Low Blood Sugar Symptoms And Ranges
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) definition and facts Hypoglycemia is the medical term for low blood sugar. It typically occurs as a side effect of medications for diabetes. The normal range of blood glucose is from 70 to 100 mg/dL in an individual without diabetes, Most people will feel the effects and symptoms of low blood sugar when blood glucose levels are lower than 50 mg/dL. Low blood sugar is treated by giving a readily absorbed source of sugar, including soft drinks, juice, or foods containing sugar. If the hypoglycemia has progressed to the point at which the patient cannot take anything by mouth, an injection of glucagon may be given. Glucagon is a hormone that causes a fast release of glucose from the liver. Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is syndrome that results from low blood sugar. The severity and symptoms of hypoglycemia can vary from person to person. Blood tests can diagnose low blood sugar, and symptoms resolve when the levels of sugar in the blood return to the normal range. The medical term for blood sugar is blood glucose. What can cause low blood sugar? Despite advances in the treatment of diabetes, low blood sugar episodes occur as a side effect of many treatments for diabetes. In fact, these episodes are often the limiting factor in achieving optimal blood sugar control, because many medications that are effective in treating diabetes carry the risk of lowering the blood sugar level too much, causing symptoms. In large scale studies looking at tight control in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, low blood sugars occurred more often in the patients who were managed most intensively. This is important for patients and physicians to recognize, especially as the goal for treating patients with diabetes becomes tighter control of blood sugar. While peopl Continue reading >>
Yawn - The Diabetic Cyclist
We all know about the usual low blood sugar signs, dizziness, shaking, sudden mood changes, the list goes on and on. Many of us however suffer from our own unique low blood sugar symptoms. Most of the time these signs are very clear. For example I was just ready to have a melt down because Leanne left an empty water bottle next to the garbage can. My low blood sugar had me very angry because that water bottle wasn't placed in the recycling bin that is maybe fifteen feet away. As I crumpled the bottle while putting it away I realized that I was way to angry and quickly headed over to test my blood sugar, apple juice in hand. I was 64 when I tested incase anyone was wondering. Yes the rage low is not the best but I suffer from an even worse low blood sugar symptom. I often yawn when my blood sugar is low, a low being between 60-80. The yawn low has shown up at the worse possible moments, from the last seconds of a very close game that I was coaching to sitting down with the boss to discuss a problem on the golf course. It is a very clear sign of a low blood sugar, I shouldn't be yawning at 2pm while trying to learn something that truly interests me at work. The people that I see everyday know about the yawning low but it is the people I don't know that take the yawn to mean something else. In fact I have had parents ask athletes why their coach was yawning as the team came out of a timeout in a game that we were trailing in the final seconds. Explaining that was fun and of course the parent felt bad which made it a very awkward situation. Of course it would be great if each and every diabetic had the same symptom for every low but where would the fun be in that. The yawn pops up at bad times but it is amusing when it appears around good friends. This sounds weird but I l Continue reading >>
Yawning, Carbs And Low-blood-sugar: Any Connection?
I regret a series of bad decisions today. I ended up at TGI Fridays, and got an 8oz steak (butter topped), and 2 servings of sweet potato fries. Before you yell at me for the sides, let me explain that I have multiple areas of my small intestine that are extremely narrowed (from past crohn's scarring). Though I've been in remission for 20 years, and feeling great, I can't eat anything that doesn't fully dissolve into liquid before it reaches that point. That' means no nuts, salad, fiberous fruits or veggies. If at home, I can pressure cook carrots, cauliflower, butternut squash to a mush. When I'm out, it's usually not mushy enough for me to eat safely. If I screw up (and I have 4 times in the last 20 years), I end up in the emergency room with a partial small bowel obstruction. They put an NG tube down my nose, into my stomach and decompress the gut: a very unpleasant 2 day hospital stay. Anyway, I didn't feel comfortable with with any of the side orders, so I went with the double fries. Not surprisingly, I became tired after lunch, which was really bad because I had a 2 hour drive in the afternoon. Despite me having 5 squares of 85% dark choc, I was yawning and very tired. I finally resorted to a sugar free Monster Energy drink. All in all, an embarrassing sequence of events which left me feeling like a complete failure. Now for my question: What's up with the yawning? I always thought that yawning was when your body wanted to send more oxygen to your brain? That didn't seem applicable to this situation. I do know that if you eat a bunch of carbs, your body produces insulin, and sometimes too much, which will cause a blood sugar drop. Shouldn't my dark chocolate have counteracted that? Normal Blood Sugar Range Your Search For Normal Blood Sugar Range Ends Here. Find A Continue reading >>
Yawning Alot ??
