( 50's or less)? Pig Out time - Couple of Tabs, then a Full can of reg Coke or Pepsi.. 36 carbs..
I go thru the waiting process as usual, but about 1/2 hr and am fine to above 120.. and then? I will take a Correction Bolus for 50% of that 36 carbs = 18 carbs
and in a few hours back to in Range again..
Do the same for whatever extra carbs over the 10 I take.. 10 carbs - 50 pts for me..
I was diagnosed with type 2 and told to take metformin, watch my diet and test my blood sugar. That's all. I follow the diet they gave me, but my fasting glucose is still high (150) For some reason, 4 hours after dinner it goes down to 106 or so. Why is it so high in the morning? And how can I get it down?
I WAKE UP WITH NUMBNESS IN MY HANDS AND LEGS. HAD MY HEART CHECK THOUGHT IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A STROKE. EVERYTHING TURN OUT GOOD. I HAVE TYPE 2 DIEBETES. COULD I HAVE PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY? ALSO I HAVE SWELLING IN MY STOMACH MY DOCTOR THINKS THE REASON FOR MY HIGH LIVER COUNT AND SWELLING OF MY STOMACH MAY BE CAUSE FROM THE DIEBETES. COULD THIS BE TRUE? WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE. SINCERELY JACKIE
wonderful. now tell me what to eat or whatever, to lower the numbers when they are high.
I have had Diabetes 1 since Easter 1970 and it is just as much a pain in the po po as it was then. I am brittle meaning my sugars are hi then wham lo QUICKLY...I cannot take the new insulins because they are no good in my system and all I get from docs is the new toys...oh well. At this point , I am still looking for new doc and staff , and have found none here in DC. Where in Va. or around here can I go? Thanks!
when my blood sugar goes low it feels like I am dying so I eat alot to make it come up but buy the time I am done my sugar is high I have learned to eat something then get away from the kitchen untill I check my blood surgar again if it is still low I eat a little more, it is very hard not to cram everything you see into your mouth ,just walk away from where the food is it does help
I make sure that I always have Glucose tablets in each vehicle and in the home and find that it offers me a little peace of mind and security knowing that I have a remedy close at hand. Rodger
We can't answer your question regarding the loss of your sense of taste and smell. We do not know your history or other medical problems. We recommend that you consult with your health care provider.
Will I get an answer to my question:
I have lost my sense of smell and taste. Does this come from Type 11 diabetes?
Thanks for this because my oldest brother has diabetes and this information will really help! THANKS AGAIN!!!!!!!
Rich, fear of hypoglycemia is common among people with diabetes. Lets face it, having a low blood glucose is not fun. The best way to handle lows, is to avoid them, but that is not always possible. Try to figure out a reason for the low; not enough food, too much activity, too much insulin or a oral diabetes medication that can cause low blood glucose? Try to plan ahead to avoid low bg. If there is no reason for the low bg, the medication needs to be adjusted. Talk with your healthcare provider if you have concerns or frequent low bg.
The biggest problem I have is the fear that hypoglycemia instills. This manifests itself by panicking and overeating more than 15 grams of carbs rather than waiting 15 minutes and testing again.
It is real because you still have the low BG symptoms.
How can you overcome this?
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