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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Divalproex (Definition)

Divalproex, is a seizure medicine, the generic name is valporic acid, it has been in the market as an antiseizure medicine for long time, it is a good medicine, helps to control almost all types of common seizures, partial, generalized, absence, myoclonic, atonic, . Etc. It can be used as a mood stabilizer in psychiatric patients. It has adverse effects on the liver, ...Read more


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How can the amount of water you drink affect blood glucose levels?

How can the amount of water you drink affect blood glucose levels?

Dehydration: Can increase blood sugar if you have diabetes. Water intake will temporarily dilute your blood sugar level, but only for a very, very short time before your body readjusts. ...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?

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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How is energy related to blood glucose levels?

How is energy related to blood glucose levels?

Glucose metabolism: Glucose is the fuel for all cells. Low glucose levels mean not enough fuel for cells. Insulin is what makes the glucose enter a cell. If you have Insulin deficiency (type 1) or if there is Insulin resistance (type 2) -again glucose levels are high in the blood but not able to enter the cells (again the cells are starved for glucose)-one would feel tired ...Read more

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Can pain increase blood glucose levels in diabetics?

Can pain increase blood glucose levels in diabetics?

Pain + emotions, yes: For some diabetic patients, significant pain (and/or emotional changes) can raise their glucose levels. In these people, it is recommended that they monitor their glucose levels more carefully during these episodes, to determine need for adjusting medication doses. Pain and emotions can increase the hormones cortisol and epinephrine, which both can raise glucose levels. ...Read more

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When must I monitor my blood glucose levels so often?

When must I monitor my blood glucose levels so often?

Varies: How often to check your blood sugar depends on how you are using that information. If you are adjusting your Insulin based on blood sugars, you need to test a minimum of before each meal; you may also need to test after some meals to evaluate the effectiveness of the mealtime doses. ...Read more

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Can low blood glucose levels cause type 1 or 2 diabetes?

Can low blood glucose levels cause type 1 or 2 diabetes?

No: Low blood sugars are often seen in patients with both type of diabetes, but are the result of treatment of either and/or the result of the underlying high Insulin levels seen in type 2 patients. ...Read more

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How can I have ketones with normal blood glucose levels?

Let me explain: In a person without diabetes, ketone production is the body’s normal adaptation to starvation. Blood sugar levels never get too high, because the production is regulated by just the right balance of insulin, glucagon and other hormones. However, in an individual with diabetes, dangerous and life-threatening levels of ketones can develop. ...Read more

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How sensitive are blood glucose levels to changes in intake?

How sensitive are blood glucose levels to changes in intake?

Depends: Normal individuals control blood levels of glucose quit well. Patients with diabetes, especially type 1 diabetes, have more changes in blood glucose levels in response to intake of food. ...Read more

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Is there a loss of motor skills with high blood glucose levels?

NOT USUALLY: Unless you are in diabetic ketoacidosis and your sugars are so high and your Lactic Acid so high that your muscles can't function properly since they are being starved. ...Read more

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How does the body respond to low blood glucose levels after exercising?

How does the body respond to low blood glucose levels after exercising?

Low blood sugar..: Low blood sugar. Should not occur in normal people during exercise of normal intensity. After glycogen is used up, the body utilizes free fatty acids to be used directly as an energy source, or is\ converted to glucose by the liver by a process cvalled gluconeogenesis. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why pregnant women need to check blood glucose levels?

Only if: They have diabetes or gestational diabetes, of if it has been recommended by their doctor. Otherwise it's a waste of your money. ...Read more

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How is it possible to have normal blood glucose levels and still have ketones?

It is normal: In a person without diabetes, ketone production is the body’s normal adaptation to starvation. Blood sugar levels never get too high, because the production is regulated by just the right balance of insulin, glucagon and other hormones. However, in an individual with diabetes, dangerous and life-threatening levels of ketones can develop. ...Read more

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Can consistantly elevated blood glucose levels cause gallbladder inflammation?

Can consistantly elevated blood glucose levels cause gallbladder inflammation?

No: How elevated is your blood glucose? If you are prediabetic of diabetic you need to discuss it with your doctor and take measures to control blood glucose as persistently elevated blood glucose can cause multiple health problems. ...Read more

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What's a good way for us to control blood glucose levels in diabetic patients?

What's a good way for us to control blood glucose levels in diabetic patients?

Lifestyle & Meds: Diet-the mediterranean diet has been shown to be effective, exercise -150 minutes a week of aerobic activity, stretching, & 2 days a week of resistance training, weight loss of 7-10% weight loss if needed. There are multiple medication on the market to treat type 2 diabetes but we typically start with metformin as the mainstay of therapy and add other medications as needed based on the individual. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your plasma glucose levels are only high on a fasting blood test?

What does it mean if your plasma glucose levels are only high on a fasting blood test?

Unclear question: Did you have a glucose tolerance test and only the fasting glucose was high? How high was it? Fasting plasma glucose is 100-125 it is pre-diabetes and 126 or higher, if noted on two occasions is diagnostic of diabetes. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism by which people with diabetes regulate their blood glucose levels?

By using: Education, prevention, monitoring, medical advice, diet, exercise and medication as needed to help control their abnormal glucose and other risk factors. ...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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I'm just wondering, if you have really low blood glucose levels, can you get type 1 or 2 diabetes?

I'm just wondering, if you have really low blood glucose levels, can you get type 1 or 2 diabetes?

No: In my 35 years of practice, I have never seen a case of hypoglycemia. The disorder doesn't exist, if you're overweight the symptoms are a natural response to your glucose level returning to normal. A glucose tolerance test (if you've had one) is not and never will be a valid diagnostic test for hypoglycemia. Doesn't cause diabetes, but if overweight, you're already prone to type 2 dm. ...Read more

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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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What can I do to improve my blood glucose levels?

Best advice is to: Form a plan with a doctor and dietician: diet, exercise, and medication. Not a do-it-yourself project. ...Read more

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Recently blood glucose levels for non fasting males?

Normal fasting: 65-105 when drawn out of a vein while fasting. Various authorities have different "normal" levels. There are, however, no exact cut-offs, it's all a continuium. Finger sticks are not accurate enough for diagnosis. Two hour post meal should be less than 130-140, and any glucose >200 at any time suggests diabetes. An a1c >6% is also suggestive and needs further evaluation. See diabetes. Org for info. ...Read more

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How can I keep my blood glucose levels under control?

How can I keep my blood glucose levels under control?

Complex Carbohydrate: Focus on 5 to 6 small meals a day composed of protein & complex carbohydrates. Avoid simple sugars. Most importantly exercise --- it will make your muscles more sensitive to Insulin & they will take up any excess sugar from the blood stream. ...Read more

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What is a normal fluctuation for blood glucose levels?

Quite a lot: Fasting sugars range from 70mg to 100mg. After meals the sugar levels go up substantially anywhere from 100mg to 140mg...So there is a lot of variation among different folks' sugar levels based on what they eat and how their body handles the sugar in the body. ...Read more

Depakote (Definition)

Depakote is the brand name for a medication known as valproic acid. It is most commonly used to treat seizures, though it can also be used as a mood stabilizer in certain psychiatric disorders. It is used to treat multiple seizure types and can be used alone or with other seizure medications if needed. Common side effects include nausea, dizziness, ...Read more


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