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In what cases do counterregulatory hormones for low blood sugar level cause chronic fight-or-flight response?

In what cases do counterregulatory hormones for low blood sugar level cause chronic fight-or-flight response?

In no cases.: I am not sure i understand your question. Counterregulatory hormones for low bg come in to play only when bg is low. It is a response and not a cause. It is intermittent and not chronic. ...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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What can be done for low blood sugar levels?

What can be done for low blood sugar levels?

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 more

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What causes low blood sugar levels?

What causes low blood sugar levels?

Low blood sugar: It could be: 1: Your body making too much insulin -most likely 2: Your diet and exercise pattern is not OK - less likely. You need to see your doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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How does your body get low blood sugar levels?

How does your body get low blood sugar levels?

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

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Do abnormally low blood sugar levels mean I have hypoglycemia?

Do abnormally low blood sugar levels mean I have hypoglycemia?

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 more

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Can eating just sweets cause low blood sugar levels after the spike?

Can eating just sweets cause low blood sugar levels after the spike?

No: There is no such thing as post meal hypoglycemia. Your body protects you against such things unless you are on diabetes medication. Don't get your medical information from friend, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Been experiencing symptoms related to both high and low blood sugar levels. Just had a fbgt, fbg 111, 2 hr reading was 50. ?

Been experiencing symptoms related to both high and low blood sugar levels. Just had a fbgt, fbg 111,  2 hr reading was 50. ?

Reactiv hypoglycemia: You may have reactive hypoglycemia. This condition responds to diet modification so dietitian consultation should be considered. If symptoms do not improve see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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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

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Why is low blood sugar levels such health risk in diabetes?

Why is low blood sugar levels such  health risk in diabetes?

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 more

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How is it that low blood sugar levels are a health risk in diabetes?

Need sugar to live: Your brain can only use sugar to function so if the sugar drops too low it can lead to serious affects from symptoms of confusion, sweating, nausea, heart racing and more seriously seizures and passing out and coma if the sugar is very low <40. ...Read more

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I get tired after doing vigorous exercise. Could it because of low blood sugar levels?

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

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What do you do when you have type 2 diabetes and you have low blood sugar levels?

What do you do when you have type 2 diabetes and you have 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 more

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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

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 more

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Can Clarithromycin cause low blood sugar levels? Tiredness, shaking, dizziness, headaches, hunger and cravings after taking it. Should I stop?

Can Clarithromycin cause low blood sugar levels? Tiredness, shaking, dizziness, headaches, hunger and cravings after taking it. Should I stop?

Clarithromycin: can give a metallic taste in the mouth and GI symptoms but not the combination you are describing. Call your doctor and see what they advise you to do. Do not stop antibiotic without first checking with your doctor. ...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