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What If My Blood Sugar Is Too Low
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What can I do if my blood pressure is 103/56 and heart rate is 66 is that too high or too low or average?
Blood pressure: Those values are good......Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
You would become: Hypoglycemic but that doesn't make the baby hypoglycemic. ...Read more
• 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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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