What Happens When Your Blood Sugar Is Too Low?

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Low Blood Sugar (hypoglycemia)

Low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, can be a dangerous condition. Low blood sugar can happen in people with diabetes who take medicines that increase insulin levels in the body. Taking too much medication, skipping meals, eating less than normal, or exercising more than usual can lead to low blood sugar for these individuals. Blood sugar is also known as glucose. Glucose comes from food and serves as an important energy source for the body. Carbohydrates — foods such as rice, potatoes, bread, tortillas, cereal, fruit, vegetables, and milk — are the body’s main source of glucose. After you eat, glucose is absorbed into your bloodstream, where it travels to your body’s cells. A hormone called insulin, which is made in the pancreas, helps your cells use glucose for energy. If you eat more glucose than you need, your body will store it in your liver and muscles or change it into fat so it can be used for energy when it’s needed later. Without enough glucose, your body cannot perform its normal functions. In the short term, people who aren’t on medications that increase insulin have enough glucose to maintain blood sugar levels, and the liver can make glucose if nee Continue reading >>

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  1. carlo

    What is the real maximum spike of BG 2hrs after eating for normal non-diabetic?

    what is the real normal spike 2hrs after eating for non-diabetic?
    my laboratory fasting blood sugar came out ok 84.6mg/dl..
    yesterday i ate a cup of rice and a teriyaki tofu.. after 90min. BG spike to 163mg/dl using a glucometer.. can anyone tell me if this is normal or im pre-diabetic or im just paranoid..
    im 33 w/ controlled hypertension.
    thank you and god bless!

  2. Nan OH

    Your spike was fairly high but you ate a full cup of white rice. Did you happen to test again later in the day? The point to testing in not a radom thing.
    You test when you get up (Fasting Blood Glucose Level). You record the number then record the carb count and food for your breakfast. Test and record that number.
    Log and record carb numbers for your lunch, test 2 hours after lunch and record that number., etc throughout the day.
    After a week of looking at what you eat and how the foods effect your blood glucose numbers you will see if you continue to run with numbers exceeding 100. You can then do the next week with a much lower carbohydrate meal plan and with less refined and processed foods. What do your number look like then? If your number are still up there and you continue to eat lots of cereal grains (breads, pasta, rice, noodles) and high starch foods (potatoes, beans, corn) then you could be heading for diabetes.
    Three quick rules: (1) lower your carb intake, (2) lower the quantity of food you eat, (3) increase the exercise that you do. The best exercise is nice low impack walking.

  3. 1986

    I've heard that a non diabetic will not go over 140.
    Ive also heard a non diabetic can go as high as 160
    SO... I dont know

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