How long does it take your body to recover from lows?

I have been working to get my BGs in tighter control.  I am on a MiniMed 722 pump & CGM.  It seems that lately (last few months) when I have lows, it takes my body forever to recover.  While my BG gets to a normal range in 15 - 30 minutes, my body feels like it's been run over by a truck often for the rest of the day.  I'm curious if others have this experience.  Is there something I can do - other than continuing to work with my endocrinologist on basal rates & carb ratios - to improve the recovery time/lessen the impact.  

I'm glad I found Juvenation.  I have T1 adult onset (1999) and have been largely dealing with this disease alone.  It occurred to me that I could benefit from your experience, strength and hope.  Looking forward to your insight.

Cindy Cole

Adult onset of T1 at age 39

MiniMed Pump & CGM

Hi Cindy,

I know that for me, it depends on how severe and how long before my low is caught as to how long a recovery takes. Usually tho, for me, it takes about four hours or so. I usually still feel a little sluggish for a few hours more, but nothing more than a tired feeling like I was working hard for hours. I notice that if I take a nap for about an hour, I feel more refreshed. Low sugars are a drain on our bodies and minds.


I agree with what Keith said and would add that as I get older, lows are harder on me.  Kind of like a hangover... I used to bounce back but not so much anymore. =)

I know the point is to not have lows.  I have the MM 723, and the CGMS, and I am now taking symlin to prevent the high peaks. Still there are lows. some I cause myself because I get angry when I am higher than I want to be and usually bolus more insulin than I need.  I recently changed my basals because the body gets used to the symlin and goes back to its old needs. For months the symlin was wonderful, no more peaks. I am determined to not have the real lows or highs so now I am watching the CGMS all the time. Also someone once told me to let it all go higher. I do this when I travel, especially with students. I let my ave go to 140 instead of the 100 I like. This did cut out the lows. My HbA1c was still 6.4. (But I want it lower now so I fight all this up and down business.)

i appreciate everyone's response.  I'm glad to learn that age is a component of the recovery.  It doesn't help to the recovery process any but it helps me to understand why my body doesn't always cooperate with my mind.  I agree with Keith that a nap always helps, just not practical at work ;-) .  

Not sure why I haven't availed myself to this site before, but I am strengthened today by your insight.  It  helps to know that I'm not alone.