Chronic Low Blood Sugar Symptoms

Low blood sugar level in human body, medically termed as hypoglycemia is a sudden condition occurring among diabetic patients. Healthy lifestyle with proper medication is very important for controlling this diabetic situation. Let’s see versatile symptoms shown by patients with low blood sugar level. Symptoms of hypoglycemia are unpredictable and will vary from one person to another depending upon vivid parameters like patient’s age and the amount of blood sugar level. Proper awareness of these symptoms helps in easier recognition of hypoglycemia.

These symptoms are developed in order to counterpart the reaction due to secretion of stress hormones. Lowering of blood sugar level creates many impacts like nervous and mental problems. A patient with low blood sugar may show eagerness, clamminess and anxiety in his or her behaviour. Patient will be prone to irritability, nervousness and will be in a state of confusion. Jerking while sleeping and jitters are some of the symptoms due to hypoglycemia shown by new born babies.

Hypoglycemia during sleeping hours induces sweating and night mares among patients. Upper stomach complaint followed by vomiting is yet another symptom seen in hypoglycemic patients. It may also cause eye problems like blurred vision and flashy lights in vision. Dizziness, rage, appetite, pricking feel effect, mydriais or dilated pupil, ataxia, paresthesia and stroke are other signs of low blood glucose level.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of low blood sugar & what lifestyle changes do I need to make if i have them often?
    to keep myself from getting a chronic condition like hypoglycemia or diabeties if I don’t already have it

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of women get a headache when their blood sugar is low. Also, as a diabetic, I get a bit shaky and sometimes a little confused or have a hard time focusing. You will also probably (though not always) feel hungry, and irritable.

      The best thing to do if you think this is becoming a problem is to see your doctor and have some tests done. If you think you might be diabetic, not controlling it properly can cause serious complications down the line. (circulation and heart problems, kidney problems, fertility problems -like ovarian cysts, strokes, you name it!)

      I don’t know a lot about hypoglycemia but there are lots of symptoms that go along with poor blood sugar control for diabetics. Diarrhoea, dehydration, needing to pee a lot, really red looking hands and feet and losing weight for no reason are just a few.

      Try to eat foods that contain more complex carbs (a good rule is if it was once brown and they make it white, eat the brown version (such as wheat, rice, and cereal) also nuts, beans, fruit and veg, as these release a low and and steady long lasting sugar into your blood instead of giving you a high quick burst like cake and candy.

  2. QUESTION:
    Do I have low blood sugar?
    My name is Emma and I am a soccer player. I have always played soccer and loved it. I have always had a reputation in soccer, and in life to be out going and kind, smiley, happy, tough, hardworking and not lazy, but lately I feel so opposite its that. It’s about every other day. At first I thought it was life stressors, but the thing is internally i want to be fast and energetic at soccer but my body doesn’t react to what my mind is thinking. I feel lathargic and fatigued all the time and the littlest things in life seem like a chore. Just playing with my little siblings, or backing the car out can seem like the biggest tasks in the world. When I play soccer I do good for about 90 minutes but I often get bored out there or something. The best way to put it is I just don’t care about anything. I have felt this way for a while. And when I used to run track, I would be telling myself to go faster and I really would want to, but I just could not. I train harder than anyone so I know conditioning is not an issue. I have dramatically changed my diet in the past year, I do not eat a lot of fat or sugar at all anymore. I go for low calories and stuff. I used to eat pretty normal.

    So in a nut shell here are the symptoms:
    *fatigue
    *helplessness
    *lathargic
    *chronic hunger
    *always have to pee
    *very irritable
    *i need at least 9 hours of sleep to function
    *hard to concentrate
    *i just don’t get excited…
    *mole hills seem like mountains

    • ANSWER:
      Doesn’t sound like low blood sugar which leaves you shaky and weak, but it does sound like you should be tested for diabetes (which results in high blood sugar) because of the fatigue and frequent urination.

      Talk to your doctor about the symptoms you’re having.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me? Muscle Aches, Fatigue, High WBC, Arthritis, Stomach Pain, Joint Pain, Low Blood Sugar??
    For six years now I have been fighting for a diagnosis…I have been finally told I have fibromyalgia among other things like poly cystic ovarian disease and arthritis in my spine. Is there anything else that could be causing all these symptoms?? I am sick of living with chronic pain and fatigue…I feel like I am trapped in an old womans body!! Every damn urine test I take they give me antibiotics and tell me I have a UTI even when I don’t have any symptoms…I go in with a headache and come out with a UTI…I mean seriously can a person honestly have a UTI every time they take a urinealyisis?????!!!!!! Every time they draw blood my WBC count is always high!!!

    • ANSWER:
      95% of all disease starts in gut and can end in the gut.

      If you are serious about getting well and you are willing to make a few dietary changes and stick to it, you can return to perfect health. I would begin my path to healing by remineralizing my body and rehydrating my body with the water cure to give my body the best chance it could to start healing itself. The body is a miraculous thing. Give it what it needs and it will respond.

      The Water Cure is a great place to start:

      http://curezone.com/foods/watercure.asp

      Make sure to use distilled water and unrefined sea salt.
      Do this for the rest of your life and it might be all you need to do to restore your health. Drink 6-8 glasses of distilled water each day with 1/4 teaspoon of unrefined sea salt.
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      Apple Cider Vinegar

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      Apple Cider vinegar will give your gut good flora and balance your PH. It will also cleanse your body of toxins.
      Add one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of cinnamon to a shot glass full of your favorite veggie juice or strong tasting fruit juice three times a day until you are in perfect health and then back off to once a day for maintainance. You may get a die off reaction as your body will be eliminating parasites and other toxins. Give it a week to get used to the strong taste and there may be flu like symptoms for the first few days until the body expels the toxins that are jamming up your gut.
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      With these two treatments, your urine will turn clear. This is a great indicator that your body is functioning properly and therfore filtering toxins the way it is designed to eliminate it. Keep an eye on your urine for the rest of your life. Increase your water and apple cider vinegar when your urine is dark.
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      Both the water cure and apple cider vinegar will help give you regular bowel movements. Look at your stools. If your stools are dark or light yellow, loose and runny, or you are not having daily bowel movements then increase your water and apple cider vinegar until you are having at least one healthy 1 1/2 incn brown bowel movement each day. Two or three bowel movements would be optimal. I have two bowel movement most days. Stay aware of your stool health for the rest of your life. It is a perfect indicator of what is going on in your body.
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      You can add cayenne, turmeric, and cilantro to your shot glass of juice and apple cider vinegar for more help. If you get flu like symptoms, add a drop of wild oregeno oil to your apple cider vinegar for getting rid of serious parasite problems.
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      The water and apple cider vinegar will give you a means to flush out toxins but you also need to quit putting toxic food and water in your body.

      Drink only clean distilled water and store in glass containers.

      Avoid Refined Sugar. This and eating large amounts of meat are primary reasons for a clogged gut. Apple Cider Vinegar will help until you get your diet in line but avoiding sugar will reduce your daily need for apple cider vinegar to balance your ph.

      Avoid any kind of dairy. Dairy cows are pumped full of toxins and those toxins are passed along to you along with hundreds of thousands of mucous cells in each glass of milk or bite of cheese. This could be what caused many of your health issues.

      Eat raw veggies and fruit but I would clean my raw food with diluted apple cider vinegar to get rid of fungus and molds that your body might be reacting to.
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      Getting healthy is not about a one shot deal. Your food and water can heal you but you have to stay on top of it. Stay aware of what kind of toxins you allow into your home in the form of food and water or even cleaning products. Learn a new way of living.

      Yah Bless

  4. QUESTION:
    What does these symptoms , sound like?
    This concerns my 49 yr old female cousin ..
    1…stomache and back burning
    2…chronic constipation , laxatives fail to
    work
    3..She has to force her self to urinate
    4…She has fatty tissue around her liver
    5..She has adominal pain
    6…nauseated
    This conditions getting worse, She has
    past history of heavy drug abuse
    Also possiblity of Hep -C at one time
    She hardly has a appeptite to eat , She
    also has been getting Low Blood sugar
    symptoms , which , is some thing new.
    She has been on Methadone , for about
    3 years straight but was on it many years before that..Thanks for anyones help?

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like she is have liver problems. which can in turn effect the function of other organs like the kidneys and gall bladder all which aid in the removal of waste from the body( bowel movements and urination) she needs to see a t Dr and begin with blood work and start some work ups

  5. QUESTION:
    Are these illnesses or symptoms???
    These are NOT Illnesses, but only symptoms that you must learn to ask yourself—“from which of the five causes does it come from???”

    These are the symptoms that were once known as real illnesses; that YOU can now learn to reverse or prevent, and/or improved by yourself with my self-healing methods.

    There are two words that will make this possible to do or impossible to do:
    These two words have a magic all their own –they are magical because they remind me of “Open Sesame” — once you use these words they open a new life for you if you apply them or close the door to it, they are called: Discipline and Dedication. With out these magical words nothing is possible—I will give you the path to a new life, but you must walk it and never get off of it — until the day that your real cause-point is found and eliminated.

    Which one do you have and from which cause–point did it come from???

    1. Over-acidity??? 2. The Chemical World??? 3. The Living World??? 4. The Nutritional World??? 5. The Viral and Bacterial World or Microscopic World???

    FROM WHICH ONE OR FROM WHICH COMBINATION???

    Acid Indigestion

    Acid Reflux

    Acne

    AIDS– HIV

    Allergies — Intolerance To Certain Foods

    Allergies – Skin

    ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

    ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

    Agent Orange

    Agitation

    AIDS

    Alcoholic Tremors And Addiction

    Anemia, Low Hemoglobin, Low Blood Volume, Little Or Thin Veins

    Anxiety Disorders

    Arthritis

    Asthma

    Athlete’s Foot Itch That Just Won’t Go Away

    Back Pain — Body Aches And Lower Back Pain

    Bed Wetting — Adult
    Birth Defects
    Bleeding Gums

    Blood — Poor Circulation—Cold Hands And Feet

    Blood Clots

    Blood — Toxic Due To Overload Of Worm Toxins Or Over-Acidity Or Chemical Toxins

    Bloody Stools Or Rectal Prolapse, Or Blockages In The Intestinal Tract

    Blood Volume – Low — Causing The Heart Stress

    Body Odor

    Brittle Nails

    Breath — Bad Breath That Does Not Go Away, And Foul Smelling Gas And Stools

    Bruxism — Teeth Grinding while you sleep

    Cancer

    Candida Infection

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Cholesterol (Elevated)

    Chronic Fatigue

    Constipation

    Colds — Frequent Colds, Congestion

    Cold Sores
    Confusion
    Cysts

    Dark Circles Under The Eyes

    Diabetes

    Diarrhea

    Drowsy, Or Tired After Meals

    Convulsions

    Delusions

    Dementia

    Depression

    Digestion — Impaired

    Dizziness — Light Headed-Ness
    Eczema

    Emotional — Excitable Or Un-Controllable Emotional State Or Seizures

    Emotional — Frequent Or Un-Controllable, Or Un-Explainable Or Un-Justifiable Rage, Anger Or Extreme Aggression

    Eye Twitches

    Erectile Dysfunction — Inability To Maintain An Erection Due To Low Blood Volume

    Fatigue — Frequently Fatigued Or Fatigued For Un-Explained Or Un-Known Reason

    Fear

    Fever — Low-Grade

    Fibroid Tumors

    Fingernails (White Spots, Brittle, Ridges)

    Food — Intolerance To Fatty Foods

    Fractures–Fast Recovery Time Of Broken Bones

    Gall Bladder – Pain Or Infection

    Gastritis

    Genital Herpes

    Gout

    Headaches– Migraine — Chronic Or Headache For No Apparent Reason

    Heart Palpitations

    Heal Wounds– Fast Recovery Or Fast Healing Time

    Hepatitis-C

    Heart Palpitations

    Heart –Abnormal Rhythms

    Hemorrhaging – Internal — Unexplained Or Unknown

    Hemorrhoids And Diverticular Disease And Colitis

    High Blood Pressure

    High Cholesterol

    High Blood Pressure

    High Cholesterol

    Hungry All The Time

    Hyperactivity

    Hypotension — abnormally low blood pressure

    Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

    Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)

    Impotence

    Infections — Lowered Resistance To Infections

    Infertility

    Intestinal — Frequent Intestinal Disorders, Or Intestinal Bleeding, Frequent Gas & Bloating

    Intestinal — Irregular Bowel Movements, Chronic Constipation, Sluggish Elimination Or Chronic Diarrhea

    Insomnia And Restless Sleep

    Irregular Heartbeats

    Iron– Increases Iron Absorption

    Iron Deficiency Anemia

    Irritability

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Itching — Painful itching in or around anus, skin, penis, vaginal

    Jerkiness

    Joint Pain — Or Joint Stiffness And Pain

    Kidney Stones

    Leg Tightening

    Leukemia

    Liver — Pain In Your Liver

    Loss Of Appetite

    Loss Of Smell

    Lymph Nodes — Swelling

    Malaise — A General Sick Feeling

    Menstrual Cramps

    Mental — Difficulty Concentrating, Insanity, Disorientation

    Moles

    Mucus — Excessive

    Muscle Cramps
    Muscle Pains
    Muscle Tremors
    Muscle Twitching

    Muscles — Sore
    Muscle Weakness
    Muscle Wasting

    Nerve Disorders

    Nervousness
    Neuromuscular irritability
    Nose Bleeding

    Numbness In Arms And Legs

    Osteoporosis

    Overweight

    Pain — General Aches And Pains That Migrate From One Place To Another.

    Pain – Universal

    Panic Attacks

    Pica — Craving To Eat Soil, Paint, Eating Foul Tasting Or Obnoxious Things

    Plaque — On Heart And Arteries

    Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Breast Soreness, Vaginal: Itch, Bleeding, Pain Or Infections

    Protein Deficiency
    Restless Leg Syndrome
    Restlessness
    Seizure Disorders

    Sensitivity To Light, Or Day Blindness

    Skin Problems That Just Won’t Cure Or Resolve Such As: Rashes, Boils, Pimples, Acne, Sores Etc.
    Sonophobia — Fear of loud sounds that irritate your nerves
    Spasms

    Stiffness — Back, Neck

    Stress

    Scurvy

    Sleep — Needing To Sleep A Long Time, Or Inability To Stay Asleep

    Stomach Pains

    Stomach — Protruding Belly Caused By Infestation Of Parasites

    Stunted Growth Or Delayed Puberty

    Swollen Legs

    Tension

    Tics

    Tightness

    Tinnitus (Ringing In Ears)

    Twitches

    Twitching Eyelid

    Viruses

    Vision — Partial Loss Of Vision, Or Total Blindness, Or Pain In Eyes

    Warts

    Weakness — General — Or low energy level

    Weight – Excess Weight Or Can’t Gain Weight

    Wombs or open sores that won’t heal or close

    • ANSWER:
      overweight
      swollen ankles
      depression
      joint pain
      ibs
      angina
      chronic fatigue

  6. QUESTION:
    No, I didn’t eat junk organic food. Yes, I ate a varied organic diet. Vitamin deficiences/symptoms …
    No, flossing would not help as I had a root die and infection as below the gum line. (had root canal and crown done A chronic infection coursing through your veins is disastrous especially after 6 years.. I am deficient in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and more. Does anyone have any actual experience in this without guessing? After a few months, my levels came up to barely normal in A, B, D. Then I stopped taking A and the symptoms returned: heart palpitations, bi gemeni, sick at my stomach, blurred vision (even after cataract surgery.replacements..)and low blood sugar (down to 40), extreme itching if ate more than 10 carbs in one day. (not thyroid – TSH etc normal, no fungus) No, low blood sugar did not cause vitamin deficies, however, low blood sugar was a symtpom of vitamin deficiences. After taking A again, my symptoms disappeared. I am taking lots of organic vitamins. … Has anyone had any actual experience or read anything factual about the above? No guesses, please.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m vitamin deficient as well but due to an auto immune disease. i just started seeing a Dr who combines alternative and conventional medicine and she is treating me with iv vitamins. i suggest a visit to such a Dr would help. a Dr could pin point the actual causes of you vitamin deficiency.

  7. QUESTION:
    do you have to have all these symptoms to have endometriosis?
    The most common symptoms of Endometriosis are:

    Pain before and during periods
    Pain with intercourse
    General, chronic pelvic pain throughout the month
    Low back pain
    Heavy and/or irregular periods
    Painful bowel movements, especially during menstruation
    Painful urination during menstruation
    Fatigue
    Infertility
    Diarrhoea or constipation

    Other symptoms which are common with Endometriosis include:

    Headaches
    Low grade fevers
    Depression
    Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar)
    Anxiety
    Susceptibility to infections, allergies

    thankyou very much for answering xxxx

    • ANSWER:
      Whoa… someone’s been doing their research, kudos :)

      First of all, all women are different so all women will experience something different. You can’t take one case and say it’s the “norm”, not with this disease :P

      Personally I had:
      Pain before and during periods.
      General, chronic pelvic pain throughout the month.
      Low back pain.
      Fatigue.
      Ocassional headaches.
      Depression.
      Anxiety.

      I am actually lucky enough to not be susceptible to infection, although I have develop some allergies. I am also lucky that pain, while sometimes bringing a little discomfort, was never outright painful. I am also very sensitive to cold.

  8. QUESTION:
    What kind of doctor should I see for SEVERAL symptoms? GP didn’t help much…?
    Well I’ve had medical problems for 4 years now, and it all started with sleep issues. Only 3 things have been actually diagnosed so far, and those are: hypoglycemia, mild obstructive sleep apnea, and general insomnia (idiopathic, basically they don’t know the cause).

    The only solutions they’ve offered over the years are pills and a few tests… The tests showed sleep problems and low blood sugar but the other blood tests came back okay. The urinalysis had 4 flagged parts but the doctor didn’t say anything about it… weird.

    Addiction runs in my family so I’m very against pills for that reason, and because I don’t like being dependent on any chemical. I took sleeping pills for a while but abused them, and abused benzo’s for anxiety, and stopped both. Now I take Adderall for ADD symptoms and fatigue (even though I never had attention problems as a kid) but I feel like it’s too strong and hope to get off it soon.

    Anyways, the symptoms are:

    -Headaches everyday, usually dull but sometimes throbbing
    -Insomnia, waking up at night, sleeping in 10-14 hours if I don’t set the alarm, extreme difficulty waking up
    -Fatigue; without Adderall I can barely function let alone get out of bed
    -Joint pain in every joint, hypermobile joints (I’ve torn ligaments before and can bend most things very disgustingly)
    -Somewhat fragile bones, I’ve broken many things from mild accidents
    -Blood on the tissue when I blow my nose, and it’s been getting more frequent and more blood recently
    -Difficulty concentrating (I know I’m not ADHD, it just seems that way from being so tired)
    -Ear aches, hearing a whining noise all the time, constant ear infections, pretty bad hearing
    -Chronic sinus infections (every time I go see the doctor) and one side of my nose has been stuffed for a long time
    -Getting sick all the time… And I really mean it, my friends say “dude you’re ALWAYS sick with something”
    -Heart palpitations (even when I’m not taking adderall)
    -Stomach pain, and pain in other parts of the abdomen sometimes
    -Blood in my stool
    -I always feel like I have to pee, even after going to the bathroom
    -Anxiety… but I did a pretty good job of counseling myself through this during my clonazepam withdrawals

    So I went to my general practitioner a couple weeks ago, told him most of this stuff – and all he did was clean out my ears and refer me to a pediatric orthopedist… he thinks it’s strange that I have pains all over (especially my back) and hypermobility, as well as many breaks and fractures. He mentioned a few diseases that you have from birth but don’t show up until later in life, but said not to worry about it until the appointment….

    The thing is, that orthopedist can definitely help with the joint stuff but EVERYTHING else will go untreated. I don’t know what kind of doctor has experience in multiple fields…… Bottom line is, I’m sick of being so sick. I want things to go back to normal, and be healthy. I eat normally, try to stay on a good sleep cycle, exercise daily, take vitamins, and do whatever I can yet it’s not too effective.

    I’d also like to know if any of these symptoms could be from one thing, or just multiple coincidental things.

    Sorry for the extremely long question but… this has been getting to me.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms described I believe are not from one ailment alone, and to answer this question to the most detailed degree would involve much more diagnostic procedure or at least results from any previous work that has been done. In an effort to help you narrow this down, i would advise that you see a vascular specialist to cover a broad range of these issues. Now the consistency that i can observe here is possibly a thinning in the walls of your vascular system, and combined with arteriosclerosis, can cause arrhythmia, leading to another slew of other symptoms, including some of the sleep issues described. This is what I can offer you given the information provided, and i hope all goes well for you.

  9. QUESTION:
    Lightheadedness and rapid heart rate, along with a chronic cough, what could cause this?
    I have had a chronic cough for probably three months now (I don’t remember when it started), most of the time it’s just a slight tickle in my throat but ever since I had a “cold” (I put the quotations around it because I just got congested for the day and never had a fever unless 98.9 degrees counts) last week. This week cold air seems to irritate it more and make the coughing worse like the a/c in my car makes the coughing worse. About two months ago I had a dizzy spell where I felt light headed and my heartbeat grew faster my mom said it was simply low blood sugar (I’m not diabetic) and I drank some orange juice and a little while later I felt just fine. Tonight at work the lightheaded/dizziness came back and I had to sit down for a few minutes afraid I might faint. I drank some orange juice and about 30-45 minutes later I felt better. Is it possible these are all related? Even if they’re not what could cause these symptoms? And how can I treat them? I’ve also been taking antibiotics I was prescribed another time I was sick for the past 3 days but they don’t seem to be helping anything.
    Also I’m an 18, almost 19, year old girl.
    Could it be a respiratory infection? Can they span over a long period of time without interferring with your normal life and basically go unnoticed?
    I haven’t been doing anything weird with my diet, I try to eat healthy when I can but sometimes fast food sneaks in especially the past week because we’re moving. My diet is basically the same as it always has been. I’m not anorexic or bulimic nothing like that.

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Question about chronic fatigue or just fatigue. ?
    What exactly are the symptoms of chronica fatigue. I know its liek being tired a lot, but are you tired 24/7? I don’t have low blood sugar or anything, but lately I find i just don’t have a whole lot of energy. I have to do an essay right now, but i feel so tired, i just wanna go lie down. whats wrong with me. is this chronica fatigue? I feel like this in the past few weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually you have to suffer fatigue for longer then 6 months and have other illnesses like iron deficieny anemia ruled out. Have you had your iron levels tested. Anemia can make you feel really tired as you do not have enough oxygen circulating around your body.

      I suggest seeing a doctor to get that ruled out.

  11. QUESTION:
    Chronic Kidney infection! Doctor won’t help!?
    In past five years that I been having problem with my kidneys. I have decrease urine. I get really sick especially in the morning that I wake up feeling like aches and pain due high level fluid in my body. I went doctor many times. He said nothing wrong with my kidney and my bladder. I went more than 50 trips to different doctors, including kidney doctor and ER in past 5 years. YET, they can’t find NOTHING!!! Only time they found that I had kidney infection that they treat me with Bactuim. It help me a lot and 2 months later that it return. I take small dose antibodies for 3 months. It help a lot and then I finish taking it. Then it returns. I can’t take this antibodies anymore because it trigger Lupus Like symptoms and the doctor DON”T believe me. I am having sharp pain where my kidneys are located. I have two children that I have to look after. I am so frustrating that I don’t get all the help that I need. I cry so hard yesturday because I don’t know what to do now. I did everything I can do. I drunk down all 100 pure cranberry juice in one day and plus cranberry pill. It don’t do anything! I went back to doctor and told them. They said your kidney function is FINE!! Of course I am stress because I don’t get the help that I need! I change more than 4 doctors in past 5 years. I have low blood sugar problem, low iron, stomach ulcers. I have symptoms like Lupus that I get aches, pain in muscle and joints, mild red like rash on my face, seeing spot floater, flashing light. My toe will turn blue when I sit down too long and my brain feel so funny like it froze and stiff that I had hard time to focus and somtime the fog is so bad that I almost can’t see. I have much more symptoms!!! I even get test for lupus twice and it came negative.. I don’t have mental problems and that what doctor said!!! I am tired of it and I want to get well again and get treated properly. I even get on antidepressant, none of them help because I don’t have mental problem that is why! I even went to eyes doctor and said it look fine! I don’t know if doctor in Memphis, Tn are careless because they just want the money or what? They always help me when I used to live in California but I moved here because my reason. The more delay the doctor help me to treat, the more symptoms grows! It started in 5 years ago. My blood sugar was 49 and after I ate bowl of cerals and a orange juice that my blood sugar went up 144 after 2 or 3 hours that last I ate. If case that helps and it from doctor. He said I don’t have dibetic because my blood sugar is normal 144. So please please help me. Im only 22 years old with two kids.
    Im sorry if my grammar isn’t perfect because I am deaf. My grammar are good for as deaf person because most deaf can’t write. No offend.

    • ANSWER:
      Your problem is that you’re trying to diagnose yourself. Are you a doctor? I doubt it. You honestly sound like you’re reading too much wikipedia, and are jumping to conclusions, based on that limited knowledge.

      YOu probably have stomach ulcers from drinking all that acid in the cranberry juice, and your blood sugar is supposed to go up after you eat.

      If they have tested your kidney function and tested you for lupus and it came back negative, then you are negative. You might have a problem, but it’s not a kidney infection or Lupus.

      I suggest you find a doctor that doesn’t know you. Go there and tell them your symptoms. Just tell them symptoms don’t tell them you think you have lupus, or kidney disease or try to diagnose yourself, because they will just test you for that stuff again and it will come back negative again, and they will think you are just a hypochondriac, like your current doctor probably does.

      And take a grammar class, please.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me what these symptoms mean?
    I had a strange occurrence recently and I am kind of scared at what it could be. Can anyone help? First, I need to say before hand that what I’m going to describe is 100% not hypoglycemia. When I first told someone about it, that was what they said. I have had many blood tests screening for everything with the military and that’s one of the things they check for. Aside from that:

    I was hanging out and I had had two beers over the course of several hours, which was not enough to have caused anything even close to this. But I stood up to talk to a friend and I was fine at first then as I started to walk, I got freezing cold and started sweating all over my face and hands, also my lips were purple and my skin was white as a sheet. At the same time, I became so dizzy and weak that I was unable to stand on my own and eventually, at all. I also got really blurred vision and everything seemed brighter than it was and I was having trouble speaking properly. I was also feeling a little nauseated. I sat back down and drank a few sips of water and just let it wear off. Once I felt sort of better, I started to walk over to my friend again and after I was talking to her for a few minutes, it happened again, this time it was worse. Also, this came on VERY suddenly–I never had any weird feeling or anything “creeping up” it was all of the sudden and it seemed like when it wore off, it was sudden too.

    Before anyone starts suggesting, I’ll tell you some things to help:
    -I had eaten about as much as I normally eat that day.
    -I drink a lot of water each day.
    -I have never had any blackouts or pass outs or any of that from drinking in excess (in my younger days) so this two beers over a few hour time period would not have caused this.
    -I do not have any blood pressure problems–the drs always tell me how great my blood presure is when I have anything done.
    -I have never had any other serious medical condition.
    -This HAS happened before, but I didn’t know anything was wrong, I just didn’t really see it as serious. The recent two that I had made the fifth one in a few year perid.
    -I do have intense pressure in my head bc of severe chronic allergies and that pressure hasn’t cleared in over 3 years. (My hearing is slightly muffled because of it.)
    -I do have migranes

    **if you need any other info, I’d be glad to share…I just want to have some sort of idea what’s wrong with me when I go in to the dr. I don’t want to spend years getting the run around and being told that I have anxiety and depression and low blood sugar, when that’s not what happened. Ya know?

    I’m just scared because it feels like I’m either roofied or dying. So, if anyone can help, I would GREATLY appreciate it. I’ve been researching and nothing sounds like what happened to me.
    I am on meds, but I’ve checked out possible interactions and nothing would do that…its so weird.

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Please Help, what’s wrong with me?
    I’m desperate to know whats wrong with me. Have felt like this for past 10 yrs. Doc have taken blood tests say nothings wrong but I know there is. Any advice/suggestions would be greatfully appreciated. Symptoms include:
    Chronic Fatigue, Constant headaches, Excessive Gas, Swollen Glands, Sore neck, shoulders and joints, cant concentrate, bad memory, anxiety, nervousness, fast heart beat, cant sleep, easily tire, exhausted every moment of every day/night, no motivation, mood swings. That is just the surface of it.
    I have felt like this forever and cant really remember what it ever felt like to feel good. Thought I might have CFS, low blood sugar levels, thyroid problems but I dont know. Doc’s dont want to help, they just say nothing is wrong but obviously there is. I know there is but dont know what to do about it. Admitedly my diet isnt fantastic and exercise non existent because of the constant exhaustion. Sometimes I’m too tired to breathe.

    Please help,has anyone ever felt this way?
    Thank you for taking the time to reply to me. I really do appreciate it. :)

    • ANSWER:
      My goodness! Start a walking program. Walk a little more each day and stop focusing on how bad you feel. Focus on how much farther you can walk each day. Have walking distance as you primary goal!

  14. QUESTION:
    Pap smear results-HELP-URGENT!?
    Hey,

    I just received my pap smear results in the mail today and I’m having trouble understand, the letter was as following:
    Diagnosis: Low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion: HPV effect.

    The specimen is satisfactory for evaluation. An endocervical component is present. HPV changes are identified in
    squamous cells.

    I’m not sure what this means, can someone please help.

    All I can make of it, is that I have endometriosis hence the endocervical component being present. I was once told
    I might have it, due to it running in the family. Also I have most of the symptoms:

    -Constipation, chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal problems including diarrhea, back pain, mild to extreme pain during
    intercourse, premenstrual spotting, mild to severe fever, headaches, depression, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
    anxiety.

    Please help, it’s driving me nuts.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Well done Whit – so many people on here haven’t got any understanding about HPV and are worryingly giving incorrect information. Massive “thumbs up” to Whit!

      The letter basically says you have mild changes. This is jotting to worry about and your body is likely to fight it off. They will monitor you, probably at 6 months, and if its still the have a closer look using a colposcopy (like binoculars to look at your cervix). Visit the Jo’s Trust website for more information of abnormal cervical pap smear results.

      The “endocervical” component does not refer to endometriosis. It just means that there may be some cells from the lining of the womb present – it is nothing to do with endometriosis. These cells are quite common, especially if the test was done just before or just after your period.

      With regards to the endometriosis, I do have to admit you have the symptoms! It can only be definitely diagnosed using laparoscopy. If these symptoms are effecting your life a lot (and they sound nasty) go and see your Dr. They can either refer you to a gynie (ask for someone who specialises in Endo though as a lot haven’t got a clue!) or they can try you will the birth control pill to see if it helps your symptoms.

      I hope that helps honey, and please try not to worry, most mild cervical abnormalities repair themselves, but it is important to have it followed-up just to be safe.

      Good luck, and I hope you get some relief from pain soon!

  15. QUESTION:
    Feeling really weak and fragile after cutting all sugars from my diet a week ago?
    and today I felt so weak and fragile that a friend advised me to try some sugar to see if it would give me some energy which it did. I should add I have had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for last ten years as well. After a cup of herbal tea with honey I felt so much better now I am wondering if the weakness I felt is due to the die-off effect of the Candida in my system or maybe a symptom of low blood sugar indicating that this diet is not beneficial for me. Anyone had a similar experience and how did you deal with it?

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    Unquenchable thirst when drinking, extreme fatigue?
    29 years old male.

