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How could a low blood sugar level cause a person in coma?

How could a low blood sugar level cause a person in coma?

Hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia can lead to coma because the brain relies on sugar as its energy source. If the blood sugar is low, then the brain doesn't function properly. A person may be agitated at first and then sleepy. They can have seizures and then be in a coma if blood sugar is low enough and remains low. ...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


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In what cases do counterregulatory hormones for low blood sugar level cause chronic fight-or-flight response?

In no cases.: I am not sure i understand your question. Counterregulatory hormones for low bg come in to play only when bg is low. It is a response and not a cause. It is intermittent and not chronic. ...Read more

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Why does low blood sugar level cause severe mood swings in people?

Low Brain Bloodsugar: When the brain is deprived of the fuel it needs to properly function, mood swings, loss of consciousness, seizures may develop. The latter 2 are more severe, but mood swings are pretty common. ...Read more

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How can I have a constant low blood sugar level?

How can I have a constant low blood sugar level?

You don't have it: In addition, in my 35 years of practice, I have never seen a case of reactive hypoglycemia. The disorder doesn't exist, if you're overweight the symptoms are a natural response to you sugar returning to normal. A glucose tolerance test (if you've had one) is not and never will be a valid diagnostic test for hypoglycemia. Low glucose only ocurrs when treating diabetes, cancer, renal/liver disease. ...Read more

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How can I prevent from having a low blood sugar level?

How can I  prevent from having a low blood sugar level?

4 reactive hypoglyce: Eat only meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry and low starch veggies, drink only water. In other words avoid all carbs, carbs will only briefly raise your sugar levels and then your Insulin levels. The fats in the meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry will act like a "log on your metabolic fire" to keep your blood sugar stable for hours without raising insulin. ...Read more

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How can you prevent from having a low blood sugar level?

How can you prevent from having a low blood sugar level?

Frequent meals: As opposed to most people, those with true hypoglycemia may need to eat six smaller meals through the day in order to keep blood sugars up. As always, keep a food diary to build your knowledge about trigger foods which may make your blood sugars react either in a way that makes them go too high or too low. Some foods are definitely on the menu, and some are definitely off the menu for you! ...Read more

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What are the risks involved with a low blood sugar level?

What are the risks involved with a low blood sugar level?

Low blood sugar : Low blood sugar is very dangerous and could lead to seizure, coma and even death. Mildly low blood sugar could cause anxiety, sweating, palpitations, dry mouth and confusion. ...Read more

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What is dangerously low blood sugar level?

Below 60 mg: Normal sugars run between 60-90mg. Most people develop symptoms of hypoglycemia as the blood sugar level gets down to 60mg or lower. Hypoglycemia is a dangerous condition. ...Read more

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What occurs if you had a low blood sugar level?

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

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Need help. Is 60/61/62 mg/dl a low blood sugar level?

Need help. Is 60/61/62 mg/dl a low blood sugar level?

Hypoglycemia: It is possible. If you feel weak, confused, tired, sweaty when your blood sugars are at this level then yes. Okay to treat with small amount of carbohydrate and/or decrease your insulin. Check in with your doc, especially if you are diabetic. Be well. ...Read more

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My friend is having frequent low blood sugar level. How can I help him?

My friend is having frequent low blood sugar level. How can I help him?

4 reactive hypoglyce: Eat only meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry and low starch veggies, drink only water. In other words avoid all carbs, carbs will only briefly raise your sugar levels and then your Insulin levels. The fats in the meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry will act like a "log on your metabolic fire" to keep your blood sugar stable for hours without raising insulin. ...Read more

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What can I do if my friend is having a low blood sugar level. How can I help him?

What can I do if my friend is having a low blood sugar level. How can I help him?

No: In my 35 years of practice, I have never seen a case of reactive hypoglycemia. The disorder doesn't exist, if they're overweight the symptoms are a natural response to your glucose level returning to normal. If your friend has diabetes and is low due to medication, 8 oz of skim milk or juice or 2 quick dissolving glucose tablets can be used and recheck in 15 min. Only trying to get back to 70. ...Read more

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Confused about hypoglycemia, I have low blood sugar level but the doctor told me to not eat any sugar?

Confused about hypoglycemia, I have low blood sugar level but the doctor told me to not eat any sugar?

