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Low Blood Sugar Chart
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 40's can be normal. It becomes a problem only if it causes true hypoglycemic symptoms- in that case, see endocrinologist for confirmation and evaluation of cause. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Many ways: Eat a balanced diet. Eat more frequently. Eat less refined sugars and include more protein and perhaps fat. Don't miss meals and stay away from colas, candy, pastries and other such sweets. A 6 time a day meal plan that includes a mixture of complex carbohydrates, protein, fat and fiber are good for you. If you have recurring problems, see your pcp and perhaps a nutritionist/dietician/ get ck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
First the cause: If you have low blood sugar, the cause has to be established before treatment can really be instituted for prevention. Certain foods may exacerbate hypoglycemia depending on which you have. Metabolic disorders, Insulin resistance/diabetes, possible Insulin tumor, etc.You need to establish a diagnosis of hypoglycemia with lab tests. Blood sugars have to be less than 65 mg/dl to be considered low. ...Read more
Best to know: Before you try to increase your blood sugar, make sure you know what your blood sugar is. If you are diabetic, then finger stick with your glucose monitor. If you are not diabetic, then go see your doc for labs and exam. Low blood sugars can be dangerous, so proper diagnosis first. Then treatment. Be well. ...Read more
4 reactive hypoglyce: Eat only meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry and low starch veggies, drink only water. In other words avoid all carbs, carbs will only briefly raise your sugar levels and then your Insulin levels. The fats in the meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry will act like a "log on your metabolic fire" to keep your blood sugar stable for hours without raising insulin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I gave blood and had a scary experience with low blood sugar. How can I keep this from happening next time?
Eat and hydrate: You should prepare for your next blood donation. You should vigorously hydrate yourself with a quart or more of fluids before the procedure and drink plenty of fluids before and after the donation and also eat some high protein and complex carbohydrate foods before the donation. It would not be a good idea to eat immediately before the donation. Some simple things like hard candy just before ok. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is potentially dangerous. The rate of fall in your blood sugar and the cause of the fall (such as excess Insulin after a large meal) need to be addressed. Light headed, shaky, sweaty, anxious are some symptoms. Okay to check with your doc about your symptoms and treatments. A diabetic diet, low glycemic index, will help both high and low blood sugars. ...Read more
Symptoms include nervousness, sweating, hunger, anxiety, blurred vision, fatigue, fast heart rate, etc. -- however unless you have diabetes and are on Insulin or other medication, have renal or liver disease, cancer or prior stomach surgery -- then true hypoglycemia neveer occurs in human beings. If it a very frequently ...Read more
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