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How Do I Know If My Blood Sugar Is Low
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
Dizzy Miss Lizzy: When our blood pressure drops too low, we feel dizzy and lightheaded. Sometimes our heart may start racing (palpitations). We may notice it more when we change positions: sitting up in bed, or getting up from a chair to stand. Checking your blood pressure will give you the info you need. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By blood sugar test: Children with low blood sugar have different symptoms than babies with low blood sugar. If blood sugar falls low rapidly, symptoms may be anxiety, perspiration, rapid heart beat, shaking, vomiting, weakness, and seizure. If it occurs all the time, the symptoms may be headache, dizziness, personality change, increased appetite, seizures, loss of consciousness, and others. Blood sugar level is. ...Read more
High Blood Sugar: You need to see a physician to see if you could benefit from a prescription medicine for this. Besides that, know that type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease. Cut your carbs! Start exercising! Eat a teaspoon of cinnamon every day. Lose weight! Stop all sweeteners and all sugars and all carbs other than non-starchy vegetables. ...Read more
Diabetic?: We need more information. Are you a diabetic? Are you on medications? If you have severely low glucose (<50) and are not on any meds, then you need to see an internist or endocrinologist for a medical work-up. You could have an Insulin tumor, or you could just be genetically hard-wired to produce more than the average amount of Insulin after a meal (especially if sugary or high-carb) ...Read more
Stop obsessing: 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 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. Don't waste your money o GTT or any fad diets of treatments. Lose wt if heavy. ...Read more
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
STOP AND TEST!: Hi. I have to assume you're a diabetic on drugs that can cause hypoglycemia. You could kill yourself or others driving with hypoglycemia. Check your BG before you get in the car, and pull over and test anytime you think you might be low. The life you save may be your own! I get most of my patients on insulin on a continuous glucose monitor (Dexcom G4 Platinum...great device!)...makes driving safer ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dose??: If you mean is the dose too high we must narrow it down to what type of medication. All medications have side effects- many of which are associated with excessive dosing. Speak to your primary physician or pharmacist about the specific medication. ...Read more
Cholesterol : To measure cholesterol you need a blood test. ...Read more
By measuring it: The only way to measure the level of your blood sugar is by measuing it with a blood glucose monitor. Some of the symptoms of low blood sugar are hunger, feeling shaky, dizziness, weakness, headache, irritability, sweating, poor coordination, numbness of the mouth and tongue, and eventually passing out. ...Read more
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