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What is a good emergency carbohydrate snack for when your blood sugar is low?

What is a good emergency carbohydrate snack for when your blood sugar is low?

15g simple carbs: Assuming you mean for a diabetic that can eat, 15 grams of simple carbs (things that taste sweet, made of real sugar) such as glucose tablets, juice, quick dissolving candy. Complex carbs that require digestion (bread, pasta) will take longer to raise blood sugar. Avoid snacks with fat, bc the fat will slow absorption too. ...Read more

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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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Just what can I do to keep blood sugar low enough to safe levels?

Just what can I do to keep blood sugar low enough to safe levels?

No secret formula: Eat a healthy well balanced diet including a variety of fruits and vegetables, while limiting sweets, and avoiding empty calories (soda, candy, high fructose corn syrup). Get regular moderate aerobic exercise at least 150 min per week; with two days/week of resistance exercises. Get adequate high quality sleep (average adult needs 7-9hrs/nght) Relax! Find healthy outlets to stress. ...Read more

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What is insulin for if you can keep your blood sugar low by exercising and diet?

What is insulin for if you can keep your blood sugar low by exercising and diet?

Not enough: Often when someone is put on Insulin it is because there blood sugars are not able to be controlled with diet and exercise. While losing weight and regular exercise and diet can decrease and even take care of the need for insulin, it is easier said than done unfortunately. ...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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Can someone be more capable of keeping their blood sugar low after being diabetic type II for a while?

Can someone be more capable of keeping their blood sugar low after being diabetic type II for a while?

Yes: The more knowledgeable one becomes about all the factors that affect the blood sugar, the more successful they are likely to be in keeping the blood sugar in the target range. ...Read more

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Humalog (insulin lispro) A1c control with stable blood sugar low 5's, what does this mean?

Humalog (insulin lispro) A1c control with stable blood sugar low 5's, what does this mean?

Really hard: Hi. It's really hard to decipher what you're saying/asking. Is your A1c in the low 5s? Are you on Humalog (insulin lispro)? Humalog (insulin lispro) is essentially NEVER used as mono-therapy to treat diabetes. A1c in the low 5s would suggest your averaging a BG right around 100, and you would be at VERY high risk of hypoglycemia. You say stable blood sugar - good. But I'm doing a lot of guessing. Be safe, and good luck! ...Read more

Carbs (Definition)

Carbs is an abbreviation for carbohydrates. The human body breaks down carbohydrates into basic sugars such ...Read more