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Fri Jun 28 10:03:54 EDT 2013

My BS is dropping much faster than in the past. It is getting harder to manage overnight. I have to eat every night at bedtime. Time for a specialist?
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I'm type 2 diabetic & manage it for past 3 years by diet & exercise. BS is right around 100 at bedtime so I eat something so it does drop too low. I am doing this almost every night and also gaining weight. My A1C taken this month was 6.1. However my cholestrol was up due to eating cheese as a late night snack. I walk after every meal and 2 hrs after eating my BS is between 90 and 105. Before the next meal I eat a snack because my BS is dropping fast. I have noticed this in the past couple of months.
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2013-10-14 20:42:08.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

You need to determine why your blood glucose levels have rapidly dropped. Have you increased your physical activity? New medications? Perhaps you need to have your diabetes medicines fine-tuned?

It is better to “fix” the cause(s) than eating more food to match the drop in your in blood glucose. You already noticed that more food means more calories, therefore additional unwanted weight gain.

Record your blood glucose readings and any possible contributing factors on your log. Show the log to your doctor. Give him or her chance to evaluate and adjust your diabetes treatment plan. If you desire a second opinion, ask for a referral to a diabetologist (specialist in diabetes) or endocrinology (specialist in hormones).

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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