    I am constantly fatigued, tired, and exhausted. For about one year and more walking a few miles has become a serious problem (I was previously active and done sports). When I’m very fatigued, I might have a somewhat blurry vision, I would feel more or less faint, and extremely thirsty. Drinking water would only make me feel more thirsty. In facts, my thirst begins when I drink in the mornings.

    Some days are worse and some better, but lately it is getting worse. Sometimes I am exhausted after a few stairsteps. Other days I can walk for miles with no problem, but my energy levels are always much lower since I began my crazy sleeping schedule.
    Which has been pretty crazy for a year and a half – I began going to sleep very late between 5 and 7 AM, and waking up between 3 and 5 PM. I realized early it wasn’t good for my body and I did progress – I go to sleep a little earlier now but still very late, around 4 or 5. It takes a lot for me to fall asleep though, and I wake up exhausted…

    I have read on the internet regarding chronic fatigue syndrome and hypoadrenia, and especially the latter seems to explain my case. I suppose the crazy sleep pattern was the last drop that triggered it.

    My blood pressure is historically low and I suppose it’s more regularly so now. Often, especially after physical work such as walking, I feel faint, thirsty, extremely fatigued and I’m also very pale.

    It is curious that if I wake up earlier I have less of the thirst problem. It is also curious that I am pretty much alright when I wake up in the morning thirst wise – extremely tired and fatigued, it is very difficult to get off the bed, but I’m not thirsty. I BECOME THIRSTY AS SOON AS I DRINK WATER.

    I suffered extreme stress for years due to caretaking for my parents. I noticed the extreme thirst, unquenchable no matter how much I would drink, would occur the day after some big argument where I would occasionally scream and shout and supposedly consume a lot of calories. This wouldn’t happen every day, but only the day after the arguments. Now, I haven’t had any arguments for months but the thirst problem has become a daily matter.

    This all seems linked to my sleep schedule but going to sleep earlier and waking up earlier is extremely difficult even though I have tried for months.

    My heart also behaves strangely. When I sleep until late, my heartbeat is slow and weak. Lately it is so most of the time. When my heartbeat is weak, I also feel fatigued and have the symptoms of low blood pressure. The last two weeks saw a few moments of respite for an otherwise constant low blood pressure an weakness feeling. I felt bad before, but not that bad all the time.

    Thirst, that begins since my first glass of water in the morning, extreme fatigue, low blood pressure and weak heartbeat – these are my main symptoms. Then, my breathing is also strange, but I suppose it is due to allergy or something else – don’t think it’s related.

    I feel like wack. I’m not in shape at all.

    I have tried adding salt to my glass of water, but this seems to almost be fatal! I felt very bad almost every time I attempted this, dizzy and to the point of fainting, extremely dehydrated and thirsty after a few minutes I drink salty water. I wonder what the hell is happening to my electrolytes.

    I have long suffered of anxiety and panic attacks. I became hypocondriac and therefore stopped going to doctors all the time.

    But doctors have told me that I have low blood pressure and that I’m also hypoglycemic. I have changed my diet accordingly. I don’t know how my blood sugar levels are now.

    My energy levels are definitely at the lowest peak they have ever been.
    I used to feel and look completely different. I am way too pale now. Much more than before.

    I would appreciate some advice and if I supper from hypoadrenia, how can I make sure it is not full-on Addison’s disease, and what should I do to recover?
    I am not overweight, I actually tend to lose weight, and nobody in my family has diabetes.

    Yes, I do feel very ill but if I have hypoadrenia as I think, I’m supposed to. I can only hope I have nothing else but there’s no reason to think that. All those symptoms have started when I began going to sleep very late.
    I think it’s hypoadrenia because I have its symptoms, and I have been under such stress for so long, that it makes a lot of sense (I read it comes after severe stress). Adrenal fatigue. It is an auto immune condition as far as I know, at last Addison’s is.

    As for diabetes I can only know with bloodwork. But my main symptom is FATIGUE, and by what I read this resonates more with adrenal fatigue/burnout than diabetes.

    Obviously I also have concentration problems.

    • ANSWER:
      It is apparent you are trying very hard to self diagnose to avoid going to the Dr because you fear he will dismiss your complaints as hypercondriac and you will feel foolish. I have been there before. I also suffer from panic and anxiety disorders. But I have got to tell you what your doing is the wrong way to go about things. You have symptoms that concern you. Go see your Dr and let him who is trained and educated and qualified help you. Not a bunch of people you know nothig about and who likely know nothing about medicine. Go see your Doc, OK?

  17. QUESTION:
    help me with this medical questions and you get 10 points?
    1.What is surgical repair of the ear?
    2.What is increased secretion of the thyroid gland?
    3.Muscle twitching, cramps, and convulsions are all symptoms of what?
    4.What disease is increased blood sugar?
    5.What is increased mammary gland in males?
    6.What is low blood sugar?
    7.What is skin cancer?
    8.What is antineoplastic?
    9.What is an immunosuppressant?
    10.What does an Endocrinologist do?
    11.What is R.B.C. `s?
    12.What are phagocyte cells that ingest bacterial cells called?
    13.What is the term for low white blood cell count?
    14.What is hemolytic?
    15.What does a hematologist do?
    16.What is fibrillation?
    17.What is an echocardiogram?
    18.What is a sphygmomanometer?
    19.What does inguinal mean?
    20.What are stenos is?
    21.What is anticoagulant?
    22.What are arrhythmic?
    23.What does a cardiologist do?
    24.What is the membrane inside the heart and its valves called?
    25.What is the muscular wall of the heart called?
    26.What are phagocytes?
    27.What is the term for under the fingernail?
    28.What is a skin doctor called?
    29.What is abnormal softening of the nail called?
    30.What is the term for excessive sweating?
    31.What is the term for cancer that spreads?
    32.What is Down syndrome?
    33.What is the study of cells?
    34.What is an adenectomy?
    35.What is a benign neoplasm of neurons and nerve fibers?
    36.What term means toward side?
    37.What term means abnormal hardening>
    38.What is degenerative disease of the brain?
    39.What term means can’t speak?
    40.What does casualties mean?
    41.What is syncope?
    42.What does hypochondrias mean?
    43.What is a lobotomy?
    44.What is a reading skill disorder called?
    45.What does an ophthalmologist do?
    46.What is conjunctivitis?
    47.What is the term for double vision?
    48.What is inflammation of the tympanic membrane?
    49.What is the term for muscle tenderness?
    50.What is the term for surgical removal of the muscles?
    51.What is the abnormal softening of muscle vessels?
    52.What is the term for loss of muscle mass?
    53.What is the condition in which pupils are unequal?
    54.What is surgical repair of the fascia called?
    55.What is hyper kinesis?
    56.What is the term for difficulty of voluntary movement?
    57.What is the term for excessive stretching and tearing of the muscles?
    58.What test is done for muscle contraction?
    59.What term means to suture the bone together?
    60.What is the term for death of bone?
    61.What is the term for bone caner?
    62.What is the medical term for a baby’s soft spot?
    63.What type of doctor does spinal manipulation?
    64.What is abnormal lateral curvature of the spine?
    65.What is the term for hollow or depressed area of bone?
    66.What is a foot doctor called?
    67.What is a stethoscope used for?
    68.What is pulmonary edema?
    69.What is surgical incision of the chest wall?
    70.What is SIDS cause by?
    71.What is chronic disorder producing narrowing of airways asthma?
    72.What does pulmonologist do?
    73.What is dyspnea?
    74.What is communicable disease destroying lung tissue?
    75.What disease is caused by smoking for long periods?
    76.What is accumulation of asbestos in the lungs?
    77.What is surgical repair of the nose?
    78.What is volvulus?
    79.What is the formation of gallstones?
    80.What is the surgical removal of the stomach?
    81.What does a gastroenterologist do?
    82.What is an endoscopy?
    83.What is the opening from large intestine/bowel colostomy?

    • ANSWER:
      46. Conjunctivitus is an eye infection (aka pink eye).
      66. Pediotrist (that’s how it’s pronounced).

  18. QUESTION:
    My Health Questions… Please help me haha?
    1. What is a typical reason that a two-year-old should see a health care provider?

    to be assessed for cancer
    to receive an immunization
    to have a Pap smear
    to have blood work for cholesterol done

    2. While visiting your grandmother, you notice she loses her balance easily, has slurred speech, and is confused. Why should you get professional help from her health care provider?

    She may be having a stroke and needs immediate care.
    She may be bleeding and require an immediate transfusion.
    She may have need for the influenza vaccination to prevent further symptoms.
    She may require a shot of insulin to regulate her blood sugar.

    3. An injection of which of the following can help to the body improve one’s own immunity and life-long resistance to specific types of infectious diseases?

    hormones
    vaccinations
    chemotherapy drugs
    antibiotics

    4. Which of the following diseases is best described by chronic pain and swelling in the joints?

    osteoporosis
    Paget’s disease
    arthritis
    Down’s syndrome

    5. Which health care professional would be responsible for providing an ultrasound to a pregnant woman to visualize the fetus and its development?

    phlebotomist
    registered nurse
    dietitian
    radiologic technician

    6. What is hypertension?

    high blood pressure
    plaque buildup inside arteries
    ruptured arteries in the brain
    death of heart muscle

    7. Which birth defects occurs when the roof of the mouth does not fuse together?

    Muscular Dystrophy
    Spina Bifida
    Down’s Syndrome
    Cleft Palate

    8. The loss of which hormone contributes to osteoporosis?

    insulin
    oxytocin
    estrogen
    thyroxine

    9. Which of the following behaviors will not help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease?

    using sunscreen
    maintaining a healthy weight
    exercising regularly
    eating a low-fat diet

    10. Which of the following might best describe how people with asthma feel during an asthma attack?

    they have a migraine headache
    they have increased sinus pressure
    they are having problems with their bowels
    they are trying to breathe through what feels like a small straw

    11. When the body doesn’t produce insulin, what is the effect?

    cells absorb too much glucose and the blood sugar is low
    cells don’t absorb enough glucose and the blood sugar is high
    cells produce too much glucose and the body uses fat for energy
    cells don’t produce enough glucose and the body stores fat

    12. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes?

    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    13. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer?

    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    14. What is the most prominent and preventable risk factor contributing to lung cancer?

    air pollution
    no insulin produced
    lack of exercise
    smoking

    15. What is the single, most effective means of breaking the chain of infection?

    wearing gloves when in direct contact with people
    using disposable tissues for the cold or flu
    washing hands frequently throughout the day
    cooking and storing foods at their proper temperature

    16. Which condition best describes atherosclerosis?

    cancerous tumor growths on the hands
    scar tissue developing after surgery
    fatty plaque and cholesterol buildup inside arteries
    high blood pressure

    17. How is brain tissue destroyed by a stroke?

    A blocked artery deprives part of the brain of oxygen.
    The heart stops beating and therefore blood circulation to the brain stops.
    Trauma to the skull causes swelling and pressure on the brain.
    The lungs are filled with fluid, causing abdominal swelling.

    18. A fifty-two-year-old woman feels a squeezing, crushing pain in her chest. The pain also extends to her left arm, neck, and shoulder. She is short of breath. What is she suffering from?

    diabetes mellitus
    a stroke
    a heart attack
    breast cancer

    19. What is metastasis?

    swelling because of fluid retention in the abdomen
    cancer cells leaving a tumor and invading other parts of the body
    breathing into an inhaler to open up the airways
    using a b

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, nice try, but you have to do your own homework. :)

  19. QUESTION:
    Induction at 38w4d what to expect?
    I am wondering what your experiences with medical induction have been? I am being induced in 12 days, maybe earlier if I have more problems.

    I have chronic hypertension with overlying mild preeclampsia. The preeclampsia symptoms like protein urea only flare up every 2 weeks or so since 28 weeks. I am definitely what they consider an atypical preeclampsia case. We did have a very bad episode between 31-34 weeks but with three weeks hospital bed rest and magnesium sulfate I am now stable again. Since we had the bad flare up we have done steroid shots, I am on a low sodium diet and limited activity. I have also developed what my doctor considers very mild late onset hypoglycemia over the past week and a half.

    I have done weekly biophysical profiles and NSTs since 29 weeks. Last one was last friday (schedule got a messed up) and the baby passed with a 10/10.

    I do know that my cervix is softening but only showing a fingertip dilation at my last appoint at 36w4d. I have my next appointment and tests at 37w4d.

    I will be 37 weeks tomorrow. I am of course nervous about being induced. However I am also happy looking at an end in sight because my doctor says my hypertension should get better, the protein spillage other episodes of preeclampsia will end and my blood sugar will hopefully regulate.

    • ANSWER:
      I was induced with my daughter 19 months ago. I had to go into the hospital sunday night at 5pm. They gave me and IV and placed cervadil in my cervix. It was left in there for 12 hours I think. I started contracting pretty soon after they inserted the cervadil. The next morn they took it out and started me on pitocin and broke my water. I had the epidural before the pitocin was started. Things would have just progressed from there, but I eneded up having a c-section. It had nothing to do with the induction. My daughter got stuck and wouldnt move down so everytime I contracted her heart rate went way down.

      I was really scared too. Dont worry, you will do fine!

  20. QUESTION:
    What is a typical reason that a two-year-old should see a health care provider? help me plz?
    I need help on these stupid speedback… im tryin to get 100% so i would lovvvvvee some opinions

    1. What is a typical reason that a two-year-old should see a health care provider?
    to be assessed for cancer
    to receive an immunization
    to have a Pap smear
    to have blood work for cholesterol done

    2. While visiting your grandmother, you notice she loses her balance easily, has slurred speech, and is confused. Why should you get professional help from her health care provider?
    She may be having a stroke and needs immediate care.
    She may be bleeding and require an immediate transfusion.
    She may have need for the influenza vaccination to prevent further symptoms.
    She may require a shot of insulin to regulate her blood sugar.

    3. An injection of which of the following can help to the body improve one’s own immunity and life-long resistance to specific types of infectious diseases?
    hormones
    vaccinations
    chemotherapy drugs
    antibiotics

    4. Which of the following diseases is best described by chronic pain and swelling in the joints?
    osteoporosis
    Paget’s disease
    arthritis
    Down’s syndrome

    5. Which health care professional would be responsible for providing an ultrasound to a pregnant woman to visualize the fetus and its development?
    phlebotomist
    registered nurse
    dietitian
    radiologic technician

    6. What is hypertension?
    high blood pressure
    plaque buildup inside arteries
    ruptured arteries in the brain
    death of heart muscle

    7. Which birth defects occurs when the roof of the mouth does not fuse together?
    Muscular Dystrophy
    Spina Bifida
    Down’s Syndrome
    Cleft Palate

    8. The loss of which hormone contributes to osteoporosis?
    insulin
    oxytocin
    estrogen
    thyroxine

    9. Which of the following behaviors will not help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease?
    using sunscreen
    maintaining a healthy weight
    exercising regularly
    eating a low-fat diet

    10. Which of the following might best describe how people with asthma feel during an asthma attack?
    they have a migraine headache
    they have increased sinus pressure
    they are having problems with their bowels
    they are trying to breathe through what feels like a small straw

    11. When the body doesn’t produce insulin, what is the effect?
    cells absorb too much glucose and the blood sugar is low
    cells don’t absorb enough glucose and the blood sugar is high
    cells produce too much glucose and the body uses fat for energy
    cells don’t produce enough glucose and the body stores fat

    12. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes?
    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    13. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer?
    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    14. What is the most prominent and preventable risk factor contributing to lung cancer?
    air pollution
    no insulin produced
    lack of exercise
    smoking

    15. What is the single, most effective means of breaking the chain of infection?
    wearing gloves when in direct contact with people
    using disposable tissues for the cold or flu
    washing hands frequently throughout the day
    cooking and storing foods at their proper temperature

    16. Which condition best describes atherosclerosis?
    cancerous tumor growths on the hands
    scar tissue developing after surgery
    fatty plaque and cholesterol buildup inside arteries
    high blood pressure

    17. How is brain tissue destroyed by a stroke?
    A blocked artery deprives part of the brain of oxygen.
    The heart stops beating and therefore blood circulation to the brain stops.
    Trauma to the skull causes swelling and pressure on the brain.
    The lungs are filled with fluid, causing abdominal swelling.

    18. A fifty-two-year-old woman feels a squeezing, crushing pain in her chest. The pain also extends to her left arm, neck, and shoulder. She is short of breath. What is she suffering from?
    diabetes mellitus
    a stroke
    a heart attack
    breast cancer

    19. What is metastasis?
    swelling because of fluid retention in the abdomen
    cancer cells leaving a tumor and invading other parts of the body
    breathin

    • ANSWER:
      Um if you don’t know any of that, then you need to take the class again.That is all so basic.

  21. QUESTION:
    Medical Induction at 38w4d what do I expect?
    I was wondering what your experiences with medical induction have been? I am being induced in 7 days at 38w4d for medical reasons and I am very nervous.

    I have chronic hypertension with overlying mild preeclampsia. The preeclampsia symptoms like protein urea only flare up every 2 weeks or so since 28 weeks. I am definitely what they consider an atypical preeclampsia case. We did have a very bad episode between 31-34 weeks but with three weeks hospital bed rest and magnesium sulfate I am now stable again. Since we had the bad flare up we have done steroid shots, I am on a low sodium diet and limited activity. I have also developed what my doctor considers very mild late onset gestational diabetes.

    I have done weekly biophysical profiles and NSTs since 29 weeks. Last one was last friday (schedule got a messed up) and the baby passed with a 10/10. We have another round of tests this afternoon after my normal doctors appointment.

    I do know that my cervix is softening but only showing a fingertip dilation at my last appoint at 36w4d. I have my next appointment and tests at 37w4d.

    I am of course nervous about being induced. However I am also happy looking at an end in sight because my doctor says my hypertension should get better, the protein spillage other episodes of preeclampsia will end and my blood sugar will hopefully regulate.

    • ANSWER:
      My medical induction was the worst ever

      Long story short after 31hrs of being in induced labor – 25 of those HARD labor – I was given an emergency C

      My induced labor made my natural labor seem like a walk in the park all things considered, I couldn’t have an epidural however due to his him not dropping low enough for them to give it to me – so I was in horrific pain for HOURS

      I was begging for the C for 3hrs before they caved and gave it to me

      Not everyone’s experience will be the same – some do just fine and have an easy delivery within hours of it starting – others such as myself not so much

  22. QUESTION:
    Do you have any of these conditions?
    Adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame include:

    Eye
    blindness in one or both eyes
    decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
    pain in one or both eyes
    decreased tears
    trouble with contact lenses
    bulging eyes

    Ear
    tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
    severe intolerance of noise
    marked hearing impairment

    Neurologic
    epileptic seizures
    headaches, migraines and (some severe)
    dizziness, unsteadiness, both
    confusion, memory loss, both
    severe drowsiness and sleepiness
    paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
    severe slurring of speech
    severe hyperactivity and restless legs
    atypical facial pain
    severe tremors

    Psychological/Psychiatric
    severe depression
    irritability
    aggression
    anxiety
    personality changes
    insomnia
    phobias

    Chest
    palpitations, tachycardia
    shortness of breath
    recent high blood pressure

    Gastrointestinal
    nausea
    diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
    abdominal pain
    pain when swallowing

    Skin and Allergies
    itching without a rash
    lip and mouth reactions
    hives
    aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

    Endocrine and Metabolic
    loss of control of diabetes
    menstrual changes
    marked thinning or loss of hair
    marked weight loss
    gradual weight gain
    aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    severe PMS

    Other
    frequency of voiding and burning during urination
    excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
    increased susceptibility to infection

    Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
    death
    irreversible brain damage
    birth defects, including mental retardation
    peptic ulcers
    aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
    hyperactivity in children
    severe depression
    aggressive behavior
    suicidal tendencies

    Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Epstein-Barr
    Post-Polio Syndrome
    Lyme Disease
    Grave’s Disease
    Meniere’s Disease
    Alzheimer’s Disease
    ALS
    Epilepsy
    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    EMS
    Hypothyroidism
    Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
    Fibromyalgia
    Lupus
    non-Hodgkins
    Lymphoma
    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

    THEN PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO!

    • ANSWER:
      Aspartame cannot cause Lyme disease, but Lyme disease can cause fibromyalgia.

      I agree with you, aspartame is very nasty stuff. It should never have been approved for human consumption.

  23. QUESTION:
    Aspartame Side Effects?
    Can aspartame really cause side effects such as:
    Eye blindness in one or both eyes
    decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
    pain in one or both eyes
    decreased tears
    trouble with contact lenses
    bulging eyes

    Ear
    tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
    severe intolerance of noise
    marked hearing impairment

    Neurologic
    epileptic seizures
    headaches, migraines and (some severe)
    dizziness, unsteadiness, both
    confusion, memory loss, both
    severe drowsiness and sleepiness
    paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
    severe slurring of speech
    severe hyperactivity and restless legs
    atypical facial pain
    severe tremors

    Psychological/Psychiatric
    severe depression
    irritability
    aggression
    anxiety
    personality changes
    insomnia
    phobias

    Chest
    palpitations, tachycardia
    shortness of breath
    recent high blood pressure

    Gastrointestinal
    nausea
    diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
    abdominal pain
    pain when swallowing

    Skin and Allergies
    itching without a rash
    lip and mouth reactions
    hives
    aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

    Endocrine and Metabolic
    loss of control of diabetes
    menstrual changes
    marked thinning or loss of hair
    marked weight loss
    gradual weight gain
    aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    severe PMS

    Other
    frequency of voiding and burning during urination
    excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
    increased susceptibility to infection

    Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
    death
    irreversible brain damage
    birth defects, including mental retardation
    peptic ulcers
    aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
    hyperactivity in children
    severe depression
    aggressive behavior
    suicidal tendencies

    Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Epstein-Barr
    Post-Polio Syndrome
    Lyme Disease
    Grave’s Disease
    Meniere’s Disease
    Alzheimer’s Disease
    ALS
    Epilepsy
    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    EMS
    Hypothyroidism
    Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
    Fibromyalgia
    Lupus
    non-Hodgkins
    Lymphoma
    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

    • ANSWER:
      This rumor has been going around for years, and it totally false. Some people may be sensitive to it, but it does not cause the diseases you listed or any other illness. Several of the diseases have been around since the late 1300 or early 1400, such as Multiple Sclerosis.

      If only this were the answer, then it would be great. I for one have Multiple Sclerosis and never drank a diet drink until a few years ago, way after I had symptoms. And that is only once or twice a week at most. A family member of mine is a Neuro Pharmacologist and a professor at UC Irvine medical school She stated that she is one of the worse diet coke drinkers and is very healthy.

      She is the one that said the statement about how long some of these diseases have been around. I trust her totally and not because she is related, because she has been in research for several years.

      Please check this website for more info on Aspartame. Take care.

      www.snopes.com and type in aspartame. It has a lot of info that I did not post.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is left for me to say…..?
    I typed up a report on diabetes, it is supposed to be 6 pages dubble spaced, but now i don’t know what else to put, all i need is a half a page more. Thank you!

    Diabetes Type 1
    Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. People with diabetes have problems using food for energy. After a meal, carbohydrates in food are broken down into a sugar called glucose, which is carried by the blood to cells throughout the body. Cells require insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas, to help use blood glucose for energy. People develop diabetes because the pancreas does not make enough insulin or because the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not respond to insulin properly, or both. As a result, the amount of glucose in the blood increases while the cells are starved of energy.
    Prior to 1997, the type of diabetes typically diagnosed in young people was called juvenile diabetes or type 1. Diabetes emerging in adults was called adult-onset diabetes or type 2. Then in 1997, the official names of the types were changed to type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the second most common chronic disease in children (after asthma). About 13,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Patients with type 1 diabetes make up about 5 percent of all cases of diabetes. It most commonly appears in girls and boys when they are about 14 years old. Usually, type 1 diabetes is first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults but it can occur at any age. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. As a result, the pancreas does not make insulin, a hormone which helps use blood sugar (glucose) for energy. The cells become starved of energy and there is an excess of glucose in the blood. People with Type 1 diabetes must have daily injections of insulin to live. Proper diet, exercise and home blood sugar monitoring are essential to manage the disease. Food and exercise must also be balanced because of the risk of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, and hyperglycemia, high blood sugar. Both are life threatening concerns. When hypoglycemia develops, cells are not getting enough glucose. Confusion, loss of consciousness, comma and death results when the brain is deprived of glucose for too long. Hyperglycemia and prolonged absence of insulin may lead to ketoacidosis, the accumulation of ketones in the blood when the body uses fat for energy instead of glucose. Ketones make the blood acidic and slow down all body functions. Like hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia can also lead to comma and death. The only cure available today for type 1 diabetes is a pancreas transplant, which is rarely done. Because both pancreas transplants and kidney transplants require lifelong use of powerful drugs to suppress immune reactions that can reject the organs, pancreatic transplants are usually done to those with type 1 diabetes who also need a kidney transplant. The side effects of immune- suppressive drugs can be severe and even worse than the disease. One or two people out of every 10 who get the surgery die within a year. Also the new pancreas is rejected by half of the people who get this operation. If the transplant fails, diabetes returns. Recently, experimental treatments with stem cells have shown some promise. For most people, type 1 diabetes is a life-long disease that can be effectively managed with insulin.

    Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
    •Urinates frequently. The kidneys respond to high levels of glucose in the bloodstream by flushing out the extra glucose in urine. A child with diabetes needs to urinate more frequently and in larger volumes.
    •Is abnormally thirsty. Because the child is loosing so much fluid from peeing so much, he or she becomes very thirsty to help avoid becoming dehydrated. A child who has developed diabetes drinks a lot in an attempt to keep the level of body water normal.
    •Loses weight. (or fails to gain weight as he or she grows) in spite of a good appetite. Kids and teens who develop type 1 diabetes may have an increased appetite, but often lose weight. This is because the body breaks down muscle and stored fat in an attempt the provide fuel to the hungry cells.
    •Often feels tired. Because the body can’t use glucose for energy properly.

    But in some cases, other symptoms may be the signal that something is wrong. Sometimes the first sign of diabetes is bedwetting in a child who has been dry at night. The possibility of diabetes should also be suspected if a vaginal yeast infection (also called a Candida infection) occurs in a girl who hasn’t started puberty yet. If these early symptoms of diabetes aren’t recognized and treatment isn’t started, chemicals called ketones can build up in the child’s blood and cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fruity- smelling breath, breathing problems; even loss of consciousness. Sometimes these symptoms are mistaken f

    • ANSWER:
      Watch out on using advice from yahoo answers if truthfulness is graded. While 80% of type 2′s are overweight, only 18% of obese people are diabetic.

  25. QUESTION:
    Swollen Gland or Lymph nodes Begind Ear & Severe Jaw Swelling Right Side Only?
    Hi, PLEASE ONLY ANSWER IF YOU ARE A MEICAL PROFESSIONAL OR HAVE EXERIENCED THIS, YOURSELF. THANKS IN ADVANCE!

    I just got over the wost flu I have ever had save when I was a kid & had Mono…
    I’m still getting over it. Almost a week ago my fiance’ (who has kissed & eaten/drunk after me when I was getting sick) woke up with severe symptoms. I’m going to describe the symptoms, please let me know what they might be & if you think he needs to go to the ER, our family doctor is not open today since it’s the weekend & he’s trying to avoid going to see a doctor until Monday:

    His Basics:
    He’s male, 36 years-old, 6′ Tall & 243 Pounds/large frame. No allergies/severe diabetes runs in his family.

    His Symptoms:
    About 5 days ago: He woke up with either a swollen gland or lymph node behind his right ear. A few hours later, the swelling sprea to his right side of his jaw & part of his neck, mainly the jaw. The swollen gland or lymph node AND the swelling of the jaw has gotten alot worse to where he says he has headaches. He is also sleeping alot more than usual. HE SURPRISINGLY HAS NO BODY ACHES, FEVER, SORE THROAT OR COUGH/CONGESTION AS I DID WHEN I WAS SICK. No nausea but he did have indegestion during the 1st few days of the symptoms. This is ONLY on the RIGHT side. The lump, swelling & glands are very warm to the touch. The pain is getting worse.

    This may also be superficial, but his left anckle is swollen. He’s always talking about how he must have sprained or twisted it…I am always rubbing his feet because I know that since Diabetes runs in his family that circulation is very important. It started to swell again at the onset of the above symptoms. He been getting the shakes too as though he has real low blood sugar from not eating even though he’s really overweight. When he eats he feels better but it takes about 30 minutes for the shakes to stop after I feed him. He does not smoke or drink coffee.

    **When I was sick, my doctor called-in a Z-Pack for me. (Azrythromycin?) I took the meds as prescribed. I had 1 pill left over. 2 days ago I gave him that pill thinking it would help. He said he felt a little better but then he got worse. I have a whole bottle of (Cipro I think it is and Sulfameth too) that my doctor had also called-in for me in the past which he said to keep on hand, 1 for the flu’s I get & another for my chronic UTI’s. I was wondering if it were possible for me to give him the Cipro, because maybe that will help since he refuses to go to the doctor. I give him 1 half an Asprin every day or every other day. Advil either causes the shakes (maybe?) an he does not respond to the Advil, he says it oes not help his pain or his headaches. He is very pale & tired. I checked teeth & gums, no pain, no redness, no wisdom teeth, etc. Everything seems fine with the teeth. It’s something else. The swelling goes from the swollen gland behind the ear to across the bottom & sie of his right side of his jaw. Sometimes his face looks swollen too.

    • ANSWER:
      This looks very serious. U really need to go to the doctor ASAP.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can someone please explain how Addison’s disease can be diagnosed and treated?
    I’ve been trying to find out why I’ve had chronic fatigue that has become very severe. At first I thought it was just my thyroid (I had tests done, but that wasn’t the cause. But then again my doctor only tested TSH for some reason) but then I saw a list of Addison’s symptoms and I have/had the following:

    Sudden penetrating pain in the legs (It has happened a couple times and I couldn’t even walk. It felt like a knife was in my leg)

    Low blood pressure (I’ve had this for quite a long time [it has been down to 85/45 before])

    Loss of consciousness (This has happened about 5 times in 4 years and I have never found out the cause)

    Hypoglycemia (when I passed out I had my blood sugar tested and it was normal, but other times when I had it tested, it was low. Why am I passing out due to a reason unrelated to blood sugar?)

    Severe lethargy

    Convulsions (when I pass out)

    Fever

    nausea

    painful joints

    hyperpigmentation (I have some scars that went brown, and the tips of my fingers)

    salt craving

    I’m just really desperate to find out what’s wrong with me because I’m always so exhausted and I’m not the same as I used to be anymore

    • ANSWER:
      Take these symptoms to your doctor and ask them. If that doc doesn’t help you find a different one.

  27. QUESTION:
    Urgent! Anxiety fainting?
    Every time I sit still for a prolonged period of time, or rest my head, my head starts feeling really heavy and I get dizzy. So I get up and pace around frantically, convincing myself I’ll be okay until I come down.

    I have chronic anxiety, so I’m pretty sure it’s not low blood sugar or anything. My heart is beating in a slow, steady 88 pace. So even though I know that I’m fine, I can’t stop having these symptoms and feeling dizzy, even when I’m not hyperventilating.

    Is there anything I can/should do?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me figure out what is wrong with me :(?
    I’ve been to several doctors. They don’t seem to really listen or care. It’s like they seem to think I’m just making it up for attention. Maybe because I’m always wearing alot of makeup covering my horrible looking dark circles because I’m too embarassed to let people see them. I look like I have cancer or something.

    It all started about 4 years ago. I used to be a heavy drinker and I used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day. I’m only 20 years old right now so I was extremely young at this time (obviously) I also used ecstasy alot a year or so before I got sick.

