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Doctor insights on: Should I Take Insulin When My Sugar Count Is Low

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Insulin (Definition)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...Read more


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I've caught my blood sugar high (272, 286) but it usually had a tendency to run low not high. I don't take insulin. Could something be malfunctioning?

Yes, two things: First, your body -- as a glucose above 200 indicates diabetes and needs attention from your physician. Why are you on corticosteroids which can partially be to blame for your high glucose? By the way, no one's blood sugar runs "low" unless on meds for diabetes. Nex, your mind -- of course something is malfunctioning. You're not thinking clearly if you don't realize you need to see your doctor now. ...Read more

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I want to know if i could take insulin to keep my sugar from dropping?

Quite the opposite: Insulin works to lower the blood sugar. It does this by pushing glucose into tissues, particularly will deliver. So taking Insulin will only decrease your blood sugar and not raise it. ...Read more

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What are the signs of low blood sugar and how is it related to insulin?

What are the signs of low blood sugar and how is it related to insulin?

Insulin & Glucose: Insulin allows cells to use glucose as fuel. It helps to regulate blood sugar. Too much will bring blood sugar down putting/keeping it in storage and making it less available to cells. When this happens, hypoglycemia occurs. One may feel shaky, dizzy, headache, nausea, sweaty, etc. Which is a prompt to treat the low blood sugar. Severe lows can cause loss of consciousness, seizure, death. ...Read more

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Should I lower my insulin doses so it doesn't lower the baby's blood sugar too low?

Should I lower my insulin doses so it doesn't lower the baby's blood sugar too low?

No: Insulin is a large molecule that does not cross the placenta. Glucose is a small molecule that does cross the placenta. If mom's sugar is high the baby will have to make a lot of Insulin to control fetal blood sugar. If mom's blood sugar stays normal then the baby does not have to work so hard. Use the prescribed amount of Insulin to keep your blood sugar optimized for you and your baby's health. ...Read more

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