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Hypoglycemia Signs And Symptoms

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Hypoglycemia

The Facts Hypoglycemia occurs when the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too low. Normally, your body keeps your blood glucose within a concentration range of 4.0 mmol/L to 8.0 mmol/L (about 70 mg/dL to 140 mg/dL). In order to do this, the body has mechanisms that involve the hormone insulin, which is made by the pancreas, as well as several other hormones. When blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas responds by releasing insulin to encourage the movement of glucose from the bloodstream to the cells. Insulin lowers the amount of glucose in your blood by signalling the cells in the body to use the glucose as fuel. Your body uses glucose as its main fuel. The brain requires a constant supply of blood glucose and will signal the adrenal glands to release two hormones called adrenaline and cortisol whenever blood glucose levels are low. The adrenaline and cortisol then signal the liver to convert the carbohydrates it stores (from the foods we eat) into glucose and release it into the bloodstream. The pancreas is also involved in raising blood glucose levels if they fall too low. When blood sugar is low, the pancreas releases the hormone glucagon, which increases blood sugar by si Continue reading >>

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  1. j

    1 Hr. Glucose Test 174!

    Hey Ladies! I had my 1 hr Glucose Test this morning and made a 174. I know that is super high! I have my 3 hr Glucose Test on Friday and am so worried sick that I will fail. Has anyone passed the 3 hr with that high of a number or higher?

  2. wmcollins

    Yikes. Good luck! I passed mine with a 97. I do know the pass/fail numbers with the 3 hour are different, so maybe you'll pass it. Maybe it just takes your body slightly longer to process and after 3 hours you'll be just fine!

  3. msteph00

    I had 171 this time around :-(. Not sure if I passed my three hour yet- get to find out tomorrow. With my oldest daughter I had 191 for my one hour and was able to keep things under control with diet alone, so I'm hoping this time around it may be just as easy. Good luck- and hope you have a good three hour result.

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