    Anyways, I never used to get sick. I could drink..eat anything and I always felt fine. I never got the flu..nothing. And still to this day I have never vomited (seriously). One day I stayed up all night with my friends… I wasn’t drinking or anything… the next evening when I decided to lay down, I ate some spaghetti and felt the most sick I have ever felt. I eventually fell asleep.. but since then.. I’ve been sick EVERYDAY (not vomitting just nauseous etc.) I quit smoking and drinking on the spot because I was so scared. I’ll never forget one day when I was getting ready to go to sleep, I layed down and the room just started to spin like crazy.. I was scared to death. I had to sit on the ground for half an hour or so until it slowed down. I was completely sober. I also started getting panic attacks/anxiety attacks (I’m not sure which one it was) I’d have trouble breathing… I’d get dizzy… feel nauseous… I just felt like I was going to die. I couldn’t even ride in CARS! I stayed at home by myself for a good 1 1/2 years straight. I’d sleep with a bucket beside my bed just incase I eventualy vomitted. That is the weirdest thing about this though… I have NEVER thrown up… even when I was this sick… I almost did but I’d fight it… I’d stop eating/drinking… It’s like I could control it or something… thats why my mom didn’t really believe me.. because I never threw up. But I swear I was extremely sick. I

    I’ve been to a million doctors it seems like… none of them looked inside my stomach…

    It has got a bit better. I can eat more, drive in cars and I’m rarely dizzy. But I still have my days. I havent drank/smoked etc. since I got sick

    My symptoms are:

    Extreme fatigue (I sleep 12-14 hours a night. When I sleep less then 8 I feel even more nauseous. No matter how much I sleep I’m still dead tired during the day. I have no energy.)

    Dark circles under eyes (They’re purplish..and sunken in. They look terrible, I’m extremely embarassed because of them. I never have no makeup on.)

    Shortness of breath (If I run I can hardly breath, just walking up stairs makes it hard to breath)

    Nausea (Feeling like I need to vomit.. it comes and goes. Some days I feel fine but not amazing.)

    Gas.

    Dizziness (Especially in the shower or upon standing)

    My toes turn purple/blue (No one can explain why.)

    Thick saliva.

    Pelvic pain.

    Chronic runny nose.

    Infertility (I’ve been pregnant twice, both miscarriages).

    On and off stomach pain (with heartbeat feeling)

    And I’ve tried to come up with a way to explain this but I think this is the main symptom that can help someone fiqure out what is wrong with me.. I just can’t word it properly! i’ll do my best..

    I have a sick feeling in my EYES…I don’t know if they’re strained.. they don’t hurt… I just have a funny feeling right behind my eyes. My vision is quite blurry sometimes aswell. I don’t know if the dizziness causes this or what… but it’s hard for me to drive because it takes a minute to focus on things.

    I’ve been tested for all the common things. Nothing uncommon.

    Tests they ran:

    Diabetes (negative)
    Celiac disease (negative)
    High/Low blood sugar (negative)
    Iron levels (Low-Normal)
    All the other common blood tests I’m guessing.. they never tell me exactly what they test for.
    I’ve had an EKG and stress test. EKG showed irregular heartbeat. Stress test was normal.
    I had alopecia areata aswell.
    Higher then normal levels of testosterone (They think I have PCOS but I’m skinny.. and dont have many of the symptoms.)

    They diagnosed me with IBS and PCOS. I disagree with both diagnoses.

    I dont know if they’ve ever checked for hepatitis..lupus..etc.

    I think I have something rare like.. “Leaky gut syndrome” or something…

    I really wish I could figure out what is wrong with me :( please help…

    • ANSWER:
      Do you think the sickness could be brought on by anxiety or stress? I have IBS, and have struggled with depression in the form of obsessiveness- like compulsive-I clean my house compulsively but it helps me to stay calmer with the house clean, but I have had many nights where different things, different situations have brought on me feeling very nauseous, dizzy, sick. If I get too upset, I will throw-up too. This has happened when me and my husband fight, when I fight with my mom, or when I am just stressing out about something. I don’t know if this will help or not, but I hope you get to feeling better! I have too had two miscarriages, and finally my 3rd pregnancy went amazingly smooth, and now have three month old son.

  29. QUESTION:
    The only cure for the Psoriasis?
    Hi All,

    OK this is how I cured my Psoriasis. But please read my suggested book titles aswell as i think it is essential that you are also self educated about your particular case of Psoriasis as everybody is different and often respond differently to treatments (as mentioned in my previous posts).

    Let me first describe what was my particular case of Psoriasis and symptoms: Chronic Scalp Psoriasis was my main symptom, also small patches on nose folds, ears and eyebrows (mainly during flareups). Also infrequent small patches on my lower legs and groin area. I also had a minor form of Gastritis/IBS which gave me constant stomach bloating. I also was increasingly becoming more intolerant to different foods (a sure sign of an intestinal imbalance and an unhappy Liver).

    I cured my Psoriasis by working both from the outside aswell as the inside as follows-:

    Outside (external treatment): Regular application of healing cream to Psoriasis spots (2 or 3 times a day). Also use only Natural shower gels and shampoos that do not contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate (most good health shops stock this). SLS is a harsh detergent that will only slow your healing process.

    Ingredients: 2 Parts pure Aloe Vera Gel, 1 part Jojoba Oil, enough to fill a small 50ml/50g jar. Then add the contents of a punctured capsule that contains either liquid Vitamin A as Retynil Acetate or Palmitate (ask your pharmacy), or simply fish liver oil as this also contains pure Vitamin A&D (the smelly option). Also add a few drops of pure tea tree oil to the preparation. Keep a jar handy for regular use. Once your patches disappear you can use the same cream but without the Vitamin A as a maintenance cream. Or the Body Shop Aloe Vera daily soothing moisture cream is a surprisingly good maintenance cream aswell. A Great face cream too!

    Scalp Psoriasis: You should apply this preparation once to your scalp and wash it out in the evening. It is a very light gel cream that is easy to apply even to the scalp and simply looks like you have used a wet look hair gel. Wash it out with an organic Apple Cider Vinegar before using an all natural shampoo that does not contain SLS (most health shops stock these types of shampoos. Avalon is a good choice). Apple Cider Vinegar is great for killing the yeast fungus on your scalp and restoring your natural acid mantle. It is also incredibly effective against dandruff and much better then any commercial product like Head & Shoulders. The first week you should use it every other day and then just once a week after that or when your scalp feels itchy or flaky. Directions: Apply about a cup full of Apple Cider Vinegar to your scalp (use an empty water bottle and make a hole in the cap) and gently massage it in to your scalp (you can add some clove oil and/or tea tree oil to cover up the smell on your hair). Then cover it up with a towel or plastic hair cap and let it sit on your scalp for between 1/2 to 1 hour. The longer the better depending on your time available before rinsing out.

    Inside (Internal Treatment):

    1.Liver Cleansing Diet
    2.Anti-Bacterial, Fungus & protozoa course
    3.Juice Fast Weekend
    4.Immune restoring diet course

    Using Liver Tonic and natural organic multi-vitamin tonic

    All with regular exercise and massage to help toxin elimination

    Week 1&2: Liver/Blood cleansing and elimination diet:

    Wake up: Two glasses of warm water (not too hot) with a squeeze of lime or lemon juice in the second glass.

    Then 2 capsules of Evening Primrose oil

    Breakfast: Fruit only- Apple compote (or stewed apple without sugar), Bananas, Kiwi fruit, Papaya, Pineapple, (no citrus fruits).
    => If you are prone to a sensitive stomach or some form of IBS then stew your fruit first by simply cooking on low heat in a saucepan with a cover for about 10mins with a little water (this will avoid the raw Cellulose and starches irritating your system)

    Teas: Lots of Camomile, Peppermint with honey teas during the day

    Lunch: Liver green salads (which include: Cress, Lambs lettuce, Parley, Raw Garlic) or cold cooked vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables (cooked the night before) with a lemon and virgin olive oil dressing (must be home made).
    => IF you have a sensitive stomach avoid raw salads and opt for the cooked vegetables.

    Teas: Lots of Camomile, Peppermint teas with honey during the day

    Early evening Liver/Skin health drink- Home juiced: Carrot,Beet and Celery juice.You can add some fruit juice to taste if you like.

    Dinner: Fish or organic farm chicken (cooked in lemon, olive oil and garlic sauce) with fresh ginger or fresh herbs (choice of: Dill, oregano, basil, rosmary) and steamed cruciferous vegetables (choice of: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage)

    Snacks(between meals): Apple Compote (or sugar free Stewed Apples), fruits, Rice cakes dipped in olive oil.

    Also use a good liver tonic to speed the process up like: Swedish Bitters (a world renown natura

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      This sounds much easier to do, and less expensive too, only about a day.

      This is a demo video to watch for the eczema cure as seen in Japan. It is not used in Hospitals all over the world yet – but as more people get this water then they will all see that Eczema is curable.

      You can try to get free alkaline water – place a wanted add on http://craigslist.com Place a add to ask for 8.5 PH drinking water, and hope that the person can also make 2.5 PH water. Drinking the alkaline water will help, even if you can not spray the 2.5 PH water on your skin and hair.

      I have been helping a friend get rid of his psoriasis’ on his skin, it covers about 2 square feet of his arms and hands.

      He has been spraying on 2.5 PH water for about a month now, and it is working. He is also drinking 9.5 PH water. His wife has MS, and is also drinking the 9.5 PH alkaline water, and is doing much better.

      Good Luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    can someone plz help with my homework?
    1. As a general guideline, the frequency of medical screenings for adults should increase as a person ages.
    A) True
    B) False

    2. Dehydration includes loss of body fluid and loss of body chemicals.
    A) True
    B) False

    3. You should avoid prolonged outdoor exposure when the wind-chill factor is below -22 degrees.
    A) True
    B) False

    4. It is not possible to exercise safely when temperatures are extremely high or extremely low.
    A) True
    B) False

    5. Heat-related illnesses from least to most severe are heat cramps, heatstroke, heat exhaustion.
    A) True
    B) False

    6. The heat-stress index shows the combined effects of heat and humidity on the body.
    A) True
    B) False

    7. Air quality refers to pollen in the air and is not a health risk.
    A) True
    B) False

    8. When you let others know where you plan to exercise and when you expect to return, you protect your personal safety.
    A) True
    B) False

    9. You should always walk away slowly if confronted by an unleashed dog.
    A) True
    B) False

    10. Heat cramps are muscle spasms resulting from the loss of large amounts of salt and water through perspiration.
    A) True
    B) False

    11. Some guidelines for consuming fluids during physical activity in hot weather include drinking:
    A) fluids that taste bad.
    B) drinks with lots of caffeine.
    C) approximately 11⁄2 to 3 1⁄4 cups of water every hour.
    D) carbonated drinks.

    12. A condition in which the body can no longer rid itself of heat through perspiration is called:
    A) heat exhaustion.
    B) heatstroke.
    C) dehydration.
    D) heat cramps.

    13. High altitude begins at
    A) 3,000 feet above sea level.
    B) 4,200 feet above sea level.
    C) 5,000 feet above sea level.
    D) 7,500 feet above sea level.

    14. All of the following are reasons why people get medical screenings EXCEPT:
    A) to see if a person is ready to begin strenuous activity
    B) to check for previously undetected medical problems
    C) to get an assessment of a person’s overall health
    D) to find out if a person would be good on the track team

    15. To update your medical history you may be asked about all of the following EXCEPT:
    A) medications you are taking.
    B) the health of family members.
    C) how fast you are able to run
    D) past health problems or illnesses

    16. Which of the following statements about asthma is CORRECT?
    A) Asthma requires you to monitor sugar levels.
    B) Asthma makes it difficult to breathe.
    C) Asthma may require a kidney donor.
    D) Asthma is not a chronic illness

    17. A medical condition in which a person’s ratio of body fat to lean muscle mass is excessively high is called:
    A) obesity
    B) asthma
    C) diabetes
    D) heart disease

    18. All of the following are examples of chronic disease EXCEPT:
    A) asthma
    B) diabetes
    C) heart disease
    D) pneumonia

    19. Recommendations for the frequency of medical screenings varies by:
    A) state
    B) age
    C) gender
    D) height

    20. People who are 6 to 15 years old should get a medical screening:
    A) once a year
    B) every 2 years
    C) every 3 years
    D) every 5 years.

    21. Match the following
    A. heat exhaustion
    B. heat-stress index
    C. altitude
    D. blood pressure
    E. hernia

    ABCDEa painful protrusion through the wall of the abdomen
    ABCDEresults in cold, clammy skin, and symptoms of shock
    ABCDElimited oxygen reduces ability to exercise or perform strenuous work
    ABCDEthe force of blood in the blood vessels
    ABCDEmeasures risk of heat and humidity

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    There is something wrong going on inside my body. Doctors still baffled.?
    Hello. My story starts about a year ago when I entered my Junior year of high school. I developed an extremely sore throat and decided to come home from school. By night time I awoke nauseous and throwing up. I was treated by my doctor. Becoming sick maybe twice or less a year like this is normal for me. However this year was going to be very different. Every few months I would get a virus and towards spring I developed a different problem. I developed chronic abdominal pain with alternating diarrhea and constipation. I had recently went on a stronger dose of antibiotics from my dermatologist for acne, and found out that it had caused me to Develop C. diff in my intestines. My doctor seemed somewhat surprised. Ironically a different dose of antibiotics cleared up the C diff. and after that I did not take anymore antibiotics unless necessary since I know that they should only be used sparingly. After that episode I had yet a new symptom. I would be perfectly fine and all of the sudden I because nauseous and would vomit. This would happen once or twice a month continuing into the summer before my senior year. I was referred to an endocrinologist out of suspicision for hypoglycemia. So far based on my blood tests it doesnt look like i have hypoglycemia, I seem to be having a lucky spell lately because I hav’nt had a “spell” of this sickness since the end of october but we are still on our toes. Once summer started I began taking accutane. I am FULLY aware of the possible side effects of this drug and went through the required routine blood tests. As far as my doctors saw there was no link between the accutane and any of my sicknesses. Also starting summertime I noticed that I had been getting constant headaches, and I happened to see in my magizine that heavy periods (which I have) can cause Iron deffiency. Sure enough after blood tests I found that I was iron defficent. I am now on perscription Iron pills and the headaches are mostly gone thank god! Through those blood tests something else was found though….my platelets were somewhat low. Even up until this day I have been going to a hematologist maybe every three months and my platelets have been normal and then next visit their low again. Still trying to soart that out but Its nothing serious. Another symptom I am getting is having loose stools or diareah quite often. No C. diff this time but I am seeing a gastroenterologist. All tests came back OK. so she suggested Irratible bowel Syndrome. Something in my gut is telling me I do not have IBS. I saw her last week and she said if this continues I will have a colonoscopy in two months. Today I had diareah but for the first time I noticed a yellow fluid too. It looked like urine, and it BURNED badly. I googled it and Im pretty sure its bile salt from the gall bladder. Im going to keep track of that now and hopefully itll go away but ill mention it to my Gastro. doc. My last symptom is my least favorite…. Im just always feeling Icky recently. I haven’t been actually throwing up, just feeling gross in the tummy. It is worse when I’m hungry, but the feeling doesn’t really make me want to eat either. Just a constant grumbly feeling, though not exactly nauseous., My stomach just feels… blah… like its this empty sea sickness feeling. Nothings sitting well. No vomiting…. but just UGH.

    So if you are willing to help me I would be so greatful and maybe should offer some general details.
    - Im currently 17
    - Im off Acutane now since 2 months ago
    - I eat as healthy as i can, like whole wheat/ skim milk but I do like my fats and sugars (common, who doesnt?)
    - I am always active and do horseback riding
    - I weigh 115 lbs, 5′ 6″ height, but I am qiute skinny since its mostly lean muscle
    please, if you have had a similar problem let me know. I dont worry myself sick so dont tell me its in my head. If it was my doc.s would be sending me to such specilized places.

    • ANSWER:
      check this out.i have alot of those problems.i find that sugar intensifies the hurt in my abdomin also.that was thru trial and era too.i have been diagnosed with pancreitis.it flares up for a few days,and if i cut the sugar and tea and soda after couple days i can get it to go away to a calm feeling i can live with.i also have that oily stuff in my stool and have had the colonoscopy and endoscopy.i still have all these problems also and they continue to get worse..but at 17 you should be good.your problems sounbd some what like mine.took couple years for them to say i have pancreitis..check into that maybe help you out


Chinese Cures For Diabetes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    has anyone heard of the bitter melon, chinese origin, a cure for type 2 diabetes it appeared in a woman’s mag

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I have heard of it, but it does NOT cure diabetes,…any type. You need to be very careful using any herbal remedies. They do not cure diabetes and can be very harmful to you. I was going to a very reputable Chinese doctor for awhile, he said he could cure diabetes. Ha ! I ended up in the hospital for 2 weeks and almost died from the crap he gave me to make into tea. If there was a cure for diabetes or easier way to treat it, your doctor would tell you. Most of the things you hear about are not good treatments, and certainly not cures, but they are money makers for someone selling them. The only cure for diabetes 1 or 2 to this date is a pancreas transplant.

  2. QUESTION:
    is this copied?
    CHINESE HERBS- NATURE’S BLESSINGS FOR AILING SOULS
    Among the family of herbal Medicines the treatment that has inspired the human souls and has intricately woven into the social fabric of many generations globally are nonetheless Chinese Medicinal herbs. These herbs have not only benefited the ailing human beings but also have been the source of Information and studies for the people of scientific world of today. These Chinese Medicinal herbs found its birth last 3000 years back among the Zhou Dynasty. The recurrent troubles prevailing in the socio economic condition of the people led to their belief that sickness was due to the malevolent action of demonic forces. Incipient herbal medicine was employed to extirpate these unwanted intruders laying foundation of today’s Chinese healing herbs.
    According to Chinese legend, Chinese father of agriculture and leader of an ancient clan, Shen Nung, tested one by one hundreds of different plants to discover their nutritional and medicinal properties and then on this tradition continued.
    CHINESE HERBS
    There are over 3000 different Chinese healing herbs that can be used for medical purposes. Only 300 to 500 of these herbs are commonly used.
    BENEFITS OF CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINES
    Chinese healing herbs performs three main functions:
    •To treat the immediate problem, such as killing bacteria or a virus,
    •To strengthen the body, helping it to recover, and
    •To maintain health.

    DISEASES CHINESE HERBS CURE
    Chinese healing herbs are commonly used to treat disorders such as:
    •Digestive problems
    •Eczema and psoriasis
    •Fatigue
    •Gynaecological disorders
    •Hepatic (liver) disorders
    •Cardiovascular disorders
    •Stress

    There are different herbs for different types of diseases like:
    •Diabetes Chinese herbs
    •Chinese herbs for scabies
    •Chinese herbs for endometrosis
    As Diabetes has been most common ailment so there are different herbs for Diabetes patients like Diabetic neuropathy among others.
    Specially for Gynecological disorders there are Chinese herbs for fertility and Chinese herbs for infertility
    CATEGORIZATION OF MEDICINAL HERBS
    Chinese Medicinal herbs are categorized in following ways:
    •Property: Every herb is said to have the property of being either cool, cold, warm, or hot. Cool and cold herbs treat “hot” symptoms, such as fever, thirst, sore throat or constipation. Warm and hot herbs treat “cold” symptoms, such as cold hands and feet.
    •Flavor: There are seven flavors of herbs; pungent, sweet, sour, astringent, bitter, salty, and neutral.
    •Channels: Channels (or meridians) run throughout the body, affecting different organs. Each kind of herb affects a particular channel and organ.
    •Actions: Herbs perform different actions in the body. These are known as lifting, floating, lowering, and sinking.
    MECHANISM OF CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE IN BODY
    Chinese treatment is a part of larger healing system called as “Traditional Chinese Medicine” (TCM), which includes among others acupuncture, massage dietary advice and exercise. For maintaining good health we must strive to attain a harmonious balanced relationship between the different systems inside our body, and between nature and our body and when this balance is disturbed we suffer from various diseases. These traditional Chinese Medicine balances our body system with the help of the prescribed Chinese healing herbs. The principle theory includes Yin and Yang, Qi, Blood and Body Fluid theory and Channels and Collaterals theory.
    YIN AND YANG
    The ancient Chinese proposed that all living things are sustained by balance of two opposing forces of energy, called Yin and Yang. Together, they make up the life essence, or Qi – a type of energy that flows through the body via invisible channels called meridians. Half of organs and meridians are governed by Yin and the other half are governed by Yang. When Yin and Yang are out of balance in the body, this causes a blockage of Qi and a subsequent illness. Yin and Yang imbalances can be caused by stress, pollution, poor diet, emotional upsets or infection. For diagnostic purposes, Yin and Yang are further subdivided into interior and exterior, hot and cold, deficiency and excess.
    PHILOSOPHY BEHIND CHINESE HERBAL TREATMENT
    This treatment depends on the philosophy that we live between heaven and earth and we are miniature universe in ourselves and we have five organs like
    •Heart” or “mind” (hsin);
    •2.”lungs” or “respiratory system” (fei);
    •3.”liver” (kan);
    •4.”spleen” (p’i);
    •5.”kidneys” (shen)
    These are called as Latent Phenomena
    Exessive Wind (feng), cold (han), heat (shu), moisture (shih), dryness (tsao), and internal heat (huo “fire”) harms the body, and are referred to as the “six external disease-causing factors” (liu yin). On the other hand, if mood changes within the individual, such as happiness(hsi), anger(nu), worry(yu), pensiveness(szu), grief(pei), fear(k’ung), and surprise(ching) are too extreme, they will also harm the health. These emotions are called the “seven emotions”(ch’i ch’ing). In Chinese Herbal treatment, the six external disease-causing factors, interacting with the seven emotions, form the theoretical foundation of disease pathology. These theoretical models, coupled with the “theory of latent phenomena,” are used to analyze the patient’s constitution and his illness, and diagnose the exact nature of his overall physical and psychological loss of balance. Based on this analysis, the doctor prescribes method to correct the imbalance.
    HOW THE HERBAL MEDICINES ARE PRESCRIBED
    The TCM philosophy proposes that everything including organs of the body – is composed of the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. The herbs are similarly classified into the five tastes – sweet, salty, bitter, pungent and sour – which correspond to the five elements, for example, since the skin is a metal element Yang organ, it would be treated with a pungent herb
    Each herbal medicine prescription is a mixture of many herbs tailored to the individual patient. One batch of herbs is typically decocted twice over the course of one hour. The practitioner usually designs a remedy using one or two main ingredients that target the illness. Then the practitioner adds many other ingredients to adjust the formula to the patient’s Yin Yang conditions. Sometimes, ingredients are needed to cancel out side
    effects of the main ingredients. Some herbs require the use of other ingredients as catalyst or else the brew remains ineffective.
    HOW THE PROBLEM IS DIAGNOSED
    Diagnosis is by visual assessment, listening and smelling, questioning, and palpation; a single biomedical disease may be associated with a large number of TCM diagnoses, while one TCM diagnosis may encompass a number of biomedical diseases. Once a diagnosis is established, therapy aims at restoring the body’s homeostasis by treating the root cause of the disease.
    CHINESE HEALING HERBS
    Chinese healing herbs are mainly plant based, but some preparations include minerals or animal products. They can be packaged as powders, pastes, lotions or tablets, depending on the herb and its intended use. Different herbs have different properties and can balance particular parts of the body. Prescribing a particular herb or concoction of herbs means the practitioner’s diagnosis has to take into account the state of the patient’s Yin and Yang, and the elements that are governing the affected organs.
    SCIENCE VS HERBAL MEDICINE
    Dr. David Nye pointed out some interesting facts in discussing scientific vs. Chinese Herbal Medicine. He said that scientific medicine is a body of knowledge about the human body, its maladies, and their treatment acquired by the application of scientific methods of study. These methods were developed for science in general and medicine in particular. For Alternate Medicine like Chinese Herbal Medicine, he explains alternative medicine as a name has been given to several schools of folk (non-scientific) medicine whose treatments are typically derived from tradition rather than from scientific study. Ideas often come from a single founder and are then passed along generation next with little change as in the case of chiropractic or homeopathy. New form of treatments may be added but the core theories are not challenged. Alternative medical treatments are often promoted through the use of anecdotal evidence and testimonials.
    STEPS TO CONSIDER BEFORE GOING FOR CHINESE HERBAL TREATMENT
    Chinese healing Herbs can act on the body as powerfully as pharmaceutical drugs and should be treated with the same caution and respect. Some herbs can be toxic in high doses; others can cause allergic reactions, many can also suffer from liver dysfunction. Make sure your practitioner is fully qualified. Never abandon your regular medication or alter the dose without the knowledge and approval of your Doctor. Because of the variety of herbs used in Chinese herbal medicine, there is a potential for negative interactions with prescribed drugs. Some herbal preparations contain other ingredients
    which are not always identified. The FDA has issued a statement warning diabetics to avoid several specific brands of Chinese herbal products because they illegally contain the prescription diabetes drugs glyburide and phenformin. FDA warnings have been issued for PC-SPES and production of that product stopped because the Chinese herbal products also contained prescription drugs (indomethicin, diethylstilbestrol and warfarin).
    China had no doubt remained one of the leading Civilizations since centuries in arts, social, culture, Economy but the gift of unique herbs that it gave to human beings is cherished, was cherished and will always be cherished by generations ahead. Though modern medicines has took its roots among the people but Chinese Medicinal Herbs has undoubtedly taken its own place into the hearts of millions due to its magical powers of healing.
    These are the points that I have covered in the Write-up
    •How does Chinese medicine differ from the scientific herbs?
    •How do Chinese herbs work? (can describe it in steps)
    oassesses the balance between yin and yang aspects of body functions
    ocorrespondence of the ailment to the five phase elemental system of living energy
    oetc
    •Health benefits of Chinese herbs
    •Are several herbs combined in Chinese herbal formula? (explain in brief)
    •Dangers in using Chinese herbs (e.g. affect liver function)
    Diagnostic examination before administering Chinese herbs (e.g. visual exam, listening and smelling etc)

    • ANSWER:
      Tall claims apart , not fond useful in the long run.

  3. QUESTION:
    how does royal jelly and bee propolis affect diabetes?
    I am an American english teacher in China. I have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. My Chinese friends suggested I start taking a daily combination of royal jelly and propolis. I am totally sold on it. I haven’t taken any diabetic medication in six months and my blood sugar levels have been consistently normal. I even eat something sugary about once every two weeks. I highly recommend these products to anyone with diabetes. My Chinese friends even believe that after several years of daily doses of rj and bp there’s a chance diabetes can be completely cured! I have searched and searched the internet for how these products affect diabetes and, apparently, there’s been little research done on it in the West. Can anyone illuminate me on this?

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve not heard of either one. Controlling type two diabetes is not that hard if you learn a few simple dos and don’ts. What works very well for me is a combo of supplements along with a healthy diet, exercise, and weight control. I, too, eat sugary stuff now and then with no adverse affects. In fact, one of my sources claims that a small amount of sugar can actually help type two diabetics. I’m a little skeptical, but so far, my numbers are pretty good. Read more here: http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/Type_II_Diabetes.html

  4. QUESTION:
    If you could be cured of diabetes for 24 hours, what would you eat?
    I would start with stuffed french toast and orange juice at IHOP for breakfast. For a morning snack I would have an Icee and nachos from seven-eleven. For lunch I would go to Red Lobster and eat a double portion of the coconut shrimp with pina colada sauce followed by their vanilla bean cheesecake. For dinner on to a great Chinese restaurant and eat sweet and sour chicken and pork and noodles and lots of fried rice. Finally I would top the day off with a piece of my brothers homemade chocolate silk pie. All of these are foods I haven’t touched since I was diagnosed five years ago. How about you?
    I don’t touch those foods anymore because I used to eat them all the time and I also weighed 70 lbs more than I do now. Also, I can never handle rice especially fried, it just makes my blood sugar climb way too much.

    • ANSWER:
      Milkshakes, slurpees, and a whole lot of alcoholic drinks that I have never really tried. You know, the ones with coconut, and pineapple and such things. I’d probably want to go to a really good buffet, and just try everything.
      Ahhhh….if only.

  5. QUESTION:
    How can I cure myself and reduce swelling in my legs[?
    Doctors have said I have lymphEdemia. means my legs swell and get pumped up With lymph fluid and water.

    The swelling is very painful 24/7 I have been in a panama hospital for over 6 weeks one time.
    they have not been able to cure me with massive doses of antibiotics, herbs, chinese treatments for over two years. they say it is part of having diabetes. Also having trouble Losing weight. Anybody, please I need help.

    Matt
    lymph Edemea. I have an infection in my lymphatic fluids. It is NOT water retention they say. But Drs. and Hospitals. are not curing it. Was suggested a drain in my legs to get rid of the lymph fluid excess. Using EFTand meditation to cut done on pain. Helps. Keep thinking. Feet over head was goog. Using a harness and pulleys with ropes to kept them up. Keep the ideas coming, at least you have given me more hope knowing others are out there. Here every one stares like i’am a freek with big legs. I stare right back.

    • ANSWER:
      If you can get to it try some healing yoga classes. There are classes for ill people. And overweight people too! Look into it. It can get your body balanced and greatly help most all conditions.

      Try this. lay on the floor next to the wall. turn and lift your legs up the wall resting them on the wall with your butt agains the wall. Stay for as long as you can, short time at first. This will drain the water and lymph from your legs and provide some releif. It is good for anyone after a long day, edema or not. Very relaxing. Breath deeply into your stomach while doing it.

  6. QUESTION:
    This is a paper I wrote for writing class what do you think?
    Hope for a Cure
    I chose to write about this topic because it is a struggle that I, and millions of people face everyday. This problem affects a large amount of people regardless of age or race. Many people are suffering from obesity related health problems, and the numbers are growing. Our children are even at risk.
    There are many contributing factors to obesity. I think the environment we live in is very significant to our daily habits. Everywhere you look, is a fast food restaurant with signs stating how delicious, and inexpensive their food is. The convenience is probably the most appealing factor. After a long day at work, no one wants to go home and cook a meal, or go to the grocery store. With “fast food” all you have to do is drive through, tell them what you want, and with out even having to get out of your car, you have your meal in about 5 minutes.
    One of the main reasons for craving this food could be caused from Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) or as restaurants call them “flavor enhancers.” MSG is highly addictive and has also been proven to create obesity. I read in an article recently *”MSG Slowly Poisoning America”(5-1-04) that scientists were creating obese rats and mice for diet, and diabetes test studies. Since there are no naturally obese rats or mice, they had to create them by injecting them with MSG when they were born. They found that MSG triples the amount of insulin that the pancreas creates, causing rats and quite possibly humans, to become obese. This is a frightening thought when you look in your cupboards, and have to struggle to find something that does not contain MSG.

