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My blood oxygen level is too low. What could happen if it got lower?

My blood oxygen level is too low. What could happen if it got lower?

Low oxygen: Our body tissues needs constant supply of oxygen to perform optimally. If it gets too low then the tissues especially kidney, heart and brain would have ischemia and lot of problems. See pulmonary specialist. ...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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If my blood sugar is 352 what is the slider dose blood sugar is very high

If my blood sugar is 352 what is the slider dose blood sugar is very high

You : You are referring to a so called "sliding scale". That dose is worked out for each person taking Insulin who is using mealtime or fast acting Insulin like humalog, NovoLog or apidra (insulin glulisine). There are different ways of estimating the dose needed to lower your blood sugar a specified amount. If you take one of these insulins get guidance based upon your weight, blood sugars and total Insulin dose how much you might need. If you have not seen a certified diabetes educator, i urge you to do so. See the post website below for further guidance and information. ...Read more

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How low is too low when it comes to your blood sugar?

How low is too low when it comes to your blood sugar?

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

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What happens if the blood pressure is too low or too high?

What happens if the blood pressure is too low or too high?

Blood pressure: Too high pressure causes heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. Too low pressure can cause these and other problems. Something like an electric device, too much current it burns out, too little current it doesn't work. ...Read more

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If my blood pressure is 90/52 is that too low?

If my blood pressure is 90/52 is that too low?

Depends on baseline: There are some clinical setting where we may worry about lower bp, but in general, lower BP is protective (although people with very low BP may have more of a tendency to feel dizzy). For people who are normally hypertensive, they may not tolerate having their BP lowered that far--it may affect their cerebral blood flow. ...Read more

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What is a too low blood pressure?

What is a too low blood pressure?

Symptomatic: It's too low if you have symptoms for example, there are people that walk around with blood pressure of 90/50 without any problems. There are others who are dizzy, wobbly and feel horrendous. Some of these general guidelines go out the window dealing with really sick people, intensive care etc. Different set of rules in that case. ...Read more

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What is too low for blood pressure?

What is too low for blood pressure?

Low blood pressure: The definition of too low a blood pressure is 1. Non-hypertensive (<120/80) and 2. Symptomatic. In other words, blood pressure is not too low unless associated with symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue etc. On the reverse, ideal blood pressure is the lowest blood pressure tolerated. I have many patients with blood pressures in the 90s who are feeling absolutely great! ...Read more

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What blood sugar is considered too low?

70: Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by abnormally low blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, usually less than 70 mg/dl. However, it is important to talk to your health care provider about your individual blood glucose targets, and what level is too low for you - ...Read more

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I have low blood pressure, low iron and my blood sugar is low. What causes this?

I have low blood pressure, low iron and my blood sugar is low. What causes this?

Not sure: Not sure what you have, but starvation could cause all 3. Are you on a special diet? Chronic blood loss (eg heavy periods) would cause the first 2. Finally, chronic pancreatitis could cause all 3 - do you have abdominal pain? ...Read more

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If i test my glucose and it is 71 is that too low?

If i test my glucose and it is 71 is that too low?

No History: You did not provide us with any medical history. So, in general this is a normal blood sugar level for a healthy young male. ...Read more

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Why is my blood sugar low after eating?

Why is my blood sugar low after eating?

What did you eat?: If your blood sugar is confirmed low within a few hours of a meal, it often suggests that a high sugar or starchy meal was ingested without protein. It is commonly seen in the teenage girl who only eats chips and sugared soda for lunch and in people with Insulin resistance who may have diabetes or prediabetes. Also ifpatients take too much Insulin or don't eat enough protein after taking insulin. ...Read more

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What happens if my sugar level is low?

What happens if my sugar level is low?

Low sugar: The usual symptoms of acute low blood sugar, hypoglycemia, are shakes, sweats, irritability, confusion, resolved quickly by ingestion of a sugar load. ...Read more

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How would I know if my blood pressure is too low?

How would I know if my blood pressure is too low?

Dizzy Miss Lizzy: When our blood pressure drops too low, we feel dizzy and lightheaded. Sometimes our heart may start racing (palpitations). We may notice it more when we change positions: sitting up in bed, or getting up from a chair to stand. Checking your blood pressure will give you the info you need. ...Read more

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When blood pressure is too low what should I do?

When blood pressure is too low what should I do?

Lie down: No BP meds, could take salt.. Plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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Please help! what happens when your blood pressure is too high or too low?

Please help! what happens when your blood pressure is too high or too low?

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

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My blood sugar is high and not sure what to do?

My blood sugar is high and not sure what to do?

Get a Physical: Hi, Thank you for your question. Having high sugar can be due to Diabetes. Get a full work up with all labs. Try lowing foods in your diet that have high glycemic index. Talk to a health educator/nutrionist re: a better diet. Regular exercise is also very important. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read more

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What is a dangerously high blood sugar level? What can be done to lower it?

What is a dangerously high blood sugar level? What can be done to lower it?

Depends: Hi. The higher the blood sugar, the more dangerous, but generally not dangerous until 600 or more, as long as the patient has insulin and isn't vomiting. Treatment is easy unless the patient is decompensated and very sick: insulin and fluids (including electrolytes). ...Read more

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What if my blood pressure is to low?

Merits evaluation.: This merits a careful evaluation, starting with taking your blood pressure sitting and standing. A thorough evaluation includes taking your history, a physical exam, certain blood and urine tests and, in some instances, some special tests. The cause is first determined, then therapy can commence. ...Read more

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What happends if my blood sugar drops too low while i'm pregnant?