i suffer from depression/Anxiety and every now and again i have yawning episodes,can last 10 minutes.why does this happen ? by Capricious71 Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:39 pm i suffer from depression/Anxiety and every now and again i have yawning episodes,can last 10 minutes.why does this happen ? Sounds like classic hypoglycemia symptoms. Look up Jurplesman's posts. I start to yawn, get depressed, have little energy, feel anxious and want people to leave me alone. If it is, you'll have to avoid alcohol, caffeine and anything with sugar in it. It might be something else but it could well be low blood sugar. i suffer from depression/Anxiety and every now and again i have yawning episodes,can last 10 minutes.why does this happen ? Sounds like classic hypoglycemia symptoms. Look up Jurplesman's posts. I start to yawn, get depressed, have little energy, feel anxious and want people to leave me alone. If it is, you'll have to avoid alcohol, caffeine and anything with sugar in it. It might be something else but it could well be low blood sugar. I too get lethargic.no motivation.anxious,depressed,want to be on my own If i have got low blood sugar then why give up stuff with sugar in ? Trying to eat heathily,no white foods.only brown(pasta ,rice ,bread etc) I always thought yawning meant that you wern't getting enough air down your lungs and therefore oxygene to your brain. maybe your anxiety is causing you not to breath right. next time you yawn try taking in lots of deep breaths ( at least 10 ) in through the nose and hold for a few seconds and push breath out through the mouth. As you breath in, push your belly out, as you breath out, pull your belly in. This sort of breathing will help with the anxiety as well.... It works for me anyhow. Of course theres always a much simpler reason Continue reading >>
What Causes Diabetes Fatigue?
Fatigue is one of the most common disabling diabetes symptoms. Diabetes fatigue can disrupt and interfere with all aspects of daily living. What causes diabetes fatigue, and why is it so common? We’ve written about fatigue before and received tons of great comments on those posts. But this time let’s go deeper and find the whole range of causes and solutions, even if it takes a few weeks. Hopefully, everyone will find something that might help them, because this is a serious problem. For example, Melanie wrote, “[Fatigue] really takes a toll on my family and things we can do. I just want to have the energy to play with my son and to do things around the house or with friends…I can’t drive more than 30 minutes because my husband is afraid I will fall asleep…and wreck [the car]. (I have dozed while driving before.)” Maria commented, “Fatigue is a constant and I have had to learn to do only what I can. I don’t push myself anymore as I pay for it dearly. I get tired of explaining why I don’t feel good, don’t want to do anything. Some understand and some don’t.” And Jan wrote, “I sleep from midnight to noon each day. Then I get depressed because I wasted half a day.” Because of my multiple sclerosis (MS), I live with fatigue sometimes, and I know how limiting it is. I know how difficult it can be to manage. There are more than 15 known causes for fatigue. It helps to figure out what is causing yours, so you can address it. Here are some possibilities. First, diabetes can directly cause fatigue with high or low blood sugar levels. • High blood glucose makes your blood “sludgy,” slowing circulation so cells can’t get the oxygen and nutrients they need. Margaret commented, “I can tell if my sugars are high in the morning, because ‘grogg Continue reading >>
Low Blood Sugar: Causes, Warning Signs And Treatments
Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, is the most common and most dangerous condition for many people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Very low blood sugar may lead to insulin shock, which can be life threatening if not treated promptly. Low blood sugar occurs when the body has too little food/glucose or too much insulin. The following are all potential reasons that a person with diabetes might have low blood sugar: Too much insulin taken Eating less than usual Eating later than usual Insulin was injected at a site on the body where the absorption rate is faster than usual Injecting extra insulin after forgetting about a previous dose More exercise than normal Illness or injury Other hormones Medication interaction The following is a list of general symptoms that indicate low blood sugar (the person with T1D may exhibit one or more of these and symptoms may change from event to event) Dizziness Nervousness Personality change/irrational behavior Blurry vision Shakiness Nausea Crying Sluggishness Sweating Poor coordination Hunger Lightheadedness Irritability Drowsiness Erratic response to questions Inability to concentrate Severe symptoms (symptoms as listed above, plus): Convulsions or seizure Loss of consciousness A blood-glucose meter reading below the target range specified by the physician indicates low blood sugar. The following are general treatments for low blood sugar. The physician and parents (for a child) should determine what course to follow. Please note that people with T1D have symptoms of low blood sugar at various readings. Some people with T1D feel perfectly fine at readings below 70. Others begin to show low blood-sugar symptoms at readings somewhat above 70. If blood-sugar levels are slightly low and the person is alert and lucid, he or she should: Not exercis Continue reading >>
Blood Sugar Spikes: Causes, Symptoms, And Prevention