    Hughes 2
    Manufacturers who use this product are required to list the use of MSG, but they have found a way around this by using different names. Some products even state that they are “MSG free” when in fact, they are not. Some other words for MSG *(“The Excitotoxins – The Taste That Kills” (By Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD 3-6-03) include: hydrolyzed protein, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, yeast extract, textured protein, and hydrolyzed oat flour. These are just a few names they use. The list has about 15 or 20 additional alternative names for MSG. It is most commonly used in restaurants, and processed foods. Also in the article I read, the author asked a very intriguing question, “If MSG is not harmful, then why do they try to hide the fact that they use it?” I think if people want to solve the obesity epidemic, they should start with MSG, and its harmful effects on people.
    One of the harmful effects of MSG, is that it can contribute to panic attacks and anxiety. I have personally experienced this effect. I have a lot of anxiety problems and when I eat something that has a lot of MSG added, for instance: Chinese food, or Ramen noodles, it greatly increases my anxiety. But some foods are hard to stay away from when you are on a tight budget. This makes it nearly impossible to afford healthy or organic foods. I have tested this theory myself. I ate healthy for about two weeks, then I ran low on money, and I couldn’t afford healthy foods. So for the rest of the month, I had to resort to Ramen Noodles, and Macaroni and Cheese. So, in regards to my experiences, I think money is a large contributor in healthy eating, and dieting today.
    I believe some of the obesity problems could be partly due to people relying on a miracle, or some kind of cure to take care of all their problems. I see several commercials everyday for products, claiming to be the next miracle that will solve all your problems. Then in words so small you can barely see, it states that this product will only work with diet and exercise. It is disappointing that these businesses will prey on people’s hope’s and desperation just to make a buck. I think if there weren’t so much advertising, then maybe people would rely more on traditional ways of losing weight.

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    I think exercise is key to fighting obesity. Although, it is possible to exercise regularly without loosing any weight. But regardless of weight loss, it helps with health problems related to obesity. I have three children (I gave birth to five) and I was pretty petite. I never had a problem with my weight, but after having five children and coping with stress , depression, and eating for two so many times, you tend to gain some extra weight. I have tried just about
    every diet, a lot of exercise (riding a bike everywhere, pulling three kids), working out at the gym, and so far I have not found anything that works. You just have to find the one thing that will work right for you, something you enjoy.
    An important question comes to mind while exploring this subject. Are we teaching our children poor habits? Were we taught poor eating habits? Or could it be caused from the MSG added to our food over the last 50 years? Whatever the cause, the number of obese children seems to be growing rapidly.
    Maybe food has become some form of a new drug for coping with life’s struggles. It is strange to think of food as a drug, but some people use it as a crutch, (myself included) it just seems to make you feel better, if only for a moment. I don’t use drugs, drink or smoke. But I am addicted to certain foods, and I believe everybody has something to lean on for support, healthy or not.
    Maybe obesity should be more advertised, to let other people know they are not alone, that there is help for them, and that there is healthy ways to cope without resorting to overeating.
    My hope is for a cure to obesity in the near future, and someone putting a stop to adding MSG to our food. Hopefully this problem can be solved and as a result, a lot of health problems could greatly decrease. So don’t starve yourself, yet don’t overindulge, and remember we have little ones watching and learning from our every move. Try to break the cycle by setting a good example for healthy eating and exercise.

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    Works cited

    *Author unknown “MSG-Slowly Poisoning America” 1 May 2004http://www.rense.com/
    general52/msg.htm
    *Dr.Russell Blaylock, MD. From the book “Excitotoxins – The Taste That Kills” 6 March 2003

    http://www.rense.com/general52/msg.htm

    • ANSWER:
      great. i hope u get an A. i totally agrre with u on everything.

  7. QUESTION:
    i just want to know how i can fix this?
    im a teen about to go to high school. i have no sibs around. i just moved to sunny california and i have absolutely no friends here. i constantly skype, facebook, tweet, and tumble with my old friends because i have way too much time. i’m almost positive i have some mild depression that’s been going on from 4th/5th grade. i’m about to go into 9th grade. im chinese and i dont even know how to speak chinese or read it. i have to keep up my grades no matter what because i have typical asian parents that want me to do well in school. my parents used to fight a lot and now they’ve calmed down but still i worry constantly if they’ll just separate on an ungiven day. i’m a typical teenage girl that worries about her complexion and her character and her weight and height. i’m barely 5ft tall and i’ve never had a boyfriend. im not allowed to but i dont want one anyways. i question myself almost everyday “what is life for?” i plan becoming a doctor when i grow up because i want to help people. since my dad has diabetes i want to find a cure for him and since i have peanut allergies, i want to help people with allergies as well. i also plan on making youtube videos, comedy videos and advice videos with simple things. like how to do something or whatnot. but it’ll be funny so i hope it’ll make people smile. i haven’t made the channel yet. i was hoping if i was successful it might be a summer job. that’s another thing. i’m not old enough for many jobs. i’m only 14. i don’t have friends so i can’t really babysit or anything. there aren’t many places where you can make money at 14. i’m bored constantly. i go on the computer all day long and i can’t figure out what my purpose is in life. it’s probably too early to figure that out anyways. youtube videos keep me laughing and smiling and entertained through the days.
    my questions are:
    how can i learn chinese? i’m 14 and most chinese schools teach lil kids. even the lil kids know how to speak so i’ll look like a doofus around them. im not very into learning but it’s embarrassing when i can’t even talk to my grandparents on the phone. my mom fails at teaching me. i wish she could’ve taught me sooner but that options gone already.
    how can i start youtube videos? my mom has a mac but i can’t use it often. i have a pc and i only have windows movie maker. i don’t have many ideas but i have a dream to be successful and make people smile. i dont want a 1 hit wonder i just want to see where this goes. any tips? for some obvious reason attractive people always get the most views. i’m pretty average… to be honest. i have no idea how i can get people past this “idea”. btw i can’t wear makeup my mom doesn’t allow it. i don’t have acne *phew* yet but i just want tips on making good and funny videos. well besides being myself lol.
    can i get a job at 14? im a shy person too. i dont have many friends. what kind of jobs could i possibly get? besides babysitting and lawnmowing or lemonade stands lol.
    and i want to overcome my shyness. ik it takes time to do this but seriously that’s probably the reason why i have few friends. they”re close and i can trust them. i just don’t want to be a loner forever.
    guys thank you so much for your time if you answer this i really appreciate it. i’ve even grown WHITE hairs (i have black asian hair lol) from all my stress. i just want some clues and guidance. i can’t really talk to my parents because they will never understand. and im shy lol.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, if you moved into any part of CA where there’s a Chinese community nearby, you can go to Saturday School to learn Chinese. I’m not Chinese but my best friend through school and into adulthood was. She went to Saturday School and I learned some from her and her mom and brothers. When I went to UCLA I took a couple of classes in Mandarin. Ni Hao. It’s better to look like a doofus for a little while and learn Chinese than look mature, serious and grown up and not learn Chinese.

      What I learned from her and her 4 brothers is that Chinese kids aren’t much different from the rest of us except they are more directed by their parents and seem less free to choose how to use their time. You haven’t made peace with who you are yet and that’s OK. You’re a teenager and going through the normal teen angst and doubts. Once you get out of high school and into university, it’ll still be stressful but your mind will settle down because you’ll be closer to your future.

      To know about making videos, you have to watch videos critically. What makes a video good? What makes a video bad? Hint: it’s not the “coolness” of the person or their wild makeup. It’s the fact that they are honestly themselves. You can’t be a fake in front of the camera unless you’re already a great actress. Make some vids just playing around. Watch them. If you like what you see, others will like it, too. You don’t have to post everything you make to YouTube. You could start with a very honest video journal. Talk about what you’ve written in your question. Talk about learning Chinese. Be sure to “love” the camera. In other words, don’t lecture but use some facial expressions and gestures. Be a real person.

      Good Luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    Water and Empty stomach – good for health – why not you drink water in the empty stomach?
    Courtesy: Chiranjeevi:
    It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven a its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:
    Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.
    METHOD OF TREATMENT
    1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water
    2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes
    3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.
    4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours
    5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.
    6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.
    The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:
    1. High Blood Pressure – 30 days
    2. Gastric – 10 days
    3. Diabetes – 30 days
    4. Constipation – 10 days
    5. Cancer – 180 days
    6. TB – 90 days
    7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily.
    This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.
    It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life.
    Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.
    This makes sense …. the Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals .not cold water. maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain…
    For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.
    It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.
    Once this “sludge” reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

    • ANSWER:
      Thank you so much for the wonderful helpful advice you have shared. I will take on board everything you have said, and will pass on this information to all the peoples I know. Thank you for helping people take care of their health now rather than later with highly dubious and toxic prescriptions.

      Of course the water will be sourced from good quality natural spring water. Remember your tap water is toxic, thanks to uncaring governments.

      Bless you and your wisdom and knowledge.

  9. QUESTION:
    drink water and just stay healthy?
    DRINK WATER ON EMPTY STOMACH

    It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven a its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

    Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.

    METHOD OF TREATMENT

    1 As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water

    2 Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minute

    3 After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.

    4 After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours

    5 Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.

    6 The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

    The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/ reduce main diseases:

    1 High Blood Pressure – 30 days

    2 Gastric – 10 days

    3 Diabetes – 30 days

    4 Constipation – 10 days

    5 Cancer – 180 days

    6 TB – 90 days

    7 Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily.

    This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.

    It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life.
    Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.

    This makes sense .. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals …not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain…

    For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.

    It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

    Once this “sludge” reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

    A serious note about heart attacks: Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting.

    Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.

    You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack.

    Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.

    60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.

    Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive

    • ANSWER:
      Thank you so much for this information. It is amazing how pure and helpful water is. I just drink a glass of water everyday now I’m going to change it.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is ‘Railroad Therapy’ safe?
    Apparently this is the latest in alternative medicine, a system by which you lie down on a train track and let the low voltage electric current flow through you which then treats lots of different illnesses.

    It carries some of the hallmarks of a good alternative therapy:

    It was discovered by an unnamed, ethnic chinese guy (so the rumour goes).
    Those that use it cannot afford real medicine.
    Up to 50 people have been using it per day, so it’s popular.

    It also includes an interesting anecdote: “…Mulyati insists it provides more relief for her symptoms — high-blood pressure, sleeplessness and high cholesterol — than any doctor has since she was first diagnosed with diabetes 13 years ago.”

    And a touch of false logic:

    “They told us not to do it anymore, but what else can I do,” said Hadi Winoto, a 50-year-old stroke victim who has trouble walking. “I want to be cured, so I have to come back.”

    Is it worth a go, just in case it works?
    “you cannot dismiss the effects reported by these people”

    Except I didn’t, did I?

    “And how come you didn’t provide the link?”

    Er, maybe because Yahoo! no longer allows you to?

    Remember: Think THEN type!

    • ANSWER:

      http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/ap/as_indonesia_railroad_therapy

      It’s bound to catch on over here as well once people realize it’s a new health treatment. Of course it’s not going to work.

      What they haven’t considered is that it’s all well and good relying on the track-circuit batteries to give a tingle but is serious energy is put onto the rails you’re likely to find yourself the wrong side of the return conductor and end up with hundreds of volts going through you.

      Somebody was doing a similar thing in Brighton, lying on the rails and thrashing about pretending to be electrocuted. All well and good until he actually touched the live rail, then it’s goodnight sweetheart.

      Seems a very stupid thing to do, but then it is an alternative medicine. Lying around where there is very high voltages and big, heavy metal objects tanking along at 100mph. This is one of those “don’t try this at home kids”.


Children’s Blood Sugar Levels Normal

Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar level can be well managed by following a regular diabetic diet. Most of hypoglycemic issues are happening due to uncontrolled food intakes by diabetic patients. Complications related to hypoglycemia can be easily made under control by tracing patient’s diet. Hypoglycemic diet should be properly planned with the help of a dietitian. A hypoglycemic patient can start his or her day by having a good diabetic breakfast. Never try to skip breakfast, as it is necessary for maintaining the blood glucose level. Always self control and keep a limit in food intake.

Consuming according to the preplanned diabetic diet will do well. Eating small amounts of meals in regular intervals with inclusion of snacks in between diet helps in regulating blood sugar level. Try taking small meals in every three hours or as prescribed by nutritionist. Prepare regular note of every small bite and do continuous glucose monitoring for better result. Ripened fruits, boiled meat, and raw vegetables are some of the favorable food items for a hypoglycemic patient. Alcohol consumption and tobacco effects negatively in maintaining normal blood glucose level. Alcohol consumption in empty stomach promotes rapid metabolism leading way to sudden fall in blood glucose level.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the normal blood sugar level for a seven year old before and after eating?
    I tested my child’s blood sugar level a couple hours after eating the other day and it was 296. About an hour later it was 201. I’ve tested her first thing in the morning yesterday (blood sugar was 118) and today (blood sugar was 128) without eating. Should I call the doctor or just continue to watch her? I should mention she’s got bladder/urinary problems also (spastic bladder).

    • ANSWER:
      Age does not matter.
      Fasting blood sugar of greater than 125 is diagnostic of diabetes.
      Random blood sugar of greater than 200 (twice) is also diagnostic of diabetes.

      You need to get this child into the doctor today.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are normal Blood Sugar levels in 2 or 3 year old healthy kid.?
    Family history
    1) Mom was diagnosed with type 2 at 38 years and started on insulin at 49 years.
    2) Dad was daignosed with type 2 at 49/50 and went on insulin at 65.
    3) One brother (out of two) was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 9 years.
    4) I had gestational diabetes in first pregnancy and was started on insulin from 12th week (started with 5 NPH). I had very good control during pregnancy though.
    Tested 7 times a day. Made drastic changes to my diet. Very few times my levels were above normal. Target was 130 after 1 hour. and less than 90 fasting. I was within range 90% of the time.

    My child’s readings.

    My kid is 2 1/2 year old now. Her 2 hour test was 115. Tested at home after dinner.

    Her Dinner was,

    1) White Rice cooked (2/3 cup)
    2) peas and paneer curry
    (Peas 2 about tsps,
    cheese half ounce,
    tamato + onion gravy 2tsp.)
    3) Plain yogurt 1/3 rd cup.
    4) Bite size snickers bar.

    She took her main meal in about 25 mins and ate her snickers 10 mins later.

    • ANSWER:
      Normal for anyone – kids or not is approximately 90-145. Anything over 200 and you can look at diabetes as something to be investigated.

      Having had gestational diabetes you do have a higher chance of developing T2 diabetes – exercising and watching what you eat can definitely make a HUGE difference.

      A non-diabetic will have almost no fluctuation with their eating – whereas a pre-diabetic can.

      In children that young – they will get Type 1 diabetes – or juvenille as some people call it.

      115 is just fine.

      Just look out for other symptoms. Excessing thirst, frequent urinating, lethargy without normal reasoning, sweet smelling breath.

      Check out websites such as www.diabetes-book.com and read up on it more.

      I am a type 2 diabetic diagnosed at age 39.

  3. QUESTION:
    Do they periodically check toddlers blood glucose for diabetes?
    I was wondering if they periodically check blood sugar levels in toddlers. It never occurred to me that it might be possible my daughter could have diabetes. Her fasting levels are about 119-125 and her eating levels are about 170 to 260 being the highest. She doesn’t drink soda or cool aid and usually drinks water or milk. I don’t know whether children’s sugar tend to run higher or whether they should be around the same. I have gestational diabetes and my grandfather had type II, but my daughter eats healthy and if anything has more trouble gaining weight than anything. I know part of the signs but she has seemed to always be hungry (since birth), never gained weight (She weighs 22 pounds at one month shy of two), and her attitude is sometimes very outspoken and cranky, (well, she is almost two and has always had a little bit of an attitude) and she has never really acted that differently than usual. She takes one to two naps and sleeps at night and in general is a very well behaved toddler. I talked to my mom (who was a registered nurse) about the sugar levels and she doesn’t think I should be concerned. I’m calling a doctor tomorrow (but wont be able to schedule until Tuesday due to the fact that I have 3 appointments for my pregnancy tomorrow), but want to hear opinions about what anyone who has diabetes thinks. Even if your someone who knows about diabetes. I’m a little bit of a diabetic idiot (wonder whether they have diabetes for dummies) so don’t know what normal ranges are. I only know that an adults fasting should be around 80 and about 120 or so for eating. I don’t even know what the highest normal range is for an adult. Only that 80 and 120 are the round about normal ranges (I’m not even sure that is right). I was only diagnosed a week ago with gestational diabetes. Please don’t say ask your doctor. I am taking her, but in the meantime I would like to know what the best thing to help maintain her sugars. I only give her Splenda when it comes to sweets. Do I need to get cherrios and throw away fruit loops? Can she have juice at all? I don’t have things like cookies or anything at all. I have veggies, fruits and meats such as chicken and shrimp and lean lean beef.

    • ANSWER:
      No they don’t check toddler’s blood sugar on a regular basis. This is too much information for me to address all of it, so I’m going to just give you the basics. At that age it’s most likely type 1 … but with numbers that low you very likely have just caught it at the beginning. Take her to the doctor soon, it can get dangerous quickly.

      Type 1 diabetes does not have to do with weight or diet, and it is not your fault if your daughter has it. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the cells that produce insulin until they don’t work anymore. It’s the same type of thing as an allergy, which is when the immune system attacks things that are harmless. Except this is much more serious, of course.

      And it has nothing to do with your gestational diabetes, or your grandpa’s type 2. They are different diseases with different causes. The treatment is different too.

  4. QUESTION:
    Diabetes Question & Your Teeth?
    I have been to the dentist on many of occasions. I have had teeth removed, x-rayed, and filled. The dentist told me that my teeth were all hallow inside. The jaw teeth both bottom and tops. The teeth are nice and shinny on the outside of the teeth because I brush them often and floss them. Before, I told him that I had diabetes. He looked at me and said, “You must be a diabetic.” I ask him about it and he told me that in some diabetics the pulp in their teeth dies and disappears because their blood sugar levels is out of control or their blood is not normal. He said it was a way for him to know if a patient has diabetes even it the patient does not know they have it. How much truth is in his statements. Could someone do research into that area of study? I later ask my youngest son’s dental surgeon whom works at the Children’s Hospital and, he said the very same thing.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s called Periodontal disease, sir, and it’s more common in diabetes patients. This does NOT mean, however, that all diabetics will suffer with it.

      There are many pages on the internet that offer advice and explanations about periodontal disease. Here are just a few.


Causes Of Low Blood Sugar

Hypoglycemia or blood sugar is a disorder of blood sugar metabolism which may result in
diabetes in later life. It is a condition in which the pancreas produces too much insulin, causing
the blood sugar to drop.
Hypoglycemia sometimes occurs in healthy people some hours after a meal rich in
carbohydrates, especially following muscular exertion. It is frequently found in the first few days
of life, especially among premature infants.
Hypoglycemia is a serious disorder as the brain cannot function properly when the blood sugar
level is too low. Like all other organs of the body, the brain receive its fuel from the diet. But it
can use only the sugar produced by the body from carbohydrates. Unlike many of the body
tissues, it cannot store its fuel. Therefore, it must get a constant supply of sugar through the
bloodstream. Mental disturbances caused by subnormal blood sugar levels can seriously affect
a persons life.
Symptoms
A craving for sweets and starches in excessive amount between meals is the first sign of low
blood sugar level . When the blood sugar level falls much below normal, symptoms such as
nervousness, irritability, fatigue, depression, disturbed vision and headache appear. Other
symptoms are sweating, trembling, numbness, absent-mindedness, dizziness, palpitation of the
heart and some sexual disturbances. Most hypoglycemia patients feel hungry and eat frequently
to get over the feeling of weakness and emotional irritability. They feel tense if they have to go
without food for several hours.
Causes
Hypoglycemia is usually caused by an excessive intake of refined carbohydrates and sugar
foods. These substances cause the pancreas, the adrenal gland and the liver to lose their ability

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What causes low blood sugar?
    My mom has pre-diabetes. A couple years i passed out from low blood sugar and ever since then i regularly get dizzy. I check my blood sugar with my mom’s sugar monitor. Today it dropped from 143 to 80 in a couple of hours. Is there anyway i can keep my blood sugar up? My mom says to just eat some candy whenever i feel dizzy. Would that work? And what does cause low sugar? Thanks a bunch!

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, please ignore the website offered by Willy. It’s simply advertising products that you may, or may not require.

      What I would say to you about your blood sugar levels is that you need to see your doctor. A reading of 143 mg/dL … assuming that it was done correctly … is high for someone that has not been diagnosed as diabetic.

      There may actually be some other reason for you feeling dizzy as a blood sugar result of 80 mg/dL is not low enough to be considered hypoglycemic. It may, though, be because your regular blood sugar levels are high. You would then ‘feel’ as though your blood sugar level has fallen too low.

      Do yourself a big favour [favor] and see your doctor. If you are diabetic, then it’s best you start treatment as soon as possible.

      Be well.

  2. QUESTION:
    Metiformin for PCOS causes low blood sugar ?
    I was just prescribed metiformin to help with my PCOS the dr has me taking three doses of 500 mg a day … which to me seems a little much …. could it cause low blood Sugar?….

    • ANSWER:
      It does for some if you’re not eating enough to keep your blood sugar where it should be. I take 500mg twice a day.

  3. QUESTION:
    What Causes Low Blood Sugar?
    I have recently started have low blood sugar.I am not diabete that i am aware of.I am a 46 yr old female.Diabetes does not run in my family,Doctor said that is getting to low.it has been running like 48 -50.any help would help
    I am 5’6′.I weigh 170 .I do have excess thirst.I do have low engery,i do have problem getting over infections i get and yes cancer does run in my family

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the causes of low blood sugar?
    And what is the permanent treatment of this problem and how much time it takes to get ok

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There,

      Some causes of low blood sugar or hypoglycemia are :

      * Side effects of certain medications
      * Excessive alcohol
      * Certain cancers
      * Anorexia
      * Diarrhea
      * Serious illnesses such as kidney failure, liver disease or heart problems
      * Insulinoma
      * Hereditary fructose intolerance
      * Hormonal deficiencies
      * Early stages of pregnancy
      * Prolonged fasting
      * Long periods of strenuous exercise

      Because hypoglycemia is a symptom rather than a disease, it is important to tackle the underlying cause. For many people, hypoglycemia is directly related to diabetes or another insulin-related condition. When this is the case, some commonly recommended herbs are Gymnema sylvestre, Galega officinalis and Bilberry.

      These are a few herbs that have proven successful in the control and treatment of hypoglycemia, while the mineral Chromium Picolinate has been proven to improve the effectiveness of insulin. Along with the correct lifestyle changes, herbal remedies and dietary recommendations can reduce or eliminate the need for prescription medication and can also aid in preventing tissue and organ damage associated with uncontrolled blood sugar levels.

      http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/insulateplus.htm

      http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/triplecomplexdiabetonic.htm

      The above 2 links should provide you with enough details to decide if you have the same problems these remedies cater to.

      Hope it helps

      Good Luck

  5. QUESTION:
    OK Then what causes low blood sugar?
    I eat balanced meal, excercise, drink a minimum of 120 oz. of water a day.

    • ANSWER:
      CAUSES
      • Delayed or skipped meals or snacks
      • Not eating enough food at meals or snacks (especially carbohydrates).
      • Too much insulin or oral medication
      • More exercise than usual
      • Drinking alcohol without eating correct type and amount of food.
      • Certain medications.

      How about the snacks. Are you doing them between meals.?
      Are you exercising too much. ?
      Getting enough carbs?
      Heres a list of snacks:One small apple, orange, peach, pear, nectarine, or tangerine
      Eight animal crackers
      Four medium fresh apricots or seven dried halves
      1/2 of a banana rolled with 2-tablespoons Grape Nuts cereal
      1 cup cubed cantaloupe
      Twelve Bing cherries
      Two chocolate mousse bars (Weight Watchers)
      1/2 cup chow mein noodles
      Two sugar-free fudgesicles
      Three gingersnaps
      36 Goldfish (adds 1 fat serving)
      Three graham crackers (2 1/2-inch square)
      1/2 low-fat granola bar
      15 grapes
      ½ cup fruit juice
      Five slices melba toast
      1 cup skim milk
      Three peanut butter sandwich crackers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Two small plums
      24 oyster crackers
      3 cups popcorn (popped by hot air, or low-fat microwave)
      1 slice of angel food cake
      1 sugar-free pudding snack cup
      Three dried pitted prunes
      15 fat-free potato or tortilla chips
      3/4 ounce pretzels
      2 tablespoons raisins
      Two rice cakes (4″ diameter)
      1 regular Jell-o snack cup
      Seven Ritz crackers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Six saltine crackers
      ½ cup canned fruit
      15 Teddy Grahams (adds 1 fat serving)
      Five reduced-fat Triscuits
      Six Vanilla Wafers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Six Waverly Wafers (adds 1 fat serving)
      12 Original Wheat Thins (adds 1 fat serving)
      13 Reduced-fat Wheat Thins (adds 1/2 fat serving)
      1 cup nonfat fruit-flavored yogurt (sweetened with sugar substitute)
      1/2 cup of sherbet or I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt or TCBY frozen yogurt

      Good luck my Friend>

  6. QUESTION:
    Can Kidney damage cause low blood sugar?
    A friend of mine almost died 2 weeks ago from low blood sugar, it was 12! He’s not a diabetic. After being rushed to the hospital and being there for 2 weeks he found out it was due to kidney damage. He had been drinking the night before, gotten very little sleep, probably nothing to eat, and a lot of hard work at the job. I can see how that would drop your blood sugar but the kidney damage causing it doesn’t make sense to me.

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    Can blood sugar too low cause headache and chest pain?
    I am a diabetic type II. After I drink a cup of hot chocolate and take a sweet bun, my headache has gone. Chest still has a mild pain and tightness but tolerable. I wonder the low blood sugar can cause headache and chest pain? Or it is other underlying cause which is not cause by low blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      I have Type 1 diabetes and after I eat something to bring up my low blood sugars my headache will go away after 5-10 minutes. Although I don’t know anything about chest pain and all my friends who have diabetes have never said anything about chest pain, talk to your doctor about that one.

  8. QUESTION:
    symptoms/causes of low blood sugar?
    What are the symptoms of low blood sugar? What are causes of low blood sugar besides being diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s a link to a very good article on the topic:

  9. QUESTION:
    what illness causes low blood sugar in dogs?..?
    yesterday i posted on here about my 2 dachshunds.. the male was dead under the tree, and the female half dead.. took her to vet and she’s been there over night. Went to see her this morning and they said she has made progress, but her blood sugar keeps dropping as soon as they take the IV out. She is also having bloody diarrhea, big episodes of it. They x-rayed her and nothing wrong there,did 2 parvo tests and both negative.. the ONLY thing i can think of is she was poisoned.. but by what??.. The vet said her symptoms are not consistent with being possibly poisoned by the bag of Sevin Dust… So, what else could it be????. I feel so bad about the dead one, and her too. I held her today and she was wagging her tail. but still out of it and depressed.

    The vet said he would recommend she stay one more night, but that if we wanted to.. we could take her home right then and there.. but i would have to finger feed her and keep her warm with a heating pad and hot towels… since he recommend she stay the night, she is… but tomorrow we are taking her home. He says she still can die if she isn’t strong enough to make it.

    The thing is though.. He doesn’t even fully know what is wrong with her.. Whatever it is harmed both of them and it was an overnight thing. Earlier in the day on Sunday, they were both FINE!.. i am baffled.

    Any ideas?
    This is getting pricey! that is the only reason we cannot keep having her stay at the vet’s office :(

    • ANSWER:
      Lots and lots of things can cause low blood sugar- ranging from simply not eating at regular enough intervals, to shock, pancreatic problems, etc. etc. etc.

      It would cost thousands and thousands of dollars to have a wide range of toxicology screenings done, and take weeks to get results back. Each toxin has to be tested for individually, so it’s pretty much impossible for a vet to determine cause of poisoning if the owner doesn’t know the cause. There are also viruses that can also progress very rapidly, so it can’t be narrowed to only poisoning. Just like the poisoning, each potential virus has to be tested for separately, and there are only a few (like parvo) that have a rapid test available. So, after ruling out the obvious (parvo), and with no idea what was ingested, the vet can only provide supportive care and treat the symptoms as they occur and hope the dog pulls through. A necropsy on the puppy that died may give them more information to be able to treat the survivor more effectively, or it may not. A necropsy should not be a huge investment of money, and it’s something that I have had done on the two pets I have lost to unknown causes, and has provided me and the vet with peace of mind in both cases, as neither cause of death was treatable or preventable (malignant cancerous tumors in the heart and kidneys, respectively).

      I am very sorry that you lost one of your dogs and that another is ill. This is really the reason people were concerned with the number of dogs you were bringing home. While you might be able to provide bare minimum routine care for them, when they get ill or injured, vet care’s not cheap, and it is not wise to bring home pets when you don’t have money saved up for unanticipated vet expenses because they can be very expensive. If you had a vet emergency fund set aside, the puppy would be able to remain under the vet’s care until out of the woods (if she does recover).

  10. QUESTION:
    How can a low blood sugar level cause a person in coma?
    Tell me is it possible a person can be in coma cause of low blood sugar level?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it’s possible for someone with a low blood sugar level to go into a coma. If your blood sugar goes too low, your brain won’t function properly.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the most dangerous effects of low blood sugar?
    I know the basic things that can happen, headaches, dizziness, irritability, depression, confusion, passing out, siezures… but what, if any, are the long-term risks of low blood sugar? I always hear about the damage high blood sugar causes, but what can low blood sugar do to you in the long run?
    Ok, I guess I could have figured out it could be fatal, but I guess I’m wondering about chronic illness… such as how high blood sugar can cause peripheral neuropathy.

    I have just been diagnosed as a diabetic, and I have not realized many times I had a headache or disorientation/depression before, usually after not eating a long while, or working out intensely, was usually an instance of low blood sugar.

    So, my question is, would repeated times of hypoglycemia, let’s say where I become disoriented a few times a week because my sugar is too low, cause any long term damage?

    • ANSWER:
      If you dramatically and *quickly* drop your blood sugar (usually when a diabetic administers more insulin than they need) your brain is now suddenly deprived of a necessary energy source (glucose) required for its metabolism and goes through several stages. The first is a decreased level of consciousness, then unconsciousness, then seizures, then death. These stages occur normally when blood glucose levels are lower than 40 mg/dL.

      A “normal” person who experiences long-term low blood sugar either by restricted dieting or other causes is not in danger of many serious complication. People on low carbohydrate diets usually have low blood sugar because they aren’t taking in foods that readily converted into glucose. People who are fasting obviously aren’t taking in anything that can be converted to glucose, and yet they survive for long periods of time on water alone. The fact is, as long as the body isn’t *suddenly* deprived of blood sugar (i.e. by zapping it all away with too much insulin), it will recognize decreasing levels of glucose and begin to metabolize more of it from other products (fatty acids, protein, etc) in a process called gluconeogenesis (gluco = sugar, neo = new, genesis = creation). This will help maintain levels sufficient to support normal brain function.

      —-

      If you’re becoming disoriented multiple times a week then you are allowing your sugar to drop too much and should work with your doctor to adjust your medication or diet so that this doesn’t happen. It won’t be too long before you accidentally go past disorientation and into unconsciousness or worse, since the two have a very small range between them.

      Episodes of profound hypglycemia, even temporarily, cause stress to the body in the form of increased sympathetic tone as the body attempts to compensate for its depleting energy supply (heart rate goes up, blood pressure increases and the circulatory system begins shunting to the core). I suppose lots of these episodes over time may be harmful, but that would depend on the frequency and severity of each. Of course, if become a “frequent flyer” to the hospital because you routinely and regularly drop your blood sugar (as many regular patients of mine do), there’s no telling how many brain cells you’ll cook cumulatively over all those episodes. Again, if you get disoriented often due to hypoglycemia, you need to work with your MD to keep you blood sugar at least over 60mg/dL and preferably over 80mg/dL.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can low blood sugar cause a person to act “disattached” and not have a good understanding of theirsurroundings?
    Can alcohol contribute to this? And why would someone with low blood sugar drink alcohol? What about driving?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, low glucose levels cause confused state, dizziness, sweating, all kinds of other nasty feelings.

      Yes, anyone who drinks alcoholic beverages should eat first and while drinking as alcohol first raises glucose then crashes it. Why they would do that: who knows! They are idiots I would guess.

