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How low can your blood sugar go before you die?

How low can your blood sugar go before you die?

no precise answer: Most people start to "feel" the hypoglycemia at about 45-55. Symptoms are adrenaline (sweats, headache, palpitations, etc.). At a glu. ...Read more

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How long before could you die from not treating low blood sugar?

How long before could you die from not treating low blood sugar?

Depends but rare: Blood sugars below 50 can be lethal. Rapidly decreasing blood sugar can cause cardiac arrhythmia and increase risk for death. There is no simple answer to your question. Best to treat blood sugars below 80, and monitor blood sugar for trends. If you use insulin, talk to your doctor about this issue. Small frequent intake of food is a good start. Be well. ...Read more

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How does a person die from a sugar coma?

How does a person die from a sugar coma?

Multiple ways: Two variations, low blood sugar, and hyperosmolar comas including ketoacidosis. Multiple metabolic derangements affecting cardiac and brain functions, but also kidney and other internal organ issues. A superimposed infection could also be the culprit. ...Read more

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If you have diabetes can you die from too much sugar if so how much?

If you have diabetes can you die from too much sugar if so how much?

Is possible: Generally, diabetes is a chronic disease that requires lifelong medical control and lifestyle changes. More deaths come from poor long-term control than from bouts of high blood sugar. However, with a blood sugar of 600 or higher, the risk of diabetic coma due to dehydration increases. Diabetic ketoacidosis can begin with a blood sugar in the 200's and up, and is more common in type i diabetes. ...Read more

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Can a baby die if his/her blood sugar is really high?

Can a baby die if his/her blood sugar is really high?

Yes: One of the things that can occur with a high blood sugar is diabetic ketoacidosis. This can result in vomiting, dehydration, deep gasping breaths and can lead to coma. It is a medical emergency and without treatment can lead to death. ...Read more

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What happens if my sugar level is low?

What happens if my sugar level is low?

Low sugar: The usual symptoms of acute low blood sugar, hypoglycemia, are shakes, sweats, irritability, confusion, resolved quickly by ingestion of a sugar load. ...Read more

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What do you do when i have a low sugar?

What do you do when i have a low sugar?

Eat: Some people experience low sugars when they do not eat regularly and this can cause dizziness and fatigue. If you have this symptom it is best to eat regularly. You could also keep something small like a granola bar with you so that if you start feeling bad you would have something to snack on that is healthy. ...Read more

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How do you if your sugar is high or low?

A simple test: Ask your doctor to order a fasting blood sugar and/or a 2 hour 2 or 4 hour glucose tolerance test. You will have your answer pretty fast. ...Read more

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What foods are suggested for a low sugar diet?

What foods are suggested for a low sugar diet?

Vegetables...: Healthy vegetables are a good place to start. Even some vegetables like carrots are best in moderation. Fruits, while natural can be high in sugar. ...Read more

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What food can you take if you have a low sugar?

What food can you take if you have a low sugar?

It depends: If you are diabetic and your blood sugar is very low from too much insulin, drinking orange juice is a quick way to get more glucose into your system. However, the goal is to keep your blood sugar stable so that it doesn't get too low. See your physician about this, to investigate and work on this problem. ...Read more

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What to do when sugar is low and no food nearby?

What to do when sugar is low and no food nearby?

Why low?: If you have diabetes or an otherwise known cause of hypoglycemia then you should be carrying the "antidote" with you at all times. Our patients with diabetes are asked to carry fast acting sugar, like glucose tablets, at all times. If you think you have low blood sugars, and don't have a diagnosis yet, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have low sugar level, what can I eat to raise it?

I have low sugar level, what can I eat to raise it?

Yes: Eat frequent balance meals with protein, healthy fat, and complex carbohydrates. Make sure you follow with your doctor to get checked for early signs of Insulin resistance — a condition that can lead to type ii diabetes. This could be an early sign and this condition is reversable and preventable. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of taking up a low sugar diet?

What are the benefits of taking up a low sugar diet?

Many!: Losing weight. Improving lipids. Not becoming diabetic. Discipline! Decreasing fermentation in the gut. Many others! Decrease starch too: it is immediately converted to sugar! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms when you believe that your sugar is low?

Extreme weakness and: Your body will tremble and you will be sweating and searching for something to eat or drink. Most folks start having difficulty in thinking clearly and may get confused unless they drink or eat something sweet quickly. A blood test for blood sugar level is the best way to find out about low sugar levels. ...Read more

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Help please. When I test my sugar levels on my meter, what is the normal level, low, and high levels?

Help please. When I test my sugar levels on my meter, what is the normal level, low, and high levels?

Let me help: From 70 to 99 mg/dl (3.9 to 5.5 mmol/l) normal fasting glucose.