He likely diagnosed: Late [4-6 hour] after-eating low blood sugar
-occurs because you lost 'first-phase Insulin release [ patients at risk for diabetes]

with this, sugar rises, get increased second phase release of Insulin , and , especially with sweets at prior meal, causes a mismatch of food absorbed and Insulin level, causing hypoglycemia 4-6 hours after eating
responds to avoiding sweets but incretins
will work. ...Read more

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I got a shot of METHYLPRDNISOLONE ACTAT 40 MG a week ago. I've been feeling tired & shaky at times almost like low blood sugar. Is this the cause?

I got a shot of METHYLPRDNISOLONE ACTAT 40 MG a week ago. I've been feeling tired & shaky at times almost like low blood sugar. Is this the cause?

Possible?: I suppose it's possible, but not common with an injection of a corticosteroid, more common to see things like this with systemic ingestion of corticosteroids. If it continues much longer I would request a follow up visit with your administering doctor to discuss. ...Read more

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Can there be a threshold blood sugar level for hypoglycemia diagnosis?

Can there be a threshold blood sugar level for hypoglycemia diagnosis?

Hypoglycemia: A blood sugar below 80 should prompt an evaluation of the trend, active insulin, and recent dietary intake. A blood sugar below 60 should be treated. Eating small amounts more frequently and avoid foods with high glycemic index (potato chips, cake, frosting) they spike your metabolic response and a few hours later you experience low blood sugar. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate between high blood sugar and low blood sugar? Is there a special odor?

They have different: symptoms, and neither involves a particular odor. Check the American Diabetes Assoc. website for more info. The best way to differentiate is to check your blood sugar with a simple and easy finger stick test. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of labrynitis similar to the symptoms of low blood sugar is it possible to have both . I don't have diabetes?

Are the symptoms of labrynitis similar to the symptoms of low blood sugar is it possible to have both . I don't have diabetes?

Not necessarily: Labyrinthitis is the inflammation or abnormality in the semicircular canals causing dizziness esp with head movement, there may be nausea. When one has low blood sugar, they have dizziness more like feeling light, sweating, unable to focus, weak, tired, and feeling of doom to even passing out. They do overlap so be careful. Diabetics should be aware and check bs to make sure. ...Read more

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How can I know if i'm still dehydrated and have low blood sugar please help?

How can I know if i'm still dehydrated and have low blood sugar please help?

If you get dizzy: when you stand up suddenly or if your skin "tents" when you squeeze it, you may be dehydrated. No one, however, who is not on diabetes medication or has end stage cancer, kidney or liver disease, etc. has true hypoglycemia. It's a common medical myth. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could i tell uf im still dehydrated and have low blood sugar please help?

Dehydrated: You can tell if you are dehydrated if you need to drink lots of water all day. That requires a visit to your doctor. There are many possible causes but there may be none at all.

A low blood sugar is very important but easy to control in most patients. You MUST see your doctor about a low blood sugar. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could tell uf I'm still dehydrated and have low blood sugar please help?

Dehydrated?: You must go to the nearest Emergency room (have someone drive you) as soon as you can.
Treating your issues should not take long. ...Read more

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If I have high insulin and low blood sugar. Is metformin the best recommended drug for my condition?

If I have high insulin and low blood sugar. Is metformin the best recommended drug for my condition?

Likely: High insulin, or hyperinsulinemia, may be due to Insulin resistance. Metformin is helpful for most women with Insulin resistance, along with proper nutrition, exercise, and weight management. If you are trying to conceive or have pcos along with high insulin, be sure to see a board certified reproductive endocinologist! ...Read more

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My blood sugar is too low a few hours after meals, but my doctor says its not hypoglycemia even though I have all the symptoms. What else could it be?

My blood sugar is too low a few hours after meals, but my doctor says its not hypoglycemia even though I have all the symptoms. What else could it be?

Doctor wrong?: Eat only meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry and low starch veggies, drink only water. In other words avoid all carbs, carbs will only briefly raise your sugar levels and then your Insulin levels. The fats in the meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry will act like a "log on your metabolic fire" to keep your blood sugar stable for hours without raising insulin. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with GERD but have had shakiness, fainting, and lightheadedness for years, thought it was low blood sugar. Is there a connection?

I have been diagnosed with GERD but have had shakiness, fainting, and lightheadedness for years, thought it was low blood sugar. Is there a connection?

Gerd: It sounds as if your current doctor(s) are not taking good enough care for you.
If you are only seeing a primary doctor ask to see both an endocrinologist and a neurologist.
If you have already seen these doctors ask your friends who might recommend new doctors for you. ...Read more

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Dehydration (Definition)

The excessive loss of body water, with an accompanying ...Read more