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August 21, 2013 8:56 PM
I have a dilemma. pretty much every day i struggle with blood sugar drops. and they are BAD, like i am shaking and feel like i am going to faint and i can't think straight. the issue is that i have eaten a balanced meal with protein, carbs and fat - all healthy (usually a green smoothie with lots of veggies and a couple hard boiled eggs) but i still get my bad drops. so i tend to just panic and try to find quick sources of sugar but it doesn't always help. today i had 2% Greek yogurt, fruit snacks and a cheese stick before i felt it rising back up again. i don't know what's wrong! i hope it has to do with feeding my body Gluten which i have now gone 100% Gluten free but its been almost a month and i still am getting these blood sugar drops.
Also I don't have a family history of diabetes at all and have eaten super healthy, no processed foods my whole life but have struggles with this blood sugar thing all the time. Have had blood work, and no one has ever mentioned diabetes or even been worried about it.
I am so sick of feeling this way but have no idea what to do to fix it.
Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions and ANYTHING else would be much appreciated! i feel like i am sabotaging my own work when i try to get my blood sugar back up but don't think i could not eat that food because i might faint. :(
I am a nanny, so its really scary to me when this happens because I can't take care of the kids properly. And if we are out and I don't bring something to eat, I am afraid I could faint or black out and then the kids would be in danger. Is there anyone else out there like me?
ANY HELP would be much appreciated!
August 21, 2013 9:03 PM
How much are you eating? Can you open your diary?
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August 21, 2013 9:10 PM
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How much are you eating? Can you open your diary?
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August 21, 2013 9:38 PM
You mentioned blood tests - have you been to the doctor about this specific issue? What did the doctor say?

If your blood sugar is low (I'm assuming you are testing and know for sure this is what it is, and you're not mistaking the symptoms of say, low blood pressure) then greek yoghurt and cheese sticks are not the best thing to bring it back up. Protein and fats will slow the absorption of sugar into your blood stream. Try orange juice, glucose tablets, or hard candies. I know it's hard to moderate yourself when you feel like that but try to just have a little, give it five minutes, have a little more if needed.

Once your sugar is back up, that's when you have your more substantial snack to keep you level.
August 22, 2013 12:12 AM
When I first started taking insulin the doctor warned me that once my blood sugar got under control I'd have to watch out for lows. What was recommended was to have a source of sugar without fat to raise the sugar levels faster (full sugar soda or juice) and then to follow it up with something like a peanut butter sandwich. The soda was supposed to pop my levels up there quickly, then the carbs/fat were to help keep them up longer.

If this is becoming a common thing you really need to get with your doctor again. I'm off insulin totally now, but it only took a couple lows (40's) to freak me out enough to make an appointment. I still carry glucose tabs with me on the off chance it happens again. Scary stuff.
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August 22, 2013 12:24 AM
I totally understand what you are going through. I myself struggled with hypoglycemia for years before I finally went to the doctor to get medication. But im curious as to when your blood sugar is dropping. Is it at certain times of the day? Before or after meals? Because this could also be fixed with dietary changes in which you may need to consult with your physician and dietician to correct that. I would highly suggest to attempt the diet changes before attempting medication. The side effects of the medicine are not fun either. The point im stressing is to talk to your doctor! You will feel so much better when all tht gets figured out! I hope that helps! Good luck!!
August 22, 2013 5:08 AM
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I totally understand what you are going through. I myself struggled with hypoglycemia for years before I finally went to the doctor to get medication. But im curious as to when your blood sugar is dropping. Is it at certain times of the day? Before or after meals? Because this could also be fixed with dietary changes in which you may need to consult with your physician and dietician to correct that. I would highly suggest to attempt the diet changes before attempting medication. The side effects of the medicine are not fun either. The point im stressing is to talk to your doctor! You will feel so much better when all tht gets figured out! I hope that helps! Good luck!!


This is good ^^^^ but before you go and make any diet changes you should consult a nutritionists so you don't go and do something on your own that may be a bad thing.

I can relate because my entire family suffers from diabetes. So I need to be extra mindful of it. Just 2 days ago a got a call from my father at 130am because my mother was unresponsive and her sugar ended up reading "16" Those situations can be nerve racking if you are not prepared for them.
August 22, 2013 5:56 PM
Thank you for everyone's help! It was very helpful and encouraging to read what all of you had to say. I haven't actually tested my blood sugar - I didn't even know I could be feeling this way due to low blood pressure. I just assumed it was low blood sugar based on everything I've heard about how low blood sugar makes you feel.
I think I will go and get some blood tests/get seen by a doctor just to make sure that whats happening isn't something really bad or whatever. And then try diet changes or other things the doctor recommends to help fix it so I don't have to deal with it anymore. Thank you so much!!
August 22, 2013 6:18 PM
I don't have time to read through all the replies, but I was having this problem too. Answer: GET TO THE DOCTOR NOW!!!

If you've been moderately successful at losing weight, you are gaining more sensitivity to your body's own insulin back, so you are overdosing with your meds. Your doctor probably needs to reduce your meds. This is what was happening with me. I went down a few times until I got off my meds altogether.
August 22, 2013 6:19 PM
Glucose tabs are a good quick fix.

Talk to your Dr. too, you may want to start monitoring your blood sugar for a little while so you can determine when exactly your blood sugar is dropping and how low.

Also frequent small meals are better than 3 big meals and strangely eating a large high carb meal can make you plummet a few hours later

Fruit juice is also really good, just make sure you get the kind with sugar.
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August 22, 2013 6:57 PM
Sounds like you're eating simple carbs only, which would cause the blood sugar to drop SUPER quick.

I'm not sure if you're diabetic or not (I know that I personally can actually FEEL when my blood sugar spikes or drops, and I'm not diabetic) but the best thing to eat in those cases is an orange! It helps spike it back up quick. I use them after I work out super hard, and they ALWAYS work for me.

Also; try eating more complex carbs. It'll help loads!
August 22, 2013 7:09 PM
As a T1.5 diabetic, I find eating a diet rich in healthy fats (avocado, coconut, etc) helps keep my blood sugar stable. Drop your carbs a bit, add more fat and protein.

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