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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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Why is my fasting blood sugar so high in the morning even though i ate low carbb the night before?

Why is my fasting blood sugar so high in the morning even though i ate low carbb the night before?

High AM glucose: The dawn rise of glucose (g) is part of the body's "getting ready for the day. It does this by secreting more cortisol and growth hormone. The liver also releases g "getting ready for the day, raising g. People on on Insulin (i) can time its dose to peak closer to the morning hours. Those not on i can take metformin to lower the levels of g secreted by liver. These actions can reduce your high g. ...Read more

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How low could my blood sugar get before i pass out?

How low could my blood sugar get before i pass out?

Depends upon: How quickly it drops. Answer is extremely variable. I have had patients with glucoses as low as "0" on a lab sugar who were still alert and communicating. Most often, your body will raise your sugar back to normal before any severe damage is done, unless you're on diabetes medication such as insulin. ...Read more

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What is the ideal sugar level before, during, and after a long run? How do you prevent sugar low during the run? Any advice on glucose tablet dosage?

What is the ideal sugar level before, during, and after a long run? How do you prevent sugar low during the run? Any advice on glucose tablet dosage?

Questions: Do you have diabetes? Treatment with oral meds or insulin? In our Insulin dependent kids, we lower Insulin ahead of time and often for hours later. We always ask them to carry glucose tablets or some other form of fast acting glucose and to stay well-hydrated. We also help to modify before and after meals if necessary. Most important: medication adjustment which has to be done by you & doctor. ...Read more