I have actually taken a few tumbles from dizziness over the years when I drop low within a short period of time. I started to write two comments to Zach about his experience and my computer just shut down so I just want to say I have the same experience walking and I think you just saved me from loosing my mind!!
I think after 14 years, I’m a bit more sympathetic at least to how poorly he thinks DURING the low. On the other hand I’ve watched my daughter hand me her meter at a party with a 21 on the screen, and go skipping off to play with a friend while I stood dumbfounded that she was even standing upright… and then chased after her with a juice box.
I feel like it could be tough to diagnose low blood sugar with so many apparent symptoms indicative of low blood sugar levels. A general felling of exhaustion – like you just spent the entire Saturday working out in the yard.
When having a low colors usually get brighter but this is the first time I’ve had the blinding light. Like a lot of you – also lack of concentration and anxiety during the day with a low. Stubborness, hunger, rambling, irritation, confusion and a general feeling that my brain is trying to catch up with my body (or vice versa, it’s hard to tell sometimes!). I sometimes know I’m low but I still wont have my glucose drink, for no good reason, I just get it in my head to not have it. It’s great to read about everyones experiences though, nice to know other people totally get it too! Since my body is used to my blood sugar being so high, and now with my eating better and it going a lot lower than it’s norm. I think everyone is the same in that they experience more and more symptoms as the hypo worsens.
When I have a low I get confused, feel like I just want to go to sleep, some times my hands jerk so bad I cant even hold anything.
My boy friend gets real upset with me so sometimes when I start to have a bad low I wait tell he doesnt see me and i get food or a drink. High BGL or “Hyperglycemia” can be a serious problem if you don’t treat it, so it’s important to treat as soon as you detect it. To improve your access to healthcare, Mount Nittany Health offers walk-in lab and imaging services throughout our community.
Step 5: If your blood sguar returns to normal, eat a snack or meal to keep your blood sugar in a safe range. Sign up for our periodic Life & Health email newsletter to keep up to date on Mount Nittany news.
People with diabetes can have low blood sugar levels because of the medicines they have to take to manage their diabetes. Also, certain things may increase how quickly insulin gets absorbed into the bloodstream and can make hypoglycemia more likely to occur. Other things that can cause insulin to be absorbed more quickly include injecting the shot into a muscle instead of the fatty layer under the skin and injecting the insulin into a part of the body most used in a particular sport (like injecting the leg right before soccer practice). If you have diabetes, try to remember how your body reacts when your blood sugar levels are low. The warning signs of hypoglycemia are the body's natural response to low blood sugar levels.
Sometimes a person with diabetes may have symptoms of low blood sugar levels, but blood sugar levels are not actually low.
Some people with diabetes don't actually notice the typical signs of low blood sugar levels.
Your diabetes health care team will give you guidelines for treating low blood sugar levels, depending on your symptoms. Recheck your blood sugar level with a glucose meter to see if blood sugar levels are back to normal.
Get a glucagon shot (see below), if your symptoms are severe or get worse after you eat, drink, or take glucose.
Sometimes, blood sugar levels can get so low that you may not be awake enough to eat or drink something to get them back up.
Glucagon (pronounced: gloo-kuh-gon) is a hormone that helps raise blood sugar levels quickly. By knowing what causes low blood sugar levels and being prepared, you can lessen the chance that you'll have low blood sugar levels. Check your blood sugar levels regularly, so you can tell if your blood sugars are running too low and your treatment plan needs adjustment.
Carry something containing sugar with you at all times and take it right away if you have symptoms.
Alcohol and drugs can cause major problems with your blood sugar levels, so avoiding them is another way to prevent diabetes problems. Learning how to recognize the signs of low blood sugar levels and get them back to normal is an important part of caring for diabetes. Here are seven food items that are downright excellent and "magnificent" for your health, particularly if you’re someone dealing with low blood sugar symptoms or hypoglycemic symptoms. Fruits, in general, have a high sugar (fructose) content, so if you’re just starting out on your hypoglycemic diet, you may want to limit the fruit you eat - avoid bananas, for instance. The best fruit for someone dealing with low blood sugar, hypoglycemia, even hyperglycemia, is berries. Purple-skinned eggplant is a good source of phenols, a nutrient that helps your body use sugar more efficiently. Low blood sugar and hypoglycemia expert Anita Flegg recommends you eat nine handfuls of fruit and veggies and one ounce of nuts every day. Without the fiber to slow the sugar response, the natural sugars in both fruits and vegetables can cause a very fast sugar spike. If you’re dealing with low blood sugar, hypoglycemia, even hyperglycemia, stick with fresh fruits and vegetables for quality vitamins and better sugar control. Low blood sugar and hypoglycemia expert Anita Flegg also recommends you eat fish three times per week. Oily fish like salmon and mackerel are also tasty sources of protein, and although they’re not particularly low-cal, they have the added benefit of omega-3 fatty acids.
Now, did you know that taking fish oil (1000-4000 mg every day) not only lowers cholesterol and reduces inflammation, but also improves insulin sensitivity?
