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Old 10-02-2017, 04:42   #1
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I was diagnosed with Type 2 about a month and a half ago. My A1C was 7.1. I take Metformin and check my sugar with a meter. My sugars have been up and down. I have numbers in the morning that range from 150s to 229 which has been the highest. Today I woke up and it was 123. I ate breakfast and was putting clothes away in my room and started sweating, felling dizzy so I checked and it was 97 at 1:45. I ate a granola bar and layed down a bit then tried to finish and got sweaty, dizzy, a headache and felt sick so I took my sugar and it was 174 at 4pm. So I ate food and checked it at 8:45pm and it was 104. I have never gotten the sweats before or felt this crappy except for 2 other times and my numbers were in the 130s. I know 97 isn't that low so why would I feel crappy and then when it went back up to 174 also. I haven't been able to get my numbers where they should be.

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

You're right 97 is not that low, but big downward changes in your blood sugar can make you feel like it is going low. That would be called a false hypo, but none the less it makes one feel crappy. Some people can tell if their BG (blood sugar or blood glucose) is getting high or getting low and some can't, its an individual thing.

One way to avoid the big swings and reduce the bad feelings would be to try to level off your BG by reducing eating the things that make it go up to begin with. Try to ride it out if you are feeling low but really aren't, eating carby stuff could only be keeping the roller coaster ride going if you do.

Getting your numbers where they should be, may or may not come easy. It will take work on your part, but we'll worth it when you finally get there. There is lots of info that can be found here on the forum and no one is shy about sharing what has worked for them. So as you have questions, ask away. It would also be good to spend some time reading Bloodsugar101. It will tell you a lot about diabetes and its management and members of this forum can help fill in any gaps in what you pick up from there. The more you learn about diabetes, the easier it is to deal with it and learn what things need to be done and why.

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Welcome, Moet!

I'll echo mbuster's advice to examine what you're eating.

In this early stage of diagnosis, you're probably still learning which particular foods really shoot up your BG. "Eat to your meter" is a very good way of identifying which foods you should avoid to cut down on BG spikes. I had an idea which foods were "bad" for me; eat to your meter confirmed some and identified others I didn't suspect.

You also might want to re-evaluate how you're keeping your BG as level as possible.

Granola bars come with different carb contents. If you're treating what feels like a hypo with a granola bar that has, say, 29 or 30 grams of carbohydrates, you're tipping the seesaw too strongly in the other direction.

You also may find that you're better off eating 5 smaller meals each day than three meals and some snacks. Eat to your meter will confirm that, too.

BG control is important. You'll undoubtedly get better at managing your diabetes. There's a wealth of information and support here. I'm glad you're here and hope you dive in.

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I remember as I first began following LCHF eating, I had similar experiences...the Yo-yoing does cause you to feel bad. If you get control of the high's keeping your BS at or below 140 (the point where cell damage begins, I keep mine at or below 120 in case my meter is off a bit) Then you
will not notice lows that stay in the 80's, 's or 100's...

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Welcome to the forums, moet1977!

Ups and downs like that come with the territory of being a diabetic, unfortunately.

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Hi, Mot.

I started out with a 12.4 A1c. My fasting reading that Terrible Day was 340. That was 5 months ago. This week I had my latest checkup and first A1c since that Terrible Day and shocked the doc with a 5.4. Shocked me, too.

I did it with 1) smaller meal portions, 2) less carbs, 3) walking, and 4) Metformin. I have not gone the extreme low-carb route though many here have to great effect. Walking has really helped me. Ive found even a 10-minute walk 10 minutes after a meal does wonders for my readings.

I am a walking evangelist. I should design a tee shirt that says, Walk or die. Well, maybe thats a tad much.

One detail: if I walk a half-hour after a carby meal, my BG may drop 100 points. Its temporary as it starts rising when Im done ... but never as far as it would have.

Walk and live. Better?

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