How Low Is Too Low For Your Blood Sugar?

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What To Do If Your Blood Sugar Is Too Low

You'll need to test your blood sugar if you think you have hypoglycemia.(ARTIGA PHOTO/CORBIS)Although type 2 diabetes is characterized by blood sugar that is too high, some people take insulin and others medications (such as sulfonylureas) that can occasionally drive blood sugar too low. When blood sugar is too lowgenerally less than 70 mg/dLit's called hypoglycemia, and it can become a medical emergency. (The normal range for fasting blood sugar is 70 to 99 mg/dL, though it varies somewhat with age, and is lower during pregnancy and in children.) You can lose consciousness Hypoglycemia is more likely to occur when you start taking a new medication (it can take practice to match your food intake to your insulin dose, for example) or if you exercise more than usual. As blood sugar drops to low levels, you may feel: Shaky Irritable Sweaty This can occur within 10 to 15 minutes, and in extreme cases you can even lose consciousness and experience seizures if you don't consume some glucose (though hypoglycemia is usually mild in people with type 2 diabetes, and readily fixed by drinking juice or eating other sugar-containing items, such as glucose tablets or four to six pieces of hard c Continue reading >>

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  1. kaya659

    I am a fairly newly diagnosed Type 2( Nov 2012).Since then I've been trying to get my BG under control.My problem is that my BG readings go up for no apparent reason,i.e. not eaten!I can't even get my fasting figures under 6.I certainly can't eat any type of bread,rice,pasta or potato without them going up to 10 or more no matter how little I eat.I've been testing before & after every meal for a month to try & work out why this is happening but can't seem to find the triggers, there just doesn't seem to be any pattern. I work nights & thought that was probably my problem but funny enough my BG figures seem to be better during the nights I work.Has anyone any ideas as to why this is happening & what I can do about it, I just don't know what to try next.

  2. Hightower25

    Hey buddy, it could be that your more active at work than you are at home if you exercise, your blood sugar should start to come down slowly so maybe after a meal go for a walk or jog
    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App

  3. Daibell

    Hi. There could be many reasons for this. One thing is that as you work nights your body timings may be a bit confused and as the liver usually dumps glucose during the night this might be part of the problem although there are no doubt other reasons. Note that your body trickles glucose all the time and hence insulin is normally present to manage this i.e. background insulin. If the pancreas is not delivering then blood sugar will rise without any food. I'm guessing of course. Can I ask how old you are and if overweight or not?

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