Why Is There Too Little Sugar In The Blood Of Too Much Insulin Is Taken?

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How Does Eating Affect Your Blood Sugar?

Part 1 of 8 What is blood sugar? Blood sugar, also known as blood glucose, comes from the food you eat. Your body creates blood sugar by digesting some food into a sugar that circulates in your bloodstream. Blood sugar is used for energy. The sugar that isn’t needed to fuel your body right away gets stored in cells for later use. Too much sugar in your blood can be harmful. Type 2 diabetes is a disease that is characterized by having higher levels of blood sugar than what is considered within normal limits. Unmanaged diabetes can lead to problems with your heart, kidneys, eyes, and blood vessels. The more you know about how eating affects blood sugar, the better you can protect yourself against diabetes. If you already have diabetes, it’s important to know how eating affects blood sugar. Part 2 of 8 Your body breaks down everything you eat and absorbs the food in its different parts. These parts include: carbohydrates proteins fats vitamins and other nutrients The carbohydrates you consume turn into blood sugar. The more carbohydrates you eat, the higher the levels of sugar you will have released as you digest and absorb your food. Carbohydrates in liquid form consumed by thems Continue reading >>

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  1. SPHTN

    Can Metformin take your blood sugar levels too low if you take too much??

    I just started treating the diabetes I was diagnosed with 10 years ago.
    For the past 3 weeks I have been taking 1000MG of Metformin per day.
    The first two weeks my sugars were in the 220-320 range... and I was eating perfect... very few carbs... but my sugar was still high... so I took it upon myself (after reading on the inet) to double my Metformin to 2000MG per day )5 days ago). The first 4 days my sugars were in the 160-190 range with no readings over 192... (still eating right)
    Last night I had a reading of 138... my lowest that I have seen ever in my life.
    Tonight I had a reading of 106. (30 mins ago)
    It makes me nervous because I didn't take my evening dosage. Only my morning dosage. I ate dinner at 6ish.. (93% lean angus hamburger patty (about 8-10 oz) w/ mushrooms and swiss cheese and broccoli.) Then I fell asleep around 7:15 until 9:30... and woke up and took my blood sugar reading... and it was 106... I only took 1 pill instead of two (500 mg) but worry that overnight it could take my levels too low...
    I guess my question is... can taking too much Metformin cause my sugar to drop too low??
    Sorry for the rambling...

  2. CalgaryDiabetic

    Not likely. at 2000 mg/day may be the minimum you need.

  3. epatsellis

    After being diagnosed with T2 in November (with a BG of over 500!), my doctor prescribed 1000mg/day. After talking to the NP at school (ret'd to school after 30 years off..), she took over my care.
    Now several months later I've gone from uncontrolled BG swings between 150 to 400 to a solid 90-140 range. My dosage went from 1000mg/day to 1000mg in the morning, one 500 mg before lunch and dinner and one at bed. Hopefully, as my weight decreases (I'm about 50lbs overweight), the dosage will go down.
    Some people's insulin resistance is higher than others, it seems that the "standard" starting dose is around 1000mg/day, but few people I know find that effective, working with your doctor and some serious diet changes can get your BG in control, I promise you.

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