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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

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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What is the level for low blood sugar & high blood sugar?

What is the level for low blood sugar & high blood sugar?

Normal sugar levels: For children and non-pregnant adults, normal blood sugar (glucose) level is considered <100 mg/dl in fasting morning state, and <140 mg/dl after a meal. Anything above these levels is considered either pre-diabetes (fasting 100-125, post-meal 140-199) or diabetes mellitus (fasting >=126, post-meal >=200 mg/dl). Low blood sugar varies depending on person, but typically is considered <60-70 mg/dl. ...Read more

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Is 173 a high blood sugar reading?

Is 173 a high blood sugar reading?

High glucose: Is this glu fasting? Your glu after a meal varies with what you ate, the speed of your GI tract, etc. It is hard to precisely say whether a post meal glu is too high. If you are testing your sugars because you are worried about diabetes, best to check fasting and also follow your a1c. Normal fasting glu is 100 or less. Diabetes is 126 or more. "impaired" is in between. ...Read more

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Is low blood sugar genetic?

Is low blood sugar genetic?

Sometimes.: This is often a complication of diabetes therapy, and blood glucose management, but certain tumors, like insulinomas, among others, can cause this, and many of those patients have a family history of those tumors. Some others also have naturally low blood sugar, and that can be due to genetics. Congenital hyperinsulinism might be such a case, as might inborn errors of carbohydrate metabolism. ...Read more

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Can high blood sugar cause high blood pressure?

Can high blood sugar cause high blood pressure?

Blood sugar: Chronic elevated blood sugar generally means diabetes. Diabetes causes kidney disease and resulting high bp. ...Read more

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Is a high blood sugar level dangerous?

Is a high blood sugar level dangerous?

Diabetes is bad!: Too much sugar in the blood is a sign of diabetes. In diabetes, the extra glucose or sugar, in the blood can cause lots of organs to not function properly over time, most importantly the heart and blood vessels, nerves, kidneys, and eyes. This needs to be diagnosed quickly and treated aggressively for prevention of damage to these organs! ...Read more

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What reading is considered low blood sugar?

What reading is considered  low blood sugar?

Less than 65 mg/dL: In general, blood sugars of less than 65 mg/dl are considered low. This would be a blood sugar measured as a lab glucose. ...Read more

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What is dangerously low blood sugar level?

Below 60 mg: Normal sugars run between 60-90mg. Most people develop symptoms of hypoglycemia as the blood sugar level gets down to 60mg or lower. Hypoglycemia is a dangerous condition. ...Read more

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Low blood sugar without taking my insulin, normal?

Low blood sugar without taking my insulin, normal?

Depends: How low is low? And are you exercising or taking pills as exercise can lower bs independent of Insulin and pills/meds can have effect also. ...Read more

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Which blood sugar reading results in a diabetic coma?

Which blood sugar reading results in a diabetic coma?

Not all blood sugar: A coma does not result as much from the sugar, as the other metabolic changes. With typical type 1, lack of Insulin gives ketoacidosis. Coma is from acidosis, dehydration, etc and the glu may not be extreme (eg 400). A type 2 may get hyperosmolar coma, where glu is very high, but dehydration and electrolyte abnormality is the biggest problem. ...Read more

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What causes low blood sugar levels?

What causes low blood sugar levels?

Low blood sugar: It could be: 1: Your body making too much insulin -most likely 2: Your diet and exercise pattern is not OK - less likely. You need to see your doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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Does low blood pressure and low sugar go hand in hand what causes low blood pressure and low blood sugar?

Does low blood pressure and low sugar go hand in hand what causes low blood pressure and low blood sugar?

A Few Things: Low blood sugar and low blood pressure can be seen together in patients with sepsis, an addisonian crisis, some other things. The 2 don't necessarily go hand in hand. People with diabetes and other metabolic conditions will often have low blood sugar, but normal blood pressure. There are other conditions where blood pressure is low and sugars are normal like pots, etc. ...Read more

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Which blood sugar levels are too high?

Anything above norma: Anything above normal. Diabetes is diagnosed by a glucose above 200 at any time or situation; a fasting (no food for 8 hours or more) greater than 100; a two hour post-meal glucose greater than 130-140. All of these are blood drawn in a lab, not finger sticks. An hba1c test of 6.5 or greater is also diagnostic for diabetes. For more info go to diabetes.Org. ...Read more

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Is 65 blood sugar dangerously low?

Is 65 blood sugar dangerously  low?

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

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Is having high fasting blood sugar levels but low hba1c good or bad?

Is having high fasting blood sugar levels but low hba1c good or bad?

Bad: High fasting blood sugars is bad and usually associated with high hba1c levels. But very low levels may be harmful (say less than 6). ...Read more

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Can a high INR reading affect blood pressure?

Can a high INR reading affect blood pressure?

SHOULDN'T: A high inr (protime) is usually due to an excess of Coumadin (warfarin) relative to vitamin k intake. The 'clotting system' of proteins (produced by the liver) has no affect on blood pressure (BP) , generally. BP is influenced by other factors: salt intake, lack of exercise, stress, pain ... ...Read more