Diabetes is a disease that causes a person's blood sugar to become too high. This can lead to various complications. A person with diabetes must be careful to keep their blood sugar levels under control. Glucose comes from the food we eat. It is the main source of energy for the body. The pancreas secretes substances, including the hormone insulin, and enzymes. Enzymes break down food. Insulin makes it possible for body cells to absorb the glucose we consume. With diabetes, either the pancreas is unable to produce insulin to help the glucose get into the body cells, or the body becomes resistant to the insulin. The glucose stays in the blood instead. This is what raises blood sugar levels. High blood sugar is known as hyperglycemia. Contents of this article: Causes of blood sugar spikes People with diabetes have to be especially careful about keeping their blood sugar levels under control. There are several reasons why blood glucose levels may spike. These are: Sleep: A lack of sleep can be especially bad for people with diabetes, because it can also raise blood sugar levels. One study performed on Japanese men found that getting under 6.5 hours of sleep each night increases a person's risk for high blood glucose levels. Prioritizing healthy sleep and promoting sleep hygiene are good habits for everyone, but especially for people with diabetes. Stress: When under a lot of stress, the body produces hormones that make it difficult for insulin to do its job, so more glucose stays in the bloodstream. Finding a way to keep stress levels down, such as yoga or meditation, is essential for people with diabetes. Exercise: Having a sedentary lifestyle can cause blood sugar levels to go up. In addition, exercise that is too difficult can cause stress and blood glucose levels to ri Continue reading >>
Excessive Yawning - Adrenal Insufficiency Support Group
As I stated in my previous posts, i weaned off HC at the end of April. Over-stretched myself with low-carb diet, delayed meals and mild exercise in July and Aug and found myself suffering many severe adrenal insufficiency symptoms in Sep. Almost got back on HC. Was planning to get an ACTH test but my endo was on vacation. called a long list of endos in north NJ, none of them can see me as a new patient until Oct / Nov. In hindsight, the very early sign was excessive yawning, which happened when I was on the bus to and from NYC. This happened before the adrenal completely crashed. Since I wasn't able to see a doctor immediately, I resorted to self-treating which i have been doing for a long time after seeing doctors fail to handle my conditions. After taking massive doses of Vitamin C, hypoglycemia was temporarily relieved. The excessive yawning returned. I did a lot of googling tonight. One explanation of excessive yawning is low blood sugar. I want to ask the people here whether you have the same symptom. I am trying to distinguishing between adrenal symptoms and thyorid symptoms. I am hypothyroid. Good morning, I'm new to this, so advice I can not give you. I did how-ever go through these yawning phases. I remember one night in bed, I was so extremely fatigue, and could not go to sleep, because od constant yawning. This has happened a few times more before I started the HC, but a few afterwards also. So far, my thyroid is within normal range. I'm secondary, so as of right now, we don't know what the secondary is. When i did my stim test, my thyroid was still normal. I go next month for more testing. I'm curious to find out the secondary part. Well, sorry about the book. Basically I have/do get these attacks, and my thyroid seems to be doing fine. But like I said, the Continue reading >>
Do You Have Occasional Low Blood Sugar?
How do you feel after eating a donut or sweet roll first thing in the morning? Do you get a buzzing feeling in your head? Do you start to yawn and feel like a nap about twenty minutes to an hour later? Have you found it difficult to engage in a sport, like tennis, that requires great bursts of energy? Do you think about taking a nap about an hour after lunch? You may have episodes of low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia. I do. Years ago a doctor diagnosed me with dyinsulinism, a basic term for insulin that is not working properly. What is insulin? Insulin is the hormone secreted from the pancreas that unlocks each cell in your body so that it can receive glucose. What is glucose? Glucose is one of the products of the foods you eat. Food is digested and broken down producing glucose, a sugar needed to supply energy to every cell in every organ in your body. Dyinsulinism can be defined as an over-production of insulin (hypoglycemia), an under-production or total lack of insulin (diabetes) or problems with how insulin is either received by your cells or transported through your body. People with Type I diabetes have a pancreas that no longer secretes insulin. People with Type II diabetes have a pancreas that is secreting insulin, but it’s either not enough for the number of cells in the body or it is insulin that is not fully effective. People with Type I or Type II sometimes have episodes of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar. Back to the donut! You may have hypoglycemia unrelated to diabetes. In hypoglycemia, the pancreas might be secreting too much insulin or your insulin isn’t working properly—then the glucose in your blood stream is rapidly used up, leaving your glucose stores depleted. (Like on the tennis court when suddenly you wonder if you can lift that rack Continue reading >>
