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What Causes Low Blood Sugar Without Diabetes?

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No matter what we're doing, even during sleep, our brains depend on glucose to function. Glucose is a sugar that comes from food, and it's also formed and stored inside the body. It's the main source of energy for the body's cells and is carried to them through the bloodstream. When blood glucose levels (also called blood sugar levels) drop too low, it's called hypoglycemia. Very low blood sugar levels can cause severe symptoms that need immediate medical treatment. Blood sugar levels in someone with diabetes are considered low when they fall below the target range. A blood sugar level slightly lower than the target range might not cause symptoms, but repeated low levels could require a change in the treatment plan to help avoid problems. The diabetes health care team will find a child's target blood sugar levels based on things like the child's age, ability to recognize hypoglycemia symptoms, and the goals of the diabetes treatment plan. Causes of Low Blood Sugar Levels Low blood sugar levels are fairly common in people with diabetes. A major goal of diabetes care is to keep blood sugar levels from getting or staying too high to prevent both short- and long-term health problems. T Continue reading >>

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  1. Julia H

    I'm 21, and have lupus and have been treated with prednisone for the past year in varying dosages from 5 to 40mg. Well, my doctor called and said my blood sugar was high last time they tested it. It was 119. I've had other readings that have been 128, 109 etc. This has been about 6 hours after a light meal. She wants me to come in to do an H1ac. I'm doing that on wednesday. I'm worried about having to take more medicine. If my blood sugar is still in the 100s after 6 hours what would it be like right after a meal? My blood sugar used to be around 70-80 on a consistant basis with a really good 4. something H1ac before the prednisone.
    Thanks,
    Julia
    Lupus, Raynaud's, Chronic Urticaria, Thrombocytopenia 2003, Small Fiber Neuropathy 2005
    Meds:
    Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Folic Acid, Prednisone, Cymbalta, Nifedical, Celebrex, Baby Aspirin, Humira

  2. Cristina

    I've read somewhere that Prednisone may induce diabetes. I was prescribed this drug while pregnant (I didn't know about the risks of Prednisone at the time) and my son was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 2, while there is no history of diabetes in our family. The doctor who prescribed Prednisone for me said that they were "not aware" of any side-effects. My health issue was however resolved with vit B12, not Prednisone.

  3. Pin Cushion

    Prednisone will raise your blood sugar levels. It sends mine through the roof and only a last ditch effort when my Crohns flares.
    Sigmoid Colostomy / Crohns / Type 1 Diabetic / Ostioarthritus / Fibromyalgia / Asthma / High Blood Pressure / High Colesterol / Migraines. Ain't life a joy?
    * I think it may be time for a colorful metaphor*

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