From 100 to 125 mg/dl (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/l) impaired fasting glucose (pre-diabetes.
126 mg/dl (7.0 mmol/l) and above on more than one testing occasion diabetes. ...Read more

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My wife, 35 years old, getting fainted for a minute. Once she fell as feeling dark for a sec. Her sugar level ok. Bp is 97/54. Is it concern? Is it low

My wife, 35 years old, getting fainted for a minute. Once she fell as feeling dark for a sec. Her sugar level ok. Bp is 97/54. Is it concern? Is it low

Syncope/near syncope: Syncope/fainting should be evaluated as there is a specific work up to assure there is nothing serious causing your wife's condition. Certainly, a low blood pressure (hypotension) is a possible cause, and 97/54 is on the low side, and may go lower at times even, so best to get her fully evaluated with a syncopal work-up. Best wishes. ...Read more

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High sugar but low pressure?

High sugar but low pressure?

Yes: Incontrolled blood sugar from diabetes have significant damaging effects to the autonomic nervous system which play a role in blood pressure control. ...Read more

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Is 65 blood sugar dangerously low?

Is 65 blood sugar dangerously low?

It depends: First, you should know that 65 is considered a normal level of glucose for someone who is not diabetic. However, it is usually lower than we aim for in people with diabetes. 65 is low enough that it may produce some symptoms. If this occurs occasionally, and there is a reason (skipped meal, high activity level) for it, it may not require any change in treatment. Check with your doctor! ...Read more

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What causes low blood sugar?

What causes low blood sugar?

If as an adult: In adults low blood sugar can be cause by excessive secretion of Insulin or lack of secretion of the hormones that keep your blood sugar up when you are fasting, which are, cortisol, glucagon and growth hormone. In a baby all these plus many congenital metabolic problems that interfere with glucose (sugar) production. If you are overweight it might be pre- diabetes. ...Read more

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Low blood sugar. What causes it?

Low blood sugar. What causes it?

Definition is key: True and clincally significant 'low blood sugar' is actually not as simple as 'below a cut-off.' for diabetics it is (we say <70 is low), bc they are on meds that can cause severe lows. But for non-diabetics/healthy ppl, sugar in 40s can be normal. It becomes a problem only if it causes true hypoglycemic symptoms- in that case, see endocrinologist for confirmation and evaluation of course. ...Read more

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What blood sugar is considered too low?

70: Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by abnormally low blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, usually less than 70 mg/dl. However, it is important to talk to your health care provider about your individual blood glucose targets, and what level is too low for you - ...Read more

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Can the baby die due to high blood sugar?

Can the baby die due to high blood sugar?

If high enough- DKA: Diabetes in babies is very unusual. It isn't easy to diagnose because babies wet diapers a lot and they can't explain that they don't feel well. It's usually when they're quite ill, with diabetic ketoacidosis that the diagnosis is made. The treatment can be dangerous when giving IV fluid/insulin if not closely monitored. A pediatric endocrinologist has to care for these babies. ...Read more

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What reading is considered low blood sugar?

What reading is considered low blood sugar?

Less than 65 mg/dL: In general, blood sugars of less than 65 mg/dl are considered low. This would be a blood sugar measured as a lab glucose. ...Read more

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What are signs of low blood sugar and how is it treated?

What are signs of low blood sugar and how is it treated?

Wide range: Signs range from no signs to low energy to coma. The Best way to know it to messure the blood glucose. Treatments include eating or drinking to bump the glucose back up when the person is awake, to intravenous glucose solutions when unconscious. Repeated problems require adjustments in diabetic medications or changes in diet. ...Read more

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What are the warning signs or symptoms that my blood sugars are too low?

What are the warning signs or symptoms that my blood sugars are too low?

Several: You start to feel weak, fatigued, confused, you have trouble concentrating and when really low you sweat, your tongue gets thickand others might think you are drunk as your balance would be off too. The last step is passing out. ...Read more

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If blood sugar is kept under control are you still going to die younger than usual?

If blood sugar is kept under control are you still going to die younger than usual?

Probably not: I have many type 1 patients living into their 70s and 80s who have been on Insulin for over 50 years. Both type 1 &2 people are at risk of heart attacks so taking care of diabetes is not just blood sugar control! ...Read more

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Why does dietary fat cause more serious concern than dietary sugar? Can't both make you sick or die?

Why does dietary fat cause more serious concern than dietary sugar? Can't both make you sick or die?

Calories & arteries: Fat has twice the calories compared to the same weight of sugars. Some fats (saturated) can lead to lipid (fat) deposits after a single meal! Always best to focus on veggies and protein. ...Read more

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What causes low blood sugar levels?

What causes low blood sugar levels?

Low blood sugar: It could be:

1: Your body making too much insulin -most likely
2: Your diet and exercise pattern is not OK — less likely.

You need to see your doctor ASAP. ...Read more