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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,319
8/2/13 11:00 A

I doubt you need to up your sugar....

Sounds like dehydration...Are you getting enough hydration on these hot days? Dehydration will affect blood sugar levels.....I see you exercise....

Excessive exercise, humidity, heat stroke, & alcohol, coffee can all cause dehydration. It's best to avoid prolonged standing while you are dehydrated. Intense or endurance type exercise can make your blood sugar drop for at least 24 hours after exercising.... eat a snack before you begin may help. Check your blood sugar before, during, and after you exercise and know that your glucose meter, and test strips can be affected by high heat. Balance your pre workout meal with a protein and a carbohydrate..0% Fage Plain Greek yogurt with blueberries, Eggs or egg whites on rye toast, 1 ounce of cheese with a sesame breadstick...

Being dehydrated can also zap energy, and blood pressure also drops.

Suck on ice chips, no sugar added popsicles...Yes, drink water but add high water foods to your day...asparagus, zucchini, radishes, celery, cucumber, an ice slushie made from fresh berries...don't skip meals and make sure you are eating lots of veggies and fruits such as pears, apples, kiwi, berries...any kind of berries as they are low in calories and do hydrate

Protein helps repair and rebuild muscles especially when eating 1/2 hour after exercise
Carbs after a workout ..Researchers from the University of Michigan discovered that what you eat following a workout may trigger different metabolic responses... bouts of exercise all improved insulin sensitivity, but it was especially enhanced when the session included the low-carb meal.

Most diabetics are susceptible to dehydration...ya need water to balance blood sugar can cause dehydration....

If your symptoms continue...don't wait...make an appointment with a health professional as you may be hypoglycemic.

Consult your medical professional for guidance as this is not intended as medical advice.

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8/2/13 7:32 A

I had a wee peek at your Nutrition Tracker, too. IF the days you have entered food, is all that you have eaten, then undoubtedly that is why you are having problems. Lack of energy, dizzy, nauseous, feeling like going to faint...... They are all symptomatic of not enough food, too, and that can impact on your iron levels as well.

I see you are a Nursing Student. I also note that you don't have diabetes - why are you testing your blood sugars? Is there something else going on? Does your Dr want you to do this?Perhaps it would be wise for you to make an appointment with your Dr for sooner rather than later - explain what has been going on, including what your eating is like, and ask for bloods to check things out.

SP members aren't really able to give you specific advice except to suggest that good, safe practices are practiced.

My suggestion is that apart from the above, to ensure that you are eating ENOUGH (minimum 1200 calories per day) eating enough protein and carbs but not carbs from processed sugars and white flour, and quality lean protein. Try to match your calories/carbs/fats/protein to the SP ranges suggested for you.

Good luck,

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,308
8/1/13 10:01 A

I took a quick peek at your Nutrition Tracker.... your low sugar numbers *could* be from eating a lot of sugar.... which then leads to a sugar "crash". There's not a lot of days tracked though, so it's hard to say. A couple days your calories are super low-- maybe you didn't track everything? Could also be from how you space out your meals during the day. If I skip breakfast and then do a lot of physical activity, I can end up with a 40 before lunch. (I am not diabetic; DH is though.) Personally, if it was me.... I'd try cutting way back on the sugary stuff and processed foods, and including more vegetables and whole grains for the carbs. And I'd try hard to meet calories/ carbs/ fat/ protein ratios for the day.

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7/31/13 4:23 P

I honestly haven't had the energy to exercise even as much as I used to since this has started this week. Is it possible I could be sick with something thats causing it to be low?

I'm not sure what's going on, but I think I am going to wait a week before I contact my doctor.

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7/31/13 4:15 P


Did you recently increase the amount of exercise you do ? Many people don't realize that exercise can lower a person's blood sugar. So, if you've been doing more exercise, that might be the reason your blood sugar levels went down. but that's just a guess.

If you're concerned, you might want to talk to your doctor and see what they think. just to be safe.

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7/31/13 3:39 P

The test strips don't expire for a while, they are pretty new, so its not that!

Thank you, I guess if this keeps up that is what I am going to have to do!

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/31/13 3:37 P

If you're only testing sporadically, how old are the test strips you're using. My husband accidentally used some expired strips and his readings were off and it freaked him out a bit until he checked the date on them.

Other than that, it's probably something you need to talk to your doctor about.

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7/31/13 2:13 P

I was doing really well about what I was eating until the middle of June, when the good eating stopped.

I have been wanting to start really reducing the amount of carbs and sugars that I intake, because it is definitely more than I would like.

Since Friday evening til now I have been fighting myself to keep my sugars up. I am not diabetic, and never have been concerned with being diabetic, but this is really strange for me.

I like to check my levels occasionally just to know how I range. I usually am between 90 - 100.

These past few days, I have been as low as 50 and my highest has only been about 70.

I am eating the same amount of carbs/sugars as usual, but Im really stuck on what to do. I have had dizzy spells, felt like I am going to faint, felt really shaky, nausious, and just not myself.

What should I do to get my levels higher? I don't want to rush into the doctors and seem paranoid, but I dont really want to gain pounds either! I just cant miss any more work!

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