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I hate it when my blood sugar drops

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I am enjoying my workout but for some reason my blood sugar drops and I get feeling hungry and shakey

I had what I consider a good breakfast

soy milk about 3/4 cup on Kashi cereal about 1/2 cup and half a whole wheat bage plain

I ate a few grapes and maybe they were too sweet?

I do have low blood pressure
Edited Aug 27 2006 17:27 by Erik
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Try changing the bagel to a protein.  It looks like you are getting too many carbs and fast burning ones so although you are eating healthy the sugar is being released too quickly and then stops suddenly - try some low glycemic foods is very informative

any good protein suggestions that are portable
I don't like yogurt or smoothies but that might work for you.  I like low fat turkey slices or chicken.  Maybe protein bars but I never tried those either.
Hiya kas,

I have a similar problem. Since my dad has diabetes, when I first started feeling this way, I started checking my glucose levels - I think that's what those test strips do. Anyway, I recorded the readings for a whole month-anytime I felt like crap, along with my heart rate - I wear one of those straps around my chest with the wrist reader - know what I am talking about? Anyway, I took all those numbers to my doc when I had my annual physical check up. We came to the conclusion that I was working out too hard _ I am 53 yrs old.

So now I do two things - I take orange slices with me when I go for a walk, and I am not walking so hard. When this whole thing started, I was taking a walking class - 630AM-930Am, and a step aerobics class from 11AM - 1230PM.

Now that I found this site, I am eating correctly, and working out less, and I am feeling better - still gotta watch myself that I don't overwork, though.

Folks - correct me if I am wrong - but isn't protein for rebuilding your muscles and the glucose from the carb molecule for used for energy?
Hey I am a type 1 diabetic and from my knowledge, all of this is correct just in different ways... basicaly before I run or do any kind of working out that will last more then say 30 minutes I need to target my blood glucose level to near 200 mg/dl to reach a normal level or about 110 when I am done.

I think after looking at the dietary facts of you meal it's because you don't have enough long lasting starch sugars. When looking at dietary facts in a blood glucose aspect what you need to do it subtract the dietary fiber and simple sugars from the overall carbohydrates and that will leave you with the longer lasting sugars such as starch's.

If you wait for too long after your meal to work out you body will have already produced the insulin to convert those sugars into a form your body uses and you may see a drop that way.

Also I looked that the nutricion facts for your bagle and there is more than twice as much sodium in just that half bagle than in the rest of your meal.

For the protien matter protien is usualy for building a muscle mass but that is always helpful too ;) you can  try what they call whey protien which is a powder that you can mix into any drink that you take with you when you exercise such as water or gatorade.
Supplement Facts Serving Size: 1 scoop
Serving per Container: 160
Amount Per Serving. % Daily Value
Calories 104 .-      
Calories from fat 0 .-
Total Fat 1g -
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium trace 0%
Potassium 35mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%      
Dietary Fiber 0g -      
Sugars 0g -
Protein 20g 40%
*Daily Value not established

This is a chart of powerder whey protien's nutitional facts.
It's natural for blood sugar to drop after a workout.  Mine drops like CRAZY after I lift.  For about half an hour, I'm a zombie who feels like he's going to vomit.  Not pretty.

Not sure what you should do differently, but it IS normal :)

The best thing to do is to make sure you keep your blood-sugar levels even throughout the day, as well as after your workouts.

To do this, ensure that you eat consistently throughout the day and keep your body fed, and not wait until you begin to feel hungry to eat.  Eat a small to moderate sized meal every 2-3 hours.  For the meals other than the ones right after you workout, be sure to include plenty of vegetables with your protein intake. The vegetables will give you fiber, keep you feeling full and keep your blood-sugar levels even.  This is important.

Before you workout, make sure you fuel your body with a quality meal consisting of a good source of protein and some carbs.

After you're done working out, you should consume a high quality protein source, such as whey protein (shake) or some sort of solid food protien, such as chicken or turkey breast, along with some simple carbs.  Simple carbs are sugary things like fruit juice, some fruit or anything that contains sugar would be good at this time to replenish your energy stores so you don't get that shaky feeling after working out. 

Taking in some sugary carbs will spike your blood sugar levels, which is ok right after you workout because your body is requiring carbohydrates to replenish energy stores that were used up during your workout. 

Then, within 30 minutes, consume another meal that contains protein and some a small source of complex carbs or fibrous carbs (veggies).  This will bring blood sugar levels back down to where they should be.

So, to recap:

1) Eat consistently throughout each day (every 2-3 hours).

2) Drink plenty of water throughout each day.

3) Include veggies with your daytime meals where you're not very active or working out.

4) Make sure you're properly fueled for your workouts by eating a pre-workout meal consisting of protein and carbs about 1 hour before your workout.

5) Immediately eat a high quality protein (whey protein shake) and simple carb meal RIGHT after working out.

6) 30 minutes later, eat another meal consisting of solid food protein and some complex carbs/veggies.

The above should help rid your fluctuating blood sugar levels that you're experiencing.

wow todd [motivator]

thank you along with everyone else

I value this advice and information

I get diabetic symptoms and yet never in any blood tests does it show not even borderline

I can remember as a young kid in school getting shakey mid-morning
Kas - have you been tested for hypoglycemia?  My oldest daughter has this - her dad is a diabetic.  She has to eat lots of small meals throughout the day to keep from passing out and the shakes and stuff.  Basically its the same test for diabetes takes a few hours and you have to drink that god awful stuff but woth checking into

i work with a woman about 40 who i think has type1  diabetes . she takes insulin in the morning, but first thing in the morning has a rootbeer and then takes her shot, and about 1/2 hr later looks pasty and appear lethargic.  Today we had a meeting and after the meeting she had a chocolate donut.  this really bothers me and i think she might drop dead one day.  she never drinks water, she is african american, very overweight and has sight problems and she doesnt really go to the bathroom very often.  she only eats fastfood and softdrinks.  She doesnt believe in diet drinks because she feels their unhealthy...  what can i do, i know i shouldnt care but it makes me sick.


please advise, Susie

I am hypoglycemic and have the blood sugar lows when I exercise in the morning or don't eat well before a work out.  The best thing I have found to eat is peanut butter crackers (like the little six packs you get at the grocery store).  NO fruit and especially no juice.  

I'm a type 2 diabetic and after an hour of intense cardio if I don't eat quickly I start to feel hypo.

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