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Does Glucerna Help Hypoglycemia
No and yes: Hi. Any diabetic taking insulin will tell you how very real hypoglycemia is. However, there is an utter nonsense self-diagnosis of "hypoglycemia" that is not in the same universe as "true illness". There are also true hypoglycemia cases (VERY rare) due to tumors or hyperplasia of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. So if you take insulin or your pancreas makes it inappropriately, yes Read more
Diabetic diet: A diabetic diet is good for both high and low blood sugars. Avoid fast carbs, white sugar, refined flour foods, high fat foods. Instead eat smaller amounts, proteins, complex carbs, eat more frequently. The goal is to avoid spikes in your metabolism. Okay to check in with your doc. Be well. Read more
Define: Hi. Please define hypoglycemia. If you're not taking diabetes drugs, true pathological hypoglycemia is vanishingly rare. Did you become confused, lose consciousness, have a seizure? If not, there is a popular self-diagnosis of "hypoglycemia" that isn't real. There are rare syndromes where tumors or other conditions can cause hypoglycemia; bet you don't have one. See an endocrinologist if indicated Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Balance: The best diet is relatively high in protein. You should avoid processed sugars and starches, although many natural complex carbs, such as potatoes, are fine. It is advisable to remain caffeine-free, as caffeine makes you more sensitive to low glucose levels. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood tests: It can be diagnosed by a fingerstick test, or a regular blood test. Some people feel the symptoms of hypoglycemia even if the glucose is normal. This is usually when the glucose level is dropping quickly. It is fairly common to feel this way when beginning treatment for diabetes, even if the medication cannot cause the glucose to be below normal. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Coma, death.: Hypoglycemia is a potentially life-threatening condition that can lead to cardiac arrest (heart stopping or going into an abnormal rhythm), coma, and death. In fact, hypoglycemia is more dangerous than hyperglycemia because of how rapid things may happen. The signs/symptoms include confusion, dizziness, pallor, chest pain, and fatigue. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No insulin: The most common cause of hypoglicemia in pateint without diabetes is that your body over react to high glucose foods and produces too much Insulin causing your blood sugar to drop. That is why the diet is so important to prevent that. Exercise causes your blood sugar to go into tissues without the use of Insulin and reduces that reaction. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare disorder: Symptoms include nervousness, sweating, hunger, anxiety, blurred vision, fatigue, fast heart rate, etc. -- however unless you have diabetes and are on Insulin or other medication, have renal or liver disease, cancer or prior stomach surgery -- then true hypoglycemia neveer occurs in human beings. If it a very frequently and incorrectly made diagnosis. Read more
Hypoglycemia: Treat mild to moderate hypoglycemia with 8 oz of low fat or nonfat milk, 4 oz of fruit juice or non-diet soda, 1 tablespoon of sugar, or 5 pieces of hard candy. There also are glucose tablets which are available for this. Rule of thumb is to take 15g of carbohydrates and if blood sugar does not rise over 70, take another 15g. If 15 minutes later blood sugar still lower than 70, seek medical help. Read more
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