Hypoglycemic Blood Sugar Levels

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Hypoglycemia Overview

Hypoglycemia means low (hypo) glucose (gly) in the blood (emia). Your body needs glucose to properly function. Your cells rely on glucose for energy. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Carbohydrates (e.g., fruit, bread, potatoes, milk, and rice) are the biggest source of glucose in a typical diet, and your body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose. The glucose is then transported in your blood to cells that need it; it gives your body energy. However, in order to use the glucose, your body needs insulin. This is a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin helps transport glucose into the cells, particularly the muscle cells. Sometimes, your blood glucose level can drop too low—that's hypoglycemia. It usually happens quite quickly, and it can be handled quite quickly, as well. People with type 1 diabetes do not make insulin to help their bodies use glucose, so they have to take insulin, which is injected under the skin. People with type 2 diabetes fall into two categories when it comes to insulin: either their body doesn't make enough, or their body is unable to use it well (insulin resistance). Normal Blood Glucose The American Diabetes Association published the Standards of Continue reading >>

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  1. nickf829

    Unfortunately, I have to find a community of people in the similar situation. Our 4yr old (as of 7/21) lab Molly has had a terrible July; she went from perfectly healthy to not so much within days at the beginning of July. Here is a quick recap:
    7/2 - Diagnosed with Diabetes (initial GLU was 462), Ketoacetosis and elevated liver levels; she was in the vet for two days, released to us to begin a 30 units Humulin x2 and her GLU level was 351
    7/5 - Rechecked and Levels dropped to 80; said to not longer be ketoacetic; adjusted Humulin to 20 units x2
    7/9 - Rechecked and levels rose to 120; adjusted Humulin to 22 units
    7/12 - Rechecked and levels rose to 146
    7/19 - Rechecked and levels rose to 150; adjusted Humulin to 24 units
    Since 7/9, she has been feeling better and better with every visit but they want to get her levels down to 100-120 and keep it there
    Tonight she was doing great. She was excited and normal before dinner. We gave her dinner(1/3 Beneful, 2/3 broccoli, a little plain yogurt), her shot, and also her heart worm pill(her first since being diagnosed/treated with diabetes). About 20 minutes after dinner, she started acting funny.. She kind of stumbled, then had a little bit of a tremble. We panicked and thought she was "crashing". It wasn't dramatic, it was as mild as we could have imagined.
    The vet recommended just a little honey on the gums and to bring her to the vet in the AM. We did this and after about 20 minutes she was more normal, but maybe not 100%.
    Since her insulin has been in the 140-150 range for the past week or two, what are the odds that just out of the blue tonight she would crash? It seems like we did everything we were supposed to, and that the GLU has been pretty stable. Could the heartworm pill cause a crash, or heartworm mixed with food and insulin? We are just concerned about what else could be going on... We will know more in the AM

  2. Patty

    Hi and welcome to you. You have a young lab yet, full of energy I'd guess.
    Sounds like your vet is basing insulin changes on one reading of the day. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Your pup really needs a full curve done where blood sugar is measured before food/insulin then every 2 hours until next shot time. This will tell you what her high and low points are for the day.
    She might be 150 at 6 hours post insulin, but if she has a mountain shaped curve where blood sugar rises then falls until next shot time, she could actually be 60 later in the day. If she has a bowl shaped curve, where blood sugar drops and slowly rises until next shot, that 150 could be her low point or it might be earlier in the day.
    A curve will give you a clearer picture. Have you considered home testing? With an active 4 y/o, I think it would be a huge benefit. Some dogs bg (blood glucose) can drop quite sharply with activity, walks, visitors, squirrels, etc. The stumble you had tonight was very likely low blood sugar and honey was a great correction. If it's any time other than right after dinner, following with a little food is a good idea to keep her bg up (the honey won't last long).
    I would ask the vet to do a full curve on her. That will also tell you how well her food/insulin are working together. Beneful doesn't have a good track record with diabetic dogs and balancing insulin in general.
    Hope that helps some.
    Again, welcome

  3. jesse girl

    a recommendation for levels between 100 - 120 is to me extreme for a dog at least on this forum we do not see this type of control very often and many of us home test
    many dogs do perfectly fine with a level from 150 to 250 to give you some perspective
    i would not go beyond 20 units until like patty said do a full curve and if you see any symptoms of low blood sugar i would continue to lower the dose
    if your not monitoring blood sugar at home i would recommend it and lots of info and you can ask for help on the forum
    one test means very little if you think about it you have 23 hours and 59 minutes that you dont know the level of blood sugar from what we see on the forum dogs blood sugar can wildly fluctuate over the day

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