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Old 04-24-2013, 12:22 AM   #1
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Can 70-75 BG give you hypoglycemia symptoms?

I am pre-diabetic as per my Doctor even though all of my numbers are below what the bloodwork says is pre-diabetic.

Anyways I have began to monitor my BG when I get feeling faint and weak and it seems anytime I get down in the low 70s is when I feel this symptoms.

I have read people say 70-110 is normal and others who say below 75 is low. I get anxiety, fast heart beat, feeling faint/weak and sometimes other symptoms when I get that low. Lowest I have seen is 66 since i have been checking off and on the last couple weeks.


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Old 04-24-2013, 12:58 AM   #2
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Re: Can 70-75 BG give you hypoglycemia symptoms?

Yes, you can get hypo symptoms at technically normal levels. They are often called false hypos. The higher your BGs go, the higher the point where you may feel hypo symptoms. Someone running BG in the 300s might feel hypo symptoms above 100. The body gets used to higher numbers. I feel hypo symptoms sometimes if my BG is going down too quickly.
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Re: Can 70-75 BG give you hypoglycemia symptoms?

It depends on how fast your blood sugar was dropping. If it dropped fast, a not quite low number will feel very low. Also, have you compared your meter to a lab draw? If your meter reads high, then you may in fact be lower than what the number says. My meter reads typically 8% higher than what the lab value says when I take the meter along. So I know if it says 70, it's actually 65.
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Re: Can 70-75 BG give you hypoglycemia symptoms?

Thank you for the replies I appreciate any and all info I get!

I have not tested my meter against a real blood test to know how accurate it is for sure. I go back to the doctor in may so maybe I will do it then.



I just can't figure out how to keep BG up and not drop fast. This morning i ate a couple sausage biscuits and a glass of milk(I know not a good choice) and 2-3 hours later I checked it and was 96. 3-4 hours after breakfast I had a turkey sandwich on 100% whole wheat bread with cheese and a few potato chips. Roughly 2 hours later I started to feel crappy and checked and sure enough I was at 69. I thought the whole wheat, turkey and cheese would be good but it didn't seem to be.

 
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Re: Can 70-75 BG give you hypoglycemia symptoms?

Have you tried not having the bread or biscuits? Those might be the problem. We tend to be more insulin resistant earlier in the day so maybe you could try having less carbs for breakfast and lunch, but see test your BG and see how they work later in the day.

Also test at 1 hour after meals to see if you are getting a big spike.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:28 PM   #6
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Re: Can 70-75 BG give you hypoglycemia symptoms?

I have tried just meat like chicken breast and stuff like that and it doesn't seem like it raises my BG at all.

I have checked at 1 hour a few times and the highest I have ever seen is 147.

 
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Re: Can 70-75 BG give you hypoglycemia symptoms?

I did a fasting check this morning and it was 94. It's weird how it doesn't drop at night or without eating for 8+ hours but drops during the day all the time. I guess that means it really is just related to food and when I eat I over produce insulin.

 
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Re: Can 70-75 BG give you hypoglycemia symptoms?

That's just the way diabetes works in the early stages. Over time this can stress the beta cells of the pancreas out and some of them burn out and stop producing insulin. This is why many type 2 eventually start using insulin. One theory is that you can minimize damage to the beta cells by adjusting your diet and limiting foods that spike your BG and prolong the time that you can stay controlled without insulin.

Your body doesn't go low during the night or without food for several hours because our livers store glucose (the storage form is called glycogen) and release it over time to keep BG in normal range.
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Re: Can 70-75 BG give you hypoglycemia symptoms?

Diabetes just sucks.:/ I feel so bad for everyone who has to deal with this. I guess once you figure out how to control the lows and highs it is better though. I don't think I ever go really high and it seems like I get low all the time. Just ate a meal and going to check it at 1 hour to see what it my BG is.

 
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Re: Can 70-75 BG give you hypoglycemia symptoms?

Update.

1 hour after double bacon cheeseburger, large fries and a pepsi my BG was 124.

I would think if I was diabetic or even close I would be much higher than that.


And yes I know my diet is horrible.:/


Edit-And I am trying all kinds of different foods trying to see what effects my BG the most.

Tired of going through these test strips like crazy. Good thing I have found is the pinky seems to have awesome blood flow.

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Old 04-26-2013, 11:37 AM   #11
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Re: Can 70-75 BG give you hypoglycemia symptoms?

What was your blood sugar at 2 hours after that meal? You can't tell the full affect the food had if you just look at the 1 hour number. It could've been on the rise still due to delayed absorption from the high fat content.

I burned through strips like crazy in the beginning too, but now I generally know what to expect from most foods. It was really helpful. I don't have to test as often now.
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What was your blood sugar at 2 hours after that meal? You can't tell the full affect the food had if you just look at the 1 hour number. It could've been on the rise still due to delayed absorption from the high fat content.

I burned through strips like crazy in the beginning too, but now I generally know what to expect from most foods. It was really helpful. I don't have to test as often now.

I didn't check it at 2 hours last night. I am going to tonight though. Ate a similar meal tonight to try and check again. Also had a cherry berry chiller which I am sure is loaded with sugar.

1 hour check was a 98 BG. Going to do the 2 hour in another 45 minutes and will report.

98 just seems low to me for 1 hour post a big meal.

 
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:07 PM   #13
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Re: Can 70-75 BG give you hypoglycemia symptoms?

BG check at 2 hours was 92. I can't make any sense of it. Wonder if I could have an insulinoma? I have always thought all along I just have trouble with low blood sugar.

I will discuss all of these tests with my doctor in may.


Edit-Between hours 2-3 I drank the majority of my cherry berry chiller and tested at the 3 hour mark after meal and BG was 123. I drank most of it right after my 2 hour test.

So I ate a big meal and at 1 hour was 98, 2 hours 92, drank the rest of my medium drink and at hour 3 was 123. Makes no sense to me.

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