Excessive Yawning: Causes, Symptoms And Diagnosis
Conditions list medically reviewed by George Krucik, MD, MBA Yawning is a mostly involuntary process of opening the mouth and breathing in deeply, filling the lungs with air. It is a very natural response to being tired. In fact, yawning is usually triggered by sleepiness or fatigue. Some yawns are short,... Read More Yawning is a mostly involuntary process of opening the mouth and breathing in deeply, filling the lungs with air. It is a very natural response to being tired. In fact, yawning is usually triggered by sleepiness or fatigue. Some yawns are short, and some last for several seconds before an open-mouthed exhale. Watery eyes, stretching, or audible sighs may accompany yawning. Researchers arent exactly sure why yawning occurs, but common triggers include fatigue and boredom. Yawns may also occur when you talk about yawning or see or hear someone else yawn. It is believed that contagious yawning may have something to do with social communication. In addition, a study published in the Applied Journal of Basic Medical Research suggests that yawning may help cool the temperature of the brain. Excessive yawning is yawning that occurs more than once per minute. Although excessive yawning is usually attributed to being sleepy or bored, it may be a symptom of an underlying medical problem. Certain conditions can cause a vasovagal reaction, which results in excessive yawning. During a vasovagal reaction, there is increased activity in the vagus nerve. This nerve runs from the brain down to the throat and into the abdomen. When the vagus nerve becomes more active, heart rate and blood pressure drop significantly. The reaction can indicate anything from a sleep disorder to a serious heart condition. Talk to your doctor if youve noticed a sudden increase in your yawning, Continue reading >>
What Are The Causes Of Excessive Yawning After Eating?
What Are the Causes of Excessive Yawning After Eating? By Vonnie Chestnut ; Updated July 27, 2017 Yawning is a natural, involuntary reaction. For most of the population, yawning is associated with a person being tired or sleepy. The consensus on why we yawn seems to be that a yawn is caused from a lack of oxygen to the brain. This lack of oxygen automatically sends a message from the brain to the other parts of body. This message will then produce a yawn, which draws needed air into the lungs. By oxygenating the blood, the body will have more energy. Posture and blood-sugar levels after eating Poor posture can cause yawning. When a person is in a slouched position, pressure is put on the lungs, which will not allow them to fill with air while breathing. This is even more evident after eating. The stomach is full, which will put pressure on the lungs from the abdominal area. After a big meal, the body may relax to a slumped position, which puts pressure on the lungs from the ribs and chest area. When a person has overeaten, and is very full, this puts even more pressure on the lungs and may cause excessive yawning after eating. The tiredness or drowsy feeling you get after eating a full meal will also affect your blood-sugar level. This, too, may cause excessive yawning by creating a chemical imbalance in the body. The yawing and sleepy sensations may continue until the body has a chance to level out the sugar imbalance and return the sugar levels to normal. There are conditions, however, that may cause the need for yawning. If a person yawns four times within one minute, it is considered to be excessive. If the yawning persists and occurs in an abnormal amount of time, you will need to seek medical attention to rule out a more serious condition. One condition that can Continue reading >>
10 Causes Of Excessive Yawning. Might Be Medical Problems!
Home Health 10 Causes of Excessive Yawning. Might Be Medical Problems! 10 Causes of Excessive Yawning. Might Be Medical Problems! I yawn so many times a day, and Im worried about it. I may have some diseases or illness because I yawn so often. Are these worries bothering you? We yawn for various reasons, but yawning may be a symptom of an underlying medical problem. Yawning is most often done when we are sleepy and it usually stops without doing anything special. But the type of yawning, which may be a sign of disease, might be repeated many times a day and almost every day. Regarding those yawns that you cant stop, let us divide them into two groups; the one with a sign of disease and the other without any sign of disease. Here are some salient features of each group. 1Characteristic signs of yawing as a symptom of diseases Try to check whether you are feeling sleepy when you are yawning. It is one of the keys to telling the two groups apart. Not all of yawns given when you are not sleepy would present medical symptoms. But we need to pay heed to the kind of yawns given when you dont feel sleepy or sleep deprived. In the next section, we are outlining the symptoms of related diseases with and without yawning, so that you can check whether they are relevant or not. 2Causes for Excessive Yawning Diseases Diseases with yawning as a symptom are as follows: This refers to yawning caused by less active brain functions, due to the decreased amount of blood glucose blood sugar, which is the energy source for the brain. You need to open your mouth wide and inhale deeply to take in oxygen from the air mainly for two reasons; first to promote the blood flow of the brain, and second to stimulate the cerebrum by moving your facial muscles. Diabetes symptoms other than yawning; blu Continue reading >>
