is blood sugar levels fluctuating normal?
I have been feeling ill on and off over the last few months, really tired, very thirsty, nervous and have shaky hands that are always cold and very sweaty. I went to get my sugar levels tested today and it was 2.9 at 1:30pm, had my lunch and tea as normal and tested again about an hour after tea and they went up to 7.9 which is obviously good, but i am now feeling shaky again and its nearly bedtime. I dont understand sugar levels but most internet searches suggest that sugar levels should be high in the morning to be diagnosed diabetic - what if my blood sugar level is low again in the morning say 3 what does this mean? do blood sugar levels always fluctuate like this? is this normal? I have an appointment with my GP tomorrow morning. I know I should have gone sooner but been so busy and if I eat choc it stops the shaky hands and nervousness etc so didnt think anything was wrong - should i still be checked out??
Posted 0 sec ago in Diabetes by GameHunter
Hi. I'm not a doctor yet, so see your doctor tomorrow, and hopefully he should prescribe you some medicine. There are plenty of factors: possibly too much stress, diabetes, lack of exercise, etc. However, I'm not a doctor (yet!) so I can only give you the shockingly limited information I know. See your GP.
Yes, you should still be checked out.Blood sugar levels fluctuate very little in a typical person with a normal-functioning pancreas, the pancreas usually produces just enough insulin to metabolize the sugar/starches a person eats.However, you could possibly be suffering from chronic hypoglycemia (low blood sugars). Ask your doctor to check for this condition. The reason I am thinking this is because your symptoms can be symptoms of hypoglycemia.When a hypoglycemic person eats refined sugars, their pancreas secretes insulin to break down the sugar, but, instead of "shutting off" the insulin production, the pancreas produces an overabundance of insulin, causing the blood sugar to plummet down again. Usually treatment is a meal plan that includes intake of complex carbohydrates that are metabolized and broken down slowly in order to keep blood sugar levels stable. In other words, refined sugars always causes an overproduction of insulin in someone who has clinical hypoglycemia.Please check with your doctor to determine if you do have a chronic hypoglycemic condition OR something else so it can be treated correctly..
Your sugar levels should be lower in the morning before you eat anything and then after you ate they start to rise and when the food has been digested the levels start to lower again that is why diabetics are suppose to eat 5 small meals per day instead of 3 large ones and 7.9 is normal- I am type 2 diabetic.
Although it's normal for blood glucose levels to fluctuate, in a non-diabetic or a non-hypoglycemic, this would be a tightly controlled fluctuation.From the levels you've recorded ... and hopefully you've written these levels down to show your doctor ... I'd hazard a guess that you're hypoglycemic. I will add, however, that I am NOT a medically qualified person. The knowledge I've gained is from over 30 years of dealing with type 1 diabetes and a basic education of how the body deals with blood glucose levels.If you're not receiving treatment(s) for diabetes, your blood glucose level should not normally go down to 2.9 mmol/l. (If you were talking about the American system, which uses md/dL, you'd be dead at 2.9 mg/dL or in a hypoglycemic coma.) Because you stated you reached 7.9 mmol/l after eating, this would indicate, to me at least, that you're suffering with reactive hypoglycemia. This would, of course, be either confirmed, or refuted, with an OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test) which, I'm pretty sure your doctor would arrange for you, especially if you have a written record showing what happens when you eat, and after you've eaten.One thing I would ask is who's told you to test after one hour after eating? This would only be done by people who are pregnant, newly diagnosed as a diabetic, or by someone that is a known hypoglycemic. The normal time to test, if you haven't been diagnosed as any of those that I've mentioned, would be after two hours.I wish you well at your appointment tomorrow morning, and I hope that your doctor has some advice for you.
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