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   Posted 4/2/2007 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
   Hello everyone. I am new to this sight and had a question. My mother has diabetes. She is visiting me right now. Whenever she does her sugar level i had her do mine. It is always low according to her. Its 55 and 65 somewhere in between them most always. She says i should go to my dr and tell him. I already have crohns and fibromalgia,so i am very frightened to maybe have this also. I have had a lot of dizzy spells and get the shakes and have ate something then felt better. Do you th
ink i should be concerned?

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   Posted 4/3/2007 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
The dizzy spells are most certainly a result of the low blood sugar!!  Low blood sugar affects your brain function directly(your body tries to preserve whatever sugar it has for your brain)and is a very dangerous situation if left uncorrected!!  SEE YOUR DOCTOR, don't flirt with hypoglycemia!!
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   Posted 4/3/2007 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Sometimes people experience hypoglycemia before the pendulum swings the other way and the blood sugars start to run higher and higher until full-blown diabetes develops. I was always on the low side when tested- so much so- that my doctor  (of 20+years) stopped testing me for it. I am a large woman but my blood pressure is low normal, and my lipid profile is excellent (red flags for the MD) so he figured I was fine in the sugar department too.

By the time my new doctor (we moved to a new state) caught it-my BG was over 400! I never had even 1 of those classic symptoms and went in to the MD for a UTI- so you'd be wise to have yourself checked out and insist on continuing monitoring esp since your mom has it.


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   Posted 4/9/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Glucose tablets are available over the counter in any pharmacy, but orange juice or milk will help you gain blood glucose levels in almost the same time.
good luck. :-)

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   Posted 4/17/2007 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   

HI Jersey,

You might want to try eating every 2-3 hours, something that has carbs and fat, what is your diet like?

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   Posted 4/17/2007 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
One of the problems with Crohn's is the diarrhea and if this is one of your problems you should talk to your GI about malabsorption of your food. When my daughter's Crohn's is on the warpath she often switches to juicing her fruits and veggies to reduce the fiber and enhance the availability of the nutrients. We got an inexpensive juicer (about $80) at a department store for her.

She has also found that keeping strained baby foods on hand helps. Liquid vitamins and crushed pills (other than Crohn's meds) can facilitate absorption too. High glycemic index foods like mashed potatoes, pasta and white rice are quickly absorbed and have nutritional value as well. When you cook your starches, cook a lot and refrigerate the left overs for a 'hungry' episode. Adding melted cheese over these carbs helps some crohnies. Cheese does have a 'binding' effect on some peeps and if you're not lactose intolerant then this may slow down food movement, add some calcium and Vit D as well as protein. Your GI may want to refer you to a dietician to help you figure out how to keep your blood sugar more stable and in turn help you have a better quality of life. Good luck with this and keep us posted as to how it works out.
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