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Diabetes-related High And Low Blood Sugar Levels - Topic Overview

When you have diabetes, you may have high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) or low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) from time to time. A cold, the flu, or other sudden illness can cause high blood sugar levels. You will learn to recognize the symptoms and distinguish between high and low blood sugar levels. Insulin and some types of diabetes medicines can cause low blood sugar levels. Learn how to recognize and manage high and low blood sugar levels to help you avoid levels that can lead to medical emergencies, such as diabetic ketoacidosis or dehydration from high blood sugar levels or loss of consciousness from severe low blood sugar levels. Most high or low blood sugar problems can be managed at home by following your doctor's instructions. You can help avoid blood sugar problems by following your doctor's instructions on the use of insulin or diabetes medicines, diet, and exercise. Home blood sugar testing will help you determine whether your blood sugar is within your target range. If you have had very low blood sugar, you may be tempted to let your sugar level run high so that you do not have another low blood sugar problem. But it is most important that you keep your blood Continue reading >>

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  1. TravelBug

    Arghhhhhhhhh .... I have to do the 3-hour glucose test now.
    The 1-hour wasn't too bad but my number was high.
    Anybody who had to do it? Were you OK with the 3-hour test result? Any special diet before taking the 3-hour test? I don't think I have time to change my diet, my OB wants the test done asap.
    I thought I was being careful watching my sugar intake. Perhaps I should have paid more attention to my carbs ...

  2. tabbyco

    Two of my girlfriends failed their one-hour, both passed their 3-hour. We were just talking about this last night at our dinner group. My GF just failed last week and she ate a bowl of Life Cereal and a glass of orange juice before her test and her OB thinks that it threw it off and have told her to only eat toast or crackers and water a few hours before her next test...(Thursday). I'll let you know how it goes, she will probably be 3 for 3.

  3. beautifulday32

    I failed the one-hour and passed the three-hour. My OB-Gyn told me to fast before the test.

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