Why "go nuts?" Because they have the top three components to keep your blood sugar steady and improve your insulin sensitivity: protein, fiber, good fats. I talked about fiber earlier in this article, and new information about whole-grain rye should move it to the top of your list.
According to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in December of 2005, when rye bread and pasta were compared to oat and wheat bread and potato, insulin secretion (an indication of the reduction of insulin resistance) increased six times more in the rye bread group than for the other two groups.

This result was supplemented in August of 2007 (Journal of the American Dietetic Association), when it was found that a rye pasta diet actually caused changes in genes linked with Type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome! The key to understand here is that the biggest risk inherent in being hypoglycemic is that it increases your risk of getting Type II diabetes. Because hypoglycemia progresses to insulin resistance, and from there to diabetes, it is important for hypoglycemics to maintain and shore up your insulin sensitivity as much as possible, and however you can.
In reactive hypoglycemia, you have too much insulin because of insulin resistance - it takes more and more insulin production to get the cells to respond.
As this progresses and gets worse over the years, the risk of developing Type II diabetes goes up. Whole-grain rye seems to make a difference in insulin sensitivity, so the studies seem to suggest that whole-grain rye products should be good for everyone who is insulin resistant, whether hypoglycemic or Type II diabetic.
It takes every ounce of concentration to lift the leg and wait for they sensation of pressure to hit high in my leg or hip. I was alone so wasn’t sure if I should buy a case of choclate bars or head to their food stand for a gigantic ice cream. Fortunately, I got my first blood glucose meter in 1982, just as the “shaking hands” symptom of a low BG started to disappear! From habit I managed to check my BS which said 19 though I’m sure it was not that low. Weak legs and overall body… lack of focus, staring into the distance, shaking, irritability, snapping, sadness. It seems there is not a lot of info out there for people with T1, you really have to dig for it.
I have seen some of your blog posts and the Vlog of your low is a good example for people to see. I was cashiering at work and all the sudden, my legs grew weak, I was sweating all over and trembling.
Like I need to eat right now and I’ll kill anyone who wastes my time or gets in my way.
I was put hrough hell for two years and when I told my MD that I thought I was hypoglycemic he only checked my BS, which at that time was normal.
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Sometimes people with diabetes don’t feel any symptoms when they have low blood sugar.
Glucose is a sugar that comes from the foods we eat, and it's also formed and stored inside the body.
When blood glucose levels (also called blood sugar levels) drop too low, it's called hypoglycemia (pronounced: hi-po-gly-see-me-uh).
They may need a hormone called insulin or diabetes pills (or both) to help their bodies use the sugar in their blood. Part of keeping blood sugar levels in a healthy range is having good timing, and balancing when and what they eat and when they exercise with when they take medicines.
For example, taking a hot shower or bath right after having an insulin injection increases blood flow through the blood vessels in the skin, which can cause the insulin to be absorbed more quickly than usual. It may help you figure out when you're having a low blood sugar level more quickly the next time.
When blood sugar levels fall too low, the body releases the hormone adrenaline, which helps get stored glucose into the bloodstream quickly.
Blood sugar levels can be tested with a glucose meter, which is a computerized device that measures and displays the amount of glucose in a blood sample. For them it's even more important to check blood glucose levels often and take extra precautions to prevent low blood sugar (see our prevention tips below). If you can, try to test your blood sugar levels to make sure that your symptoms are because of hypoglycemia.
To do that, you should take in sugar or sugary foods, which raise the blood sugar level quickly. Your doctor may tell you to have really sugary foods or drinks (like regular soda, orange juice, or cake frosting) or might give you glucose tablets or gel to take — all of these can help to raise your blood sugar level fast, which is what you need to do when it's low. Your parents, teachers, and coaches should all know how to give glucagon shots in case of a low blood sugar emergency or at least know to call 911. But no matter how well they take care of themselves, people with diabetes will sometimes have low blood sugar levels.
Keeping track of your blood sugar levels and recording lows when they occur will help you and your diabetes health care team keep your blood sugar levels in a healthy range.
Berries are lower in sugar and calories than many other fruits, and they’re packed with nutrients. Many health benefits have been attributed to blueberries, and they’re also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin E and antioxidants. Phenols have also been found to help with high blood pressure, and provide antioxidant protection as well. Best of all, vegetables are a great source of dietary fiber, especially if they’re raw or lightly steamed. Fiber slows down the absorption of sugars that are a part of all foods and reduces the possibility of a low blood sugar episode later on.
Whether you buy it or make it yourself, juice is a poor choice for hypoglycemics because processing has removed all of the fiber and some of the vitamins (some B vitamins are destroyed by processing). For hypoglycemics, this is a major problem because of the symptoms related to both the sugar spike and the sugar crash that is sure to follow. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids are great for improving and maintaining the health of your heart, and they're great for your skin and hair, too. Reversing this is crucial to improving your sugar-handling, and reducing your hypoglycemia symptoms. Recent research shows that eating nuts and nut butters at least 5 times a week can reduce your risk of developing Type II diabetes by 27%! Topping up on antioxidants like lycopene can slow cell aging and keep you feeling healthier.
