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Doctor insights on: Basic Steps In Blood Glucose Regulation

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Blood Sugar (Definition)

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


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What steps must I follow to monitor my blood glucose levels and what supplies would I need?

What steps must I follow to monitor my blood glucose levels and what supplies would I need?

Depends on monitor: Your doctor will tell you how often to test. You will need a blood glucose monitor, test strips, control solution, and lancets. The exact supplies may be specific to the type of monitor you have. Most allow you to test on multiple locations, not just your finger. I would recommend following the specific instructions that come with your monitor. ...Read more

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What does 245 blood glucose mean?

What does 245 blood glucose mean?

High blood glucose: Hi. A whole blood or serum glucose of 245 is high. If you weren't previously diagnosed with diabetes, you are now. If you're a known diabetic, that value would be considered above goal for tight control (not all patients are candidates for tight control, however). You don't give us much info, so I can't be more specific. ...Read more

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How do you test your blood glucose?

How do you test your blood glucose?

Glucometer: Using a meter which reads sugar levels from blood, a glucometer, patients will prick a finger with a special lancing device to get a drop of blood on a test strip which goes into the glucometer. ...Read more

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What are the best blood glucose results?

What are the best blood glucose results?

Blood sugar levels.: For fasting glucose, up to 100 normal, 101-125 prediabetes and 126 and up diabetes. For A1C, up to 5.6% normal, 5.7-6.4% prediabetes, 6.5% and up consistent with diabetes. Blood sugar should be lower than 140 two hours after eating. This is for someone who isn't diabetic. For diabetics, finger sticks should be 90-135. ...Read more

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What should I do when I have blood glucose as high as 868?

What should I do when I have blood glucose as high as 868?

Help is needed ASAP: I think this is urgent enough that a person should call 911 or find someone nearby to take him to er. Driving in such an unstable state is not recommended. It is important that someone take the glucose monitor to the er so it can be checked and calibrated for accuracy. Hyperglycemia like this is something to be taken seriously; admission to treat it and to learn ways to prevent it may be needed. ...Read more

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How high can a person's blood glucose go, into the 1000's?

How high can a person's blood glucose go, into the 1000's?

I've seen a: Glucose as high as 2, 500 in someone who survived the episode. After your glucose reaches 400, it can go up very quickly due to dehydration -- so 3000 would be potentially possible. Hopefully you're not trying to set a record......... ...Read more

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Could you tell me what gland regulates the glucose level in the blood?

Could you tell me what gland regulates the glucose level in the blood?

Pancreas: While glucose regulation is controlled by many of the body's organs, the pancreas produces Insulin which lowers glucose, and glucagon which increases it. They are the two main regulators. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if a diabetic has insufficient glucose in the blood?

Information: Then he/she wil develop symptms similar to Insulin shock with disorientation, light headness, fainting, sweating, slow heart rate, and perhaps altered conscioousness. ...Read more

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What to do if I know that high glucose levels in the blood damages nerves, but why is this?

High glucose: Causes diabetes complications through many pathways, all of which are reduced or reversed by glucose control. Check diabetes. Org or your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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What does a low blood glucose mean?

What does a low blood glucose mean?

Danger: There are several potential causes for hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). It may mean overproduction of Insulin (from a variety of sources); excessive Insulin or other agents to treat diabetes; may be due to addison's disease (inadequate production of steroids); genetic metabolic deficiencies; starvation; and other factors. Any value below 70 mg/dl is considered low and may create symptoms. ...Read more

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Are blood glucose monitors accurate?

If they work: To be considered accurate, a blood glucose monitor may be up to 15-18% off when compared to a lab glucose done at the same time. ...Read more

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How will insulin regulate blood glucose?

Helps use sugar: Insulin causes the cells to take up sugar from the blood allowing the body to use or store the sugar. If you have diabetes, depending on the type, you either don't make Insulin or are resistant to its use. You may then use Insulin injections to treat the elevated blood glucose levels associated with diabetes. ...Read more

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How to lower blood glucose with insulin?

How to lower blood glucose with insulin?

Talk to your doc: Everyone response differently to insulin. Usually it's a trial and error to find out how much 1 u of Insulin will drop your blood sugar. The only way to know is to keep close track of your blood sugar. The doctor who put you on Insulin should follow your log book and be able to answer your question above. ...Read more

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Where can I get a tiny blood glucose meter?

Where can I get a tiny blood glucose meter?

Pharmacy: Check your pharmacy. There are many models and sizes. Some interface with your computer or smartphone now too. ...Read more

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Blood glucose levels of 243. Is this normal?

Blood glucose levels of 243. Is this normal?

Diabetes: A lab glucose drawn out of a vein that is 200 or above is diagnostic of diabetes - no matter when it is drawn. Get an appointment to see your doctor soon for evaluation, education, instruction and probable medication.
Also, get on a weight reduction program. ...Read more

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How can I measure my own blood glucose level?

How can I measure my own blood glucose level?

Needs education: Someone expert needed to show you practically and ask you to do it in front of him/her. Attending diabetic classes with education is very helpful. Also machines are different and education on each of those can be different. ...Read more

Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Glucose (Definition)

Glucose is the basic sugar molecule and the source of energy throughout the living kingdom. We are programmed to easily detect it by taste in our foods as it is desirable but can be overdone with the modern diet. It gets out of control ...Read more