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Can hyperthyroid cause low blood sugar? I get bouts of dizziness if I don't eat every 2 hours or upon waking. Eating helps a little but doesn't resolv
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
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 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 more
Low blood sugar:
I don't get the question.
If you have diabetes and are on meds you should be able to control your blood sugar - at least increase your blood sugar level.
If you don't have diabetes how do you know you have low blood sugar?
Put this together and you need to go as soon as possible to the nearest Emergency Room and be evaluated.
If you have low blood sugar do not drive - have someone take you! ...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 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 more
Depends on what drug: Hi. That totally depends on what drug (s) you're being treated with. I'm gonna go out on a limb and presume you're a diabetic. If you're on insulin, it's easy to get hypoglycemic, especially if you're type 1. If you're type 2 on any combination of metformin, a GLP-1 drug, a DPP4 inhibitor, an SGLT2 inhibitor, it's hard to get too low; insulin easy, sulfonylurea drug possible but not super easy. ...Read more
Do you have low suga: The body naturally adjusts the blood levels of sugar, mainly glucose. If you have low blood glucose, you should be investigated to determine the cause and treat the cause. Otherwise, in a healthy person, usual balanced diet is sufficient to maintain normal blood sugar levels. ...Read more
You don't have it: In addition, in my 35 years of practice, I have never seen a case of reactive hypoglycemia. The disorder doesn't exist, if you're overweight the symptoms are a natural response to you sugar returning to normal. A glucose tolerance test (if you've had one) is not and never will be a valid diagnostic test for hypoglycemia. Low glucose only ocurrs when treating diabetes, cancer, renal/liver disease. ...Read more
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
Define: Hi. Please define low blood sugar. If you're not taking diabetes drugs, true pathological hypoglycemia is vanishingly rare. Did you become confused, lose consciousness, have a seizure? If not, there is a popular self-diagnosis of "hypoglycemia" that isn't real, and has nothing to do with blood sugar. That's far more common than having true pathologic hypoglycemia. ...Read more
Cause?: Many causes of hypoglycemia. First thing is to confirm low blood sugars in a lab. If truly low, what is the reason for low blood sugars? Is this reactive hypoglycemia? Fasting hypoglycemia? Adult onset metabolic disorder? Treatment is contingent upon a diagnosis. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Uncommon: In my 35 years of practice, I have never seen a 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. ...Read more
Depends on how low: When sugar first starts to drop people can have sx of fatigue, dizziness, nausea, tremor, sweating, palpitations. If bs drops extremely low it can lead to syncope/coma or seizures. First thing if suspected is to check the blood sugar as not everyone will get symptoms especially if they have history of frequent lows. ...Read more
Meter or lab test: There are common symptoms that people with low blood sugar may experience, including sweats, shaking, heart pounding, vision changes, headaches, nausea or hunger, and weakness/lightheadedness. The only way to know that a low sugar is causing them, however, is to check with a glucose meter, or a lab test at a doctor's office. ...Read more
Treat it: Hi. Are you a diabetic on insulin? Those are the only people commonly at risk for hypoglycemia. If you are on insulin, you should always keep your blood glucose meter and a source of sugar nearby. If you are very low, treat with liquid sugar; it works faster than candy, cookies, etc. You should keep glucagon on hand, assuming you're insulin treated, for others to use if you're unconscious. ...Read more
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