• 2 months ago

    Fainting

    I am a 72 year old mail who cycling 2500 to 3000 miles a year, at 5/10 I weight 190. I have had type 2 diabetics for 20 years, my a1c is 7.5 down from 8.2 over the winter.
    The other day after traveling across the us I Rested over night and did som driving and rode 20 miles on my bike ( that is a normal ride for me). I did not eat any carbs that day, had yogurt, soup and a Salid with cheese. Just before dinner I felt light headed, I got up and fainted. After eating some sugar and sweating a lot, I rested and felt better after an hour.
    I think it was very low BS that caused me to faint. Is that reasonable?
    Thank you

Responses

  • 2 months ago

    RE: Fainting

    Hello.

    Yes, it sounds to me like your fainting could be due to low blood sugar. I am surprised that with all your activity your HBA1C is still as high as 7.5.

    The foods you listed do have carbs, just not as much as if you had a burger on a bun or spaghetti. Cheese has a surprising amount of carbs, as do some yogurts. Lettuce has carbs, though not many. Soups, especially creamy, also can have a high amount of carbs.

    Have you seen a nutritionist, dietician or certified diabetes educator for help with your diet? It sounds like you may not be fully aware of the nutritional values of the foods you eat. I track everything I eat in a free site called fitday.com. This tracks the calories, fat grams, carb grams and protein grams in what I eat. There are many similar sites and apps that may help to ensure you are eating a diet that will keep your blood glucose levels under control.

    It may also be time to discuss this with your doctor. While it sounds like the fainting and other symptoms could be related to low blood glucose levels, other medical conditions cause the same symptoms. Your doctor can run tests to see if anything could have caused this.

    Congratulations on being that active.

    I pray you find answers and relief soon.

    Blessings,
    -Dave
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Fainting

    You are guessing. You are assuming the cause of your fainting and lightheadedness is due to low BS when there can be several causes.
    Patients who are alert and diligent document any and all unusual "symptoms" and episodes then contact their doctor on a timely basis.

    "Patients with syncope (fainting) constitute up to 3% of all emergency visits and 1-6% of all hospital admissions in North America. Patients over 70 years of age have a much higher rate of syncope than their younger counterparts...
    History-taking in patients with syncope can be difficult, time consuming, and imprecise..." http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/556037

    What does "this" mean?

    It means fainting is not uncommon among seniors (no matter how fit) and they don't help their cause, much, because once they start fainting, they don't document, they don't notify and they can't remember much to help in the investigation.


    btw, there have been many posts asking why do their doctors raise the "safe" A1C thresholds after age 70 to 7.5. I've addressed this, many times, and been ignored. "Whatever; It's yo baby."