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Old 03-31-2016, 16:54   #11
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One thing I love about this community is that I have learned to stop beating myself up when my personal results are different than I would like.

For a long time I thought I could completely control my diabetes by simply controlling my diet and exercise (without meds). For a lot of people that works so I would get angry with myself when it didn't work for me.

My goal has always been to get completely off medicine, but that may not be realistic for me, even with eating a perfect LCHF lifestyle (and exercising) because sometimes my pancreas, thyroid and pituitary gland do whatever the heck they feel like.

Following a solid LCHF lifestyle has allowed me to greatly limit the amount of medications I need to have have that control.

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My FBG has been usually between 90 and 110 since I went LCHF about 15 months ago. I very, very rarely see a number in the 80s. (When I first started losing weight, the 80s would pop up after a hard walk, but as I lost weight the exercise didn't seem to make my body work as hard.)

I managed to find my labwork going back about 10 years. For all the tests that came before my diagnosis, my FBG was in the 90s.

I would love to see my results going back into my childhood, but they didn't do FBG then. I wonder what all our BGs were before we technically got diabetes. I wonder if ours weren't higher all our lives than other folks'?

If my BG eventually gets into dangerous ranges, I'll start some meds. Until then, I'm fine with 90s and low 100s.

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My fastings are usually in the mid 70's to low 80's with an occasional foray to low 90's depending on allergies/illness. I can't exercise due to serious back issues, don't take any bg meds and am totally controlled by a vlc/hf/mp/keto diet. I have been in the 4% A1c club since 2013 by being very strict with no cheats of any sorts. Everyone is different, my woe works for me, may not work for others.

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My FBG has been usually between 90 and 110 since I went LCHF about 15 months ago. I very, very rarely see a number in the 80s. (When I first started losing weight, the 80s would pop up after a hard walk, but as I lost weight the exercise didn't seem to make my body work as hard.)

I managed to find my labwork going back about 10 years. For all the tests that came before my diagnosis, my FBG was in the 90s.

I would love to see my results going back into my childhood, but they didn't do FBG then. I wonder what all our BGs were before we technically got diabetes. I wonder if ours weren't higher all our lives than other folks'?

If my BG eventually gets into dangerous ranges, I'll start some meds. Until then, I'm fine with 90s and low 100s.
I don't know my exact numbers but I do know that I was diagnosed as being hypoglycemic in 2001 and have spent a lot of time wondering how I got from there to where I am today. If anyone has any thoughts on this, I would certainly entertain them.....the thoughts, that is!

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I don't know my exact numbers but I do know that I was diagnosed as being hypoglycemic in 2001 and have spent a lot of time wondering how I got from there to where I am today. If anyone has any thoughts on this, I would certainly entertain them.....the thoughts, that is!
I used to get hypoglycemic, too. If I had two strong coffees in the morning AND a carby snack like a bagel, I would get very shaky around 10 in the morning. So shaky that I had to eat some crackers or a granola bar.

I wonder if that wasn't the start of my problems processing sugar. Reactive hypoglycemia, because my body was shooting out heavy insulin to try to counteract the carbs? (I do think the caffeine aggravated the whole thing. My mother would get the same effect from strong coffee; now years later she's got problems with FBG.)

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I used to get hypoglycemic, too. If I had two strong coffees in the morning AND a carby snack like a bagel, I would get very shaky around 10 in the morning. So shaky that I had to eat some crackers or a granola bar.

I wonder if that wasn't the start of my problems processing sugar. Reactive hypoglycemia, because my body was shooting out heavy insulin to try to counteract the carbs? (I do think the caffeine aggravated the whole thing. My mother would get the same effect from strong coffee; now years later she's got problems with FBG.)
I'm wondering that also. Have always carried some kind of hard candy when I leave the house and always water. I just started reading Blood Sugar 101 and there's a few pages in there that I've highlighted and need to go back and reread, probably more than once. Did I tell you my memory isn't good? Now, what were we talking about? Oh yea, it's in the part about roller coaster blood sugars cause overeating.....very interesting.

I've never needed the coffee or carbs or anything else to set me off, just hunger, plain and simple, not eating when I know I should. The times I've test my BG while feeling that way have surprised me in that they weren't as low as I would have thought. I think 70 is the lowest I've ever seen when I felt like I should of been darn near dead!!

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When I did my prep for the colonoscopy my blood sugar dropped down to 76 after about six hours of no food and it stayed there until I started eating again. I felt like I was going to die. But I didn't.

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When I did my prep for the colonoscopy my blood sugar dropped down to 76 after about six hours of no food and it stayed there until I started eating again. I felt like I was going to die. But I didn't.
Makes me wonder just how low it has to go before you pass out.....I wonder but I never want to find out!

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As long as I can remember if I ate too much sweet stuff at one time (like when I was marathon-baking Christmas cookies) I would get really shaky and felt horrible until I had a glass of milk or some kind of protein food. I have no idea what my blood sugar was at those times. I suspect I had reactive hypoglycemia long before I had diagnosed diabetes. I also think I had diabetes long before it was diagnosed as well since they used FBG to diagnose. I don't know if the A1c test even existed yet.

I do know when I started testing last year I felt terrible with blood sugars that were in the upper 90s and low 100s. So I must have been used to considerably higher BGs before that.

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Makes me wonder just how low it has to go before you pass out.....I wonder but I never want to find out!
Good news! 76 is not hypoglycemia and won't cause you to pass out.

When your body is used to being at a higher level, being lower than normal can make you feel bad until your body adjusts. So if you are normally at 300 and make progress getting your blood sugar down to 200, you can feel like you have low blood sugar when really it's still high. Same goes for if you are used to 120 and bring your blood sugar down to an amazing 76.

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Blood sugars under 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) are considered to be hypoglycemic and should be avoided.

If you are not on insulin or a drug that causes your pancreas to secrete insulin, a blood sugar 5 to 10 mg/dl slightly below this range, while it might be uncomfortable, is not dangerous unless there is evidence that it is continuing to drop. This is because home blood sugar meters often read lower than lab values, so a reading in that very slightly lower range might actually be normal.

However, if you are using insulin or a drug that causes your body to secrete insulin (described HERE you must err on the side of caution and keep your blood sugar well over 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L).

This is because home meters may also read higher than your actual blood sugar so your 70 mg/dl reading may actually be 62 mg/dl. Even more importantly, the insulin or oral drug that has lowered your blood sugar to this level may still be working to lower your blood sugar even more. So if you don't treat a reading near 70 mg/dl, it may go on to drop to a dangerouly low level.

The dangerous levels of low blood sugar--the hypos that may require a visit to the ER--are those around 40 mg/dl (2.2 mmol/L) and lower. At those levels unconsciousness and brain damage can occur.

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