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What does a low blood glucose mean?

What does a low blood glucose mean?

Danger: There are several potential causes for hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). It may mean overproduction of Insulin (from a variety of sources); excessive Insulin or other agents to treat diabetes; may be due to addison's disease (inadequate production of steroids); genetic metabolic deficiencies; starvation; and other factors. Any value below 70 mg/dl is considered low and may create symptoms. ...Read more

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


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Is a low blood glucose or high blood glucose better?

Is a low blood glucose or high blood glucose better?

Neither: Neither are good for you but the more dangerous one is low blood sugar. The effect of low blood sugar is quicker and you can definitely die from it. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: low blood glucose?

What is the definition or description of: low blood glucose?

<60: Traditionally low blood sugar was defined as < 60. There is some consideration for raising the cut off to 70. Raising to 70 in the elderly may avoid the potential complications related to hypoclygemia. ...Read more

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Is it better to have low blood glucose and high blood glucose in the same day?

Is it better to have low blood glucose and high blood glucose in the same day?

Not at All: Rollercoastering blood sugars make patients feel lousy. If a patient has a high blood sugar, the goal would be to bring the blood sugar down to as normal as possible, but avoid lows. If patients have a low blood sugar, the goal is to treat it without overtreating it to the point of a high blood sugar. ...Read more

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Can death result from low blood glucose level?

Can death result from low blood glucose level?

Yes : It isn't common, but it can happen particularly among those on anti diabetic agents, especially insulin. Certain metabolic disorders and specific hormone deficiencies can make some more prone to hypoglycemia. There are also other reasons. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a low blood glucose level?

What are the causes of a low blood glucose level?

Increase Insulin: People with diabetes have increase tendency for hypo glycemia specially if they do not eat regularly after taking their medication. Overdose of Insulin or other diabetes medications. Tumor of pencreas causing over secretion of insuline. ...Read more

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What is relation between gin and having low blood glucose levels?

What is relation between gin and having low blood glucose levels?

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

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Why do I feel bad after a hypoglycemic (low blood glucose) episode?

Why do I feel bad after a hypoglycemic (low blood glucose) episode?

Decrease blood sugar: Decrease blood sugar can affect brain cell in the same way as lack of oxygen. It can cause stroke or seizure type symtoms. If hypoglycemia is reversible quickly then it may not cause any permenent damage to brain cells. ...Read more

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What are the physiological effects of high/low blood glucose levels?

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

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What is the connection between gin and having low blood glucose levels?

What is the connection between gin and having low blood glucose levels?

Alcohol: Gin is 45% or more alcohol, which causes your blood sugar to go up but then go down 4 to 6 hrs later! thatis a very well known effect of alcohol. ...Read more

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What are some of the physiological effects of high / low blood glucose levels?

What are some of the physiological effects of high / low blood glucose levels?

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

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Can low blood glucose levels cause type 1 or 2 diabetes?

Can low blood glucose levels cause type 1 or 2 diabetes?

No: Low blood sugars are often seen in patients with both type of diabetes, but are the result of treatment of either and/or the result of the underlying high Insulin levels seen in type 2 patients. ...Read more

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How does the body respond to low blood glucose levels after exercising?

How does the body respond to low blood glucose levels after exercising?

Low blood sugar..: Low blood sugar..Should not occur in normal people during exercise of normal intensity. After glycogen is used up, the body utilizes free fatty acids to be used directly as an energy source, or is\ converted to glucose by the liver by a process cvalled gluconeogenesis. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have really low blood glucose levels, can you get type 1 or 2 diabetes?

I'm just wondering, if you have really low blood glucose levels, can you get type 1 or 2 diabetes?

No: In my 35 years of practice, I have never seen a case of 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. Doesn't cause diabetes, but if overweight, you're already prone to type 2 dm. ...Read more

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Why do diabetics have problems with low blood glucose or hypoglycemia?

Over treatment: The most common cause of low blood sugar in a diabetic is overtreatment with diabetes medications (either you give Insulin and didn't eat or eat enough, or you started doing more activity beyond what you usually do). If this is a consistent problem, make sure you talk to your doctor to get your treatment regimen reevaluated. ...Read more

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Do you think I should eat more carbs before to avoid low blood glucose levels?

Do you think I should eat more carbs before to avoid low blood glucose levels?

No.: Protein and fat are metabolized slowly and turned into the necessary sugar your body needs. In contrast, starches and sugars (carbs) are absorbed quickly, releaqse insulin, which then will causes blood sugars to rapidly fall. ...Read more

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Why do I get silvery squiggly lines that move from one side of vision to teh other after eating? Is it related to high or low blood glucose?

Why do I get silvery squiggly lines that move from one side of vision to teh other after eating? Is it related to high or low blood glucose?

Visual Migraine?: A visual migraine is the visual aura of a migraine headache, but without the headache. This can be triggered by certain foods. People will see in both eyes either zig zag flashing lights or an effect like heat coming off of a car for 5-30 minutes, and the visual disturbance moves peripherally to the side and then stops. There is usually a blind spot in the vision as well, where the lines are. ...Read more

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Chest pain on&off. Tested for low iron. Results normal (iron 62, Ferrin 5). However low blood glucose of 56. (did not fast) Why blood glucose low?

Chest pain on&off. Tested for low iron. Results normal (iron 62, Ferrin 5). However low blood glucose of 56. (did not fast) Why blood glucose low?

Your age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you! ...Read more

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Chest pain on&off. Tested for low iron. Results normal (iron 62, Ferrin 5). However low blood glucose of 56. (did not fast). Age 25, Why low glucose?

Hmm... different lab: Ferritin 5 is awfully low at every lab I've ever seen. Hypoglycemia can occur from medicines, starvation, a LOT of exercise, paradoxically from obesity and insulin insensitivity (so more is put out and the body eventually overreacts to it), elevated insulin levels (very very rare). or.. no clear cause (most common and common in your demographic group). ...Read more

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What is a low blood glucose level after a one-hour glucose test during pregnancy?

What is a low blood glucose level after a one-hour glucose test during pregnancy?

THere are none: There are no low glucose levels with pregnancy gtt, only good normal levels. Hypoglycemaa doesn't occur in human beings who aren't receiving treatment for diabetes or have end stage cancer, liver or kidney failure, etc. Particularly in pregnancy, glucose normal levels are much lower than non-pregnancy, a lower number is an excellent sign, . ...Read more

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Glucose (Definition)

Glucose is the basic sugar molecule and the source of energy throughout the living kingdom. We are programmed to easily detect it by taste in our foods as it is desirable but can be overdone with the modern diet. It gets out of control ...Read more