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What Happens If Your Sugar Is Too High
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
For how long?: For the most part, high blood pressure for a short time, days to months won't make too much of an effect, which is why it's referred to as the silent killer. Of course, if it's too high for a longer period of time, you can end up w/stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, etc. Blood pressure that's too low can make you feel weak, woozy, lightheaded, dizzy & possibly even faint. Think like Goldilocks ...Read more
Short term vs long: High blood pressure is usually silent in the short-term. That's why it's so difficult to treat b/c the best you'll notice from your BP lowering meds is no side effects. It's not like pain meds or antibiotics after which you'll notice an immediate difference. However, if you ignore high BP in the long run, you increase your risk for death, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, etc. ...Read more
You die: Well, only if it's too low to support life! You mean pretty low but not that low. Some people tolerate a heart rate in the 40's or even 30's with no symptoms. Most often, when the heart rate is that low, one feels fatigue, dizziness, and may even have chest pain or pass out. A dangerously high potassium, thyroid disorder or too much of a medication might cause this. Some require a pacemaker. ...Read more
You don't have it: In addition, in my 35 years of practice, I have never seen a case of true hypoglycemia except after therapy for diabetes, or in cancer, liver or kidney disease, prior GI surgery etc. 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. ...Read more
Many consequences: You can get dehydrated with very high blood sugar. This can lead to fatigue, dizziness, confusion... At high enough number, you can get very confused, go into coma and if not treated correctly and timely, death can occur. The first thing to do if your bs start climbing is to start drinking water, then seek help (call physician...). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unlikely: In a women with monthly cycles who ovulates, estrogen levels normally fluctuate from 40-400 pg/ml. Levels above this are unusual unless a hormone producing ovarian tumor. You may be referring to a lack of ovulation with low Progesterone making estrogen dominate. Your gyn can evaluate. ...Read more
Hypoglycemia symptom: The most common cause of low blood sugar or glucose is from use of diabetes medication --insulin or sulfonylurea. When blood glucose is <60 mg/dl (threshold different for everyone), two sets of reaction occur. 1) brain can't function -- confusion, dizzy, fatigue, emotional, slow reflexes, even coma, seizures. 2) adrenaline increases-- fast heart beat, tremors, hungry, sweating, nervous, hunger. ...Read more
Over 40 mg%: Over 40-50 is normal but the higher the HDL Cholesterol (good) , the better. HDL cholesterol could be naturally high and improves with aerobic exercise. It is protective and nothing happens if it is high (protects from bad cholesterol, LDL, by helping the transport and metabolism in the liver). ...Read more
BMI: It really depends on your body type and health. My bmi is 16.5 but I have been this my entire life, exercise regularly , and eat adequate number of healthy calories (low fat, high protein, complex carbohydrates. My entire family is built like this. If on the other hand, you are a poor diet, losing weight and feel fatigued, you should consult your doctor to see a registered dietician. ...Read more
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