      Do not drive unless glucose level is 100 or above! Meters are not all that accurate so having a snack before driving is recommended. If the person goes HYPO and crashes or kills someone else the HYPO person is very guilty of premeditated mayhem and will likely loose their license for the rest of their life.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can quitting smoking cause low blood sugar?
    I have been trying to quit smoking cigarettes for the past three weeks. I have smoked a total of about a pack since I quit, in three spurts. Two while driving a long distance, and once while hanging out and drinking with friends. I have not smoked a cigarette for two solid days now, and I happened to test my blood sugar with a family member’s tester out of boredom (and curiousity) and I was right to do so when I pumped out a mighty 42 mg/dl. Maybe I did it wrong or something…but that’s pretty damn low. I have a family history of diabetes so I am interested in finding out all I can without wasting time going to the Dr. Thanks everyone!

    Cheers,

    Dan

    • ANSWER:
      When you get a really strange reading like that, the first thing you should do is wash your hands, or wherever you got the blood sample from, and test it again.
      Definitely a low reading. Did you feel shaky or dizzy or anything? If that number was correct, I’d think you would.

      About the “trying” to quit smoking. Stop “trying” and do it, already. Either cold turkey or with a quit aid, like the patch, the nic gum, lozenges, or prescription Chantix. I used the gum, and quit after a 42 year heavy duty smoking habit.

      Best help of all for quitting www.QuitNet.com Best dang support group there is, and best place to get all your quitting questions answered. Saved my life.

  14. QUESTION:
    How does very low blood sugar affect someone’s disposition, inhibitions, etc?
    Specifically…

    I know someone with very low blood sugar will say things they otherwise wouldn’t. But are those things they would otherwise think, but not say? Or does low blood sugar cause someone to literally say things they simply don’t believe?

    I know you should take anything with a grain of salt, but is there a grain of truth to what someone in that condition might say?

    • ANSWER:
      I would describe low bloodsugars to someone who might not understand as feeling as if you are drunk. You kind of are out of control of your body and what you say. I know that I barely remember what I say when I am low, or the things that I do when I am low. A lot of times I say hurtful things when I am low because I know I need help but don’t like to admit it or accept it, so I get grumpy and I say hurtful things, and smack away glasses of juice or snacks. Honestly, depending on how low you are talking, I would bet that anything said or done, is said or done without that person really realising it. When I get low and say or do mean things, I may remember them and feel bad, and start apologising right away once I am at a normal level. But remember, even after coming out of a low, it is hard to be “normal” for a while. Your body and brain have been through a lot, and you still may be cranky. I would not take anything that was said or done in a low, very seriously, besides it being an indicator that help is needed to get the bs up.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can a low blood sugar cause you to be sick to your stomach?
    I let my blood sugar get really low yesterday before I was able to get something to eat and a few hours later I started feeling sick to my stomach and nauseous. I even vomitted this mornig. Can this be from my blood sugar getting out of whack??

    • ANSWER:
      YES! i puked and then blacked out cause of low blood sugar.

  16. QUESTION:
    can a blood sugar reading of 215 cause low blood pressure?
    I’ve been dealing with low blood pressure for the past 6 months and just recently noticed that my blood sugar has been a bit over 200, it has been as high as 215 after a meal, is this high enough to cause low bp?

    • ANSWER:
      I can think of a reason why higher than ‘normal’ blood glucose levels can cause hypotension (low blood pressure), but that would depend on how long you’ve had diabetes and what your blood glucose control has been like over those years. It COULD indicate that you’ve developed a complication called diabetic autonomic neuropathy. This affects such things as blood pressure control, temperature control, heart rate, bowel and bladder functioning, sexual function, and gastroparesis (delayed emptying of the gut).

      If you believe that you may be in danger of developing this complication you should speak with your doctor.

      Diabetic autonomic neuropathy is NOT the same as diabetic peripheral neuropathy … the type where you either feel pain or numbness in your feet and hands … though they are both to do with damage to nerve endings.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is there anything that causes both low blood pressure and low blood sugar at the same time?
    Is there anything that causes both low blood pressure and low blood sugar at the same time? Extremely low blood sugar (had to eat an unopened box of granola bars, two sodas, and rest of Pringles before I could attempt to stand up to make a sandwich) occurred one day before I then had very low blood pressure two days in a row. Unknown numbers the first day but dizziness to the point of almost fainting, even while laying down. Second day was better, but still not good when standing. I went to the doctor and know that the systolic reading was about 75 – my normal is around 115. Just wondering if it was a weird coincidence or if there is something that could tie the two together?
    No. No drugs, illegal or otherwise. ;) And might I suggest that if you’re living with potheads you move?

    • ANSWER:
      adrenal insufficiency – addisons disease, advanced liver disease-cirrosis

  18. QUESTION:
    Why does low blood sugar cause a seizure?
    what type of seizure is it when your sugar is very very low that it causes a seizure and why does it happen

    • ANSWER:
      The brain cells are quite different from most other cells of the body in that they normally use only glucose for energy. So, it is essential that the blood glucose level be maintained always above a critical level. When the blood glucose does fall too low, some brain cells may die and the individual goes into hypoglycemic shock, characterized by progressive nervous irritability that leads to fainting, convulsions, and even coma.

  19. QUESTION:
    Does low or high blood sugar cause loss in fingers or toes?
    I for surely have low blood sugar… and need to get tested for diabetes and I was wondering if that could cause loss in sensitivity in the end of my fingers and toes … or is there anything else that could cause that

    • ANSWER:
      High blood sugar can make your blood thicker and prevent it from reaching small blood vessels in fingers, toes, eyes, etc. Blood provides oxygen and other things that cells need to live. If cells don’t get oxygen and nutrients the cells die.

      There are other thing that can cause a loss of sensitivity in fingers and toes, such as peripheral vascular disease, poor circulation, raynaud’s disease.

      I would mention all of your symptoms to your doctor.

  20. QUESTION:
    Could low blood sugar cause a person to act like they’re possessed by demons?
    Had to call 911 for my mom to because she was having what I thought might be some kind of seizure. She was hollering and screaming out and rolling around on the floor. The paramedics took her vitals including blood sugar. Everything was ok except her blood sugar was 33. They gave her something to bring it up and took her to hospital. The doctor at hospital said her behavior was probably from the low blood sugar and the fact that she has a urinary tract infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, my friend, yes. Severe hypoglycemia can cause the sorts of effects that you witnessed in your mother.

      As Mar has explained, our body needs glucose to act as a source of fuel. When the brain is deprived of this glucose, cognitive abilities (thought processes) are drastically reduced. This makes you say, and do, things that you wouldn’t normally say or do.

      It is NOT true that diabetics need to eat things containing sugar. We get all the sugar (glucose) we need from the breakdown of carbohydrates during the digestive process. (The glucose gets absorbed through the walls of the intestines directly into the bloodstream.)

      Dependent on how the paramedics managed to deal with your mother would indicate what they were actually giving her. If they gave her an injection into a vein, this would have been glucose. If they injected into a muscle, this would have been glucagon. This is a hormone that stimulates the liver to release some of it’s stores of glycogen … the way it stores glucose … back into the bloodstream. If they gave your mother something orally, they MAY have used a gel, called hypostop, or simply a drink of orange juice, as this has a concentrated amount of glucose that’s readily absorbed into the bloodstream after going to the stomach and intestines. (All of them would work within a matter of minutes.)

      The sorts of things to be aware of, if you suspect that your mother might be ‘not well’, is that she MAY feel tired suddenly, she may be sweating … particularly around the back of the neck, she may make mistakes when speaking, or appear drunk or confused. Then would be almost too late to take her blood sugar (glucose) reading, but do it anyway. This will give you a good idea of if she’s going ‘low’ again. Give her something sweet, such as orange juice or normally sweetened pop/soda. DON’T give diet soda. This will NOT work.

      Once recovered, your mother would need to eat something more substantial to prevent her blood sugar level from falling again.

      You don’t say if this is a regular occurrence, my friend, but if it is, she urgently needs to have her medication dose(s) reviewed. I do hope that either yourself or your mother, is keeping your mother’s diabetes support team .. doctor/diabetes specialist nurse/certified diabetes educator … about this hypoglycemic event. It’s important that they’re kept up to date with things like this.

      I pray that mother made a speedy recovery and that everything is now back on an even keel.

      Blessings to you both.

  21. QUESTION:
    How to check low blood sugar in human?
    Hi I’m experiencing how does a low blood sugar in human?

    Can it cause a stiff movement?
    What is the cause of low blood sugar in human?
    I don’t think it’s simillar to puppy’s low blood sugar…

    Post me some informations that relate to human’s low blood sugar, and how to heal the problems

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Low blood sugar can cause :
      Feeling weak or shaky
      Dizziness
      Sweating, chills, or clamminess
      Hunger
      Blurred vision or a headache
      Pale skin color
      Seizure
      Rapid heartbeat or nervousness
      Clumsy or jerky movements
      Difficulty paying attention or confusion
      Tingling sensations in your face or lips
      Sudden moodiness or behavior changes

      I have most commonly seen shakiness and confusion in my family members who have had this problem. The quick fix is to eat or drink something that is naturally high in carbs or natural sugar such as oranges or orange juice. If the problem keeps occuring often, then see a doctor to determine if you need to follow a special diet. For more information, read the link I am placing below.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can low blood sugar cause dizziness?
    I keep going dizzy, I drink some coke or something and I’m fine. I don’t have anything wrong with my blood sugar that I know of. Can it cause dizziness if not what can cause dizziness but be fine after had something with sugar in?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, dizziness, shaking and feeling hungry are the first signs of a low blood sugar. then if you dont do anything to increase your blood sugar you can become argumentative, angry and make bad decisions, so be careful =)! it does sound like you are having low blood sugars.

  23. QUESTION:
    what could cause continuous low blood sugar even after you have had over 20 oz of orange juice t?
    my father has diabetes and his sugar is at 54 and then 61 …will not go higher even though he has taken over 15oz of oj and also some regular soda trying to raise it…what could be causing it not to go up?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer to your father lies is in his metabolism…….

      Not all foods or drinks are efficient in raising glucose levels and some will cause his blood sugar levels to rise slightly and then cause a crash.

      The reason for this is that the orange juice your father drinks may stimulate his pancreas to release much more insulin than is needed, thus resulting in the lower blood sugars.

      The American Diabetes Association is now recommending a slice of bread and a glass of milk to raise and stabilize low blood sugars

      But like everything else, it’s all about trial and error.

      An endocrinologist who specializes in hormones and enzymes could probably help him in his quest to find the right foods to help stabilize his blood sugars.

  24. QUESTION:
    What are the causes and syntoms of low blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      Low blood sugar is called hypoglycemia. Low blood sugar is caused by many things including missing or skipping meals. Symptoms are shaking or trembling hands, headache, sweating, confusion, heart palpitaions, and hunger. If you have skipped meals, then your body nor your brain will function properly. Sugars from foods is like gasoline in your car. If you have no gas, you can go, right? But don’t eat junk food! Eat foods high in fiber and protein.

  25. QUESTION:
    Do I have low blood sugar symptoms?
    the list of things that happen
    -Dizzy feeling when i stand up
    -Eyes black out
    -I don’t speak just stand or if i fell.
    -Uncontrollable shaking
    -Falling/Sitting on the ground
    I take ADD meds and it tends to stop my appetite no breakfast or lunch, i come home eat supper that’s it. could the meds be causing low blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      If a person does not eat all day long they could very well have symptoms of low blood sugar. Try eating some healthy foods during the day and your symptoms should go away. Sometimes we just have to force ourselves to eat to feel better.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can certain MEds cause low blood sugar?
    RX Pain med, muscle relaxants, BP med’s etc etc
    Are a mixture of them.
    I am not a diabetic.

    • ANSWER:
      some medication does thin your blood which can cause low blood sugar.

  27. QUESTION:
    what are the causes & implications of low blood sugar in a man?

    • ANSWER:
      Pretty much the same as a woman… too much insulin. Implications? Do you know what that word means? Nothing is implied by low blood sugar. Symptoms present themselves, but there are no implications.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why Does Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar) cause weight gain?
    This is confusing. I take actos and metformin and I found out that those meds make you gain weight. I thought they eat up the sugar, thus lower blood sugar. Lower blood sugar I thought means you can burn fat as the secondary source of fuel in your body when no carbs are available. Why does weight gain occur?

    • ANSWER:
      One of the side effects of Actos is weight gain. Talk to your doc about dropping the actos and see if the weight will come back off.

      Metformin usually has the opposite effect.

      Edit: Also, yes, when you don’t eat carbs, your body burns the fat for fuel. I believe the added weight when on Actos is typically considered “water weight” and will usually drop off once you stop taking it. It doesn’t affect all folks that way, just some.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can low blood pressure and/or low blood sugar cause vomiting?
    i am 23 years old. i have been diagnosed as both hypoglycemic and as having hypo tension. my doctor said that neither were severe cases and both could be controlled with diet.
    in the past 2 months, i have had 3 random cases of nausea and vomiting. i’m not pregnant. i know this because i’ve had my period and i’ve even taken a pregnancy test just to be sure. the nausea and vomiting symptoms last 1-2 days. it always happens suddenly and unexpectedly. sometimes i get nauseous, vomit, and then i’m fine for a few hours. i may even get hungry and eat something and be fine for a while. but then all of a sudden it’s back.
    i always have a cup or a bottle of water with me.
    also, i didn’t eat breakfast this morning because i wasn’t hungry, but i did make sure to drink a big glass or orange juice so that i had some sort of sugar in me. after i had been at work for about 3 hours, i wasn’t feeling so great.

    so can this be related to my low blood sugar or low blood pressure issues?

    • ANSWER:
      whoa. You need to return to the doc with that issue. My bro and I also have low blood sugar, and if we haven’t eaten properly, we do tend to get nauseous, but neither of us have ever vomited from it. My brother, on the other hand, has gone into convulsions when his sugar dropped really low.

  30. QUESTION:
    can low blood sugar cause sleep walking?
    I’m diabetic and my family tells me sometimes i sleepwalk then later they test my blood sugar and its low. about 2 years ago at diabetes camp one of the girls in my cabin sleepwalked but woke up when she stepped outside in the snow then they tested her blood sugar and she was low. i was wondering if low blood sugar can make u sleep walk?

    • ANSWER:
      your control over your actions go for a toss. most of the actions become involuntary.
      yes it could induce sleep walking .
      If blood sugars are low for considerable amount of time there could be
      scope for damaging our brain vessels.

  31. QUESTION:
    If a person dies, can they tell if it was caused by LOW BLOOD SUGAR?
    I mean, if you have an autopsy, will the blood test reveal if the blood sugar was low, or is it that after you have died, they will be UNABLE TO DETERMINE IF YOUR BLOOD SUGAR WAS LOW? I really need to know, a loved one of mine has died. They believe it was a heart attack, but I want to be sure that it wasn’t low blood sugar…..will the autopsy/toxicology tests be able to determine this? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    do low calorie diets cause low blood sugar?
    i have been dieting and i have been experiencing the symptoms of low blood sugar.. and i have been feeling “out of it” and disoriented… why ?!

    • ANSWER:
      Not necessarily. If you have cut your calories down too far, you can get hypoglycemia if you aren’t eating properly. Eat nutrient dense foods more frequently like fresh fruits and veggies rather than meals spaced further apart. Studies have shown that it is better to have 3 medium size meals and 2 small snacks rather than just 3 large meals. This helps keep blood sugar more steady. Plus you won’t feel so hungry at meal times. Also have complex carbs in whole grains like whole wheat or multi-grain bread, whole wheat pasta (which I actually prefer), and brown rice instead of white flour and rice. The whole grains, fruits, and veggies have fiber in them which helps fill you up so you eat less and stay full longer.

      Try dividing your plate into quarters. First fill half with fruits and veggies, The other quarters are for the lean protein and whole grain carb. This will help limit your calories and ensure you get plenty of fruits and veggies.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is getting hot caused by low blood sugar?
    Somebody told me because I get so hot at times I might have low blood sugar. Is this a sign of low blood sugar?
    dubby88

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms of low blood sugar vary but can cause you to feel weak, hungry, fatigued, shaky and anxious, fast heart rate, headache, sweaty and feel hot. Feeling hot is only one symptom and is usually not the only one if you had low blood sugar. If you don’t have any of the other symptoms, low blood sugar is probably not the case.

  34. QUESTION:
    does low blood sugar lead to anything bad?
    okay so Ive been having these moments where I wake up and feel like I need to vomet…like REALLY bad ….I feel suffocated for air and energy …this happens also when I don’t have alot of food to eat…I asked some people and they said its cause of low blood sugar, just today a woman said I needed to go to the doctor but I need to know if low blood sugar can lead to anything serious?

    • ANSWER:
      What causes low blood sugar?

      Your body uses hormones to keep your blood sugar in a normal range. But a long-term health problem that needs treatment can cause blood sugar to drop too low.

      People with diabetes often deal with low blood sugar. It’s not as common in people who don’t have diabetes, but it can happen. It could be caused by:

      * Medicines such as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (used to treat depression), quinine sulfate (used to treat malaria), and aspirin.
      * Drinking too much alcohol.
      * Diseases that affect the pancreas, liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, or other organs.
      * Metabolic problems that run in families.
      * Problems caused by stomach surgery.

      What are the symptoms?

      The symptoms can be different depending on how low your blood sugar level drops.

      * Mild hypoglycemia can make you feel hungry or like you want to vomit. You could also feel jittery or nervous. Your heart may beat fast. You may sweat. Or your skin might turn cold and clammy.
      * Moderate hypoglycemia often makes people feel short-tempered, nervous, afraid, or confused. Your vision may blur. You could also feel unsteady or have trouble walking.
      * Severe hypoglycemia can cause you to pass out. You could have seizures. It could even cause a coma or death.

      If you’ve had hypoglycemia during the night, you may wake up tired or with a headache. And you may have nightmares. Or you may sweat so much during the night that your pajamas or sheets are damp when you wake up.

  35. QUESTION:
    If you have extremely low potassium and high blood sugar, can you lower blood sugar with potassium rich foods?
    I recently had a blood test before a surgery and my potassium was so low, they weren’t sure if they could do the surgery. I was given four huge potassium pills which got my potassium level up enough to do the surgery. I did some research on potassium and what affects low potassium can have on a person and my finding astounded me. What I found (on good reliable medical websites) was that if you have low potassium levels, you can have a glucose intolerance in the blood, meaning it can cause high blood sugar levels. I have been struggling with high blood sugar levels (in the 200′s) for the past four years (since 2006). I went back through my medical history and four years ago, I was given a diuretic to help me prevent kidney stones. My research also found that diuretics cause low potassium because the potassium in your body is flushed out through pee. Now with that said, is it possible that my high blood sugar was caused by me using a diuretic which lowered my potassium to scary levels?

    I just need some answers because I have never had any signs of diabetes except for the higher blood sugar and if potassium being low was the cause, maybe I don’t have diabetes after all. Maybe by increasing my intake of potassium rich foods will allow me to control my sugar levels. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Going back to 2006 it’s where your potassium problems might have started, but by now they should have come back to normal. Besides the diuretics another thing that can make give you high blood sugar is any steroids like prednisone for inflammation. Unless you are on either one of these, and still have levels in the 200 range diabetes is still the answer. Normally the blood sugar is around 80-120 and in the 200′s is way too high. Potassium rich foods like banana’s will only push it up higher. Please go to your GP and get your blood sugar level checked asap. You only have one life and it’s too short to be wishing and hoping things. You definitely need to make a mature decision about this and now is the time to start doing things right so you can live a longer and happier one. Good luck and God Bless

  36. QUESTION:
    does low blood sugar cause laziness?
    All my life ive been lazy then I tested my blood sugar and it said 41. I read that one of the symtoms is drowziness. Could my low blood sugar be why im lazy? Or am I just lazy?
    I didnt want to do stuff cause im sleepy all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      If you calibrated the meter and that is an accurate reading, then you need to see a doctor. A reading of 40 or below causes seisures and coma.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can constant headaches be caused by low blood sugar?
    My husband has had a constant headache for the past few months. (Yes, MONTHS) and nothing is helping it. He’s gone to the doctor and has been referred to a neurologist, but can’t get in until July. He’s been given Imitrex, but it doesn’t help. He got shots from the ER, but that didn’t faze it either. He’s had an MRI and that came back clear.

    Anyway, this is actually a two-part question. When I was pregnant, I had hypoglycemia and found when I hit a horrible low, a swallow of maple syrup would make me feel better almost instantly. I tried this one morning with him, and worked for about 15 minutes, then came back, but not any worse than what it was.

    Can hypoglycemia cause ONLY headaches, or are there other signs to look for? (It’s been a while since I’ve had it so I can’t remember the details.)

    Any other suggestions until he can get to the neurologist? He’s on a host of meds (nexium, wellbutrin, singulair, lomotil, albuterol inhaler) so he has to be careful…
    …but any suggestions are appreciated.
    Thank you in advance.

    Blessings

    • ANSWER:
      hey ive been in the medical field for 2 years and i have to say that yes hypoglycemia can cause severe headaches. and you said your husband got an MRI? well where did he go? and lmitrex isnt really a good drug to treat headaches, like the ones yourhusband is getting. ya know i have a strong feeling that your husband is a diabetic. if this is so the reason why he is getting these heads aches os because he dousent have enough sugar in his blood. so these headaches are trigured by lack of oxygen to the brain, nothing to severe, but without the glucose in the blood it dosent pump properly, so very small clots begin to form. so because of the lack of oxygen to the brain your husband suffers with these headaches. i also think that he is also pretty dizzy and nauseated. (sorry cant spell been up al night in the E.R.) so i think you should return to the docotor and have him be tested to see if he is dibetic. another side of i may be that he is getting way to much sugar. it is a posibility that he may be Hyperglycemic. dont see that very much though. Hope the Best for your husband. GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. QUESTION:
    Are there any other conditions that would cause low blood sugar symptoms?
    My blood sugar is always somewhat low. It’s usually around 87-91 an hour after I ate and somewhere in the 60′s or 70′s before eating or a few hours after eating. I was tested to see if I have any conditions associated with low blood sugar such as hypoglycemia and even diabetes. My doctor said nothing is wrong but I still have symptoms. I feel shaky and dizzy if I don’t eat at the same times every day. If I drink water, I feel sick and I feel shaky even if I ate. I also feel mentally off balance as in just a bit dizzy and not 100%. It goes away after 15 to 30 minutes. I urinate frequently. I usually have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. However, my urine is clear. I am recovering from Anorexia so I’m not sure if they’re related. I know it’s better to ask a doctor but since I have before, I am just looking for some suggestions. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The weakness and dizziness are probably from you begining to eat again. Your body isn’t used to digesting foods normally or at all depending on how severe the disorder was. I would give it some time if your dr says its nothing, the dr’s the expert. You may want to contact a nutritionist for proper diet planning which may eliminate some symptoms.

  39. QUESTION:
    does low blood sugar cause metal taste in your mouth?
    My sugar dropped last night and this morning when I got up I had this taste of metal in my mouth.

    • ANSWER:
      Although not common, it is possible. Each of us reacts a little differently. When you go low all sorts of weird things on the lips and tongue can happen. Most common is numbness or tingling. The important thing is to take note of what YOUR usual symptoms are so you can recognize a low in the absence of the classic shaky and sweaty symptoms.

  40. QUESTION:
    What causes my shaking? Low blood sugar?
    I am 17 years old and for as long as I can remember I have had a case of the “shakes”. I am a wee bit over weight for my age group but I do think I am fairly active for my size. ( I can run a couple miles without stopping.) I have fine blood pressure and the doctors haven’t noticed anything in my physicals. You can really notice it when I am holding things. Should I be concerned? Should I go to the doctor office to get a check up on it?
    I don’t think I have any other symptoms. No dizziness, no feeling of fainting, and I don’t feel hungry all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      yeah you should get it checked out.
      do you have anyohter symptoms that you’ve noticed?

  41. QUESTION:
    What is the main cause of low blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      I have type 1 diabetes. The main causes for low blood sugar in type one is taking too much insulin in either a bolus or basal dose, or just not eating enough to compensate for extra physical activity

  42. QUESTION:
    Can low blood sugar levels cause dizziness?
    I’m not sure if I’m hypoglycemic. I feel dizzy almost all of the time, I sweat too much, I have trouble sleeping. I don’t know if this is related but I eat A LOT of bread.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you eat meals regularly? If so, what? You could be feeling dizzy from not eating good foods that have substance to them (bread is full of carbohydrates, not really of much substance).

      Do you get the “shakes” as well? A points when your feeling dizzy you can tell if your shaky by sticking your arm straight out and you’re practically unable to keep it still. This would be an indication that your blood sugar is low and that you need to stop and eat something. Hope all is well!

  43. QUESTION:
    If someone has low blood sugar, can they also be diabetic?
    i told someone some of these weird things that have been happening to me, such as bad headaches, blurred vision, tingling in my feet and stuff, and having to have a coke to feel better. and they suggested that i might have low blood sugar, and i was wondering if that meant that i also could be diabetic. I how do you get low blood sugar? cause i am pretty healthy, you know i exercise 5 days a week for 45 minutes to and hour. I am a vegetarian, so maybe i don’t have a lot of protein or something…but still, and i am only 13! and i am also 5 foot 3, and i weigh 118 lbs.

    So basically, if i have low blood sugar, could i also be diabetic? and what causes me to get low blood sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, Chloe’s description of the different types of diabetes mellitus isn’t a very good one.

      In both type 1 and type 2 your blood sugar (glucose) level would be higher than ‘normal’. In type 1 this is because your pancreas isn’t producing insulin … or not enough insulin if you’re in the very early stages, where the last remaining islets (beta cells) within the pancreas are still producing very small amounts, before they’re actually destroyed by the body’s own immune system.

      In type 2 diabetes, the body’s cells are resistant to the effects of insulin, so they can’t ‘transport’ the glucose into the cells where it is used for making energy.

      A non-diabetic would not normally experience hypoglycemia unless they weren’t eating, but continued to over-exercise/overwork their body.

  44. QUESTION:
    can eating alot of tuna cause low blood sugar in newborns?

    • ANSWER:
      I would be careful of the contents of mercury. Talk to your doctor to see what amount of sea food can be consumed safely.

  45. QUESTION:
    I recently lost lots of weight and my diabetes meds were causing low blood sugar so I quit taking them…?
    I have been off of them for a good 5 months already and just kinda forgot about my diabetes. I just assumed I was doing good because I felt just fine until about a month ago I started getting unusually fatigued. It just got worse and worse until I couldn’t hardly get out of bed anymore. I finally realized that it could be my blood sugar after all this time but I can’t monitor it bc I need some strips but my question is: Has anyone out there experienced anything similar to this with their diabetes when it gets out of control? Does your fatigue just continue to get worse until you die or get it under control?
    I have begun taking meds again now to control it.

    • ANSWER:
      BAD MISTAKE!!

      Never change you medications or dosages without first talking to your doctor!

      ESPECIALLY if you are diabetic. What you are doing could prove fatal! Always consult with the doctor FIRST. He may reduce the dosage before eliminating the medication.

      It IS possible that, as you lose weight, your dosage can be reduced and possibly even eliminated. But diabetes canNOT be cured. It can only be managed, and when the doctor reduces or eliminates the meds, that shows that you are doing a good job of managing the disease.

      That is a good goal, but NEVER change your medications without consulting with the doctor first.

      If you suddenly stop taking medications, the diabetes can return. The reason you feel better is because the medicien is working! Stop taking the medicince, and you will start to feel bad. Diabetes canNOT be cured!

      What is worse is that this “yo-yo effect” (taking meds, feeling better, stop taking meds, feeling worse, start taking meds, feeling better . . . .) can damage you internal organs. Diabetes affects EVERYTHING inside you, including youd digestion, your liver, and your kidneys, not to mention the possibly of heart attack, brain stroke, and blindness.

      These symtpoms WILL go away as you control the disease, but if you lose control (stop taking your meds) the diabetes can return, causing more (and potentially worse) damage than before.

      ALWAYS FOLLOW DOCTORS INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING MEDICINES AND DOSAGES.

      NEVER change yuour medicine without consulting your doctor.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can low blood sugar cause motion sickness?
    or even the other way around?
    when im in the car, if i text or read something i will get motion sick, but only sometimes. and, i am not diabetic, but sometimes my blood sugar will get low if i dont eat for a while.
    when i get motion sick, i get dizzy and sometimes nauseous, so i will lay down to let my brain rest.
    lately, when i get motion sick, after i lay down, i will get my normal low blood sugar symptoms (shaking hands and legs and sometimes dizzyness).

    i would just like to know if either of these can cause the other??
    best answer gets 10 points!

    • ANSWER:
      I get shaky and sweaty when my sugar is low. I only get nauseos if I let my sugar go way to low. So eat or else you do get sick. As for the car you do get sick if you don’t look out of the car often, but this can happen to anybody. I’m hypoglycemic by the way.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the long term effect of LOW blood sugar levels?
    I have constantly low blood sugar levels and am curious what the long term effects might be. It is very easy to find information on high blood sugar levels, but not low levels. My doctor and my endocrinologist seem to think there is no reason for concern, that only high blood sugar will cause problems. Can anyone tell me if this is true?

    Some details if you like: I am not considered diabetic or pre-diabetic. The highest my blood sugar has ever been documented is 138. My levels tend to run at 80 to 100 after meals and 60 to 70 before meals. But I have a food allergy (dairy) that makes it to drop down to 50 or lower, and also stress (physical or mental) will cause it to run low. I try to avoid dairy and stress, but that’s not always possible. I’m just curious what I should be on the lookout for…would it be the same problems that high blood sugar causes?

    • ANSWER:
      In order for your brain to function properly, it requires a steady supply of energy, in the form of glucose–sugars reaped from carbohydrates in food. If glucose levels drop too low, your mental clarity may suffer.

      Hypoglycemia can cause mental confusion and impaired ability to complete usual tasks.

      People experiencing hypoglycemia often exhibit anxiousness or physical shakiness.

      Hypoglycemia may lead to heart palpitations or loss of consciousness. If your heart rate increases significantly, you may also experience physical tremors in your hands or other body parts, increased body temperature and sweating.

      You are correct to stay informed especially when it comes to your health.

      Hope this helps.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can exercise cause low blood sugar in a non-diabetic?
    I play racquetball 3 days a week and it is VERY strenuous. The other day about an hour afterward I got dizzy, felt very warm, heart pounding and just felt like something wasn’t right.

    It then led to blurred vision in 1 eye and confusion. I called my doctor and left work. He’s doing some blood work and was going to give me a CT-Scan but hasn’t yet.

    I forgot to tell him that I hadn’t eaten anything before or after playing, which is unusual for me. I only had a can of carrots after playing.

    Could this have been hypoglycemia caused by the exercise??

    I’m 30 years old in good health and not diabetic. Anyone have this happen to them after a hard workout?? My buddy was trying to tell me I might have had a minor heart attack or stroke?? The doctor took my blood pressure and it was normal by the time I got there.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m going to side with Jack, this may not have been just low blood sugar. If your doctor has ordered a CT scan and blood work, it’s because the symptoms can mean something more serious.

      If it were just simply low blood sugar, he would have asked if you had eaten before playing and/or prior to the start of the symptoms, and if the symptoms went away after you ate..

