Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

10/17/05

Q:
My sugar readings have been reading between 400 and 538 but I feel fine. When it drops below 300 I get a really bad headache. Do you know what might be causing this.

A:
Most likely, you have been running high blood sugars for so long that you have adapted to those levels. Now, when your blood sugar drops a bit (but is still too high), your body actually perceives it as low blood sugar if you come down too quickly.

"Feeling fine" has got a price tag with it; you will at some point, if not already, begin to experience complications from the disease. Numbness in hands/feet are usually first noticed. Vision becomes compromised; other organ systems begin to show affects if left unchecked. If you are not actively under care of a physician who specializes in diabetes management, I suggest you immediately seek that care. You may very well have other cardiovascular conditions developing. Getting assistance with managing a healthier lifestyle is imperative; see if you have a Diabetes Educator in your area.



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