Help, please! Low Blood Sugar???

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   Posted 7/2/2007 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe you guys can help me. I am not a Diabetic, but Saturday morning I spent several hours in the ER with low blood sugar - (43 whatevers). I don't know anything about this. They told me to eat small meals often - lots of protein, etc, and to drink milk or OJ. I have been doing this, but I don't feel all that much better. I don't feel quite as bad as I did on Saturday, but I am having a hard time sitting up at work, I want to lie down, and I still feel a little weak. Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong? The Docs didn't tell me to continue to check my sugar levels, so I have no idea where they are at, and I don't have a machine to test it, anyway.
I'm beginning to think it's all in my head, since I am eating and drinking Water, OJ, and milk often. Any advice? I have ulcerative colitis, they think I'm having a problem because of my pred taper. But right now, I feel tired and nauseous. Thanks, guys.
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   Posted 7/2/2007 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Wow, 43 is pretty low for a non-diabetic I must say. From what I've read it's rare for a non-diabetic to go below 60-65. I'm Type 1 so I know what it feels like all too well! I can't diagnose your problem, but a glucose tolerance test would be a good place to start - I'm sure your doctor will do that for you.

Type 2 diabetics typically suffer from an abnormal glucose / insulin cycle in that carbohydrates will raise the blood sugar too far, leading to an overproduction of insulin which will then push levels too low. This would certainly cause you to feel unwell, tired and weak. From my perspective there's no reason to drink lots of oj, and it would certainly cause your blood sugars to rise quickly. That's ok if you're hypoglycemic, but on a regular basis it's going to do you harm.

Go for a test and tell us how you get on - we'll help you all we can

All the best,


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   Posted 7/2/2007 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Yup, yup, yup ... get the test!

As a quasi naturally anxious person I will say that "low" and "anxious" tend to feel the same way to me.

Hang in there and let us know how things work out!
Cheers -


age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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   Posted 7/2/2007 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Please call your doctor and insist on a prescription for a glucose monitor, or call your pharmacy and buy one, they are about $ 70.00, you must test your blood sugar, are you eating carbs like bread , cake, pretzels to bring your sugar up?
If you feel terrible and food doesnt make you feel better go back to the ER or maybe a local endocronologist can get you in today

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   Posted 7/2/2007 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Steroids generally casue blood sugar levels to rise. I have a cousin who is a steroid induced diabetic.  You should really have this situation checked out- good luck to you:-) sandy
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