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What Does Your Body Do When Your Blood Sugar Rises?

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What Makes Glucose Levels Rise And Fall?

When you have diabetes it is important to understand what might make your blood glucose level rise or fall so that you can take steps to stay on target. ••••• When you eat any type of carbohydrate (starches, fruits, milk, sugars etc.), your body breaks it down into simple sugars. These get absorbed into the blood stream and insulin helps remove them from the blood into the cells to be used for energy. Without diabetes, our body usually makes just the right amount of insulin to match the food eaten, when diabetes is present, tablets or insulin injections are required to help this process. Things that can make your blood glucose rise A meal or snack with a bigger portion of carbohydrates than usual Less activity than usual Side effects of some medications Infection, surgery or other illness Changes in hormone levels, such as during menstrual periods, or adolescence Stress Things that can make your blood glucose fall A meal or snack with a smaller portion of carbohydrates than usual Taking too much insulin or a dose increase of your diabetes tablets Extra physical activity Side effects of some medications Missing a meal or a snack Drinking alcohol Continue reading >>

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  1. user21703

    If a person without diabetes or any diabetes-related issues receives an injection of insulin, what happens? Would the blood glucose level drop or does the body naturally compensate for the added insulin? What biological process occurs?

  2. Ebbinghaus

    Blood sugar drops (Hypoglycaemia)
    There are several other uses of insulin (other than diabetic treatment)
    Some of those could be:
    Diagnostics
    Psychology (Narcoanalysis)
    Parenteral nutrition
    Cardiology (Glucose–insulin–potassium solution (GIP or GIK solution) is given after a myocardial infarction)
    Malignancy (Insulin potentiation therapy (IPT))
    Psychiatry (Deep insulin coma therapy (DICT))
    Sources:
    Niazi, Asfandyar Khan, and Shaharyar Khan Niazi. "A Grand Dame with Hidden Aces: The Non-diabetic Uses of Insulin." Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd. Web. 06 Feb. 2016.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3354952/.
    "Hypoglycemia." Hypoglycemia. Web. 06 Feb. 2016. http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/Diabetes/hypoglycemia/Pages/index.aspx.

  3. Hamlet

    It is possible to overdose and die of an insulin injection. Obviously, if enough is injected fast enough, the body can't recompense appropriately and and the person would die of hypoglycaemia. Below around 20mg/dL of blood sugar levels in the blood you are likely to suffer brain damage and eventually death.

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