Slow Digestion, Low Blood Glucose?
If you’ve had diabetes for many years, you may digest food very slowly. This is usually due to nerve damage in and around your stomach â€” a condition called gastroparesis. This condition, and the unpredictable digestion patterns that go along with it, can make it difficult to achieve normal blood glucoses.
If it takes many hours for your stomach to empty after a meal, you risk low blood glucose, especially if you normally take your insulin 45 minutes before you eat. If you’re on this regimen, the insulin’s effects will peak before all the food in your stomach is completely digested. When this happens, you may have high blood glucose for many hours after you eat.
There are several medications available that can improve your digestion. Discuss these medications with your health care team.