      Low sugar would generally affect both eyes. Other conditrions would affect only one. The vigorous exercise may have accelerted an existing problem (blood clot or detatching retina) or resulted in a new one. The appearance of good health is not a garuntee. This is why pro and many amatuer sports require a medicall exam before one can partiipate.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can Eliminating Sugar from Diet cause Low Blood Sugar ?
    Hi Everyone,

    For about 2 years now I have disciplined myself and switched to a very healthy diet.
    The very first thing I did was cut sugar from my diet, but I also cut a lot of other things which turned out I had either an allergy to or just simply an intolerance like milk and wheat.
    My diet is very straightfoward and I follow it religiously every single day.

    Mornings :

    1 cup of plain probiotic yogurt followed by
    1 cup of broccoli (steamed)
    1 cup of green beans (steamed)
    1 cup of cauliflower(steamed)
    1/2 of snap peas(steamed)
    1/2 cup rice (uncooked)
    1 Chicken breast(steamed) w/ a bit of salt
    1 cup of cucumber

    Lunch:

    Basically the same thing as above but substituted with Sardines instead of Chicken

    Dinner:

    300 g of Brown Rice Pasta
    2 Steamed Bell Pepper
    1 Steamed Zucchini
    2 Steamed Chicken breast ( Salmon Twice a week) w/ a bit of salt

    I also use to eat Fruits everyday, but they would cause headache followed by fatigue and weakness so I cut them out.

    But now I was wondering whether cutting out sugar and fruits was a good idea ?

    Should I use Glucose tablets for when I am feeling weakness and headache ?

    Any suggestions ?

    • ANSWER:
      •Many medicines and activities can cause a drop in blood sugar. Diabetics who take insulin or oral medication, for example, may occasionally take too much or not eat the right foods to stabilize the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood.

      Non-diabetics may also suffer from low blood sugar. Causes for this include missing meals, disease, pregnancy and exercising intensely without eating soon enough after.

      You need to see a dietitian to get you on a healthy diet not one that makes you weak and tired. You are not eating the right foods its certainly not the sugar you’re cutting out that’s causing your low blood sugars. Adding glucose tablets in your situation is like taking pain killers for a bad toothache instead of getting it treated by the dentist. You’re just camouflaging the problem.

      Hope this helps.

  50. QUESTION:
    Low blood sugar without taking my insulin?
    I am a Type 1 diabetic and something strange just happened to me just before that has never happened. My blood sugar dropped pretty low. Not too bad but since my diabetes has been out of control, I felt the symptoms of low blood sugar anyway… So the thing is that I did not take my shot when I had breakfast, which included a lot of carbs. I went for a walk maybe an hour and a half later, but it wasn’t much.. I didn’t even break a sweat. What could have been the cause of the blood sugar drop?

    • ANSWER:
      You don’t actually provide sufficient detail – there could be any number of reasons your blood sugar went low.

      One possibility is that it’s just a Type 1 thing. Unfortunately, having a busted pancreas means you are prone to unexplained lows and highs.

      Another possibility is that your basal insulin is not at the right level for you. Basal insulin that is set at too high a dose can lead to unexpected low blood sugars

      Also it would have been useful if you had indicated what the blood sugar level was. being a Type 1 diabetic means checking your blood sugar level all the time and especially when you feel funny. That’s how you build up patterns. The more data you have, the more in control you will be.

      If you diabetes has been out of control and your blood sugars have been too high for a long time, then even dropping a little might feel strange at first. But it doesn’t mean that your blood sugar is low, just lower than it’s been for a while. And if that means it is lower than the levels which will damage your organs, well that is a pretty good thing.


Causes Of High Blood Sugar Symptoms

Some of the other causes of high blood sugar levels are cases when a person may be undergoing an abnormal health condition. When multiple disorders affect a body, then some of them may tend to affect the insulin receptivity of the cellulose and molecules in the human body thus rendering the sugar produced with no place to go. These excess sugar molecules are the reason for the high blood sugar during fasting tests. Other reasons include pregnancy and the time of delivery. At these times, it has been found that the cells of the body In a woman may be undergoing a rapid transformation in a period of highly charged molecular activity, which tends to sometimes produce high sugar.

There are basically two main causes of high blood sugar:

Dawn effect

Chronic Somogyi Rebound

Dawn Effect: It explains that increase in the level of sugar in blood in the morning is because of the changes that take place when the person is sleeping. These changes cause the level of insulin to drop down. The level of insulin also drops because of the release of growth hormones that normally occurs in the morning. The blood glucose levels of a normal person are controlled naturally however if a person is suffering from diabetes he has to control the level by injecting insulin or by following a strict diet plan.

Somogyi Rebound: Those diabetics who are unable to follow a strict diet plan have to suffer from high blood sugar symptoms in the morning that are termed Somogyi Effect. For instance if a person took insulin injection early in evening or did not take sufficient dinner or bedtime snack, his blood sugar level may drop drastically in the middle of night. This would trigger the body to release hormones that could increase the level of sugar in blood. This low blood sugar attack is termed hypoglycemia. Less amount of insulin dose also results in an increase in the level of blood glucose in the morning.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can high blood sugar cause these symptoms?
    Nausea
    Weakness
    Feeling faint
    racing heart

    I felt like this after I ate breakfast (bowl of cheerios and water) so I checked my blood sugar an hour after eating and it was 179. I didn’t check it before eating though. I’m pregnant and waiting to get my gestational diabetes test in a couple of weeks but have felt for a few weeks now that my sugar is off, so I’ve been testing it on my own. I checked it again at 2 hours and it’s 119 and I’m feeling much better. Is it possible that was all from just the elevated sugar level? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I love to eat cheerios for breakfast. After I eat them it feels like my heart speeds up. I’m 20wks pregnant. I bought a glucometer and today an hour after I ate the cheerios with milk, my bs was 181. Those cheerios are crazy. What’s really in those things. If u look at the box they have a lot of carbs added up and add that to the sugar content they contain. It’s quite a bit, I always thought they were healthier than that, but I guess it doesn’t matter. No matter how healthy it seems always ck the carb and sugar content. Reck ur bs after 2 hrs and c wat it is. I’ve heard if it’s 140 or below ur ok

  2. QUESTION:
    normal blood sugar? still all the symptoms?
    I saw the Dr just now with some of the blood sugar readings he asked for.
    He didnt say much but asked me to keep testing for a while …after, before meals/exercise or when I feel weird or sick (I only have just over 24 hrs worth of testing so far)
    After one meal my sugar stayed at 7.9 (140) for a few hrs, but then after another meal it shot up, then I went for a walk for 1/2 hr and by then it was back down. Could this be why I’m having so many symptoms and problems? from the dramatic change even though its in normal ranges? my fasting this morning was 4.4 which is normal and my highest so far is 7.9 which is normal. Is there a term used for sensitivity of sugar which causes symptoms of hypo when sugar drops back down. I’m relived they are pretty normal but Its making it harder to understand why the symptoms?

    Mind you while Ive been testing I haven’t had any ‘episodes’ of severe shaking/shivering/trembling that I usually get. the Dr and I both expected my sugar to be in the lower threshold of normal not the upper.
    I’ve been tested for just about everything and its costing me a fortune. Next app is a neurologist and WOW that’s expensive not to mention in another city.

    so any help is much appreciated,
    sorry to those who have read or answered quite a few of my questions about this. It seems the more results I get back the more confused i get.

    so I guess my main question is… how fast should a normal blood sugar rise and fall? and can constant fast rise and fall cause the symptoms of high and low sugar? and can it cause problems or damage?

    • ANSWER:
      Read some diabetes sites such as http://www.phlaunt.com http://www.diabetes.about.dom for more information about diabetes in general.

      7,9 IS NOT normal!!! That is way high for too long.

      I test:
      fasting – when I first get up
      before meals
      90 minutes to 2 hours after finishing a meal
      at snack time
      before exercise and immediately after
      at bedtime

      rapid changes in glucose levels will not damage you or cause too much stress if you don’t let it.

      any consistant readings of over 126 will damage small blood vessels and nerves in toes and fingers and eyes.

      AACE the american endocrinologists association wants to lower the reading to 110 mg/dL as diabetic and put all those persons on medication. Or maybe that is the big pharma that has half the world on statins and hypertensive lowering medications?

  3. QUESTION:
    Is darker blood color one of the symptoms of diabetes? I can’t remember whether high sugar caused dark blood.?

    • ANSWER:
      The concentration of glucose in the blood has no effect on the overall color of your blood. The more reliable symptoms or indicators of high blood sugar are: Excessive thirst, increased hunger, frequent urination, fatigue, dry mouth, and rarely mental status changes.

      Blood is actually nearly 50% plasma, which looks like a clear, pale yellowish fluid. Plasma is the liquid portion of blood which contains antibodies, immune cells, platelets, etc.

      Red blood cells (RBCs) are responsible for the color you see when you look at blood. RBCs look much like inner tubes when viewed under a microscope. To put it simply, their job it to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. A protein within the RBCs, called hemoglobin, binds with the oxygen so it can be delivered when needed. It is the presence of Oxygen that makes blood appear the different shades of red.

      When you prick your finger or get blood drawn at the doctor’s office, your are seeing blood coming from a vein. Venous blood has already delivered its oxygen to the body and is on it’s return trip, which is why the blood appears so dark.

      Hopefully, most people outside of the medical field never see blood from an artery. Arterial blood has left the heart and is on it’s way to deliver it’s load of oxygen to body cells. This blood appears much brighter red because of the chemical reaction that takes place when hemoglobin is saturated with oxygen. (strangely enough, the shade of red a lot of horror movies use is closer to the color of arterial blood than venous blood)

      take care :)

  4. QUESTION:
    What causes low blood sugar?
    What causes low blood sugar, and what are the symptoms of low or high blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      Common causes of low blood sugar include the following:

      Overmedication with insulin or antidiabetic pills

      Use of medications like beta-blockers, pentamidine, and Bactrim

      Use of alcohol

      Missed meals

      Reactive hypoglycemia is the result of the delayed insulin release after a meal has been absorbed and occurs 4-6 hours after eating

      low blood sugar symptoms

      Trembling
      Clamminess
      Palpitations
      Anxiety
      Sweating
      Hunger

      second set of symptoms follows:

      Difficulty in thinking
      Confusion
      Headache
      Seizures
      Coma
      Ultimately, death

  5. QUESTION:
    I have had several symptoms including high or low blood sugar since October 2008, help?
    My symptoms include:
    Dizziness/Lightheadedness
    Feeling Bad with no apparent cause
    Partial Seizures
    Chest Pains
    Diarrhea
    Acid Reflux
    Fatigue
    Vulnerability to other Sicknesses
    High/Low Blood Sugar
    Tremors/Shaking in right hand
    Pain in Back/Hips

    Please, if you have any insight into any of my symptoms, lend me a hand. I have visited some doctors including a Physician (regularly), Neurologist, and a Pediatric Endocrinologist. There are still no answers even with multiple blood tests. I also test my blood sugar whenever I have these symptoms to find that my blood sugar is high although diabetes has been ruled out.

    I’m only 14, and I’d like to be able to play sports without having this problem holding me down.

    • ANSWER:
      that’s odd. if your blood sugar goes high and low, you most likely have type 1 diabetes

  6. QUESTION:
    How high can blood sugar get before it reaches a dangerous level that would require immediate attention?
    I am newly diabetic (about 3 months now). I was diagnoses with asthma a week ago and have been put on steroids for 13 days to help rid the symptoms that have kept me up at night and caused me to miss 4 days of work already. The steroids are causing my sugar to be higher than it should be. It is 301 now. At what level should I become concerned and contact my doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      300 and up are not good levels. Plus, its posible you have keytones. Check your blood sugar and get the level down.

  7. QUESTION:
    I have PCOS but I have have low blood sugar? Would metoformin lower my blood sugar too much?
    My fasting blood sugar was 46… But I have allof the other symptoms of PCOS I have high testorone and High LH levels..Overweight Irregular periods .Would metoformin work for me or will it cause my blood sugar to plummet?

    Thanks
    NO my fasting blood sugar was 46 before I started the metoformin

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    yepI have PCOS but I have have low blood sugar? Would metoformin lower my blood sugar too much?
    My fasting blood sugar was 46… But I have allof the other symptoms of PCOS I have high testorone and High LH levels..Overweight Irregular periods .Would metoformin work for me or will it cause my blood sugar to plummet?

    Thanks
    My fasting blood sugar was 46 before I started the metoformin

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Can high blood sugar (diabetes) cause headaches?
    I have been having a lot of symptoms of diabetes so my mom made me a docs appointment for tomorrow to get tested 4 it! And at times i get really bad headaches so i was wondering if diabetes could cause it!
    I know the symptoms of diabetes thats why i am getting tested for it! But every since i have been having those symptoms i have had bad headaches so i was just asking if diabetes could be causing them!

    • ANSWER:
      The American Diabetic Association says there are the top symptoms of diabetes:

      Frequent urination
      Excessive thirst
      Extreme hunger
      Unusual weight loss
      Increased fatigue
      Irritability
      Blurry vision

  10. QUESTION:
    What diagnosis can cause my body to produce low blood sugar and high insulin levels?
    I was recently diagnosed with hypoglycemia when rushed to the emergency room after passing out at work. Since I can remember I have suffered with symptoms. I was sent to a endocrinologist where it was discovered my insulin levels are extremely high and my sugar level are way to low (15). They mentioned to me the possibility of an insulinoma (pancreatic tumor) which could be causing my symptoms and basically am very scared and would like to know other possibilities that are less severe. What else could be causing my high insulin and low sugar? FYI- am 5’2 210 pds, with constant ( everyday) hypoglycemia symptoms, please any suggestions at all!

    • ANSWER:
      Serious disease, disorders and conditions that can also increase the risk of developing hypoglycemia include type 1 diabetes, insulin-secreting tumors of the pancreas, kidney disease, Addison’s disease and liver disease. Hypoglycemia can also be a side effect of some medications. In some cases, it is not possible to diagnose the underlying cause of hypoglycemia. For more details on causes, refer to causes of hypoglycemia.

      Hypoglycemia can occur in any age group or population. Depending on the cause, hypoglycemia can be short-term and disappear quickly, such as when hypoglycemia occurs after a single episode of over-exercising but is quickly treated by eating a meal. Hypoglycemia can also recur over a longer period of time, such as when hypoglycemia is due to kidney disease or liver disease.

      Go to this website for further info . List of causes is so long I can’t relay it to Answers

      http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/h/hypoglycemia/causes.htm

      You take care

      Good luck

      TIN

  11. QUESTION:
    Question about UTI, sugar in urine, and high blood pressure?
    I am a 21 year old female, who is active and normal weight. I recently went to the doctor because I recently had symptoms of a UTI (my third in the past year and 5th in the past 3 years). My doctor told me during the exam that I had high blood pressure and sugar in my urine. This is the second time I’ve been told that sugar was found in my urine, but the first for high blood pressure. My doctor recommended getting a fasting blood test done. I also checked my blood sugar again the next day and it was still high for someone my age (145/70). Other symptoms I have are fatigue and extreme thirst(even before the UTI I feel like I am always thirsty). My question is what other than diabetes could be causing these symptoms? I have been told that maybe the infection spread to my kidneys and was never treated, but that seems odd because I haven’t had extreme pain in my sides/back area.
    I just realized I said checked my blood sugar, I meant blood pressure the next day.

    • ANSWER:
      The 145 is borderline high. The 70 is perfectly normal.

  12. QUESTION:
    sugar(sucrose) makes me very sick?
    Eating sugar makes me very sick, but I don’t have high blood sugar
    symptoms are: foggy mind, painful eyes that become puffy, slight nausea, sinus type headache, disorientation and fatigue .It seems to me sugar is causing an immune attack. I tried dextrose(pure glucose) and it did not cause these symptoms, so my guess is that I might not have the sucrase enzyme needed to break down sucrose. But from what I have read, sucrose intolerance has similar symptoms to lacktose intolerance, but I do not get any cramp, gas or other symptoms of lactose intolerance. Fruits give me these symptoms too.
    I started having these symptoms two years ago when I was taking amoxicillin for my flu and I ate lots of chocolate in one day . first I thought it was a sensitivity to chocolate but it went on and later I figured out that sugar is responsible for it. I am fine as long as I do not eat fruits and anything that has sugar. Carbohydrates do not give me any symptoms.
    Doctors have done all types of tests and everything was normal except for two of the liver enzymes(LFTs).

    • ANSWER:
      The most visible thing about sinus is swelling.

      The easiest way to control swelling is to give up water and all other liquids for 24 hours. In 24 hours there will be no significant dehydration to cause organ failure. But to be double sure one can stay indoors for 24 hours.

      Now if you decided to try it the next problem is that one who is used to drinking water or other liquids feel thirsty quite often. They find it very difficult to manage without water for more than 6 hours. For that follow the following routine.

      First thing in the morning drink tea (on empty stomach). It should be normal tea not too strong nor too light. One should not take anything with tea. No water or anything before or after tea for atleast 1 hour. Tea on empty stomach leaves a bitter taste in mouth. Resist drinking water or any other liquid for next 3-4 hours. After this the bitter taste will be gone. AFter this there will be no thirst signals. For the next 48 hours there will be enough fluid in your mouth and food pipe. You can eat your normal meals minus any liquids for next 24 hours. This will resolve all health issues including poor digestion.

      In 24 hours the reduction in the fluids will be about 3 litres or about 5% of the total body weight of a normal adult.

      Never the swelling due to sinus or cold and cough is more than 5% of the body volume.

      During this period of 24 hours the lose of water from the body does not reduce even by 1% to offset reduced water intake.

      The reduction in loss of body water thru urine or sweating starts after 48 hours in most of people. But to be on safe side giving up water and liquids for 24 hours will do the trick.

      The reduced swelling will give immediate relief from pain. It will make is much more easier to eliminate the cough thru nose without any pain.

      That will also improve the blood acid levels by about 5%. This makes changes at the cell level as well. Blood acid levels are the first line of defense against the infections.

      So swelling gone, pain gone, cough moving out, infections taken care of. Now what remains in the body for the next change of season time. Obviously nothing.

      So it has already given u long term relief from sinus.

      You may refer to Kole on yahoo answers. He posted that he got lot of relief. You may check his comment on my best answers of 14.8.2011

      To decide whether the above is right or not, you may comment whether u are in the habit of regularly drinking water and other liquids or out of work or other reasons u remain without water and other liquids for long periods of time. Those who are very regular in drinking water and other liquids are more prone to sinus and related complications. People who are extremely dehydrated are also very likely to face sinus and related complications. Those who are on and off with water are not likely to face this sinus thing.

  13. QUESTION:
    Tackling high blood sugar levels early morning i.e. fasting blood sugar reading.?
    Over the last 2 years I have been losing weight, almost 25 pounds, my waist reduced by almost 2 inches, and during this period started feeling very tired during all day. Finally I visited my family primary care physician in Oct 2010. After lab test I realized that I had type 2 diabetes condition, with my blood sugar levels about 286 ( after lunch).

    Primary care physician referred me to a endocronologist, who wanted to put me on insulin ( a dose of 16 ) straight away. I did not like the idea. My reason was that, now that I know the cause of what is going wrong in my body, I need to give myself a chance to do all that is possible to redress the situation for a couple of months, and at that stage re-assess and take the decesion to get on to insulin.

    It has been two weeks since I started making changes to my life style like switching to low glycemic foods ( of below 40 ), and exercising on a daily basis at a medium level, and checking my blood sugar using ONE touch Ultra2 on a daily basis ( at least 8 to 10 times) to understand the increase and decrease in blood sugar levels in response to my eating times, excercise, stress etc. The other big change I have brought about is to give up battles in my mind which I dont need to fight, out of all the changes this has proved to be tough and is still proving to be tough.

    To my surprise and happiness, Im seeing my blood sugar levels dropping as a result of my above efforts. During the course of my monitoring I realized that there is a upper cap of my blood sugar in 320s and lower cap in early 200s. This was before 2 weeks.

    Since the time I have been eating low glycemic breakfast lunch dinner, lots of water, excercise at least once a day ( 40 minute brisk walk), my blood sugar levels have gone down to a range of 114 to 197. Since the last 4 days there has been only once instance when my blood sugar went above 200.

    My early morning reading i.e. fasting reading is still high it is averaging about 130 – 140 over the last 10 days, my after meal reading is average between 155-175.

    5 questions:

    1. What should I do to reduce my early morning i.e. on fast without food or water reading ? I want to bring it down to around 75 to 85.

    2. I have reduced carbs which has helped a lot, and switched to salads and meat. But body also needs carbs. What are the best sources of carbs in my context?

    3. I have observed that even though my blood sugar is less than 140 ( which is the standard for after meal) or in specific between 120 and 140, I feel some level of dizziness, and also some head ache early in the morning. Is this because of the reason that my blood sugar levels are coming back to normal after a long time i.e. I might have been in the 200s and early 300s for a long time, and over the last couple of weeks due to changes made to food and excercise it is being in the range of 130s – 180s ?? Is my body in the process of getting adjusted to the new relatively low blood sugar levels ?

    4.What are the symptoms we should expect when blood sugars are coming down to relatively low level from higher levels?

    5. Just want to add that my urine still smells sweet and is yellow in color. At what stage can I expect this to reduce. Note that when my blood sugar level is less than 150, the sweet smell in the urine goes down and the urine color is also light.
    17 hours ago

    6. My early morning fasting reading is the issue here. It is averaging around 150 to 160 over the last 2 weeks i.e. since I started taking low glycemic foods, excercise daily. Im quite sure it must have been much higher earlier. I want to tackle this area first, please suggest. What and when should I be eating the evening before to get my early morning readings to around 120 which is my first goal, before trying for 90.

    Im not on any medication.

    My readings during the day i.e. after breakfast, lunch, dinner currently are 150 to 160 before , and 2 hours later they settle at the same i.e.150-160 or go a little lower into 140s.

    It is obvious that I should be tackling my early morning readings first.
    Thank you very much for your response.

    But Im looking for opinions and tips and ideas with which I can work on my fasting blood sugar level over night. My first goal is to get it down to 110.

    • ANSWER:
      The effort you have made is awesome…I wish I had been so determined!

      The fact that you have made such an improvement in the last few weeks could possibly mean you can get away with not taking insulin (though I am not a doctor, so my opinions don’t count for much) but you will still likely need to be on some sort of medication, such as Metformin, which is pretty common and has few side effects. The combination of your current diet/exercise/monitoring and a medication such as this could work very well for you…

      As for the fasting sugars, there isn’t any sort of thing you can do to lower them specifically, other than lowering your overall levels…the lower your levels get during the day, the lower your fasting sugars will be in the morning. The only thing I could think of that could effect your morning readings would be if you ate fairly close to bedtime, and therefore did not give your body the chance to burn off what you took in…other than that, there’s really no way to specifically lower fasting sugars.

      As far as carbs go, cut out anything “white” in your diet…white bread, white rice, etc. These carbs have been over processed and don’t have a lot of nutritional value, and will sometimes raise your sugar almost as much as eating sweets… Even white potatoes can be bad…

      I would suggest cutting down your overall carb intake, and only taking in complex carbs from whole grains (i.e. whole wheat bread, whole grain cereals with lots of fiber, whole grain pitas, etc.). These types of carbs metabolize slower, and tend to have way more fiber and nutrients and are much better for you.

      However, I am not a nutritionist, so it’s always best to get advice from a professional…just speaking from my own experience.

      I would suggest going back to your doctor, showing your improvement with diet and exercise, and asking about the possibility of other medications instead of the insulin (though I am taking insulin now because I am pregnant, and it’s not as bad as I expected it to be…less painful than finger sticks, and as long as they start you off at a low dose and raise your insulin levels slowly, you aren’t nearly as likely to get those “drops” you hear so much about). I would also suggest working with a nutritionist that works with diabetic patients and getting as much education about the disease as possible…

      Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    WHY IS MY BLOOD SUGAR STILL HIGH?
    last week i checked my blood sugar it was 511…the day b4 i got the symptoms of high sugar like the dry mouth, being thirsty, having to use the bathroom alot…i went to the hospital the next day…i stayed there 4 two and a half days…i was hooked up to a i v that was giving me insulin….they sent me home myblood sugars were reading between 220 to 480…i went to my diabetic dr the day after my release and they told me to use mor insulin n a sliding scale….i went back a week later and the dr told me to keep doing the sliding scale…my numbers still about the same…the lowest has been 204 and that was in the mourning…i have to go back monday…i dont have any symptoms nor problems i feel fine and i been taking my insulin but my sugar is still up idk y and the dr dont eitha im assuming….i have to get back to my wife shes de to have our baby next week and i plan on being there…i refuse to go to the dr another week…im not missing this for nothing but i was wondering what can cause this?….what can i do about this since i have none of the symptoms i had at first and its like im back to normal?……why isnt it going down?….and as long as im taking my meds wont i be ok to go be with my wife?….(i go to the dr in another city so im away from her rite now and i plan to get back to her he day after i go to the dr…i go on monday….)

    IM 25 YRS OLD

    • ANSWER:
      It is probably what ever you are eating. And you are probably not taking enough insulin.

      Im diabetic also

  15. QUESTION:
    Why is my blood sugar still high?
    last week i checked my blood sugar it was 511…the day b4 i got the symptoms of high sugar like the dry mouth, being thirsty, having to use the bathroom alot…i went to the hospital the next day…i stayed there 4 two and a half days…i was hooked up to a i v that was giving me insulin….they sent me home myblood sugars were reading between 220 to 480…i went to my diabetic dr the day after my release and they told me to use mor insulin n a sliding scale….i went back a week later and the dr told me to keep doing the sliding scale…my numbers still about the same…the lowest has been 204 and that was in the mourning…i have to go back monday…i dont have any symptoms nor problems i feel fine and i been taking my insulin but my sugar is still up idk y and the dr dont eitha im assuming….i have to get back to my wife shes de to have our baby next week and i plan on being there…i refuse to go to the dr another week…im not missing this for nothing but i was wondering what can cause this?….what can i do about this since i have none of the symptoms i had at first and its like im back to normal?……why isnt it going down?….and as long as im taking my meds wont i be ok to go be with my wife?….(i go to the dr in another city so im away from her rite now and i plan to get back to her he day after i go to the dr…i go on monday….)

    And by the way im 25 yrs old

    • ANSWER:
      Very sensible advice from Seth.

      I’d also add that the sliding scale is now outdated treatment. I don’t know why your doctor has you on this.

      There are two things you need to figure out for proper blood sugar management.

      1. Insulin correction factor
      2. Insulin to carb ratio

      One unit of quick acting insulin can lower blood sugar by up to 60 mg/dl. But it’s different for everybody so you need to do some basic experimenting to find out what yours is. You have to pick a time when you have no food and no insulin in your body. Take your blood sugar, then inject a controlled number of units and keep testing say at half hour intervals until your blood sugar has gone down to a stable level. The number of units to inject depends on the starting blood sugar. Use 60 as a starting assumption and adjust depending on your results. Beware that insulin is less effective when blood sugars are as high as yours so the correction factor will be different at 480 than at 140.

      The other set of numbers you need will be your insulin carb ratio. For this, I suggest googling ‘insulin carb ratio’ and there are a number of good links on there, including the one from Leeds University Hospital that helped me personally to calculate mine.

      In general it sounds like you need more insulin.

      I appreciate this might be a bit scary and confusing at first but you will quickly figure it out.

  16. QUESTION:
    Blood Sugar?? High Or Low Or Diabeates?
    Okay:
    ♥I don’t eat all that healthy
    ♥I get this really Faintish dizzieness { Sorry, Hard to explain}
    ♥I feel Kinda sick alot
    Now, Tell me what it is, Symptoms, Causes, and How to get rid of it , If possible
    Peachy!01! ♥

    • ANSWER:
      The main symptoms for diabetes are extreme thirst and frequent urination. You do not seem to have these symptoms. Dizziness can be a sign of hypoglycemia or anemia. Please have your blood sugar level and iron level checked by a doctor to be sure.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me? Muscle Aches, Fatigue, High WBC, Arthritis, Stomach Pain, Joint Pain, Low Blood Sugar??
    For six years now I have been fighting for a diagnosis…I have been finally told I have fibromyalgia among other things like poly cystic ovarian disease and arthritis in my spine. Is there anything else that could be causing all these symptoms?? I am sick of living with chronic pain and fatigue…I feel like I am trapped in an old womans body!! Every damn urine test I take they give me antibiotics and tell me I have a UTI even when I don’t have any symptoms…I go in with a headache and come out with a UTI…I mean seriously can a person honestly have a UTI every time they take a urinealyisis?????!!!!!! Every time they draw blood my WBC count is always high!!!

    • ANSWER:
      95% of all disease starts in gut and can end in the gut.

      If you are serious about getting well and you are willing to make a few dietary changes and stick to it, you can return to perfect health. I would begin my path to healing by remineralizing my body and rehydrating my body with the water cure to give my body the best chance it could to start healing itself. The body is a miraculous thing. Give it what it needs and it will respond.

      The Water Cure is a great place to start:

      http://curezone.com/foods/watercure.asp

      Make sure to use distilled water and unrefined sea salt.
      Do this for the rest of your life and it might be all you need to do to restore your health. Drink 6-8 glasses of distilled water each day with 1/4 teaspoon of unrefined sea salt.
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      Apple Cider Vinegar

      http://curezone.com/blogs/f.asp?f=179

      http://curezone.com/blogs/f.asp?f=179&p=1

      http://curezone.com/blogs/m.asp?f=179&i=27

      Apple Cider vinegar will give your gut good flora and balance your PH. It will also cleanse your body of toxins.
      Add one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of cinnamon to a shot glass full of your favorite veggie juice or strong tasting fruit juice three times a day until you are in perfect health and then back off to once a day for maintainance. You may get a die off reaction as your body will be eliminating parasites and other toxins. Give it a week to get used to the strong taste and there may be flu like symptoms for the first few days until the body expels the toxins that are jamming up your gut.
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      With these two treatments, your urine will turn clear. This is a great indicator that your body is functioning properly and therfore filtering toxins the way it is designed to eliminate it. Keep an eye on your urine for the rest of your life. Increase your water and apple cider vinegar when your urine is dark.
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      Both the water cure and apple cider vinegar will help give you regular bowel movements. Look at your stools. If your stools are dark or light yellow, loose and runny, or you are not having daily bowel movements then increase your water and apple cider vinegar until you are having at least one healthy 1 1/2 incn brown bowel movement each day. Two or three bowel movements would be optimal. I have two bowel movement most days. Stay aware of your stool health for the rest of your life. It is a perfect indicator of what is going on in your body.
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      You can add cayenne, turmeric, and cilantro to your shot glass of juice and apple cider vinegar for more help. If you get flu like symptoms, add a drop of wild oregeno oil to your apple cider vinegar for getting rid of serious parasite problems.
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      The water and apple cider vinegar will give you a means to flush out toxins but you also need to quit putting toxic food and water in your body.

      Drink only clean distilled water and store in glass containers.

      Avoid Refined Sugar. This and eating large amounts of meat are primary reasons for a clogged gut. Apple Cider Vinegar will help until you get your diet in line but avoiding sugar will reduce your daily need for apple cider vinegar to balance your ph.

      Avoid any kind of dairy. Dairy cows are pumped full of toxins and those toxins are passed along to you along with hundreds of thousands of mucous cells in each glass of milk or bite of cheese. This could be what caused many of your health issues.

      Eat raw veggies and fruit but I would clean my raw food with diluted apple cider vinegar to get rid of fungus and molds that your body might be reacting to.
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      Getting healthy is not about a one shot deal. Your food and water can heal you but you have to stay on top of it. Stay aware of what kind of toxins you allow into your home in the form of food and water or even cleaning products. Learn a new way of living.

