Treating a low blood sugar

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2017-07-20 02:56:29 -0500
Started 2017-07-12 18:41:10 -0500

Diabetes is not a one-size fits all disease. So why are we all told that we need to ingest 15 grams of a fast-acting carb to treat a low? I've discovered that 15 grams is too much for me and my BG will soar too high if I follow that rule. Here's a link to CDE Gary Scheiner's article in Diabtribe giving some guidelines based on body weight, and your low BG before treating and other factors that may affect how many fast-acting carb grams YOU should take to treat YOUR low.

9 replies

Nani914 2017-07-13 09:28:01 -0500 Report

What is considered a low?
To me I start feeling weird at 90 and I'm sure to some of you that's not a low. I've been at 84 and that's low to me too. Just wondering what numbers are low for most of you all. :/

w8chd 2017-07-20 02:56:29 -0500 Report

I believe low is different for everyone. I know when mine drops below 80. I can tell I need to check and see what is going on.
As far as how you treat it, do what works for you.

cynicl12000 2017-07-16 00:40:28 -0500 Report

Luis' advice is sound.

And, as Luis said, for a while after you're body has been used to high glucose, being in the "normal" range can feel like a low.

The general rule of thumb is <70, but, as always, speaking with a doctor who knows your history and current situation is probably in order if you are exhibiting hypo symptoms

Luis65 2017-07-13 15:06:26 -0500 Report

When we have been at high BG levels and drop can feel like a hypo. If you feel weird at 90 I would suggest not treating it with a fast acting carb but maybe 1/2 to 1 oz of cheese, some nuts or peanuts. Save the glucose, peppermints and OJ for below 70 is my advice. Feeding a low especially one that is not really a low is feeding the problem.

Type1Lou 2017-07-13 14:33:20 -0500 Report

You are probably feeling low at 90 because your BG's may have been elevated for a while and your body needs to readjust. Here's what I got when I googled "normal blood glucose:
A normal blood glucose level for a healthy person is somewhere between 72 mg/dL (3.8 to 4 mmol/L) and 108 mg/dL (5.8 to 6 mmol/L). It, of course, depends on every individual alone. Typically blood sugar level in humans is around 72 mg/dL (or 4 mmol/L).

I don't consider myself low unless I dip below 70 mg/dl.