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What To Do For Low Blood Sugar Levels
In what cases do counterregulatory hormones for low blood sugar level cause chronic fight-or-flight response?
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
Cause?: Many causes of hypoglycemia. First thing is to confirm low blood sugars in a lab. If truly low, what is the reason for low blood sugars? Is this reactive hypoglycemia? Fasting hypoglycemia? Adult onset metabolic disorder? Treatment is contingent upon a diagnosis. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lots of reasons: This is a complicated question because there are so many different scenarios: from having Insulin resistance, to being on diabetes medications, to having poor glucose stores in the body, to having an insulin-producing tumor, to having other medical conditions, causing malabsorption. The list goes on. ...Read more
Yes.: Hypoglycemia is abnormally low blood sugar levels. Though laboratories have different cut-offs, usually a blood sugar less than 70 mg/dl is considered low. Normally, the body regulates blood sugar to prevent extremely high or low blood sugar. There are some serious and some not so serious causes for hypoglycemia, and a thorough evaluation with appropriate testing is in order. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Been experiencing symptoms related to both high and low blood sugar levels. Just had a fbgt, fbg 111, 2 hr reading was 50. ?
Whats considered low blood sugar levels? Whats the range to try to stay in? Whats the range of a sugar spike? I heard sugar levels cause wieght gain.
Blood sugar: It is tough to know how to answer. If you do not have diabetes diagnosed you don't need to worry about. If you are not sure please ask your doctor to measure your blood sugar. If it is elevated the doctor will hep you through control of diabetes. Sugar levels don't cause weight gain but to much food in the diet may cause high blood sugar and will certainly cause weight gain. See your doctor. ...Read more
High risk of injury: The main risk s of low blood sugars are injuries and brain damage.. Most of the body can switch to alternate energy sources if there is too little glucose in the blood. Brain cells, however, can only utilize glucose. Prolonged severe low sugars can cause seizures and permanent brain damage directly. Lows can also make the brain unable to help you prevent injuries (falls, car crashes). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, possibly.: Several possibilities. Low blood sugar could be one. Over training, unrecognized cardiac or pulmonary conditions could also be reasons. If you are new to exercise, this may be a transient effect to poor conditioning plus a too vigorous exercise plan. Consider paleolithic style eating. Many in the cross fit community find this very helpful for training. If this continues, consult a doctor. ...Read more
I have had low blood sugar 70 years and it has gotten worse. What are the risks of low blood sugar levels?
Eat something: If you have a hypoglycemic episode, the following is reasonable: 1.) check your blood sugar (to document the low blood sugar) 2.) take 1/2 cup of orange juice. Alternatives are glucose tabs, glucagon injections, hard candy, etc. Just try not to over-do it. 3.) eat a meal. If this is recurrent, please discuss with your doctor as your medications/insulin likely needs to be adjusted. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My daughter is 11 and if she doesnt eat in the morning has low blood sugar levels in the 50's. When she eats it usually goes up to 110. She has fainted a few times if she skips breakfast and becomes very sleepy and goes to sleep. She has had blood work
Diet suggestion: Reactive hypoglycemia can be seen at this age. Important to offer complex carbohydrates/protein in small volumes six times a day. If overweight or strong family history diabetes consult her MD for lipoprotein subclass testing for insulin resistance syndrome. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/snacks-reactive-hypoglycemia-1503.html ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can Clarithromycin cause low blood sugar levels? Tiredness, shaking, dizziness, headaches, hunger and cravings after taking it. Should I stop?
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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