The Moody Blues…Or, When Glucose Gets Low..

And you thought this was going to be about music, huh?  I did not want to disappoint you.  Tuesday Afternoon is considered by a lot of folks to be one of their best.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch and on topic…

One of the dangers I have discovered when working to keep blood sugar, aka glucose, controlled is that it can go too low.  I know, most of the time it’s a battle to keep it down, but that can lead to it getting a bit too low.  So, how do you know it’s getting low?

Well, for me, I notice a mood change.  Mood change…Moody Blues…like how that got worked in?  Anyway, I get a bit unhappy and short tempered.  Now, anyone who knows me will tell you that I am the epitome of California Laid-back – NOT.  But, I do strive to be patient and even tempered, so that when I become a bit short tempered or critical of others, it’s a clear signal that my glucose might be too low and I need to do something about it.

Some of the other signs are: headaches, hunger, dizziness, shakiness and difficulty concentrating.  You can read about Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) from the American Diabetes Association and/or from the National Institute of Health.  Both offer great explanations about symptoms and what you need to do.  Please read one or the other…or go for broke and read both!

Bottom line, if you have low blood sugar you have to get some glucose in your body.  That can be done in several ways: several hard candies, a spoonful of honey, a glass of orange juice, or glucose tablets.  Again, the sites I listed tell you what to do when your blood sugar gets low.

So, what is low blood sugar?  Like everything having to do with the body, it’s a bit different for everyone.  I know one person who feels feint when she gets to 70, or below.  For me, it’s under 60 when I begin to feel the physical effects.

Low blood sugar, hypoglycemia, is to be avoided.  Have some hard candy in your pocket or purse at all times so when you begin to feel moody, you can take immediate action and plan to get some real food.  And, notify your doctor if and when it happens in case there needs to be a change in your treatment plan.

It’s getting to be Summer.  You are going to be out doing things and might not be able to eat when you should – which could lead to hypoglycemia.  Just be aware of your body, what it’s telling you and be prepared.  It’s simple with just a touch of planning.

Remember, you are fighting your War On Diabetes.  Be prepared.  Avoid the Moody Blues – yeah, I worked it in again.

As always, thank you for reading.

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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