What Is Low Blood Sugar For A Diabetic?

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Dogs Can Smell Low Blood Sugar In People With Diabetes

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered one more reason why dogs are great: their superior sense of smell is inspiring advancements in the medical field. In a study published today in Diabetes Care, the researchers determined that during a hypoglycemic attack in people with Type I diabetes, the amount of the naturally occurring chemical isoprene in a person's breath increases. And dogs can smell this chemical. In a preliminary study, the researchers gradually lowered the blood sugar levels of eight women with Type I diabetes, and analyzed the chemical makeup of the women's breath. They found that "exhaled breath isoprene rose significantly at hypoglycemia compared with nonhypoglycemia." (A hypoglycemic attack occurs when blood sugar decreases to dangerous levels). Some people with diabetes already used trained service dogs to alert them when their blood sugar is low. In a press release, the University of Cambridge mentions how one woman's golden retriever (named Magic) will jump up and put his paws on her shoulders if her blood sugar is low. That's his signal that she's at risk for a hypoglycemic attack. Now that scientists are a little more clear why dogs can re Continue reading >>

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  1. peacegdn

    I have been keeping well under 80 gms of carbs daily, keeping my after meal figures nice and low, but have been having high (123-125) fasting blood sugars for the past few days. Nancy LC suggested I start a new thread, so here I am.
    I am not diagnosed diabetic, but had alarming blood work in June. Fasting blood sugar 126, triglycerides high, LDL high, HDL low, cholesterol very high (I had already started lo carb eating, so that wasn't too surprising!) I am going back to Dr. later this month, and was hoping for much improved stats. If my fasting blood sugar is still high, he will want to take next step, I'm afraid.
    I am on 4 different blood pressure/ heart meds: digoxin, nefedipine er, lisinopril and a diuretic spironolactone. My goal is to be off all prescriptions in a year or two.
    I am studying Traditional Medicine with the emphasis on Western energetics and herbs.
    I am eating sort of paleo: no processed foods, no grains, no PUFAs and only saturated fats. Many of the people I follow, including Cris Kresser, say that some "safe carbs" are good and should be part of the nutritional plan, but I found out that for me, they were more of a disaster. So I guess blood sugar trumps paleo in that regard.
    I only just found that Jenny suggests keeping carbs below 80 mg/day, but Nancy LC said a majority here eat far fewer than that.
    I'm going to pick up Dr Bernstein's book at the library today, and plan to buy the updated one when it is released.
    I would like some feedback from y'all if you wouldn't mind...I feel like I am on the right track, but need more information and/or experience to get where I want to be.
    Sorry for this long drawn out post! I'll try to be more concise in future!

  2. Nancy LC

    You might want to grab Dr. Davis' new book too. It is written by a cardiologist. http://www.amazon.com/Wheat-Belly-L...h/dp/1609611543 He will have a lot in that book about triglycerides and HDL and such.
    I'm like you, not diagnosed diabetic, however I probably would be if I weren't eating LC. My fasting blood sugar remains stubbornly high, no matter what, at 100-115 normally. I suspect I might benefit from Metformin but I might have a hard time getting it because my A1c won't be in the diabetic range, because I do eat low carb.
    I think guys like Chris Kessler, if I recollect who he is correctly, are writing for people who have essentially healthy metabolisms. I'm of the opinion that some of us are just too broken to eat that many carbs, although perhaps some of us can eventually heal enough to get to that level, I think it is a goal, not a starting point.

  3. Sue333

    Peacegdn, could you just clarify one point for me? You say that your blood sugars AFTER eating (I'm assuming you measure 1 to 2 hours after a meal?) are in range, but your FASTING blood glucose is high? This seems odd to me, UNLESS you are referring to your blood glucose through the night...are you finding it high upon waking up? May I ask you how old you are? A lot of diabetic young adults (and older adults too) find they need more insulin during the night to manage a dramatic blood sugar rise in the early morning hours. This rise is known as "the dawn phenomenon." Perhaps this is what you are experiencing.
    Let me know the time(s) of day you're seeing this higher bg, and I'll try to help you!
    P.S. You'll love Dr. Bernstein's book. I've read it cover to cover at least three times.

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