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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss Dr. Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
24 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Is there a blood sugar level for hypoglycemia diagnosis?

Is there a blood sugar level for hypoglycemia diagnosis?

< 60-65 mg/dL: If your blood sugars are low, please see your doctor.

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


Marianne DiNapoli Dr. DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
68 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Do abnormally low blood sugar levels mean I have hypoglycemia?

Do abnormally low blood sugar levels mean I have hypoglycemia?

Yes.: Hypoglycemia is abnormally low blood sugar levels. Though laboratories have different cut-offs, usually a blood sugar less than 70 mg/dl is considered low. Normally, the body regulates blood sugar to prevent extremely high or low blood sugar. There are some serious and some not so serious causes for hypoglycemia, and a thorough evaluation with appropriate testing is in order.

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Dr. Tracy Berg Dr. Berg
Surgery
28 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Can there be a threshold blood sugar level for hypoglycemia diagnosis?

Can there be a threshold blood sugar level for hypoglycemia diagnosis?

Hypoglycemia: A blood sugar below 80 should prompt an evaluation of the trend, active insulin, and recent dietary intake. A blood sugar below 60 should be treated. Eating small amounts more frequently and avoid foods with high glycemic index (potato chips, cake, frosting) they spike your metabolic response and a few hours later you experience low blood sugar.

Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Which foods should you eat if you have hypoglycemia to sustain blood sugar levels?

Which foods should you eat if you have hypoglycemia to sustain blood sugar levels?

Healthy food, less r: Eat healthy food. If you're on diabetes medication, then you need less. Talk with your doctor. If you don't have diabetes and aren't taking medication to lower your glucose, then you don't have hypoglycemia. You just have a natural lowering of high glucose to normal, which causes your symptoms. Weight loss and a better diet will stop the symptoms. Don't worry, symptoms won't hurt you.

Dr. Stanley Schwartz Dr. Schwartz
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
48 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Confused about hypoglycemia, I have low blood sugar level but the doctor told me to not eat any sugar?

Confused about hypoglycemia, I have low blood sugar level but the doctor told me to not eat any sugar?

He likely diagnosed: Late [4-6 hour] after-eating low blood sugar -occurs because you lost 'first-phase Insulin release [ patients at risk for diabetes] with this, sugar rises, get increased second phase release of Insulin, and, especially with sweets at prior meal, causes a mismatch of food absorbed and Insulin level, causing hypoglycemia 4-6 hours after eating responds to avoiding sweets but incretins will work.

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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How much should you weigh to donate blood? Is it still safe if you suffer from hypoglycemia and low sugar levels?

How much should you weigh to donate blood? Is it still safe if you suffer from hypoglycemia and low sugar levels?

It depends: Only the blood bank can help you to address these issues. So stop by and they will check you. If you are healthy, you can donate blood. Otherwise you need a medical exam for your problems that you have expressed concerns about.

Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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I smoke rarely, every few days I would have one. Would I be able to keep a good blood glucose/sugar level if I just have just one cigarette?

I smoke rarely, every few days I would have one. Would I be able to keep a good blood glucose/sugar level if I just have just one cigarette?

Your blood: Sugar depends upon thousands of things, most of which you cannot control. You can, however, control diet, exercise, risk factors, medication, monitoring, glucose control etc. Smoking is one of those thing you an also control. It's not up to me to tell you how much you can get away with before you have trouble, because it's impossible to state with certainty. Your choice. I can't give permission.

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Is it true that 5 grams of table sugar will not raise your blood glucose level? (Assuming nothing else consumed with it--just the 5 g of sugar)

Is it true that 5 grams of table sugar will not raise your blood glucose level? (Assuming nothing else consumed with it--just the 5 g of sugar)

Sugar: 42 M: Is it true that 5 grams of table sugar will not raise your blood glucose level? (Assuming nothing else consumed with it--just the 5 g of sugar) ANS: This will depend on how large you are but not likely to increase BS. Easy to test in you. Let us know.

Dr. Stephen Hamilton Dr. Hamilton
Ophthalmology
28 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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What is making my vision blur? Its worse when I eat sugar or blood glucose goes below 5.0mmol but is sometimes blurred when glucose level is good. Idea

What is making my vision blur? Its worse when I eat sugar or blood glucose goes below 5.0mmol but is sometimes blurred when glucose level is good. Idea

Fluctuating glucose: Patients with fluctuating blood sugar levels often have fluctuations in vision. It could be simply that, something like latent hyperopia and need for glasses, or something more serious. You need a good eye exam to diagnose. Diabetics need to be seen annually at the least.

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Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Can stress effect blood sugar levels - lowering them? Not diabetic. Usual breakfast of miniwheats giving me reactive hypoglycemia all week.

Can stress effect blood sugar levels - lowering them? Not diabetic. Usual breakfast of miniwheats giving me reactive hypoglycemia all week.

Stress increases: Glucose. I have never seen a real 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.

Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss Dr. Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
24 years in practice
New York Medical College
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How do I check my blood sugar levels?

How do I check my blood sugar levels?

Home glucometer: If you have diabetes or concerns about blood sugar, your doctor can either give you or prescribe a home glucometer to check your own blood sugars. A prescription for glucometer strips and lancing needles is necessary.

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Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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How do I reduce my blood sugar levels?

How do I reduce my blood sugar levels?

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

Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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What to eat to control blood sugar levels?

What to eat to control blood sugar levels?

No magic foods: Eat a healthy, well balanced diet with reduced caloric intake and extra exercise. Diet, exercise and weight loss will definitely help with type 2 (or even type 1) diabetes -- it's the cornerstone of therapy. However, most people will need medication to help control their blood sugar. Talk w/your doctor.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How to decrease blood sugar levels instantly?

How to decrease blood sugar levels instantly?

See details: You control diabetes by diet and medications. There are no quick fixes. If your blood sugar is consistently high, you need to speak with your doctor.

Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss Dr. Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
24 years in practice
New York Medical College
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What're some foods that lower blood sugar levels?

What're some foods that lower blood sugar levels?

None: Foods which may have a more moderate impact on blood sugar are those with more fiber and less starch/sugar. The longer the digestive process, the less the blood sugar peaks in patients with diabetes.

Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss Dr. Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
24 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza Dr. Gonzalez-mendoza
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
38 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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