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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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How do I know if my blood sugar high or low?

How do I know if my blood sugar high or low?

Lab testing: Fasting blood sugars can be obtained in a lab after an 8-12 hour fast. Post-prandial blood sugars are those which are obtained about 2 hours from the last meal or with a glucose tolerance test. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my blood sugar is low?

How can I tell if my blood sugar is low?

Blood sugar.: A blood sample for measurement of sugar is the only way to find out. If you have symptoms the blood should be taken at that time. ...Read more

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How would I know if my blood pressure is too low?

How would I know if my blood pressure is too low?

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 more

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What to do if i think my child is suffering from low blood sugar. How do I know?

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

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How do I know my blood pressure is high?

How do I know my blood pressure is high?

High bp: If you have concerns you should get a blood pressure monitor from the pharmacy. They are pretty easy to use. That is the most accurate way of knowing ...Read more

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What to do if I have high blood sugar. is it diabetes?

What to do if I have high blood sugar. is it diabetes?

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

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What to do if I have low blood sugar symptoms. How do I control it ?

What to do if I have low blood sugar symptoms. How do I control it ?

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

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What do I do if my blood sugar is 555?

Contact your doctor: Or go to the er. Your blood sugar doesn't suddenly get that high unless you've given steroids or have an infection. It's probably been way out of control for a long, long time and should have been addressed a long time ago. ...Read more

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What can I do if my blood sugar feels low but it isn't. What do I do?

What can I do if my blood sugar feels low but it isn't. What do I do?

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

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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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What can I do if my blood sugar is always high, please help?

What can I do if my blood sugar is always high, please help?

You have diabetes: And it needs to be properly treated w/education, diet, exercise, weight loss, monitoring, prevention, medication as needed, BP and lipid control, glucose control, etc. Check w/your doctor now. ...Read more

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What can I do if my blood sugar is higher than it should can I lower my blood sugar ?

What can I do if my blood sugar is higher than it should can I lower my blood sugar ?

Diet/exercise: And weight loss will work naturally if you have type 2 diabetes. Otherwise your doctor will need to prescribe appropriate medication. ...Read more

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What can I do about my low blood sugar?

What can I do about my low blood sugar?

Low blood sugar: How do you know your blood sugar is low? How are you checking and what low levels are you getting? If regularly below 70 before breakfast please see your primary doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How can I know my sugar is low when driving?

How can I know my sugar is low when driving?

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 more

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How do I know if my medication is too high?

How do I know if my medication is too high?

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

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How can I tell if my blood sugar level too low?

How can I tell if my blood sugar level too low?

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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What should I do if my fasting blood sugar is a bit high?

What should I do if my fasting blood sugar is a bit high?

See your doctor. : Elevated fasting blood sugars may be a sign of diabetes. If you have diabetes, it is important to learn that promptly and to learn how to treat it appropriately. Your doctor should be able to help determine whether or not you truly do have diabetes. Good luck. ...Read more