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Merski 01-30-2012 07:43 PM

scary low
At exercise I had my first low episode, 67. I stopped exercising and had zone bar. 10 minutes was at 77, 20 min at 107, 45 min at 116. Hr. 138, ate eggs now at 109. I still feel a bit nauseous. Went to various sites to find out what u do for low and how often to check afterwards but most sites say eat sugar and re-test. But when and how often and will this sick feeling go away? Thanks for your comment.ts.

Tracy 01-30-2012 08:01 PM

Sorry ive no knowledge but this is happening with my DH also and ive got the same questions as you.

watcher513 02-02-2012 02:14 AM

When I went to a 4 week Diabetes education class (once a week) with DH 5 years ago they said to use the glucose tablets (different brand names). Take one and re-test in 15 minutes. They're fast acting to bring up your numbers fairly quick.

artsy897 02-02-2012 05:44 AM

Scary low
Hi...I also had one episode of a scary low. I got very sick quite suddenly. It was around Halloween and my sister had some of those little candy corn thingys. It took about 3 of them to make me start feeling better.
Dr. Berstein says to keep those little round candies that are kinda like sweet tarts around for when this happens. I can not remember the names of them...sorry.
This episode scared me a lot...and I thought...what if I had been driving by myself?
It took me a couple of hours to start feeling really better and I have tried since to avoid this at all costs.
I was not exercising at the time...but I do think Dr. Berstein talks about this happening in his book, which I do not have but you can read some of his chapters online.
I hope you feel better soon.

pawleys14 02-02-2012 09:02 AM

I have had this trouble also...... I try to keep those orange candy slices around...(these candies have been around forever) they are pure sugar and easy to carry around......I get mine at CVS and they are $1.00 for a small bag of them

Merski 02-02-2012 03:04 PM

thanks for your responses. I will look for those glucose tablets at the local pharmacy. I never had a low before and thank goodness I was at exercise class where the girls basically took over and got my monitor and zone bar from the car.

this was a wakeup call for me to be 1) more conscious of my eating especially with changes in schedule and 2) be better prepared by carrying else with me at all times.

E.W. 02-08-2012 06:48 AM

It seems some people react a little differently. I feel my best with my blood sugar in the
70 to 90 range and don't feel bad till it gets below 60 or above 320. I have a friend who says he can feel his BS is high well as I said I sure can't tell mine is high. But I have found sweet tarts helpful the few times I have needed them perhaps glucose tabs would
be even faster I haven't checked that out.

Vilya 02-10-2012 03:28 PM

In the 5 months since my dx, I have yet to hit a low, but this is a good reminder that you just never know. I should get a roll of glucose tabs.

I think the lowest I've ever been is 74, and that just made me hungry. :D

texascarl 01-14-2013 05:20 PM

Another fan here of sweet tarts or 'smarties' for low incidents. I don't particularly LIKE either one, so they're safe around me, I mentally assign them to the 'medicine' category and that's the end of me seeing them as a candy. YMMV, but it seems to work for me. I have some that are 3 years old at least, so you know I'm not sniping 'em. It pays to keep something like this in the auto, woozy moments while you want to drive are no joke.

Merski 01-15-2013 11:42 AM

Thanks for bringing up this thread. I had to other low incidents and they all occured after dental work. So whatever shots they gave me had an effect like I had never felt before. Anyone ever have the same reaction?

BABSY 01-17-2013 06:00 AM


Originally Posted by watcher513 (Post 15382012)
When I went to a 4 week Diabetes education class (once a week) with DH 5 years ago they said to use the glucose tablets (different brand names). Take one and re-test in 15 minutes. They're fast acting to bring up your numbers fairly quick.

I thought you were supposed to have carbs and check back in minutes. I think those glucose tablets only have carbs per tablet.

picturetaker 01-19-2013 10:52 PM

I have a roll of glucose tabs in my glovebox, my purse, my lunch box. Be prepared :) I believe they have 4 carbs per tablet and one usually does the trick for me. I always have that low "hang-over" afterwords....and I tend to get shaky with a "low" around 85. My BIL doesn't feel it until his is 50ish....so it really can vary person to person. BTW I LOVE the watermelon ones....yum!!! lol

eterprincess 01-24-2013 06:35 AM

If you gel low bs, I was told glucose tablets or even little packages of the icing used to write on cakes that you can get at the grocery store. My sugar levels hit 45 one day, and that's what I was given to stabilize my sugar

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