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10 Surprising Causes Of Blood Sugar Swings You Probably Didn’t Know

1 / 11 What Causes Blood Sugar to Rise and Fall? Whether you were recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or have been living with the disease for several years, you know how fickle blood sugar levels can be, and how important it is that they stay controlled. Proper blood sugar control is key for helping ward off potential diabetes complications, such as kidney disease, nerve damage, vision problems, stroke, and heart disease, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). If you keep your levels in check on a daily basis, it will help you stay energized, focused, and in a good mood. You’ll know if your diabetes is poorly controlled if you experience symptoms such as frequent urination, sores that won’t heal, blurred vision, and unexplained weight loss. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), proper medication, effective meal planning, regular exercise, and use of a blood glucose meter to track your numbers routinely can all help you keep your levels within a healthy range. The ADA recommends blood glucose be 80 to 130 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) before meals, and below 180 mg/dL two hours after the start of a meal. Furthermore, the organization recomm Continue reading >>

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  1. chocoholicnomore

    Hi all
    I am asking this on behalf of a friend. Her husband is type 2 and insulin dependant.
    He suffered a hypo the other night and his BG reading was 2.something and, after having lucozade, it reduced again to 1.8.
    She was worried about it going lower and him going into a diabetic coma and wanted to phone an ambulance but he told her not to. As it was, he was lucky and BG level started to increase.
    However, she is worried about any possible next time and asked me to find out
    1) At what reading should she call an ambulance and
    2) Is it normal for levels to keep reducing before starting to rise
    I tried to find the answers on the website but not having any luck.
    Thanks for any advice

  2. phoenix

    Yes levels can continue to fall, that's why general advice is to take 15 g of glucose, wait 15 min and if it hasn't risen to treat again.
    Personally ,my glucose levels have been on a few occasions lower than. that ; though meters aren't always that accurate.
    I've also had a couple of times when it seems to have taken ages to get my glucose levels to stay up. It's not pleasant having to keep testing and feeding yourself with glucose but I've never actually considered calling an ambulance.
    I think that if her husband was being unco-operative and refusing to take glucose then would be the time to seek outside help.
    It is a good idea to have a glucogen injection kit (hypokit). This is an injection that can be given if the person becomes unconcious. It stimulates the liver to release glucose .It will work as long as the person hasn't been drinking lots of alcohol or just run a marathon. ... and in those cases I probably would call an ambulance if someone had a severe hypo.
    I have one in my fridge, fortunately my OH has never needed to use it.
    It is worth trying to work out the reasons for the low .(too much bolus insulin for the food, un planned exercise etc)

  3. Tracey69

    I agree with pheonix. After giving glucose a few times adn the sugar and patient are back to a reasonable level, give them something to eat, they need carbohydrate to stop it falling again, but tell your friend that her husband may have high blood sugars for up to a few hours after, but this is common and never change your insulin that day ( i mean don't give extra insulin because levels are high) it will settle on it's own. I am a Type1 and have been for 36yrs.
    Hope all goes well.

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