      Yah Bless

  18. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of low blood glucose?
    what are the symptoms of low blood sugar- how about high blood sugar? I find that exercising sometimes causes me to feel dizzy and hungry and I also feel really itchy all over. My diet is usually very good, but maybe I don’t eat enough or eat all the wrong foods sometimes. I am not diabtic, unless this is some kind of pre-diabetic condition.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m diabetic (high sugar) but I can still have a low depending on my meds, when I ate last, stress, too much exercise, etc. I tend to feel shakey, tremble, get a headache, get irritable.

      Six years after diagnoses I still don’t have any symptoms to show that my blood sugar is too high. The only way I know is to use my meter.

  19. QUESTION:
    My 45 yr old sister is obese, Blood Sugar Levels high, Triglycerides high and Serious sudden vision problems.?
    My 45 year old sister recently had some pretty serious vision anomolies occur and I very worried about her and I want to make sure she gets the correct diagnosis and treatment right away.

    Here are the details:
    -45 years old
    -Obese her entire life
    -Inactive life style and very poor eating habits
    -Sudden Vision change last week…described at wavy and distorted vision. Serious enough that Dr. told her to not drive and get blood testing done immediately.
    -Blood sugar results 192 (normal range 65-139) Diabetic range starts at 199
    -Hemoglobin normal
    -Cholesterol 134
    -Triglycerides 163 (normal range 0-149)
    -Family history of Stroke (father)
    -She had some exams done in July to look at her Carotid Artery and they came back fine.

    My worry is this: Although the she is not technically considered diabetic yet she is having some pretty bad symptoms which I am worried are not due to her border line Diabetes. And, even though her Carotid testing done in July showed no plack I still feel that a stroke or impending stroke might be a possibility due to the fact that our fathers stroke did not originate from the Carotid Artery.

    So, not being a Physician but knowing a little about medicine I am thinking that she needs to have a CT to see if there is any sort of blockage in the brain or evidence of a stroke that has originated from somewhere else and thus cause the severe visual problem the other day.

    Of course an obvious issue is her elevated Blood Sugar level and her obesity, but I feel that something bigger is going on here that needs to be addressed immediately before it is too late.

    And of course she is at an elevated risk for one in addition to an MI given her elevated blood sugar, hypercholestremia, hypertension, and sedentary lifestyle (dvt for ex.) My initial inclination is to look to her blood pressure as a likely culprit for the visual disturbances.

    Please give me advise on what should be done to prevent something serious from happening besides the obvious obesity and high blood sugar.

    I am worried that she may have a stroke or might have had a small stroke already and that the docs might be missing something.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this and thank you in advance for your help.

    “A Worried Sister”

    • ANSWER:
      A stroke is a definitely possibility. My brother had a massive stroke at age 41, he had a healthy life style, worked outside all his life, but had elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. His only symptoms were dizzy spells lasting a few minutes and at one point had about a 15 minute episode of double vision.
      After the stroke (which he survived, but is totally disabled now) his neurologist told him that any time you had double vision or distorted vision, that a neurological cause needed to be explored.
      The first MRI done on my brother missed the blood clot that caused his stroke, but the one taken the next day showed the extent of it and the damage done.
      I think your sister definitely needs to have an MRI done to rule out a mini stroke.
      Even doing that may not be enough. My brother was in the midst of his stroke when he went into the ER but because of his age and he looked healthy, they did not catch it until the next day, long after the TPA could have been administered to reduce the damage.

  20. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar higher than usual?
    I’ve been feeling really tired, and having stomach pains, and other symptoms along with peeing a lot, my mom told me to check my blood sugar cause she has diabetes, and thought maybe I should check. I thought it was dumb, ’cause I didn’t think that was to problem, but my blood sugar has never been over 110 even right after I eat. But when I checked it, it was 166. I did just eat, but since my normal is so much lower than that usually is this something I need to worry about? When i ate it was about an hour ago, and I had a taco with some cheesy potatoes, and when I cam home about 20 mins ago I ate a small bowl of the chicken stir fry my mom made. Nothing really sugary.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you would be better of talking to your doctor about this odd reading but diabetes should not be diagnosed on the result of one home test. He may feel it prudent to run a few checks just to make sure everything is alright. |Blood glucose does not only rise if you eat sweet things. your body breaks down carbohydrates and fats into glucose and in some cases the proteins as well so this is why your level rose as you had eaten fats and carbohydrates.
      Remember diabetes is not just about sugar intake.

  21. QUESTION:
    what if your blood sugar is higher than normal and you feel really good ?
    with no symptoms? is that still diabetes? if my blood sugar goes within what is considered the normal range (say 99-120) i feel weak, tired……i feel best when it is around 150 even a little higher…..i have had my sugar go to 200 after eating alot of fruit and i didnt feel any bad symptoms?? what do you think i have a meter cause diabetes runs in my family……

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah! and I feel best when my glucose is around 300 mg/dL! But that doesn’t mean a darn thing as far as how my health is!

      any sustained glucose reading above 126 is doing irrepairable damage to your heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, brain and f or sure the periferal nerves and blood vessels!

      That is why most men with diabetes have ED!! that is considered periferal nerve damage! Women have no sex drive at all.

      o we must learn to live near normal again and take the medications and follow a restricted food plan and more exercise and take a good multiple vitamin.

  22. QUESTION:
    low blood sugar and feeling bad, but not diabetic I don’t think?
    I’ve been having spells where I get weak, tremble, turn pale, break out into a sweat, have a headache, and symptoms such as that on a daily basis. I’ve figured out that these spells come on because of low blood sugar, but they seem to happen almost daily. I get enough calories, and I eat a balanced diet, no large amounts of sugar or anything. What could be causing these spells? Diabetics have high blood sugar, not low, right?

    • ANSWER:
      Your are correct my good sir! Diabetics have high blood sugar but can suffer from insulin induced lows.

      It sounds like you pretty much have it figured out. Those symptoms are exactly what happen to me when my blood goes low.

      What your suffering from may be called Hypoglycemia. Its when the pancreas -the organ in your body that makes insulin- either doesn’t respond to the body screaming “STOP! STOP! WE HAVE ENOUGH INSULIN!”, or doesn’t react to that message quickly enough and your liver can’t produce enough glucagon to counteract the insulin.

      Low blood sugar is more dangerous than high blood sugar! You can pass out, go into a coma, and die! All without anyone ever knowing, unlike with high blood sugar, where it takes weeks for all of that to happen. And unless your a hermit, someone will notice.

      The bright side of Hypoglycemia though, is that you don’t need to take insulin injections.

      You should go to the Doctor and get a checkup. Like, right now!

  23. QUESTION:
    High blood sugar test, Possible diabete’s ?
    HI all, bit concerned for health of a loved one here…

    My partner (26) ate a candy bar yesterday which after checking the sugar content had a shocking 60g of sugar – As her father is a type 2 diabetic she decided to do a blood sugar test (3 times) 5 minutes after finishing the candy, the results were…

    1st test – 10.9
    2nd test – 8.9
    3rd test – 12.7

    She then performed another test about 3 hours later and it came down to 5-6ish

    what is confusing me though is a few days before she had a 230g bar of cadbury’s caramel & her blood sugar test once finishing that was only 6ish

    She currently has a cold & doesn’t have many of the diabetes symptoms other than sleepyness…

    Could she be diabetic & if so why didn’t it show up before, if not what could be causing these odd results ??

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Does low blood sugar lead to vomiting?
    I’m a high school football player, but in our past game I had an issue throwing up. During the course of the game, I ended up vomiting 5-6 times and was taken out because of a risk of dehydration at that point. The only other associated symptom I had was that I felt light headed, which came on about 30-45 minutes after I had already thrown up 3 times. My athletic trainer thought it was due to lactic acid buildup, considering I play nearly the entire game, but I have several teammates who play as much as I and I am in at least as good, if not better shape, which raises the question why it is only affecting me. I did some minor research today and I saw some stuff about low blood sugar causing vomiting during strenuous exercise. That day, I ate at noon, and I ate light, when my game was at 7:00 PM. Could low blood sugar from eating too early be what has been causing this issue for me or is it really lactic acid building up? What can I do to fix my problem as well?

    • ANSWER:
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  25. QUESTION:
    I am experiencing symptoms of Diabetes, but I have very low blood sugar?
    Ok I have had numerous blood sugar tests and my Blood sugar is always low (79-82). My mom has hypoglycemia (opposite of diabetes) my dad has alcoholism induced Diabetes, my grandma has Diabetes and needs insulin, and as I said I have been checked but do not have it. I am having all the symptoms of diabetes since I quit smoking cigarettes four months ago, including blurred vision, frequent urination, constant hunger, bad bad bad circulation, chest pains, insomnia, and yellowing of the skin (jaundice) sometimes, but every doctor says I’m fine. I do not feel fine and I have constant migraines and my teeth hurt when I eat sugary foods or drink soda. I have tried to cut back on the soft drinks and have been drinking sweet tea instead and now I can not stop urinating. Any ideas on what may be going on? Oh yeah I just started taking Alli to lose the weight I gained when I quit smoking so I am guessing the Alli is the cause for the sudden frequent urination.

    What I mean by bad circulation is that if I sit down for more than five minutes without moving my legs both fall asleep and it hurts like hell when I try to stand up and walk. I get that pins and needles feeling really bad and my feet are almost always cold. I am only 28 yrs old, 5’6 inches tall and 130 pounds. I am at my highest weight ever at 130, and used to only weigh 105-110 until I quit smoking.

    Actually I’m 5’7 and 135 sorry
    Plus when I do not eat for a few hours I get very ill and develop horrible migraines until I eat

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure you’re not hypoglycemic like your mom? I have a friend that has it and she has to eat a little something every few hours otherwise she gets a few of those symptoms.

      Also, forget the diet pills, nothing beats exercise! And exercise is great for the heart and circulation!

  26. QUESTION:
    Could my low blood sugar be causing this? Please answer!!?
    For the past three months, I have been experiencing several odd symptoms. I keep track with my period and am fairly regular. In June, I was one week late and had major problems with blood sugar (keep in mind that I always have issues with low blood sugar, but this time was awful). When having sex, my stomach hurt quite a bit. The pain would last a few minutes afterward then would go away. I stayed nauseous, lightheaded, and bloated and have been that way ever since. In July, my period was right on time (actually about a day early). For August, I was two days late and my boobs were huge and hurt like crazy. For the last few weeks, I’ve been urinating frequently. The bloating, nausea,and lightheaded are all still there. I get nauseous and lightheaded more so after eating and doing any sort of activity. My appetite had decreased for a while where taking a few bites and I was stuffed. This last week, I have stayed hungry but still taking a few bites and stuffed. Then I’m hungry again 15 minutes later. For most of June and July, my libido was very high. Since the beginning of August, I just haven’t been in the mood. Also, I have been feeling spasms in my lower stomach that have increased over the last couple weeks. I have had headaches lately. I wake up in the morning feeling fine but by mid day I don’t feel great at all…mostly a headache and lightheaded. I have also been quite hot lately. I drink plenty of water and powerade so know I am well hydrated. With my blood sugar issue, I tend to snack throughout the day but haven’t even wanted to do that…I love food but just don’t feel like eating. We have a couple candles we burn which I like the smell of but back in June the smell was awful to me so I haven’t burned them since. I am 21 years old and yes I am sexually active with one person (unprotected). Also, back in June I was having bad leg aches in my calves and knees that got worse at night. I was having to take Tylenol pm just to sleep. Since then, they have been hurting off and on, but once again, starts in the evening time. I can feel my heart beat alot stronger as well like in my stomach. Anybody have any ideas as to what is going on with me?

    • ANSWER:
      go see a doctor. the sooner the better with diabetes related problems.

  27. QUESTION:
    What might all of these symptoms mean?
    I have a whole lot of chemical imbalances going on with me. Anyone maybe venture an educated guess on what may be the cause?

    Hypothyroidism, High Blood pressure, High Blood Sugar, Low Testosterone, Protein in urine, Irritable bowel syndrome.

    I am 26, in the Army, I don’t smoke or drink. Symptoms like Heart palpitations, shortness of breath and such from my Hypothyroidism started about a year and a half ago. Doc is running a ton more blood panels including a test for Prostate Cancer. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    what are high FSH symptoms?
    Backstory—
    I have been experiencing some symptoms that I am very concerned about. Symptoms such as chronic nausea, chronic fatigue, heavy irregular periods, extreme pain in my legs, and constant blood sugar swings. So, I went to my doctor and she ordered some lab work. I just got my results back and I think my FSH is higher than it is suppose to be. It came in at 10.4 on day 3 of my cycle. Is that normal? I am not on any medications other than Zofran to treat my chronic nausea. Is this elevated FSH level the cause to most of my symptoms I am experiencing?

    Side Notes—
    -my LH level came in a 4.3
    -I am not ttc, I am just trying to find what is causing my symptoms
    -I am going to be doing a Transabdominal and Transvaginal ultrasound to see if endo could be a possible cause for all of this
    -PCOS runs in my family. Could my symptoms or high FSH level be related to that?
    I am also 19 if that makes a difference…haha

    • ANSWER:
      Your FSH is indeed on the high side for a 19 year old. High FSH levels can indicate premature ovarian failure, but you won’t get that diagnosis based on this one test. You will need further testing, but it is prudent to look into it.

      Anyway, the only specific symptom of high FSH is irregular periods or no period at all, but that doesn’t happen until FSH levels are 40+ (menopausal levels).

      It does sound like something is off with your hormones collectively, and that could cause some of your symptoms, but your symptoms are not solely FSH related.

      Your doctor is your best resource. I hope you get this all figured out soon!

  29. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar read 48?
    my blood sugar read 48 cause my friend is a diabetic and she wanted to test my blood so i was like Sure! and then she did and it was 48 and she was like that was probably wrong cause sometimes i test my blood and it says 30 and ill test it again and it will be normal or high.
    and so i didnt worry about it but recently i have been having symptoms that are kinda odd and im wondering if maybe it was right.

    I will get dizzy randomly in the day
    and after dizzyness ill get extremely tired and a head ache, not a bad one ( im used to just getting migraines)
    but after my head aches gone im full of energy again.
    ( this has happened twice in the period of two days )
    but ive been getting dizzy quite a bit, but it doesnt always follow a head ache and fatigue i just get really dizzy when im walking or something its kinda weird.
    so do these correlate?
    Also i ALWAYS have cold feet hahaha:) i dunno if that helps!
    and one time my toe had nerve damage and it went numb for a couple of days i dunno if that helps either :)

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Can eating relieve symptoms of hyperglycemia?
    While I’m waiting for the results of my blood tests to come back, I thought I’d look for more info. I have some classic symptoms of diabetes (excessive thirst and urination, fatigue). But it seems that I keep having trouble keeping my blood sugar *high* enough. I wake up shaky or shaking, but it calms down once I eat. This happens during the day too.
    Can hyperglycemia still cause symptoms like that? Or can an undiagnosed/uncontrolled diabetic have episodes of hypoglycemia (as it’s my understanding that it’s generally high blood sugar that’s the problem)?
    For reference, I’m a 22 year old female who falls in the “underweight” range (so Type II is quite a bit less likely).
    Thank you for the responses. I do know the difference between low and high blood sugar. That’s why I was confused. And I have seen my doctor. I go back this week for the test results/follow up; I’m just looking for info in the meantime.

    • ANSWER:
      First, hypoglycemia is overlooked a majority of the time and most people are unaware that hypoglycemic problems are of more concern than hyperglycemic. It sounds like you are hypoglycemic and not hyperglycemic. By being hypoglycemic, it can appear sometimes that you are hyperglycemic, because your blood sugar goes on a rollercoaster ride up and down, up and down. your body has a hard time getting it under control. If you do not eat, you risk passing out, having sezures, and possible going into coma. These things happen when your body doesn’t have enough sugar, but if you can keep it under control then you are unlikely to experience those symptoms. Hypoglycemic is very hard to diagnose. Remember only you know the way you feel. trust it.

  31. QUESTION:
    What could cause these symptoms in pregnancy?
    I am 24 weeks pregnant. I have had a few spells in the last couple of weeks where I get lightheaded, feel weak, and sometimes nauseated. I also get thirsty a lot. I even have to keep a glass of water by the bed at night. I haven’t been sleeping very well either. I will sleep 3 or 4 hours then be wide awake. Does anybody know what it could be? Somebody told me low or high blood sugar or even diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      When you are pregnant your veins dilate and your blood thins out a bit. Your blood gets more watery but you also make more blood. It is harder for your heart to pump it effeciently through those dilated veins. This can cause dizziness, which will cause nausea. You are more thristy because your body is using the water you drink to make more blood. Keep drinking lots of water and when you feel dizzy lay down or put your head between your knees.

      When I was pregnant I got these dizzy spells frequently. I actually fainted in the grocery store and had to be rushed to the ER. What i said up there ^^^ is what they told me happened. I had many times while I was in walmart or somewhere, I had to sit on the floor in the middle of the store and put my head between my knees so that i didnt pass out. Try to eat a piece of fruit before you go out to keep your sugars up too!

      See your doctor if they worry you a lot and become very bothersome.

      hope I helped you out a bit!!

  32. QUESTION:
    I have a question about a small tingling in my hands and diabetes?
    I’m a borderline diabetic… i have tingling in my hands after exercise, barely noticeable for 10 minutes, but its there alright.

    also id like to know how diabetes works because i thought it was because of high blood sugar… yet some times symptoms re caused by LOW sugar? don’t get it. help me out on both concepts? thanks i’m getting worried

    • ANSWER:
      if your are breathing too fast after working out you can get tingling in you fingers as CO2 builds up in your system, just try to take slower breaths and it will help.

  33. QUESTION:
    Type 2 Diabetes: Blood sugar level reducing from above 300 to 150 – 180 range?
    Over the last 2 years I have been losing weight, almost 25 pounds, my waist reduced by almost 2 inches, and during this period started feeling very tired during all day. Finally I visited my family primary care physician in Oct 2010. After lab test I realized that I had type 2 diabetes condition, with my blood sugar levels about 286 ( after lunch).

    Primary care physician referred me to a endocronologist, who wanted to put me on insulin ( a dose of 16 ) straight away. I did not like the idea. My reason was that, now that I know the cause of what is going wrong in my body, I need to give myself a chance to do all that is possible to redress the situation for a couple of months, and at that stage re-assess and take the decesion to get on to insulin.

    It has been two weeks since I started making changes to my life style like switching to low glycemic foods ( of below 40 ), and exercising on a daily basis at a medium level, and checking my blood sugar using ONE touch Ultra2 on a daily basis ( at least 8 to 10 times) to understand the increase and decrease in blood sugar levels in response to my eating times, excercise, stress etc. The other big change I have brought about is to give up battles in my mind which I dont need to fight, out of all the changes this has proved to be tough and is still proving to be tough.

    To my surprise and happiness, Im seeing my blood sugar levels dropping as a result of my above efforts. During the course of my monitoring I realized that there is a upper cap of my blood sugar in 320s and lower cap in early 200s. This was before 2 weeks.

    Since the time I have been eating low glycemic breakfast lunch dinner, lots of water, excercise at least once a day ( 40 minute brisk walk), my blood sugar levels have gone down to a range of 114 to 197. Since the last 4 days there has been only once instance when my blood sugar went above 200.

    My early morning reading i.e. fasting reading is still high it is averaging about 130 – 140 over the last 10 days, my after meal reading is average between 155-175.

    3. questions:

    1. What should I do to reduce my early morning i.e. on fast without food or water reading ? I want to bring it down to around 75 to 85.

    2. I have reduced carbs which has helped a lot, and switched to salads and meat. But body also needs carbs. What are the best sources of carbs in my context?

    3. I have observed that even though my blood sugar is less than 140 ( which is the standard for after meal) or in specific between 120 and 140, I feel some level of dizziness, and also some head ache early in the morning. Is this because of the reason that my blood sugar levels are coming back to normal after a long time i.e. I might have been in the 200s and early 300s for a long time, and over the last couple of weeks due to changes made to food and excercise it is being in the range of 130s – 180s ?? Is my body in the process of getting adjusted to the new relatively low blood sugar levels ?

    What are the symptoms we should expect when blood sugars are coming down to relatively low level from higher levels?

    Thanks in advance.

    OTN
    Just want to add that my urine still smells sweet and is yellow in color. At what stage can I expect this to reduce. Note that when my blood sugar level is less than 150, the sweet smell in the urine goes down and the urine color is also light.
    My early morning fasting reading is the issue here. It is averaging around 150 to 160 over the last 2 weeks i.e. since I started taking low glycemic foods, excercise daily. Im quite sure it must have been much higher earlier. I want to tackle this area first, please suggest. What and when should I be eating the evening before to get my early morning readings to around 120 which is my first goal, before trying for 90.

    Im not on any medication.

    My readings during the day i.e. after breakfast, lunch, dinner currently are 150 to 160 before , and 2 hours later they settle at the same i.e.150-160 or go a little lower into 140s.

    It is obvious that I should be tackling my early morning readings first.

    • ANSWER:
      You seem to be on the right track.. But you never mentioned if you are taking Metformin.
      Here’s the Key:

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

      1) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.Exercise is Non-Negotiable !!!Thats why it is Number 1 on the list.
      2) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      3) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don’t need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
      4) Diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      My fasting is 96 and HBA1C is 5.2.
      There are no miracles, just attitude and dedication. If you have depression , treat it . Because when depressed you don’t take care of yourself properly.

      Take care

      TIN

  34. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know what could be causing these symptoms?
    Every now and then, I get really blurry vision and I feel really out of it. It’s usually followed by a really bad migraine but not always. It has been happening more and more lately, especially after I eat. My friend suggested that it may be due to high blood sugar. Do you think that this is the case? Has anyone ever experienced these symptoms? I did some research on WebMD but I really don’t know what it could be.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be diabetes, you didnt mention what were the meals you ate if they were high in carbs and sugar- and do you drink sugared drinks or alcohol?

      You should see your doctor and he will do a fasting blood sugar test which will determine if you have any form of diabetes. Your symptoms do sound like diabetes- I too am a diabetic. Until you get to see him/her, cut out sugar from your diet- eat only good carbs and do not drink sugared drinks. Good luck!!

  35. QUESTION:
    fasting blood sugar 120′s-130′s am I diabetic?
    I have PCOS. I was diagnosed mildly insulin resistant in April, 2010. I was prescribed metformin at 500mg/day and was increased gradually over the course of 1 month to 1700mg/day. Previous to being prescribed the metformin, I had a fasting blood test and was told I was not diabetic and that the metformin would not affect my glucose only would help my PCOS.

    WIthin the past 2 weeks I felt horrible and had symptoms that match almost every symptom of hyPERthyroidism. I have been to the hospital twice. I will soon be seen by a medical endocrinologist.

    For the past week I have monitored my fasting AM blood sugar via arm meter (in case those who are experienced find them not as accurate as a finger stick meter). My ranges have been between 125-137 each day, fasting, as soon as I wake up, before doing anything. Until this time of feeling like crap, I never checked my sugar levels (never had a reason to as my reproductive endo. told me that Im not diabetic and didnt need to while being on the metformin).

    I am wondering if the metformin has caused the increase in fasting sugar levels or, if potentially I was borderline diabetic, it was caught, the super dose of metformin caused my complications and symptoms and is now causing the higher levels???

    After the first ‘episode’ I cut my metformin regimin in 1/2 and was only taking 850mg. During the second ‘episode’ my sugar was checked (while on the 850mg, fasting, and in the AM) and my reading was 104.

    Am I diabetic? Did the medicine cause the higher levels now? Or what?

    Since April I have been walking 3-4 miles at least 3 times a week (generally 4-5) and have been eating low carb, no sugar foods. Maybe the lifestyle change made me feel the way I did?? But, Im curious if Im eating and exercising now, why the sugar levels the way they are??

    Thoughts???

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    If you have type 2 diabetes, what would fasting blood sugar look like?
    I suspect I am getting type 2 diabetes (or have it), so I have been checking fasting blood sugar (when I get up in the morning.) However, it has been normal, except a bit on the low end of normal. I have never found my blood sugar to be too high.

    I don’t seem to have excessive urination, I do *occasionally* have unquenchable thirst and dry mouth though. I do have blurred vision often. I don’t have unusual weight loss, if anything I am retaining fluids. However, I do now have alcohol intolerance, and I don’t know what it causing it. One year ago alcohol was normal, now it causes all kinds of terrible symptoms if I have even 2 drinks.

    I don’t notice any exceptional sugar craving. I do not have a larger appetite for food, in fact I seem to have slightly less desire for food recently.

    But I suspect this because of vision problems, a lot of tingling/numbness in extremities, infrequent eye pain, and strange effects from sugary food/drinks (I get very edgy.)

    Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      My thought is that you should see a doctor. I am a type 2 and know what I went through. You need to know that you don’t have a tumor, gland problem etc. The symptoms you describe only slightly resemble type 2 – but only your doctor can say for sure.

  37. QUESTION:
    Is this what low blood sugar feels like?
    I recently has my first baby and have been experiencing high blood pressure. It got so bad that my delivery was induced several weeks early after bedrest didnt help it drop to normal. It was never classified as having preeclampsia because I didnt have any other symptoms other than high blood pressure. So two months after delivery when my bp was still high I was put on diltiazem. My kidneys were chevked and they are fine. And my blood work.came back as essentially stable.

    It has been one month and my bp has still been somewhat high. But what is really concerning me is that I have been feeling really really weird for the past 5 days. I can only explain it as feeling “high” as if I had taken a ton of nyquil or oxycotins, minus the tired feeling. It has been nonstop for 5 days now with no relief…

    At my 1 month bp check up this morning I told my dr how I was feeling and he said that it was my blood sugar dropping??? I find this hard to believe. This is the first time in my 26 years I have ever felt like this for five days straight w/o taking some sort of meds. I am also not diabetic and have never suffered my blood sugar probs.

    My question is, has anyone else ever felt like this? What caused it? If you are diabetic, can you explain how it feels when your blood sugar drops?

    • ANSWER:
      Your legs will feel very weak and you won’t want to walk around, you will also feel very hungry and might feel a bit dizzy. I also tend to need to breathe a bit faster. This is how I would describe it
      Hope this helps :)

  38. QUESTION:
    Had a blood sugar of 1147 can it cause damage ?
    wensday I woke up very thirsty and urinating alot and thought nothing of it, thursday I went to work and lost my apetite and became thristy again, I felt fine except always going to the bathroom, Friday my vision began to blur and I was still thirsty and running to the bathroom, So I went home early from work, The next day my vision was totally screwed and very blurred, So I called into work that night and was going to take some tylenol pm (to help me sleep and I thought I had the flu) But my mom grabbed a bloodsugar machine from walgreens and tested me ( My grandmother had diabetis so she knew the symptoms) The machine said see doctor, So she rushed me to the hospital and right after they took another they rushed me into the emergency room and hooked me onto some IV thingy, I felt better and was not as thirsty but still my vision sucked, They also took a urine test, But I wanted to go home because I felt fine, Well the doctor came in and said I was going no were and my Blood sugar was 1147, My mom started crying and the doctor was puzzled that I was able to walk into the hospital and was still awake, But how can they know it was that high if there machines only go up to 600 ????

    Im not over weight (140 pounds and 5/8) I have been in top health and get plenty of exercise?

    people keeps telling me im lucky, But really can a blood sugar level that high kill you??? I felt nothing and if my vision was not messed up I would of never went to the hospital, Now im in insulin and I feel bad when it goes too low and it happens all the time, I think a low blood sugar can kill you because the first night out of the hospital the doctor put me on 25ml of lantus and I woke up in a sweat with a blood sugar level of 26 I think a low blood sugar can kill you more then a high one.

    • ANSWER:
      When I was diagnosed, my blood sugar was 1110. They usually test your serum levels, which goes to a lab, so it can tell how high your sugars actually are. So it’s totally possible you walked in! I wasn’t overweight, I just felt kinda sick. I was told I have MODY (mature onset diabetes in the young) type 2, and i don’t really understand the difference, other than the people are usually yong and perfectly healty other than their blood sugar, and it isn’t insulin dependent diabetes, so its type 2. High blood sugar can cause damage to the eyes, liver, kidneys, heart, and other internal organs. If it goes on long enough, the body can go into a state called Diabetic Ketoacidosis. This is where the blood sugar levels have built up so high for so long that the body isn’t getting any energy from the sugar it isn’t burning. It starts burning the proteins and fats from the muscles, called ketones, which slowly builds up in the blood stream. It causes the blood to become acidic, and begins destroying the bodys internal organs, especially the kidneys as they try to flush out the poisons. This can cause someone to go into kidney failure and eventually lead to death.

  39. QUESTION:
    Help. High Blood Pressure advice?
    I am a 26 year old Male. Ive been dealing with high blood pressure for years now, since ive been 18. At one point (about 3 years or more) i did not have the means to go to a doctor until recently. The doctor’s say the cause is that my heart is too strong and it pumps blood at a flow that my veins cant handle all the time. I also hold salt (which i take hydrochlorot 25 mg for) They also said my body had somehow adjusted to the higher BP as it stays at a normal level (for me) of 150ish over 100-110 pulse is always low unless I’m upset.

    My blood pressure now is 214/118 pulse is 80. I know this is dangerous believe me I took Metoprolol tartrate 100 mg about an hour and a half ago and i took another half about 5 minutes ago. I will recheck it in 30 minutes and take another after that. Check it one last time. If it is still high should i go to the hospital. I smoke a little green (for insomnia-Helps me sleep) and they always say its my pain killers that im prescribed or that what little bit of green i smoke causes it to go high, both are downers and i just cant see this. they usually tell me this because i think they don’t know exactly what is going on. I don’t like going to hospitals because of a past incident.

    Sorry for the back drop story but i guess my question is how can i elevate some of the symptoms like the headache etc? Also I know drinking water while having Blood sugar issues can help, and i was told water is not good for high BP as it raises it.

    Any suggestions would be great and please don’t hate because of my questions, the fact i smoke here and there or anything else. I’m asking for genuine advice from people who have experience in health. Not to be trolled with what you may think is funny at the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Try some natural remedies, red/purple potatoes with the skins on are excellent for high blood pressure along with oatmeal and cinnamon is excellent for regulating blood sugar levels. So maybe try this for a week; Oatmeal with cinnamon sprinkled on it for breakfast and baked or roasted red potatoes with your lunch or dinner…..check into nutritional alternatives, your Docs won’t support the ideas because they won’t get your financial support. But I am a firm believer in feeding your body right! Also do what you can to nix the green, it’ll make your levels plummit and crash and get everything all out of whack. Also, 3/4 glass red wine and about 3 pieces dark chocolate are very good for warding off heart disease, but if you do this in excess you will produce negative results. Become disciplined with your diet for a week and do some comparing with your numbers. Also maybe look into what your bloodtype is and learn to eat right for it. Certain bloodtypes respond better to certain foods!! All of this stuff you can research online. Hope you find what works for you !!

