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Does A Low Insulin Serum Level On A Blood Test Mean Low Blood Sugar
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
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
Unclear question: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, Blood count and protein are different tests. It would have been helpful to have the actual values of the test results. ...Read more
Normal sugar levels: For children and non-pregnant adults, normal blood sugar (glucose) level is considered <100 mg/dl in fasting morning state, and <140 mg/dl after a meal. Anything above these levels is considered either pre-diabetes (fasting 100-125, post-meal 140-199) or diabetes mellitus (fasting >=126, post-meal >=200 mg/dl). Low blood sugar varies depending on person, but typically is considered <60-70 mg/dl. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
THere are none: There are no low glucose levels with pregnancy gtt, only good normal levels. Hypoglycemaa doesn't occur in human beings who aren't receiving treatment for diabetes or have end stage cancer, liver or kidney failure, etc. Particularly in pregnancy, glucose normal levels are much lower than non-pregnancy, a lower number is an excellent sign, . ...Read more
? hemachromatosis: It might be either primary or secondary hemochromatosis. Depending on how high the number, it will either require further testing for hemochromatosis now or monitoring over time. Hemochromatosis is a disease of iron overload easily managed by drawing off blood (kind of like blood donation) to deplete the excess iron. Be sure you aren't taking any iron supplements and follow up with your provider. ...Read more
No: Tsh or thyroid stimulating hormone is only good for assessing thyroid function (either good, overactive or underactive). With that said, during that same blood draw, your blood could potentially be checked for testosterone to determine how much you have. This is best done in the morning. Remember that we really should treat the person (and symptoms), not just a number. Make sure benefit > risk. ...Read more
Weak and Shaky: Most of my patients complain of feeling weak & shaky when their blood glucoses get low. Others complain of a cold sweat; especially if it wakes them up in the middle of the night. Some patients have no symptoms of mild hypoglycemia and this is concerning. Be sure to always carry a rapid acting carbohydrate, such as glucose tablets, with you to treat hypoglycemia. ...Read more
Rare: It is possible, but rare. It can occur following GI surgery (eg gastric bypass). Most people who are "hypoglycemic" actually are not. They may have meal-related symptoms, but blood glu is actually normal. The range of "normal" is actually quite broad, and the glu level that triggers a response (adrenaline surge, symptoms) varies a lot. A glu tolerance test is not a good test for this. ...Read more
Types of white cells: The differential looks at the different types of white blood cells (WBCs). The number given is a percentage of that type of WBC relative to the other types. There are a number of reasons to have a WBC test drawn, so the real answer depends upon the context of the test. If you are looking for infection, some types of cells may suggest viral (lymphocytes) versus bacterial infection (neutrophils). ...Read more
Will high bloodsugar cause low creatin levels in urine? I had blood sugar levels of 300 and above and recently took a drug test that came back having low creatin levels.
Diluted urine: A low creatinine is not from elevated sugars, but from excessive water drinking, which is common in diabetics. It means you are drinking enough water to dilute your urine. It is not dangerous, but most drug tests will be considered "adulterated" - a failed test - if the creatinine is below 20. Get your diabetes under control asap. Continued high sugars are dangerous to your health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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