I think you're trying to be on the right path but you need to understand what really normal blood sugar is. Please read the link I have posted to the website on blood sugar, particularly the section on "What is Normal Blood Sugar?"
You wrote that your fasting range has been between 84 and 90 - that
is perfect! I've have written a lot in my posts that most non-diabetics' blood sugar will be in the 80's at any given time taken randomly. That 80 you got was absolutely fine. If you felt odd or shaky it's because you've been used to really high blood sugar readings. The person who advised you to take a glucose tab (or two) is misguided, I'm sorry to say, because you are not a type 1 and 80 is completely normal
. (This brings up a problem when dealing with other diabetics and what they have been told.) You already have a good source to follow - the website in my signature - so please spend time reading it.
To be honest, it is puzzling to me why you would eat something like potato soup. This is very high carb and if you're eating it and then using medication to bring down or control your blood sugar, you are falling into a bad habit.
I don't know why your toe is tingling and going numb. It could be several things like tight shoes, cold feet or even neuropathy, but only a doctor can tell you what it is exactly. Neuropathy that occurs in diabetics usually starts in the feet (sometimes the fingers, in any case, the extremeties) and it happens after years of very high blood sugar. The website in my signature cites studies done about
this and says that blood sugar on average over 140 for a long time can cause organ damage such as: neuropathy, heart, kidney, eyes. Because we are all different, it's hard to say how long it will take and if it's exactly higher than 140 (or 130 or 150). If you read one of my posts about
my own family, you will know that my mother was diabetic (type 2) and ate what she wanted and was on insulin at the end, neuropathy in her feet and after a wound turned to gangreen, had to have her leg amputated and she died after that in the hospital. My brother is type 2 and followed what his doctor told him (more or less), has had neuropathy in both feet and just had triple by-pass surgery and my sister, also type 2 and supposedly following her doctor's advice and on medication, was just told she's on the verge of dialysis. I do not need any more reasons to keep my own blood sugar as close to normal as I can because of this. As I said, "normal" is not what the charts in the doctors' offices tell us for diabetics. "Normal" is what a non-diabetic's blood sugar is and it's always in the 80's at random and rarely above 120.
Laniediabetes moderatordiabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
very low carb way of eating Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/