So often we read and hear about people who suffer with high blood sugar and hear about the effects of the condition . But we tend to forget the other part of the extreme which is low blood sugar which can be just as devastating.
Growing up I always had normal levels of blood sugar and blood pressure. Quite a few in my family had high blood sugar and pressure so growing up I stayed clear of too many sweet treats and highly salted foods and enjoyed them on occasion. But staying away made me go to the other end of the extreme… low blood sugar.
But it was not until 2009 during my second pregnancy that it got worse. I think the constant sickness and lack of eating, and being unable to keep anything down, may have been the main causes for the dip in my blood sugar. My constant visits to the hospital saw me going through numerous bags of drips in order to replace much needed fluids I had lost.
And today, I still have low blood sugar. I have never been placed on medications becasue so far I have been able to manage very well. My body always let’s me know when there is a dip in my sugar levels and confirming with a quick test makes it easier to treat immediately.
Some of the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar include:
- Feeling shaky
- Pounding heart; racing pulse
See article here for more on this.
I remember just recently I felt soooo disoriented, I felt like I was falling. And by the divine intervention of God I had gone to a supermarket where a nurse was testing sugar and pressure levels and upon testing my sugar levels it was below 60mg/dl 😯.. that’s very bad and may have been the lowest it’s been in a long time.
But there are a few ways to treat or increase sugar levels quickly without the use of medication including:
- Walk with and eat snacks with at least 15 grams of carbohydrates
- Eat candy
- Have a fruit juice
- Eat a fruit
See more of the recommended amounts here
But it is always wise to make frequent visits to your health practitioner or doctor so as to ensure professional monitoring of the condition in order to make sure that it is properly managed.
Living with low blood sugar is not easy but taking the right measures and eating right, and on time, makes it much easier to manage. There are days when I may go into a stress moment or a “not eating on time” day and it’s on those days that I mostly feel the effects. So knowing what triggers the dip in my sugar levels makes it much easier to track and treat and allows me to keep away from those triggers.
Today made a good day to share this with you all since I am in bed writing this post because I could not have made it to work today because a dip in my sugar levels. Sometimes I fail to follow, obey and stay away from those triggers and bed rest happens *face palm*. But resting for at least a day normally helps in bringing the levels back up along with taking in the right foods. But learning takes time I guess *smiles*
Perhaps in another post I will touch on low blood pressure and managing that as well…
Until Next Time Lovies