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Fri, Feb-28-03, 03:44
:( last nite about 15-20mi after my shot i went low.i have'nt done that in a long time. It came on quick,i ended up eating,oj,castle berry egg,kitcat bar,ice cream ( when this happens i take advantage of it to eat everything forbbidin ) I didn't have time or energy to check my #'s and was scared to check my spike #. I had maybe 20 carbs yesterday guess i'll have to keep better track of them and eat a few more. ANY IMPUT THANKS
Fri, Feb-28-03, 15:41
This is why it's important to work closely with your doctor when you are a diabetic and low carbing. Instead of increasing your carbs, you need to have the dosage on your medication decreased and that's a much better thing. Talk to your doctor about this ASAP. Wouldn't it be great to actually get off medication?
when this happens i take advantage of it to eat everything forbbidin ) I didn't have time or energy to check my #'s and was scared to check my spike #
I know it's tempting, but this is really a bad idea. Even if you should experience a hypo, it's critical to know how low you are so that you know how many carbs you need to bring it back up to a normal range, but not spike into the stratosphere. It's exactly those types of spikes that you want to prevent because of the damage that they do.
The next time you get hypoglycemic symptoms (if it happens again), check your blood sugar immediately and as soon as you start to even feel a little hypo. This should take less than a minute, so unless you are in danger of passing out (in which case, eat a little of something to prevent this and then check), you should have time. THEN base how many extra carbs to eat on your blood sugar reading. As a general rule of thumb, 1 gram of carb can raise your blood sugar 3-5 points, so if you want to raise your blood sugar 20 points, you would need 5-6 grams of quick acting carb. Dr. Bernstein actually recommends that you carry glucose tablets for this purpose because you know exactly how many grams of sugar are in each one and you can more accurately determine how much you are really getting.
Fri, Feb-28-03, 16:06
I carry Lifesavers with me,but there not as Tasty as the Cadbury Eggs. I have Bernstien's book on order,That will help
Fri, Feb-28-03, 21:37
Originally posted by barry
I carry Lifesavers with me,but there not as Tasty as the Cadbury Eggs.
Hmmmm...1 lifesaver: 3-5 grams carb. 1 Cadbury egg: 30 grams minimum. Ouch. They may be tasty, but for me they're not worth a 90 point spike, even if I were hypo.
Seriously...check your local pharmacy for some glucose tablets. They're quicker acting than lifesavers and probably more cost effective as well.
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