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How Does Dehydration Affect Blood Glucose Levels
What does it mean when glucose levels fluctuate from 65 to as high as 146 in 18 hrs, accompanied by fatigue and up to 6 meals per day, and dehydration?
Varying glucose: See a doctor to find out if you have diabetes by having your hemoglobin a1c checked. You should do this as quickly as possible. You also need to have a complete chemistry panel and a CBC to see if you are not anemic or have low levels of potassium in your blood. Good luck. ...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
See below: It lowers it through dilution.Get a more detailed answer ›
Blood glucose levels:
I would recommend the following:
1: Check blood sugar before breakfast
2: Document what diabetes medication you take before breakfast
3: Document what you ate for breakfast and any snacks between breakfast and lunch
4: Check blood sugar before lunch.
The two blood sugar values should be about 50 mg, or less, different from each other.
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Glucose metabolism: Glucose is the fuel for all cells. Low glucose levels mean not enough fuel for cells. Insulin is what makes the glucose enter a cell. If you have Insulin deficiency (type 1) or if there is Insulin resistance (type 2) -again glucose levels are high in the blood but not able to enter the cells (again the cells are starved for glucose)-one would feel tired ...Read more
Ketosis occurrs: When you go into starvation mode or you cannot burn glucose for your energy. In that sense starvation and Insulin deficiency all cause ketosis. Therefore you can have ketosis without having high blood glucose. In type 1 diabetes since there is Insulin deficiency you usually have high blood glucose with ketosis, but not necesarilly specially if you are going through an intercurrent illness. ...Read more
Gin and blood sugar: Alcohol can cause low blood sugar shortly after and 8-12 hours after drinking. If you are going to drink, check your bs right before drinking and only drink if it's normal. It's a good idea to eat before or during drinking to prevent low bs. You should also check bs before bed to make sure you are not low going to bed. If low, eat something. Limit drinks to 1 for women, 2 for men.. ...Read more
Multiple: Brain uses glucose as its sole source of energy and low blood glucose levels can cause changes in mental status, anxiousness, sweating, dizziness, fainting coma and death. Elevated glucose levels impair immune function, cause microvascular damage, leading to blindness, kidney, heart disease and stroke. Very high glucose levels may also cause coma. ...Read more
Several Things: The first question is whether the patient has diabetes or is at risk for diabetes. The stress of surgery itself could raise blood sugars, but having a predisposition or a current diagnosis of diabetes would make high blood sugars more likely during/after surgery. Why is the patient having surgery? Different medical/surgical conditions place patients at different risk for high blood sugar. ...Read more
Many: High bs can lead to glucosuria (spelling of sugar in the urine) and on the long turn if persistent, enodothelial damage (inner wall of the blood vessels). Low bs on the other hand, can trigger a cascade of chemical reactions, namely ketone formation, elevated adrenaline, growth hormone, cortisol and sympathetic nervous system activation. ...Read more
Surgery and diabetes: Post op, the stress level is high, which will elevate glucose. Infection (if present) will elevate glucose, as will any tissue necrosis (if present). But then you are (usually) not eating. It is hard to precisely balance all this, which is why the post op blood glu levels need to be monitored and treated. ...Read more
Is the OneTouch Ultra 2 (do it yourself at home) reliable/accurate for checking blood sugar/glucose levels?
YES.: Providing your strips aren't expired and you do the test as instructed, the results are accurate. Almost all tests have a "range of error" meaning, for example, that, if your reading is 136, your actual blood sugar might be somewhere between 132 and 140. Since these differences are NOT clinically significant, you can rely the results of a One Touch Ultra 2 to manage blood sugars. ...Read more
If my blood glucose levels were 5.9 after doing my fasting in the morning, does that mean I am borderline diabetic?
Nope: I assume you're talking about the a1c reading. Non-diabetic readings are between 4.0-6.0, so you should be good. The a1c is an index number that averages out the previous 100 days of blood sugars into 1 number that gives you an idea of what glucose levels have been. This is pretty much diagnostic that you are not diabetic. Continue a prudent, low-carb diet & active lifestyle to maintain that, tho! ...Read more
What are some ways to lower blood glucose levels even if you are not a diabetic but u have certain risk factors of becoming diabetic?
Lifestyle: Hi. Healthy lifestyle has been shown to lower the risk of diabetes in at-risk patients. Healthy diet, regular exercise, achieve & maintain ideal body weight...FOR LIFE, not just the next few weeks or months. Part and parcel for healthy lifestyle is no fast food, minimize processed food, no white flour or rice, minimal simple sugar, little saturated fat. Good luck! ...Read more
Is it possible to get instantaneous blood cholestrol readings doing strip tests similar to strip tests done for checking blood glucose levels?
Instant cholesterol: I am not aware of thatGet a more detailed answer ›
Pain + emotions, yes: For some diabetic patients, significant pain (and/or emotional changes) can raise their glucose levels. In these people, it is recommended that they monitor their glucose levels more carefully during these episodes, to determine need for adjusting medication doses. Pain and emotions can increase the hormones cortisol and epinephrine, which both can raise glucose levels. ...Read more
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