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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 are some things that affect post operative blood glucose levels?

What are some things that affect post operative blood glucose levels?

Several Things: The first question is whether the patient has diabetes or is at risk for diabetes. The stress of surgery itself could raise blood sugars, but having a predisposition or a current diagnosis of diabetes would make high blood sugars more likely during/after surgery. Why is the patient having surgery? Different medical/surgical conditions place patients at different risk for high blood sugar. ...Read more

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My type 2 dm friend's metformin is no longer working to manage his blood glucose. He is normal, weight but stressed. Does stress affect glucose levels?

My type 2 dm friend's metformin is no longer working to manage his blood glucose. He is normal, weight but stressed. Does stress affect glucose levels?

Stress: Severe stress to the point of agitation secretes Adrenalin and can elevate the blood sugar. If his diabetes is out of control, he should call his physician who will review his diet and probably add to his antidiabetic medication as well as address the stress issue. ...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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What could happen if your blood glucose levels get too high?

What could happen if your blood glucose levels get too high?

Many consequences: You can get dehydrated with very high blood sugar. This can lead to fatigue, dizziness, confusion... At high enough number, you can get very confused, go into coma and if not treated correctly and timely, death can occur. The first thing to do if your bs start climbing is to start drinking water, then seek help (call physician...). ...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

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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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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