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Wed May 15 06:13:06 UTC 2013

i am not able to keep my sugar level at 100. it is as though my body is hooked on a 200 level. is there a way to lower the level and not fear a coma
Asked By: guillec1  
Category: Type 2

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i have been told that you can go into diabetic coma on low blood sugar. if my b s gets to 80, i have cold sweats feel weak and need sugar like a drug addict would go into DT's. Is there a way i can get my body back to 100. my make my body adjust to this level. I just got diabetes a couple of years ago. i am on meds. My bs is approx 240 every morning. higher i get sleepy lower I am dying. thank you. living with diabetes since 2010
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2014-05-20 14:30:11.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) is 70 mg/dl or lower. Since your body is accustomed to a much higher blood glucose level (200+ mg/dl), you will experience signs and symptoms of lows at a level higher than 70 mg/dl.

It is good that you recognize that maintaining blood glucose levels in the 200s is not safe. I recommend that you share your blood glucose readings with your doctor. He or she can review your diabetes treatment plan and determine how best to bring your blood glucose to target range.

As your blood glucose get closer to target, you may feel slightly uncomfortable. That is to be expected. Follow your meal and exercise plan and take diabetes medicine as prescribed. You will soon feel much better.

Read about treatments for type 2 diabetes.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2013-05-31 15:55:05.0

I think you may need to work your way down gradually until your body adjusts. I recommend the book "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution." I think you may get the best price at Amazon. I bought the Kindle version because vision problems make it hard for me to read normal printed books. If your blood sugar is 240, I suspect you may be eating too much carbohydrate and/or you may need to use insulin (Good luck trying to get a doctor to prescribe it; I tried to get mine to do so for me, when she cut my metformin prescription in half because of kidney problems. She only offered glipizide, which, like all sulfonylureas, causes the pancreas to secrete more insulin. It damages beta cells, which is why I stopped taking it several years ago. Insulin is much safer, you should only use what you need and not use it to enable you to eat more carbohydrate or too much protein. That may cause wide swings in your blood sugar.) The only time my blood glucose got too low (in the upper 50s) was when I was taking glipizide and I took more than I should have. I ate some fruit to bring it back to the normal range. There were other occasions when I felt I was going to pass out, but my blood sugar was not low but my blood pressure was (due to taking too much blood pressure medication at the time). If you find that going to a low carb diet cold turkey causes headaches, you might want to do it gradually over the period of a month or so. Some people have found it helpful to drink broth while they are transitioning to a low carb diet. Beware of fake low carb foods that say low "net carbs" but are frauds. For diabetics, many doctors are recommending 50 to 60g per day or less. Some, like Dr. Bernstein, recommend 30g or less. The American Diabetes Association diet recommends 75g per meal, which I believe is dangerously high. I can only speculate why they do this, but they do get a lot of funding from companies like Coca Cola and Domino Foods (C&H Sugar is one of their products.)
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