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How Low Is Your Sugar Before You Die
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Help please. When I test my sugar levels on my meter, what is the normal level, low, and high levels?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Why does dietary fat cause more serious concern than dietary sugar? Can't both make you sick or die?
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