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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

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

Hyperthyroidism: If you are treated for hyperthyroidism and have the issues you report you must see your doctor as soon as possible to see what is happening and get your thyroid levels under control. ...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 causes low blood sugar?

What causes low blood sugar?

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

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Low blood sugar. What causes it?

Low blood sugar. What causes it?

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

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What are low blood sugar symptoms?

What are low blood sugar symptoms?

Hypoglycemia: Blurry vision
rapid heartbeat
sudden mood changes
sudden nervousness
unexplained fatigue
pale skin
headache
hunger
shaking
sweating
difficulty sleeping
skin tingling
trouble thinking clearly or concentrating
loss of consciousness ...Read more

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What can I do for low blood sugar?

What can I do for low blood sugar?

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

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How do people treat low blood sugar?

How do people treat low blood sugar?

Diet: Of course, much depends on the underlying cause, but in general, avoiding simple carbohydrate (sugars) and replacing them with complex (think fiber, whole grains), and protein ;and considering more frequent, smaller meals. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of low blood sugar?

What are symptoms of low blood sugar?

Shaky: When your sugar is low, you can feel lightheaded, shaky and sweaty. ...Read more

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How can I increase my low blood sugar?

How can I increase my low blood sugar?

Diet: If you are not diabetic you can eat a hypoglycemic diet. That is small frequent feedings of things like meat, cheese, fish and nuts. Avoid refined carbohydrates like candy, donuts, white bread and alcohol. ...Read more

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What can I eat to help low blood sugar?

What can I eat to help low blood sugar?

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

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What should you do for low blood sugar?

What should you do for low blood sugar?

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

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What can I do about my low blood sugar?

What can I do about my low blood sugar?

Low blood sugar: How do you know your blood sugar is low?
How are you checking and what low levels are you getting?
If regularly below 70 before breakfast please see your primary doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How simple is it to get low blood sugar?

How simple is it to get low blood sugar?

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

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What can I do to not get low blood sugar?

What can I do to not get low blood sugar?

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

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How rare is fainting from low blood sugar?

How rare is fainting from low blood sugar?

Quite common: If you are on insulin and do not check your blood sugars or skip meals it can easily happen. If you are not on insulin it is very uncommon. You should see your doctor for testing. ...Read more

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What should I do about my low blood sugar?

What should I do about my low blood sugar?

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

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What are the symptoms of a low blood sugar?

What are the symptoms of a low blood sugar?

Hypoglycemia: Symptoms may include: feeling shaky, hot, hungry, irritable, dizzy, light headed, nausea, headache, loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have low blood sugar?

What should I do if I have low blood sugar?

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

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What happen if someone get low blood sugar?

What happen if someone get low blood sugar?

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

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What can do to increase my low blood sugar?

What can do to increase my low blood sugar?

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

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What to do for low blood sugar if on a hike?

What to do for low blood sugar if on a hike?

Sugar: Keep some candy, sugar, fruit juice or other sweet stuff with you. ...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 can be done to help my low blood sugar?

What can be done to help my low blood sugar?

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

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What can happen if you have low blood sugar?

What can happen if you have low blood sugar?

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

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How couldyou tell if you have low blood sugar?

How couldyou tell if you have low blood sugar?

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

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What should you eat if you have low blood sugar?

What should you eat if you have low blood sugar?

Sugar: Sugar, glucose, candy, fruit juice or other sugary food or drink will help. ...Read more

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What to do immediately if I get low blood sugar?

What to do immediately if I get low blood sugar?

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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What do you do if you might have low blood sugar?

First check BS: First check the bs, then if low drink 4 oz of juice or regular pop. If not available, eat 1-2 pieces of hard candy or take 2 glucose tabs. Then recheck bs in 15 min to see if improved, if not repeat steps above until bs comes up. ...Read more