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why would a family member need a csf glucose measurement?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Diagnose meningitis: Spinal fluid glucose is low if there is bacterial meningitis, but may be elevated in presence of diabetes, hypothyroidism, brain tumors, bleeding, guillain-barre, cidp, spinal cord compression. Your doc should be able to explain more fully the rationale for a spinal tap.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to have glucose control drinks while pregnant?

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Dr. Timothy Gorski
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Just not good choice: These products are a waste of your money, especially in pregnancy. Follow your ada diet and especially food choices with a low glycemic index like nonfat/nosugar yogurt and fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes. And stay away from bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and cereal.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How often should I be testing blood glucose while pregnant?

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Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
4 times a day: If you have gestational diabetes, blood sugar should be tested 4 times each day: 1) a fasting level when first waking up 2) 2 hours after breakfast 3) 2 hours after lunch 4) 2 hours after dinner.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can low blood sugar cause someone to become comatose?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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If low enough: Yes. The brain relies on glucose for fuel. If glucose is too low it can harm the brain in serious ways.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for one to fake a high fasting blood sugar level?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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With fingersticks: If the hands and fingers aren't clean and dry, home blood sugar readings may be inaccurate. Sugar on the fingers could end up falsely elevating blood sugar. A concomitant venous sample in lab could demonstrate a discrepancy. Also, the meter may be inaccurate. Eating before a fasting blood sugar may raise the blood sugar in someone with diabetes because it would not be fasting anymore.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What's a 3 hour oral glucose tolerance test (ogtt) for diabetes?

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Dr. Christopher Duggar
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Gestational diabetes: A test for how you respond to known sugar loads in pregnancy and whether you are diabetic from pregnancy... If abnormal, may need to make changes in diet or meds.

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