Other times I feel very tired, shaky, have a hard time moving around and functionning properly (especially mentally. Now, I’d say the ability to concentrate is a big symptom, as is a terrible feeling of worry (big-time anxiety), and sometimes EXTREME tiredness. Even after I have been able to raise my levels, I still can’t concentrate, think, or react and am exhausted for hours afterwards.

I also feel like my healthcare team gives me the bare minimum info each time I visit and doesn’t do a lot to get me excited about taking care of my diabetes.
If I am intrigued by how the box of Rice Krispies in my hands would feel being poured over my head, there it goes.
I have been experiencing lows for a while and finally started monitoring everything I eat and all my readings . I didn’t know what was going on but I had something in my instincts telling me to get candy. It's the main source of energy for the cells of our body, and it's carried to each cell through the bloodstream. These medicines help take the sugar out of the blood and get it into the body's cells, which makes the level of sugar in the blood go down. Becoming pale, sweating, shaking, and having an increased heart rate are early signs of the adrenaline being released. However, if you can't quickly check your blood sugar level, it's important to treat yourself for hypoglycemia immediately to prevent symptoms from getting worse. The hormone adrenaline (mentioned above) is not just released when blood sugar drops too low — it's also released when blood sugar levels fall quickly when they're too high. If you're having trouble feeling the symptoms of low blood sugar, let your diabetes health care team know. If you can't test blood sugar immediately, don't delay in treating your symptoms — you can always check your blood sugar after you've taken steps to get your blood sugar back up into the normal range.
Your doctor can prescribe a glucagon kit, which should be kept in a place where the people who are close to you can easily find it. This medical identification also can also include your doctor's phone number or a parent's phone number. People who would otherwise not eat enough fruits and vegetables to get their required vitamins were at least getting a vitamin boost. White fish are a great low-calorie source of protein and there are dozens of tasty ways to prepare them.
Keep in mind when you get ready to cook it that pan-frying and deep-frying fish, especially at high temperatures, appears to destroy the omega-3 fats. It's delicious and a great source of protein that’ll help keep your blood sugar level steady and you feeling great. Try some of these: add a handful of slivered almonds to your next stir-fry, take a small bag of pistachios or cashews to snack on at work, put peanut butter on your breakfast toast. I decided against both ideas and was then going to break into the honey I had bought, but thankfully there were sugar pills in the car! In the past I would see objects in the room stack on top of each other, the numbers on my watch cascading in stair steps from the watch crystal into the air, and once looking out the bus window I saw rows of people lined up on in layers on top of each other, waiting for other buses. I hate feeling like this, it almost wants me to make it high just so I will feel normal, ughhh. Like I’ll go on for a week or so with steadily high blood sugars, and it starts to feel normal. I have a hard time getting to and staying at 70 and feel like I’m constantly eating . Some times my Boy friend will wake me up telling me I need to check my blood because I’m clammy. Without insulin, your body can’t use glucose for fuel, so your body breaks down fats to use for energy.
If the hypoglycemia isn't treated, more severe symptoms may develop, including drowsiness, confusion, seizures, and loss of consciousness. If you're having a false reaction, you might actually have blood sugar levels in a healthy range but feel as if you have low blood sugar.
Drug or alcohol use is also dangerous because it may impair someone's ability to sense low blood sugar levels. The fruit, vegetables, nuts and whole grains all help you address one of the most important points of an hypoglycemia diet: Eating lots of fiber.
If I see double arrows on my Medtronic pump (courtesy of my CGM) I can expect to feel awful (in one way or another) very soon! And the filter that says, whatever you do, don’t actually say that horribly mean and sarcastic comment, it gets turned off and things I regret later come flying out of my mouth. Many of the symptoms he felt and as a parent you feel so helpless to be there and help your child.
When i’m sleeping I usually find myself running to the kitchen without remembering that I woke up and got out of bed.
I’ve taken to keeping glucose tabs in several easy to reach places as well as hard candy in my room and at my desk at work. Testing blood sugar levels before treating yourself for hypoglycemia can help you figure out if you're having a false reaction.
Friday came and while I still had 2 hours of work I hit a very low one, and was afraid to drive home. I can not tell you how often I’ve had to call and apologise for the fact that I was going to be late for something because of things like this. Several years ago, after shoveling snow off of my car in the apartment parking lot, I remember walking up the stairs to our apartment and starting to go to the kitchen for some juice.
I see things sometimes,when I was married to my x I swore he put me in the shower and hit me.
One of the drivers tells me I was doing some kind of leg lefts and counting 20,21,22,23,100.
The next thing I knew I was flat on my face on the living room rug, still wearing my parka and boots, and our cats were on either side of me crying. I don’t get low at often or as intensely as I used to since I got the omnipod though. The weird thing is, as humiliated as I am, I have nothing but compassion for those that I see experiencing a similar event. I think weekends really throw off his routine, but still… after 14 years, he could maybe start to plan ahead. I’ve got glucose tabs stashed everywhere, in almost every coat and several places in the car, but they take a long time to dissolve.
When I went to replace it the store no longer stocked it and I haven’t seen it any place else.

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