What Is Low Blood Sugar

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Print Overview Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by an abnormally low level of blood sugar (glucose), your body's main energy source. Hypoglycemia is commonly associated with the treatment of diabetes. However, a variety of conditions, many of them rare, can cause low blood sugar in people without diabetes. Like fever, hypoglycemia isn't a disease itself — it's an indicator of a health problem. Immediate treatment of hypoglycemia involves quick steps to get your blood sugar level back into a normal range — about 70 to 110 milligrams per deciliter, or mg/dL (3.9 to 6.1 millimoles per liter, or mmol/L) — either with high-sugar foods or medications. Long-term treatment requires identifying and treating the underlying cause of hypoglycemia. Symptoms Similar to the way a car needs gas to run, your body and brain need a constant supply of sugar (glucose) to function properly. If glucose levels become too low, as occurs with hypoglycemia, it can cause these signs and symptoms: Heart palpitations Fatigue Pale skin Shakiness Anxiety Sweating Hunger Irritability Tingling sensation around the mouth Crying out during sleep As hypoglycemia worsens, signs and symptoms may include: Continue reading >>

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  1. John Crowley

    Free Blood Sugar Log Sheets

    We've been working together with Diabetic Connect member Father Fred to make it simple to download an Excel spreadsheet that is set up for tracking your blood sugar.
    We're excited to offer these free diabetic log sheets to the community to help you better track your blood sugar tests and see trends. I'm familiar with a study of diabetics on insulin that showed that there was a direct correlation between how often a patient tested their blood sugar and lower A1c values. More testing = lower A1c.
    So here are a few different spreadsheets to help you track your blood sugar. Each one is set up a little differently. You're welcome to download them all and see which one works best for you.
    The "official" Diabetic Connect Blood Sugar Log
    Father Fred's Blood Sugar Spreadsheets:

  2. Waxtadpole

    Waxtadpole, thanks for asking. Yes, all of the charts and such are automatic. Here are the instructions for using the sheet:
    1. Enter the date for the first of the month on the appropriate day of the week.
    For example, if the month starts on a Wednesday, enter the mm/dd/yy on Wednesday on the first week of the new worksheet.
    2. Click on the lower right-hand corner of the cell containing the date for the first day of the month, then drag down to Saturday of the first week.
    The dates for the remainder of the month will automatically fill in.
    3. Record your blood sugar readings and the time you tested your blood sugar by clicking in the appropriate cell for the reading, typing in the number, and then hitting return/enter on your keyboard. Use the colored columns to enter your blood sugar readings. Remember to enter the date and time of your test as well.
    4. Use the averages and charts to analyze your blood sugar control.
    Below the section where you enter your blood sugar readings, you'll find the analysis section. Pay attention to your averages from different times of the day to see where you need to make changes.

  3. haoleboy

    perhaps this will help: http://goo.gl/aPBSK

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