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Old 02-26-2012, 02:08   #1
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I'm new here, just registered. I've been really trying to take care of my diabetes in trying different things i.e. exercise, diet. But After a workout today I came home to measure my BG level and was at 179. So I dropped in 6 units of Humalog and just minded my own business. After some hours I started to feel jittery, weak and extreme hunger. So I measured my BG level and it was at 88. I thought 88 was "normal" level not hypoglycemic range.

Does anyone have any insight to this? I'm very confused...

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It IS a normal level - not hypoglycemic by any stretch of the imagination. Apparently you've been running high enough that your body is unhappy with 88. As you stabilize your blood sugar, I think your body will acclimate to "normal" levels, and not be jittery. How did you calculate that 6 units would be appropriate; what is your correction factor?

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Hmm, so my body is telling me 88 is too low which in fact 88 is normal? Wow, I've been bad I guess.

There was no calculation factor, I just put 6 units in...

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You need to have a long talk with your doctor. They can't just send you out with a pen full of insulin without teaching you how to use it. You need to know how to count carbs, what your insulin-to-carb ratio is, your insulin sensitivity factor and your correction factor.

When our bodies have been running high for very long, they get settled in that rut and they LIKE high levels. Then when we start lowering the blood glucose in order to save our own lives, the body fights that change. Rest assured that 88 is not hypoglycemic, it just feels that way to you because you've been way high. Tell us what was your A1c upon diagnosis, and what are the meter readings you've been getting since going on insulin? Are you adjusting your diet to accommodate your diabetes?

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This happened to me too. When my BG's levels were super high I actually felt normal until they got TOO high (and I started having symptoms)...Anyway, now that my numbers are within normal ranges I start feeling low and I'll check and they are around 80's and high 70's. Today I felt almost hypo and BG was 70. I feel my best now between 90 and 100. But I am adapting to my blood sugar settling into these low territories.

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The prescribed unit is 6 per meal, so that is what I use.

So in lieu of my jittery and weakened feeling, should I have not taken any measures? Which I took a sip of a soda, raised me to 114. Reading have been very sporadic even with healthy meals. Which led me to thinking my glucose meter might be faulty.

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This happened to me too. When my BG's levels were super high I actually felt normal until they got TOO high (and I started having symptoms)...Anyway, now that my numbers are within normal ranges I start feeling low and I'll check and they are around 80's and high 70's. Today I felt almost hypo and BG was 70. I feel my best now between 90 and 100. But I am adapting to my blood sugar settling into these low territories.
How long did it take you to be semi adapting to the lower BG level? Days? Weeks?

Thank you!

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The prescribed unit is 6 per meal, so that is what I use.

So in lieu of my jittery and weakened feeling, should I have not taken any measures? Which I took a sip of a soda, raised me to 114. Reading have been very sporadic even with healthy meals. Which led me to thinking my glucose meter might be faulty.
But you hadn't eaten a meal, so why the 6 units? All you did was work out, which can raise blood glucose. I believe you should have not taken any measures. It's important to test during workouts, and if your readings start to rise too high, then stop & give it a rest. If they start to drop too low, then take a glucose tablet. (btw, glucose tabs are the best option in treating lows, because they are in measured amounts so you know exactly what you're getting, as opposed to a sip of soda.)

This is exactly why you need to learn carb counting, to learn your insulin-to-carb ratio, and what your correction factor is - i.e. how many points 1 unit of insulin will lower your blood sugar.

Your meter can have a 20% variance either way, so it's hard to say whether it's faulty or not. Tell us what you mean by "healthy meals".

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The prescribed unit is 6 per meal, so that is what I use.

So in lieu of my jittery and weakened feeling, should I have not taken any measures? Which I took a sip of a soda, raised me to 114. Reading have been very sporadic even with healthy meals. Which led me to thinking my glucose meter might be faulty.
As you work to find which foods your body tolerates BG levels bouncing up and down is normal. Just remember to log every meal and snack and remember to take your one and two hour PP readings and you'll learn a diet your body can tolerate and not have the wild swings.

Good luck and keep it up!

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But you hadn't eaten a meal, so why the 6 units? All you did was work out, which can raise blood glucose. I believe you should have not taken any measures. It's important to test during workouts, and if your readings start to rise too high, then stop & give it a rest. If they start to drop too low, then take a glucose tablet. (btw, glucose tabs are the best option in treating lows, because they are in measured amounts so you know exactly what you're getting, as opposed to a sip of soda.)

This is exactly why you need to learn carb counting, to learn your insulin-to-carb ratio, and what your correction factor is - i.e. how many points 1 unit of insulin will lower your blood sugar.

Your meter can have a 20% variance either way, so it's hard to say whether it's faulty or not. Tell us what you mean by "healthy meals".
Wow, that's new to me that working out can raise BG. Very interesting.

I'm on a low carb diet which consists of no grain. So only from veggies. For eg today I ate.

Breakfast: Eggs(3), Broccoli(hand full)
Lunch: Chicken breast with shrimp mixed with half spoon of mayo, Pico de gallo.

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