What happends if my blood sugar drops too low while i'm pregnant?

You would become: Hypoglycemic but that doesn't make the baby hypoglycemic. ...Read more

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• I am diabetic since 5 years,for the last 5 years my fasting blood glucose in between 125-134 mg/dL and my blood sugar level two hours after eati?

No specific question: The fasting blood sugar results you are providing do indeed point to diabetes. Are you under the care of a physician and being treated for the diabetes? If you are on medication I would advise that you follow up with your physician to discuss your results. Heed the lifestyle advice that your doctor gives you, changing your diet and exercising will greatly affect you long term outcome. ...Read more

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What to do if i know what to do if my blood sugars go too low, but what about if they go too high?

Blood sugars: Do not go too low unless you are on diabetes medication or have end stage cancer, kidney or liver disease, etc. Your body protects you from low glucose. You are probably overweight and Insulin resistant, and feeling a rapid return to normal after a meal. If your sugar is actually too high, then you have diabetes and need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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My blood sugar is too low a few hours after meals, but my doctor says its not hypoglycemia even though I have all the symptoms. What else could it be?

My blood sugar is too low a few hours after meals, but my doctor says its not hypoglycemia even though I have all the symptoms. What else could it be?

Doctor wrong?: 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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How can I tell if my blood sugar is low?

Blood sugar.: A blood sample for measurement of sugar is the only way to find out. If you have symptoms the blood should be taken at that time. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my blood sugar level too low?

How can I tell if my blood sugar level too low?

By measuring it: The only way to measure the level of your blood sugar is by measuing it with a blood glucose monitor. Some of the symptoms of low blood sugar are hunger, feeling shaky, dizziness, weakness, headache, irritability, sweating, poor coordination, numbness of the mouth and tongue, and eventually passing out. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if my blood sugar is to low or normal?

Can you tell me how to know if my blood sugar is to low or normal?

Finger stick: THe finger stick is best as a daily tester. Low glucose will make you sweat, feel faint lightheaded. some feel lethargic ...Read more

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If my blood sugar is low to normal, can I stop using my diabetic medication?

If my blood sugar is low to normal, can I stop using my diabetic medication?

Maybe, maybe not: Early diabetes can be controlled with good diet/exercise and healthy wt loss. If you are only on pills and has been working hard at losing wt, eating healthy, and exercising regularly, there is a good chance you can go off your medicine, at least for some time. Not sure what you are taking, but it is likely keeping your sugar lower. I would suggest follow up with doc to discuss it. Good luck. ...Read more

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What should I do if my blood sugar is 66 and i feel really low with no energy?

What should I do if my blood sugar is 66 and i feel really low with no energy?

Nothing: 66 by finger stick is normal. I have never seen a true 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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If my blood sugar is low what do I eat to get it up and if its high what do I eat to get it down? I eat 6 small balanced meals/ snacks daily.

If my blood sugar is low what do I eat to get it up and if its high what do I eat to get it down? I eat 6 small balanced meals/ snacks daily.

Protein: You need to eat a balance of protein to carbs when you feel like this. The meditaranian diet follows this. 30%fat, 30% protein, 40% carbohydrates will decrease the Insulin demand on the pancrease (pancrelipase) and decrease the hypoglycemic response. ...Read more

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If my blood sugar is low how long would it last? mines been three days of shaking very bad which I do when I'm in pain, or could it be neuropathy

How low is low?: Hypoglycemia (low sugar) can result in shakiness. However, having low blood sugar in a non-diabetic is generally due to lack of eating adequately. I notice you didn't put down diabetes as a condition. Are you not eating properly? I doubt your shakiness is due to any neuropathy. You asked the other day about telling between shaking from muscle weakness in the legs vs. neuropathy as well. ...Read more

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When my blood sugar is in the low 80s I feel like I'm going to pass out.

When my blood sugar is in the low 80s I feel like I'm going to pass out.

Drink orange juice: You are experiencing a symptom of low blood sugar known as hypoglycemia. This occurs when there is a low supply of energy or glucose to the brain. This can be caused by medications, infections, alcohol use, starvation etc. One way to alleviate this symptom is drink juice or eat a piece of candy immediately. ...Read more

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My blood sugar is currently low and nothing seems to be making it rise. What should I do? Why would this be?

Hypoglycemia?: How do you know your sugar is low? Have you actually tested it, or do you simply feel like your sugar is low? Having true hypoglycemia (low sugar) is an extremely rare disorder. Most people who say they are "hypoglycemic" do not actually have low sugars causing their symptoms. They simply feel better after eating and have assumed their sugar was low. Normal sugars go between 70 and 100 fasting ...Read more

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Why do I not feel when my blood sugar is low I fuction at 35 just as I would 90 and is there anything I can do ?

Have less lows: I assume u have diabetes & r on meds. When patients have frequent low sugars, they stop getting warning signs - palpitations, sweating, tremors- &don't have symptoms until their sugar is dangerously low, then get confused and pass out. By letting the sugars run a little high for a while, the hypoglycemic awareness comes back. Also consider a continuous glucose sensor. Make sure ur meter is right. ...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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What occurs if you had a low blood sugar level?

Weak and Shaky: Most of my patients complain of feeling weak & shaky when their blood glucoses get low. Others complain of a cold sweat; especially if it wakes them up in the middle of the night. Some patients have no symptoms of mild hypoglycemia and this is concerning. Be sure to always carry a rapid acting carbohydrate, such as glucose tablets, with you to treat hypoglycemia. ...Read more

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How can I have a constant low blood sugar level?

How can I have a constant low blood sugar level?

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