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Old 08-15-2012, 23:11   #1
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I am a Type 2, diagnosed in January 2007 (I think). I have been off all meds for 2+ years. Once my bs was under control my problem was being too low more often than too high. My endo described me as "Atypical Type 2". I was able to get off meds after losing 60 lbs. I exercised regularly (note the past tense - I exercise less these days) and changed my diet.

In the past a bs number close to 70 (i.e., 70-80) would give me the shakes and I would stutter. Lately, my bs has been 65-67 before lunch on a number of occasions without the shakes/stutter. When my bs is that low I can feel something ... usually I feel a little tired or just "off", and I know it's time to eat.

My question is: Are bs numbers in the 60s ok if I am feeling fine or are they cause for worry because they are below the norm?

I dont' know if I will ever understand this disease.

I appreciate any "enlightenment" you can give me on this.

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I occasionally fall into mid 60's before dinner, feel nothing but a hollow hungry feeling. Maybe look at what your eating thats driving your insulin surgers. Carbs cause an insulin surge, if body can not regulate well you go low 2-3 hrs after the insulin surge.

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A 65-70 is pretty normal for me before meals. I just feel really hungry. At first I would get really worried but then I learned the rarity of it only being on metformin.

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My fasting numbers are often in the 3.5 (63) to 3.9 (70) range, and like MCS, I just get an empty feeling. But when I was first diagnosed, a 4.4 (79) would give me the shakes and dizziness.

 
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I occasionally fall into mid 60's before dinner, feel nothing but a hollow hungry feeling. Maybe look at what your eating thats driving your insulin surgers. Carbs cause an insulin surge, if body can not regulate well you go low 2-3 hrs after the insulin surge.
Thanks for responding. Sorry I wasn't clear, the thing that is strange is that these numbers are not from surges. My waking bs is generally between 80-105 depending on whether/what I eat just before going bed. I have been trying not to eat after 7/7:30 p.m. (not easy when I sit up late reading). Of late I have been eating a low carb breakfast. The decline has been gradual, I think that may be why I don't feel it as much.

It is good to know that falling into the 60s is something experienced by others and no cause for concern. I definitely appreciate your reply.

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My fasting numbers are often in the 3.5 (63) to 3.9 (70) range, and like MCS, I just get an empty feeling. But when I was first diagnosed, a 4.4 (79) would give me the shakes and dizziness.
Wow, I think that I am finally seeing "normal" numbers relative to the beginning of my diabetes journey. I was at 917 when diagnosed, spent 4 days in the hospital. Now I can be excited about having numbers under 70.

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Wow, I think that I am finally seeing "normal" numbers relative to the beginning of my diabetes journey. I was at 917 when diagnosed, spent 4 days in the hospital. Now I can be excited about having numbers under 70.
Goodness, you have come a long way! Here in Australia, normal non-diabetic blood sugar readings are 3.6 (65) to 4.6 (83). So I try to keep most of my numbers in that range, apart from those 1-2 hours after meals.

It looks as if you're doing this, which means that you can hopefully avoid complications for a long time to come. My doctors are thrilled with my numbers.

 
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Hi, I think different people have different reaction. I really cant advise anything but in my case, when my BG fall to 75, I started to feel very-very shaky. I was even difficult to do the test.

Is that because my BG always high, then when it fall to 90, then hypo kick in?

And for other "controlled or normal" person, its still OK even BG fall to 75 or even 65?

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65 (3.6) or 75 (4.16) is not truly low, although if you're under 65 (3.6) you should be watching to know if you're still dropping and how fast, and treat for that. Otherwise, when we've been running high for a long time, our bodies just have to complain a little when we start normalizing our blood sugar. The weak shaky feelings are false hypos, so don't take anything sugary to treat it. If you need to take something, make it fats or a small amount of protein.




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Hi, I think different people have different reaction. I really cant advise anything but in my case, when my BG fall to 75, I started to feel very-very shaky. I was even difficult to do the test.

Is that because my BG always high, then when it fall to 90, then hypo kick in?

And for other "controlled or normal" person, its still OK even BG fall to 75 or even 65?
What you're experiencing at 90 is what is known as a 'false hypo' and the hypo symptoms, as you suggest, are the result of historical high BGs. Once you get yours more under control, you'll find that your body becomes much more used to the lower numbers and won't give you the symptoms until or unless you have a real hypo.

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