Signs & Symptoms Of Excessive Yawning
Jessica began her writing career in 1995 and is Senior Editor at a London communications agency, where she writes and edits corporate publications covering health, I.T., banking and finance. Jessica has also written for consumer magazines including "Cosmopolitan" and travel, home/lifestyle and bridal titles. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and journalism from the University of Queensland. Excessive yawning can be a sign of an unbalanced diet, an allergy or another medical condition. Yawning is a natural and involuntary bodily function that can be caused by fatigue, boredom or even a response to someone else yawning. But excessive yawningwhich DiagnoseMe.com describes as one to four a minutecan be a sign that your diet is unbalanced, you have an allergy or a medical condition. Always rule out lack of sleep and exercise and poor diet before considering the more serious reasons behind your yawns. Some of the foods and drinks you think are boosting your energy could be doing the complete opposite. You might drink coffee to give you an energy boost, but too much can actually cause fatigue and yawning, says Wellsphere. This is because the energy high is followed by an even bigger energy low. Foods that are high in sugarand those you are even mildly allergic tocan have the same effect. According to Wellsphere, fatigue is one of the first signs of a food allergy, and if you only have a mild reaction, you might not get any of the more obvious symptoms, such as a rash or an upset stomach. If you notice you are yawning and feeling tired after eating, write down everything you eat for a week and how you feel after every meal. This will help pinpoint any foods that are having an adverse effect on you. Its perfectly normal to feel tired and start yawning towar Continue reading >>
(ssris) Is A Common Cause Of Excessive Yawning.
I am a 55-year-old, obese man with Type 2 diabetes. I have also been treated for hemochromatosis. My problem is what I describe as violent yawning attacks. Anywhere from two to five hours after meals, I yawn forcefully for 5-10 minutes. What could be causing these yawning episodes, and what can I do to stop them? Answer There are a number of possible causes for your yawning episodes. As an older, obese man with diabetes, the most likely explanation is poor sleep due to sleep apnea, resulting in daytime tiredness. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing stops for at least 10 seconds five or more times an hour while a person is asleep, sometimes happening hundreds of times a night. Research has shown an association between sleep apnea and Type 2 diabetes. Excessive yawning, which is defined as a cluster of 10 to 30 yawns occurring many times a day, can be the result of sleep deprivation caused by episodes of apnea. One way to determine whether sleepiness may be causing your yawning attacks is to evaluate your level of tiredness using a tool known as the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. If your result is 10 or higher, you should consult your doctor about having a polysomnography, or sleep study, done in a sleep lab to determine whether you do in fact have sleep apnea. (During a polysomnography, a person is wired up to various machines while he sleeps to measure factors such as the level of oxygen in his blood and the electrical activity in his heart.) Another possibility to consider is that one of your medicines may be causing your yawning episodes. For instance, a class of antidepressant drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is a common cause of excessive yawning. Yawning caused by these drugs tends to stop within a few days of reducing the dose or Continue reading >>
Reversing Hypoglycemia Unawareness
According to Sheri R. Colbert PhD, author of the Diabetic Athletes Handbook , approximately 20 percent of long term insulin-dependent diabetics exhibit hypoglycemia unawareness.Essentially, hypoglycemia unawareness is the inability to recognize low blood sugar. The American Diabetes Association defines low blood sugar as levels <70 mg/dL. Methods for Reducing Hypoglycemia Unawareness Raise blood sugar targets for two to three weeks in order to avoid low blood sugar. Test blood sugar more often, providing more data to make more rapid adjustments. Increase protein intake and reduce carbohydrate intake, reducing insulin requirements. Use the data from additional blood sugar tests to note the different symptoms experienced at specific blood sugar levels. Many diabetics recognize hypoglycemia because they feel shaky. This shakiness is caused by a release of adrenalin the fight or flight hormone when blood sugar levels reach too low a level for the body to operate optimally. Once the low blood sugar is recognized, it is easily correctable with rapidly-digesting carbohydrates such as glucose tablets or juice. However, over time some people release less adrenalin and symptoms such as shakiness diminish or disappear altogether. It is thought the cause of many cases of hypoglycemia unawareness is repeated bouts of low blood sugar. Therefore, the cure is thought to be reducing incidences of low blood sugar. Some physicians and certified diabetes educators recommend raising blood sugar targets for two to three weeks in order to avoid low blood sugar. After a few weeks without lows, patients often find symptoms such as shakiness return. Raising blood sugar targets isnt the only way to avoid low blood sugar in order to restore symptoms. Patients can also test their blood sugar more Continue reading >>