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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/10/13 9:05 A

I am diabetic, and now I have been off my meds for about 32 months. I worry mostly about LOW blood sugars. I have been as low as the mid 40's. I figured out that I need a few carbs at every meal ( I eat very low carb ). When I do get a low blood sugar though, I eat cheese, instead of fruit. The first few times I would get blurry vision, and then splitting headaches. I would eat some pineapple, that would trigger cravings as my blood sugar spiked. Then I would binge.

Now I can tell when I am starting to drop low, before it gets that far. Usually some fat/protein, with a bit of carbs works. Cheese is great for this. You just need to push you blood sugars up 20-30 points, and we tend to panic, and overcompensate. Having a snack after any strenuous exercise helps. I walk 90 minutes 5 days a week, and no problem there, but on Wednesdays, and Saturdays, I play basketball an hour, and I always have some cheese, or nuts at the end.

So basically you want to bump up your sugars, without triggering an 800 calorie binge. Look up some low glycemic foods, and have a few snacks consisting of these. If you like fruit, berries are good. Cheese, nuts, vegetables, cold turkey/chicken all work.

You will figure it out. Eating every 4-5 hours may help too.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,223
1/10/13 6:36 A

Exercise definitely affects sugar levels. My DH (who is diabetic) checks his sugar levels more often in the summertime, when he does a lot of yard work in addition to his daily activities. His favorite "go to" snack for low sugar, is an orange. ONE orange. If he started on candy or whatever, it would be harder for him to stop. Also he carries glucose tablets with him at all times.

I don't know if you know this yet, but there is a special section here on Spark for Diabetics-- it's called SparkD.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,067)
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1/10/13 6:36 A

I find that my BG levels stay within range with vegetables, proteins, and fats. If I mix in a fruit, I try to combine it with a protein, fibrous veggies, and or fats.

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 1/10/2013 (06:37)
SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,194
1/10/13 6:19 A

If you wait more than four hours to eat your blood glucose drops, and so do your energy levels...start learning to eat something small every 2 to three hours....a carb and a protein...also when eating fruit have a carb and the fruit....because fruit contains simple sugars and can adversely affect many hypoglycemics...berries are the best fruits to have because they have very little impact on blood sugar...any kind of berries. My endocrinologist believes eating only berries as far as fruit is concerned can stablize blood sugar and never any Sugar free foods as they can be a nightmare for people with blood sugar problems

An Apple is good for a relatively quick rise.

A certain amount of fat is required... particularly if you suffer from low blood sugar....eggs, cheese and whole milk. Always have a coule of Har boiled eggs in the fridge..easy to grab and snack on

GRATTECIELLA SparkPoints: (118,883)
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1/10/13 1:51 A

I don't have officially diagnosed hypoglycemia, but I definitely have a strong urge to overeat when my blood sugar is low, so I sympathize!

SNAFUKEN SparkPoints: (15,214)
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1/10/13 12:12 A

I guess eating better and exercising daily is having an effect .
I'm having to really monitor my insulin intake as I've been having
lower sugar level readings. (a good thing) But tonight I over-ate in
reaction to a hypoglycaemic episode to the tune of about 800 calories.
Low blood sugar causes an incredibly strong desire to eat.(good to treat the
low sugar problem,but bad when you are striving for weight loss)
So, any "Sparkers" out there facing similar challenges.

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