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Chargit71 posted:
Hello out there... I am a 47 yr old female about 40lbs overweight. Relatively good health. I exercise about 4-5 x a week (aerobics/walking) I have been told that I am insulin resistant. Not sure exactly what that means. i know I have had episodes of low blood sugar - one bad one this evening that brought me here. I took my level on this meter and it said 76 Everything I looked at so far says that is within normal range. I was sweaty and trembling so bad i could barely take the reading. I drank some soda and ate a mini chocolate bar and it subsided. I ate a small meal and took the reading again about an hour later and it was 143. Im confused. If 76 is within normal range why would I have these symptoms? Do normal ranges vary that much? I have had symptoms before but never diagnosed with diabetes. Just ate something sweet and it went away. Tonight I was under alot of stress and hadnt eaten much either when it happened. I had gestational diabetes 25 years ago. And I had a fasting 6 hour A1C test done at a clinic last year. I made it about 4 hours when my sugars dropped to 54(?) and I freaked out and had to get out of there and eat something. That was the worst feeling - kind of like the one tonight but I think tonights was worse because I was trembling so hard. The first A1c test I had said 6.3 and that doctor wanted to put me on metformin. My cardiologist said she had no record of any sugar problems after 7 years under her care so she had me buy a test kit and retake it 3 months later. The results were 4.5. So that was about 6 months ago. So todays episode was scary. Ive been tired lately, waking up sweaty, which i contribute to womans issues, and have alot of major stressors in my life right now. I try to eat healthy and avoid caffeine and junk food - but I do have my weaknesses. So Please- im new here and am open to any advice you EXPERTS can pass my way!! Thanks - D
davedsel57 responded:

WebMD has an excellent Diabetes Health Center here:
Read through that for some very useful information.

Normal blood glucose ranges are 80-120 fasting and under 140-180 2 hours after a meal. That reading of 54 was much too low. You should probably discuss this further with your doctor.
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