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How Heat And Humidity May Affect Blood Sugar

Hot weather does not directly alter blood glucose levels. However, sweltering temperatures affect our metabolism and the release of hormones. Heat and humidity influence how much and how fast we move, how much we perspire, blood circulation, the foods we want to eat, and the activities we choose to enjoy. Any of these factors, or a combination, might contribute to the experience of dehydration and blood sugar fluctuations. Six Steamy-Weather Influences We know when it is sizzling outside that we will sweat, and as the air wicks moisture from our skin the body cools. This cooling system works wonderfully as long as our body remains hydrated. If our body is low on fluids, the kidneys receive less blood flow and work less effectively. This might cause blood glucose concentrations to rise. If someone’s blood sugar is already running high in the heat, not only will they lose water through sweat but they might urinate more frequently too, depleting their body’s fluids even more. When the weather is tropical - hot and humid - the sweat on our skin cannot readily evaporate into the already soggy air. Our innate cooling system is less effective and the risk of heat exhaustion increases. Continue reading >>

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  1. sdhwah

    water prior to fasting test?

    Ive been working on a diet thing where you are supposed to drink 32 oz of water 1st thing in the morning. Now I realize Ive got to get a fasting blood draw this week. Can I still drink my water before blood draw or not?

  2. Wasabi

    I would test first.
    When my blood sugar is high, I drink water to bring it down. So you might get an artificially low reading if you drink that much water first.

  3. Mands

    I agree with Wasabi. They do say it's ok to have a drink of water before a fasting test, but 32oz could lower the reading. I also use water to bring down a high, in conjunction with exercise, and it often works. Let them draw the blood first, and drink the water afterwards.

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How Blood Sugar Levels Affect Your Brain And What To Do About It

How blood sugar levels affect your brain and what to do about it When Diane Abbott came under fire over her poor performance in recent interviews , few people outside of her immediate circlewould have suspected that diabetes was a contributing factor. The 63-year-old Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago. Speaking to the Guardian, she said:"During the election campaign, everything went crazy - and the diabetes was out of control, the blood sugar was out of control." She said her brother had raised concerns after seeing her struggling: "He said 'that is not Diane', because ever since I've been a child I've had a great memory for figures, and he said he knew it was my blood sugar and gave me a lecture about eating and having glucose tablets." Diane Abbott experienced problems as a result of type 2 diabetesCredit:EPA/ANDY RAIN She added: "It is a condition you can manage. I am doing that now and I feel ready to get back to work." In diabetes, the body is not able to to produce or respond to the hormone insulin, which resultsin abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and higher levels of glucose in the blood. Some people with type 2 d Continue reading >>

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  1. Big Empty

    Does alcohol lower your blood sugar?

    It seems to for me when I have a few mix drinks (diet/crown) it seems like. Does it have this same effect on any of you?

  2. furball64801

    Think this is asked a lot, its really a false lowering of numbers. If they could put this in pill form everyone would be happy but the companies that sell wine.

  3. Jennifer72

    The way I see it, in the long run, it raises your blood sugar significantly due to fatty liver. Fatty liver increases insulin resistance. See Professor Tim Noakes videos regarding this subject on youtube. Youtube search terms: "fatty liver diabetes" "alcohol fatty liver" "fructose fatty liver".

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Blood Sugar

Blood sugar measure the concentration of glucose (sugar) in your blood stream at a given time. There is a normal amount of glucose that's typically found in the blood of mammals (including humans); any levels that are above or below the normal range may indicate a health concern, and probably deserve futher investigation. Normal Range of Blood Sugar Levels A normal range for human glucose levels will vary depending on the person, as well as on things like diet and time of day. Someone who recently consumed carbohydrates will have a higher glucose level, since carbohydrates are how glucose gets into the body. Once it enters the body, a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, releases itself into the blood stream to regulate the glucose amouont and keep it within the health range. For some people, however, insulin doesn’t release like it should and this can result in more glucose than may be healthy remaining in the blood stream. A normal glucose level will fall anywhere between 70 and 150 mg. Anyone whose level is consistently above 150 mg should likely be considered as having high blood sugar, which in turn could be both a sign of and a risk factor for diabetes Continue reading >>

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  1. sarahgmac

    Hello again Ladies,
    I just got the call from the RE's office and all of my bloodwork came back good except they said my A1C is slightly elevated at 6. She told me that 5.9 is still in normal ranges.
    Is that bad? I have an appt monday with my RE, but I was thinking on 2500mg daily of glucophage ER maybe that is too high.
    Please let me know what you think
    Thanks!!!

  2. KMCarlson

    I really think it's fine. Different labs, doctor's offices, and hospitals have different lab values. All the doctors I have ever talked to have said as long as it's 6 or below, you're good.

  3. Julieben

    Anything below 6 is normal. Anything below 7 is super control for a diabetic and some normal folks. 5.9 is way way normal. I have a 15.1, yes, you read that right, and though I was recently very sick, I am doing well and bringing it down. So you'd have a ways to go before you were in any trouble even if you were above 6!! Here is the website/article that the american diabetes association references: http://clinical.diabetesjournals.org...nt/full/24/1/9
    :-)

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