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High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia)
Depends...: People who do not have diabetes typically have fasting plasma blood glucose levels that run under 126 mg/dl. In general, high blood glucose, also called 'hyperglycemia', is considered "high" when it is 160 mg/dl and above. If you have diabetes, your physician will define your target blood glucose that is as close to normal as possible that you can safely achieve given your overall medical health. ...Read more
The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more
Inconsistent blood sugars with episodes of severe hypoglycemia alternating with episodes of hyperglycemia. Why is this and how can I stabilize ?
Please explain which duration of hyperglycemia (duration and level of blood sugar level) will cause hba1c to change?
Chronic mid back pain, worse after i eat, symptoms of hyperglycemia, but have always had low blood sugar. What could this be?
Complications: In a diabetic a high blood sugar on a short time basis is a signal to change your treatment regimen. If it remains high on a steadier basis it will promote the development of the complications in the eyes, kidneys, circulation, heart, etc. High blood sugar by itself is detrimental to many of the body's organs and makes the diabetes more difficult to treat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diabetes: Your blood sugar goes up transiently after you eat. Diabetes is diagnosed when you blood sugar is too high, either when you are fasting, or a continuous high sugar most of the time. Diabetes is caused by either a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin, or by the body's resistance to insulin, or a combination of factors. Obesity causes Insulin resistance and is causing a surge in diabetes. ...Read more
Dietician: It boils down to avoiding concentrated sweets like candy,pastry,soda,etc and reducing starches like bread,pasta,rice,pizza,etc. Your best move would be to visit a dietician to determine your ideal weight and the proper diet with the appropriate amount of daily calories. Usually this can be accomplished in one visit with brief followup. ...Read more
None: Cinnamon has been shown in some studies (and not in others) to have a very weak effect on blood sugar - not sufficient to make it useful for treatment. Stay away from supplements and other junk which promise a lot and can't deliver. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. Check w/your doctor. Spices in the food you don"t eat will help by lowering weight. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lifestyle changes: Hi Haneen, First, if you have Diabetes of any form, I would recommend taking medication as prescribed by your personal physician. Lifestyle modification focused on consumption of Low Glycemic Index foods and light physical activity (like a medium paced walk) after meals can help decrease blood sugar spikes. I reviewed the following article and think may be helpful: http://mayocl.in/1EsGO5f ...Read more
High glucose: Is this glu fasting? Your glu after a meal varies with what you ate, the speed of your GI tract, etc. It is hard to precisely say whether a post meal glu is too high. If you are testing your sugars because you are worried about diabetes, best to check fasting and also follow your a1c. Normal fasting glu is 100 or less. Diabetes is 126 or more. "impaired" is in between. ...Read more
Diabetes: High blood sugar is the result ; not cause of diabetes. The cause of diabetes is Insulin whether absent in type1; deficient or resistance in type2 or gestational. Some risk factors like sugary drinks, obesity, age, stress, infection or dawn phenomenon predispose a person to diabetes. Hope it helps. Thanks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If blood sugar levels remain too high the body suppresses appetite over the short term. Long-term hyperglycemia causes many of the long-term health problems including heart disease, eye, kidney, and nerve damage. The most common cause of hyperglycemia is diabetes. When diabetes is the cause, physicians typically recommend an ...Read more
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