  40. QUESTION:
    High red blood cells, and hemoglobin?
    Evidently, according to a blood test I had done at the doctor, I have both abnormally high amounts of red blood cells, and hemoglobin. Everything else was normal. White blood cell, and platelet counts are perfectly normal. Cholesterol was at healthy levels, as is literally everything else. According to every time I have ever went to have my blood pressure checked, it was in the healthy range. Not at all high. According to the test of my blood sugar, it’s also normal. Looking up what that would mean, I found a number of things it COULD be. I don’t think it is however, because with most of them, none of the causes really apply to me, and besides the high blood cell, and high hemoglobin amounts, the only other symptom I had of any of them was, the whole reason for me getting these tests, and things: Sometimes for no real reason, I start to feel extremely dizzy, like I’m going to faint, and like I am going to vomit, but never do vomit, and have only fainted once. Now, I understand that that does not mean I don’t have any of the listed things, but none of them seem particularly likely to me. My main questions are, does anyone know what it could be, and especially, has anyone on here had something similar? And what was it? And also, what can you even do to lower those things? It’s not as though I can just choose to produce less.
    I probably should have mentioned earlier, but I am going back for a follow-up next week. I also probably should have mentioned, it was actually 2-4 days ago (I forget) when I went for the test, and just got the results from the nurse today, over the phone. Since this could be a factor, according to Wikipedia, I live at 495 ft (151 m) above sea level. Other things to mention: I am currently taking no sort of medication, I do not use any sort of drugs, whatsoever, and so far as I know I have no diseases. I was however, last year, taking a medication that I had monthly blood tests for, because it could damage either your kidneys, or liver (I forget, again; maybe it’s even both, though.). They never told me anything about the results, so I always assumed that meant everything was okay. I also don’t believe I would have been dehydrated that day, since all I had had that day was a bottle of water, because they told me not to eat after 12:00. And of course it will all just be speculation, but
    I probably should have mentioned earlier, but I am going back for a follow-up next week. I also probably should have mentioned, it was actually 2-4 days ago (I forget) when I went for the test, and just got the results from the nurse today, over the phone. Since this could be a factor, according to Wikipedia, I live at 495 ft (151 m) above sea level. Other things to mention: I am currently taking no sort of medication, I do not use any sort of drugs, whatsoever, and so far as I know I have no diseases. I was however, last year, taking a medication that I had monthly blood tests for, because it could damage either your kidneys, or liver (I forget, again; maybe it’s even both, though.). They never told me anything about the results, so I always assumed that meant everything was okay. I also don’t believe I would have been dehydrated that day, since all I had had that day was a bottle of water, because they told me not to eat after 12:00. And of course it will all just be speculation, but
    Ummmmm. . . It’s being odd. The part it cut off, though, I was just saying thank you to Sach, and some non-important things.

    • ANSWER:
      Agree completely with Diocletian… and this is also a speculation.. only your doctor will know the proper diagnosis, and it is his duty to answer your queries. Polycythemia vera is definitely a possibility in this scenario… Dehydration, and sometimes drugs like diuretics can also give us falsely elevated hemoglobin and hematocrit levels because those numbers are relative to the fluid status of the blood. Secondary causes like chronic smoking, kidney diseases, storage disorders etc can also lead to erythrocytosis (increased RBCs). Lab error could be a possibility, but unlikely. Either way, you should definitely have your follow up for more tests until they come up with an appropriate diagnosis. Until then relax, and have faith in your doctor. Wishing you best of health.

  41. QUESTION:
    High C-Reactive Protein test results, what could be the causes?
    I have a C-Reactive protein level of 11.0 . . . I would appreciate some advice : )

    Details about me:

    I’m 29 years old, moderately active, about 30lbs over weight.

    I was seen by my doctor since I started getting headaches about 2-3 times per month. No real reason why or when they come, but when they do they last for anywhere from 2-5 days. Located on my right shoulder, right side of neck, with a lot of pain behind right eye and right temple. Headaches caused Doctor to run some tests.

    One of the tests indicated an elevated C-reactive Protein level of 11.0

    I had never heard of C-Reactive protein, so I looked it up and was unsure how concerned I should be and what the causes could be.

    Other results, included Low LDL, High HDL, no issues with blood sugar, no vitamin deficiencies and Low Iron.

    I do take Oral Contraceptives (for 13 years) and have a family history of an autoimmune disease (endometriosis), however, I have not been diagnosed with it yet although I do have some symptoms.

    I am only 29 and wondering what would be the likely cause of this and what questions I should be asking my doctor.

    Thanks so much for your time . . . I appreciate it : )

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Low blood sugar? What is happening to me?
    OK, I am hoping I can get an MD, nurse or someone with diabetes to answer this.

    Whenever I eat or drink something high in sugar or refined carbs (and lower in fat or protein) I end up feeling like I’m going to pass out about 2 or 3 hours later.

    I know this is because my blood sugar most likely spikes and then falls, which is what leaves me feeling like that. I get sweaty, panicky, heart racing, lightheaded and just feel like I’m going to faint. I have an urge at this point to eat more carbs/sugar- which is probably a natural response to up my falling blood glucose.

    My question, though, is this. I’m overweight and have no symptoms of type 2 diabetes. No frequent urination, thirst, weight loss, tingly limbs, etc. I would be less surprised, though, if I were having those symptoms, seeing as to how I beleive I’d be a better candidate for type 2 than hypoglycemia. Obviously, I have a problem regulating my insulin/sugar levels. Am I overproducing insulin? Is this a symptom of oncoming diabetes? This is happening to me more frequently, and is alleviated when I drink or eat low sugar products. I know how to alleviate it, I’m just curious what underlying cause there is.

    The older I get, the faster this happens. I had to switch to sugar free when I order my decaf latte in the mornings because of it. I just can’t handle the sugar.

    Can someone help me clear this up? Is this normal or am I going nuts?

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like hypoglycemia.
      your body is in fact overproducing insulin.
      when you have a high carb/sugar intake your body will produce a large dose of insulin. in the case of people suffering from hypoglycemia, the body misjudges the insulin needed and therefore there is not enough carbohydrate for the insulin to work on and it ends up bringing down the bodys natural blood sugar level.

      i always compare it to if i (a type 1) accidently take to much insulin and not eat enough carbs. the insulin just keeps on working anyways and i’d go low :(

      as far as i am aware hypoglycemics are advised to small regular meals and avoid high carb/sugar foods.

      i hope this makes sense. i would definately look into it if i were you.
      i know its not a proper answer but hopefully it points you in the right direction!

  43. QUESTION:
    High blood pressure…..140 over 104?
    My fiance has been feeling really sluggish lately and some other symptoms. People have told him to have his blood pressure and sugar checked for diabetes. It kind of scared us so we made an appt for the doc next week. In the meantime we went to wal-mart and check it on the machines and it read high 140 over 104. I don’t know anything about this kind of stuff but according to the screen this was a high reading. Can anyone provide any information about this stuff. What can be done, what causes it, what are the symptoms of diabetes…we already know the blood pressure is high. How dangerous, etc. I know the doc will tell us all this but in the mean time we would like info. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      have the doc’s office do his blood pressure, a lot of times the supermarket or wal mart machines are calibrated and give false readings. Don’t make any conclusions until you have a real blood pressure reading taken.

  44. QUESTION:
    high blood pressure, glucose readings all over the place, what is wrong with me?
    I am an 18 year old female, very slim and always been healthy…until a few months ago that is. Ive been sick over the last few months feeling very fatigued and unwell..with multiple symptoms. and before anyone suggests, yes i have been to the doctor. Any diagnosis as of yet is inconclusive, this has been ongoing for months.

    yesterday was the first time in particular i had tested my glucose levels and taken my blood pressure in a while. after eating dinner (45 mins after) my reading was 3.7 i was told this was a little low. my blood pressure was taken and it read 155/85 pulse rate was 109 and this was at rest. i was told this was high also which is very odd because i’ve never had any issues regarding my blood pressure before. i was very calm at the time aswell, not feeling anxious at all.

    then i was told to eat some sweets to put my sugar levels up.. so i did, then 20 minutes later we took it again. the reading had gone up to 5.4 which is normal I’m told. though my blood pressure was still the same. then about half hour later i was tested again, reading was 5.5 so almost exactly the same. which was comforting, but my blood pressure then was still racing.

    took my blood pressure again this morning, 140/78… better but still a little high. annd blood sugar was normal.

    this doesnt seem normal, well for someone like me anyway who NEVER gets sick. the doctors cant seem to work out what is wrong. would this indicate that i am physically unwell? or could it be something like anxiety? although I would never suspect anxiety to be honest, I don’t get stressed out easily, well i dont think i do anyway. but, diabetes has been ruled out by the doctor… so what else could it be?

    I need help! has anyone had similar issues?

    (i will also add in that 6 months ago i was diagnosed with a viral infection that cause peteciahe on my arms legs and stomach, this still happens sometimes. tho the doctor is quite certain that this isnt what is making me unwell he believes there is something else)
    before the first test when the result was 3.7 i had eaten a chocolate bar and Keish (egg bacon pastry etc) doctor said that a little odd, but when i ate sugar a second time it went up which was a good sign. so im not so worried about my sugar levels anyway, il just have to eat sugary substances when i start getting shaky which i often do!

    though the blood pressure is worrying, like you said. being young and healthy (or so i though) its very unusual and not a good sign to have high blood pressure.

    it looks like i may be focsuing on that particularly over the next few weeks, testing and recording results as i go. a specialist apoointment has already been booked for me but its a long wait, which is frustrating. thanks for your advice!

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  45. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar over 500, what should I do?
    My husband (27 yrs) hasn’t been feeling well lately. He’s had excessive thirst, frequent urination, stomach pain, fatigue, and numbness in his fingers. I never thought of diabetes but this morning he was really feeling bad and went online to see what could be causing this, after finding something on diabetes he had like all but 1 or 2 symptoms. So went went to his grandparents house to use his grandpa’s meter and his blood sugar reading was 509. I was wanting him to go to the ER, his grandpa said this was dangerously high, he won’t go though. I know nothing about this and I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to lose my husband and I’m scared.

    • ANSWER:
      Your husband has all the classic symptoms of diabetes. Unfortunately, many people aren’t tested because they either don’t have symptoms or the symptoms are so mild that they don’t notice them. If you are overweight, you should be tested for diabetes, regardless of symptoms. If you have other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, no matter how old you are, talk to your doctor about being tested, especially if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

      increased thirst
      increased hunger
      fatigue
      frequent urination, especially at night
      unexplained weight loss
      blurred vision
      sores that don’t heal

      Studies show that 90% of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented — or significantly delayed — simply through a healthier diet and plenty of physical activity. The big proof of that came in a study of 3,234 people who were overweight and had elevated blood glucose levels, putting them in the crosshairs of diabetes risk. It probably safe to say that your husband has had prediabetes for quite some time and not having been treated his symptoms and glucose levels keep getting worse. It also is probably genetic and I would assume that other family members are diabetic. Alot of men, due to pride or just not wanting to deal with a diagnosis, will not see a doctor and think these symptoms will go away on their own, big mistake. He needs to see the doctor for not just himself but for his family too. I’m sure his family wants him around for a long time. You must convince him to go to the doctor and get tested and get appropriate treatment. If he won’t listen to you, have a family member whom he is close to, talk to him. You are doing the right thing by seeking medical attention for your husband.

      A diabetes diagnosis isn’t the end of the world. In some cases, lifestyle changes can keep the disease entirely under control. Still, many people with diabetes need to take oral medications that lower blood sugar levels. When these aren’t enough to do the job, insulin injections may be necessary, sometimes in combination with oral drugs. Several new drugs that work in combination with insulin to improve blood sugar management have been approved by the FDA.

      Seek a doctor’s appt. asap and get him tested so your doctor can initiate treatment.

      Hope this helps.

  46. QUESTION:
    will my dad be able to tell if i use his blood sugar tester?
    sorry i dont know the exact term for it.

    But im 16 and diabetes runs in my family, and lately i have had sooo many symptoms of diabetes, and i dont want to go and tell my parents yet, cause idk i just am not the type of person who tells my parents when something is wrong with me! lol and i just wanna see if i do have high or low blood sugar…

    so i was gunna use my dads tester thingy and see if i do, but will he be able to tell if i use it…cause yeah then i wont do it lol

    • ANSWER:
      Most keep the results stored in their data system unless you clear it, and he will if he counts his tester strips.

  47. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of intoxification?
    I have a friend who has been dealing(?) with type 2 diabetes for 3 years. He is 40 years old and is not taking good care of his food intake. At times (when he has not taken his insulin and other meds.) he displays all the symptoms of being drunk; slured speech, forgetfulness, etc. Could this be caused by HIGH blood sugar levels? How can I best help him?

    • ANSWER:
      No, you are giving the classic symptoms of LOW blood sugar, not high. High gives these symptoms: Thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision, weakness, tiredness and perhaps dizziness. upset stomach.

      If he won’t help himself, there isn’t much you can do. When he shows symptoms you can and should call for an ambulance to stabliize him.

  48. QUESTION:
    any issues with using relacore and blood sugar levels rising?
    Last year I started taking relacore to help lose weight and I started having symptoms similar to high glucose levels. I thought it might just be the pills but now with a high reading I am not so sure. the only good side effect has been the weight lose. 14 years ago while pregnant with my daughter I developed gestational diabetes and I have family members on my paternal side who had type 2. but since this started pretty much after my relacore use I just wandered if anyone has heard of it causing this or is it just coincedence?

    • ANSWER:
      It could well be a side effect, stop taking it and talk to your doctor

  49. QUESTION:
    What else could have these symptoms?
    I went to the doctor with the following symptoms: constant thirst, frequent urination, cuts/bruises that are very slow to heal, constant hunger, weight loss, fatigue, irritability, frequent mood swings, and sensitivity to sugar.
    I have consumed excessive amounts of soda and candy for years but I am not at all overweight. I’m 21 and physically active. After I got fairly dehydrated about a month ago, I started having the issues with sugar and the excessive thirst/hunger, but the other symptoms were present before that. I went to the doctor and he named a few things that he wanted to try to rule out-diabetes, a thyroid condition, anemia, and low blood sugar. The thyroid problem and anemia were ruled out. I had a 3 hr glucose test done last week and it showed significant hypoglycemia rather than high blood sugar. What else could be causing these problems?
    When I started having problems with sugar, I severely restricted my sugar intake-from about 12 regular sodas a day plus candy/sweets to sugarfree sodas and sweets-and limited potatoes as well. The episodes of what I am assuming were high blood sugar (food made it worse but as time went on and I was physically active at work for an extended period of time it diminished) have become less pronounced but they are still present when I eat something like french fries. The 3hr glucose test was about two weeks into that diet change. Now, what seems like possibly low blood sugar problems-though not severe-have become more common. If I skip or delay a meal I start to sweat, I can’t stay motivated and on task at work, and I start to feel jittery. Several coworkers have commented on my mood swings when I haven’t eaten in a while. If I really go too long, I get to the point where I don’t care about anything and don’t want to eat or do anything, but if I force myself to eat then it will go away.
    I have a followup scheduled for Wednesday. All I was told was that two of the values were low and it “showed significant hypoglycemia”. I don’t know which 2 values or what they were. I am just wondering what other tests he might want to have done and what questions I should ask.

    • ANSWER:
      You may still be diabetic. Type 2 diabetics don’t PROPERLY utilize sugar. They may have an excessive rise in blood sugar levels with increasing insulin production then a sudden utilization on this insulin causing a severe drop in Blood Sugar. This can be caused by overt Type 2 diabetes, Leventhal-Stein (also know as Poly-Cystic Ovarian syndrome a misnomer as this can affect men and women), Liver disorders and pancreatic diseases. these can all cause a type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is usually called adult onset diabetes however many people associate it with obesity and diet. These two things do play an important role but are not the only risk factors. You need to see an endocrinologist not a family practitioner to be diagnosed and have an appropriate treatment plan started. You will also need to FOLLOW the treatment plan which will include diet modification. Uncontrolled diabetes from any cause can lead to Cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, liver damage, Strokes, Blindness and numerous other issues.

      As an addition H1AC is an indicator of how your blood sugar has been over the last 6-8 weeks and is used in conjunction with glucose tollerance testing. Hypoglycemia is defined as a blood sugar (serum blood sugar) reading under 70 with significant hypoglycemia under 55.

      Hyperglycemia is defined (depending on the physician) as a fasting serum blood sugar above 125. Though most people are not classified as diabetic unless they have a rise over 200 during there glucose tollerane test that does not return to normal within a specified period of time.

      Also your dietary changes may have an affect on your utilization of sugar and carbohydrates are the biggest causes of sudden peaks and drops where proteins cause steady rise and then low decline ie they help the body have a more stable blood sugar level.

  50. QUESTION:
    Are these illnesses or symptoms???
    These are NOT Illnesses, but only symptoms that you must learn to ask yourself—“from which of the five causes does it come from???”

    These are the symptoms that were once known as real illnesses; that YOU can now learn to reverse or prevent, and/or improved by yourself with my self-healing methods.

    There are two words that will make this possible to do or impossible to do:
    These two words have a magic all their own –they are magical because they remind me of “Open Sesame” — once you use these words they open a new life for you if you apply them or close the door to it, they are called: Discipline and Dedication. With out these magical words nothing is possible—I will give you the path to a new life, but you must walk it and never get off of it — until the day that your real cause-point is found and eliminated.

    Which one do you have and from which cause–point did it come from???

    1. Over-acidity??? 2. The Chemical World??? 3. The Living World??? 4. The Nutritional World??? 5. The Viral and Bacterial World or Microscopic World???

    FROM WHICH ONE OR FROM WHICH COMBINATION???

    Acid Indigestion

    Acid Reflux

    Acne

    AIDS– HIV

    Allergies — Intolerance To Certain Foods

    Allergies – Skin

    ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

    ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

    Agent Orange

    Agitation

    AIDS

    Alcoholic Tremors And Addiction

    Anemia, Low Hemoglobin, Low Blood Volume, Little Or Thin Veins

    Anxiety Disorders

    Arthritis

    Asthma

    Athlete’s Foot Itch That Just Won’t Go Away

    Back Pain — Body Aches And Lower Back Pain

    Bed Wetting — Adult
    Birth Defects
    Bleeding Gums

    Blood — Poor Circulation—Cold Hands And Feet

    Blood Clots

    Blood — Toxic Due To Overload Of Worm Toxins Or Over-Acidity Or Chemical Toxins

    Bloody Stools Or Rectal Prolapse, Or Blockages In The Intestinal Tract

    Blood Volume – Low — Causing The Heart Stress

    Body Odor

    Brittle Nails

    Breath — Bad Breath That Does Not Go Away, And Foul Smelling Gas And Stools

    Bruxism — Teeth Grinding while you sleep

    Cancer

    Candida Infection

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Cholesterol (Elevated)

    Chronic Fatigue

    Constipation

    Colds — Frequent Colds, Congestion

    Cold Sores
    Confusion
    Cysts

    Dark Circles Under The Eyes

    Diabetes

    Diarrhea

    Drowsy, Or Tired After Meals

    Convulsions

    Delusions

    Dementia

    Depression

    Digestion — Impaired

    Dizziness — Light Headed-Ness
    Eczema

    Emotional — Excitable Or Un-Controllable Emotional State Or Seizures

    Emotional — Frequent Or Un-Controllable, Or Un-Explainable Or Un-Justifiable Rage, Anger Or Extreme Aggression

    Eye Twitches

    Erectile Dysfunction — Inability To Maintain An Erection Due To Low Blood Volume

    Fatigue — Frequently Fatigued Or Fatigued For Un-Explained Or Un-Known Reason

    Fear

    Fever — Low-Grade

    Fibroid Tumors

    Fingernails (White Spots, Brittle, Ridges)

    Food — Intolerance To Fatty Foods

    Fractures–Fast Recovery Time Of Broken Bones

    Gall Bladder – Pain Or Infection

    Gastritis

    Genital Herpes

    Gout

    Headaches– Migraine — Chronic Or Headache For No Apparent Reason

    Heart Palpitations

    Heal Wounds– Fast Recovery Or Fast Healing Time

    Hepatitis-C

    Heart Palpitations

    Heart –Abnormal Rhythms

    Hemorrhaging – Internal — Unexplained Or Unknown

    Hemorrhoids And Diverticular Disease And Colitis

    High Blood Pressure

    High Cholesterol

    High Blood Pressure

    High Cholesterol

    Hungry All The Time

    Hyperactivity

    Hypotension — abnormally low blood pressure

    Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

    Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)

    Impotence

    Infections — Lowered Resistance To Infections

    Infertility

    Intestinal — Frequent Intestinal Disorders, Or Intestinal Bleeding, Frequent Gas & Bloating

    Intestinal — Irregular Bowel Movements, Chronic Constipation, Sluggish Elimination Or Chronic Diarrhea

    Insomnia And Restless Sleep

    Irregular Heartbeats

    Iron– Increases Iron Absorption

    Iron Deficiency Anemia

    Irritability

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Itching — Painful itching in or around anus, skin, penis, vaginal

    Jerkiness

    Joint Pain — Or Joint Stiffness And Pain

    Kidney Stones

    Leg Tightening

    Leukemia

    Liver — Pain In Your Liver

    Loss Of Appetite

    Loss Of Smell

    Lymph Nodes — Swelling

    Malaise — A General Sick Feeling

    Menstrual Cramps

    Mental — Difficulty Concentrating, Insanity, Disorientation

    Moles

    Mucus — Excessive

    Muscle Cramps
    Muscle Pains
    Muscle Tremors
    Muscle Twitching

    Muscles — Sore
    Muscle Weakness
    Muscle Wasting

    Nerve Disorders

    Nervousness
    Neuromuscular irritability
    Nose Bleeding

    Numbness In Arms And Legs

    Osteoporosis

    Overweight

    Pain — General Aches And Pains That Migrate From One Place To Another.

    Pain – Universal

    Panic Attacks

    Pica — Craving To Eat Soil, Paint, Eating Foul Tasting Or Obnoxious Things

    Plaque — On Heart And Arteries

    Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Breast Soreness, Vaginal: Itch, Bleeding, Pain Or Infections

    Protein Deficiency
    Restless Leg Syndrome
    Restlessness
    Seizure Disorders

    Sensitivity To Light, Or Day Blindness

    Skin Problems That Just Won’t Cure Or Resolve Such As: Rashes, Boils, Pimples, Acne, Sores Etc.
    Sonophobia — Fear of loud sounds that irritate your nerves
    Spasms

    Stiffness — Back, Neck

    Stress

    Scurvy

    Sleep — Needing To Sleep A Long Time, Or Inability To Stay Asleep

    Stomach Pains

    Stomach — Protruding Belly Caused By Infestation Of Parasites

    Stunted Growth Or Delayed Puberty

    Swollen Legs

    Tension

    Tics

    Tightness

    Tinnitus (Ringing In Ears)

    Twitches

    Twitching Eyelid

    Viruses

    Vision — Partial Loss Of Vision, Or Total Blindness, Or Pain In Eyes

    Warts

    Weakness — General — Or low energy level

    Weight – Excess Weight Or Can’t Gain Weight

    Wombs or open sores that won’t heal or close

    • ANSWER:
      overweight
      swollen ankles
      depression
      joint pain
      ibs
      angina
      chronic fatigue


Causes Of Low Blood Sugar Levels

Low blood sugar level in human body, medically termed as hypoglycemia is a sudden condition occurring among diabetic patients. Healthy lifestyle with proper medication is very important for controlling this diabetic situation. Let’s see versatile symptoms shown by patients with low blood sugar level. Symptoms of hypoglycemia are unpredictable and will vary from one person to another depending upon vivid parameters like patient’s age and the amount of blood sugar level. Proper awareness of these symptoms helps in easier recognition of hypoglycemia.

These symptoms are developed in order to counterpart the reaction due to secretion of stress hormones. Lowering of blood sugar level creates many impacts like nervous and mental problems. A patient with low blood sugar may show eagerness, clamminess and anxiety in his or her behaviour. Patient will be prone to irritability, nervousness and will be in a state of confusion. Jerking while sleeping and jitters are some of the symptoms due to hypoglycemia shown by new born babies.

Hypoglycemia during sleeping hours induces sweating and night mares among patients. Upper stomach complaint followed by vomiting is yet another symptom seen in hypoglycemic patients. It may also cause eye problems like blurred vision and flashy lights in vision. Dizziness, rage, appetite, pricking feel effect, mydriais or dilated pupil, ataxia, paresthesia and stroke are other signs of low blood glucose level.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    If you have extremely low blood sugar levels, how many times are you supposed to test them in a day?
    My friend has Very low blood sugar levels and today she checked them about 10am and then again about 10:45 am, i’m just wondering does she need to be doing it that often? She says she has to be at 6 but what are most people really meant to be at-isn’t it between 3 and 6. She keeps saying she feels like she’s hypoing(sorry don’t know how to spell it) but i think she’s faking it cause there are no signs of a hypo.

    • ANSWER:
      before every meal. duration between meals be 6 hours. and normal level is between 4-6, if it is below 4 than u may say a hypo case and consult doctor

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the long term effect of LOW blood sugar levels?
    I have constantly low blood sugar levels and am curious what the long term effects might be. It is very easy to find information on high blood sugar levels, but not low levels. My doctor and my endocrinologist seem to think there is no reason for concern, that only high blood sugar will cause problems. Can anyone tell me if this is true?

    Some details if you like: I am not considered diabetic or pre-diabetic. The highest my blood sugar has ever been documented is 138. My levels tend to run at 80 to 100 after meals and 60 to 70 before meals. But I have a food allergy (dairy) that makes it to drop down to 50 or lower, and also stress (physical or mental) will cause it to run low. I try to avoid dairy and stress, but that’s not always possible. I’m just curious what I should be on the lookout for…would it be the same problems that high blood sugar causes?

    • ANSWER:
      In order for your brain to function properly, it requires a steady supply of energy, in the form of glucose–sugars reaped from carbohydrates in food. If glucose levels drop too low, your mental clarity may suffer.

      Hypoglycemia can cause mental confusion and impaired ability to complete usual tasks.

      People experiencing hypoglycemia often exhibit anxiousness or physical shakiness.

      Hypoglycemia may lead to heart palpitations or loss of consciousness. If your heart rate increases significantly, you may also experience physical tremors in your hands or other body parts, increased body temperature and sweating.

      You are correct to stay informed especially when it comes to your health.

      Hope this helps.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can low blood sugar levels cause dizziness?
    I’m not sure if I’m hypoglycemic. I feel dizzy almost all of the time, I sweat too much, I have trouble sleeping. I don’t know if this is related but I eat A LOT of bread.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you eat meals regularly? If so, what? You could be feeling dizzy from not eating good foods that have substance to them (bread is full of carbohydrates, not really of much substance).

      Do you get the “shakes” as well? A points when your feeling dizzy you can tell if your shaky by sticking your arm straight out and you’re practically unable to keep it still. This would be an indication that your blood sugar is low and that you need to stop and eat something. Hope all is well!

  4. QUESTION:
    How can a low blood sugar level cause a person in coma?
    Tell me is it possible a person can be in coma cause of low blood sugar level?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it’s possible for someone with a low blood sugar level to go into a coma. If your blood sugar goes too low, your brain won’t function properly.

  5. QUESTION:
    What could be causing my low blood sugar levels at work in the mornings?
    Feel really tired, spaced out, yawning, slow feeling, during the day but worse in mornings. My doc says that low blood sugar maybe linked to nervous anxiety/exhaustion where my body releases too much adrenalin (fight or flight) and this lowers my cortisol making me feel like shite. I have a learnt reaction to stress/social situations? Anyone ever had similar experience of this and how can I sort it out. I’ve been like with low blood sugar on-off for ages, and I’m just not coping with my work load because of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Well you don’t eat at all overnight, so that will definitly affect your blood sugar.

      You need to eat breakfast, and there are tests that they can do to see if you’re hypoglycemic, or diabetic, so you maybe should get that done. But I would definitly try eating a good breakfast, not just doughnuts or something, but something substantial and well balanced, with a decent amount of protein.

      But you might also be reacting to your inability to deal with social situations. The stress from being in social situations, could possibley be affecting you physically or in ways that you had never even thought of.

      Also, I love that you said it makes you feel like “shite.” I mean, it’s shitty that you feel that way, but I always think it’s really cute and awesome when British people use the word “shite.” No one ever says that in America.

  6. QUESTION:
    Super Low Blood Sugar Levels?
    My grandmother just had a double bypass surgery in April. She was discharged and sent home and was doing well until the past couple of days. She was rushed in by ambulance 3 times because her sugar levels were going from 0-2. She was given everything u can imagine containing sugar (jams, candies, juice, etc) and also the special liquids and sugars doctors give you if u experience a low. She can’t get it up any higher then 4. What could be causing this? She was put on some black liquid she has to drink that has all her vitamins, etc in it but its making her lose her appetite as well..but she forces food down. Doctors dont seem to even know whats causin her lows. Anyone here a doctor or nurse that could explain maybe..thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, I don’t know what to say. I have never heard of a low in that range, normally you would be in a diabetic coma before you even reach those levels. I would recommend asking her Dr. about this.

  7. QUESTION:
    low blood sugar level in newborn?
    My son had low blood sugar after birth…..during my 2 days stay at the hospital his blood sugar level was checked often and he was supplemented with formula………he’s a happy & healthy 10 months old now………..what could have caused the low levels, what are the dangers of it and how can I know if it’s fine now?????

    • ANSWER:
      If you had any type of Diabetes during your pregnancy, that would be the most likely cause. Many times, diabetic moms give birth to big babies. If the Mom hasn’t been making enough insulin to keep her own blood sugar levels normal, the baby’s body will deal with the high sugar by making extra, himself. Then, after birth, he’s still overproducing insulin ( hormone that lowers blood sugar), so his own sugar level plunges. Until he levels off, he has to have frequent ‘doses’ of formula and such to keep his blood sugar in a safe range.
      He should be fine, if that was the cause. If it was something else, your doctor would have known and followed up accordingly.

  8. QUESTION:
    how does bittergourd lower blood sugar levels?
    how is this possible?

    wouldn’t the body’s natural regulatory mechanism of homeostasis just cause the blood sugar levels to increase again?

    • ANSWER:
      because its bitter? but I dont think its a one time thing its like ongoing, you know you can boil the seeds and then drink the water, but will it help you get pregnant? b/c thats what I was doing with bitter gourd, then I got pregnant and I thought I couldnt get pregnant till that happened, dam you bitter gourd

  9. QUESTION:
    What diagnosis can cause my body to produce low blood sugar and high insulin levels?
    I was recently diagnosed with hypoglycemia when rushed to the emergency room after passing out at work. Since I can remember I have suffered with symptoms. I was sent to a endocrinologist where it was discovered my insulin levels are extremely high and my sugar level are way to low (15). They mentioned to me the possibility of an insulinoma (pancreatic tumor) which could be causing my symptoms and basically am very scared and would like to know other possibilities that are less severe. What else could be causing my high insulin and low sugar? FYI- am 5’2 210 pds, with constant ( everyday) hypoglycemia symptoms, please any suggestions at all!

    • ANSWER:
      Serious disease, disorders and conditions that can also increase the risk of developing hypoglycemia include type 1 diabetes, insulin-secreting tumors of the pancreas, kidney disease, Addison’s disease and liver disease. Hypoglycemia can also be a side effect of some medications. In some cases, it is not possible to diagnose the underlying cause of hypoglycemia. For more details on causes, refer to causes of hypoglycemia.

      Hypoglycemia can occur in any age group or population. Depending on the cause, hypoglycemia can be short-term and disappear quickly, such as when hypoglycemia occurs after a single episode of over-exercising but is quickly treated by eating a meal. Hypoglycemia can also recur over a longer period of time, such as when hypoglycemia is due to kidney disease or liver disease.

      Go to this website for further info . List of causes is so long I can’t relay it to Answers

      http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/h/hypoglycemia/causes.htm

      You take care

      Good luck

      TIN

  10. QUESTION:
    Tackling high blood sugar levels early morning i.e. fasting blood sugar reading.?
    Over the last 2 years I have been losing weight, almost 25 pounds, my waist reduced by almost 2 inches, and during this period started feeling very tired during all day. Finally I visited my family primary care physician in Oct 2010. After lab test I realized that I had type 2 diabetes condition, with my blood sugar levels about 286 ( after lunch).

    Primary care physician referred me to a endocronologist, who wanted to put me on insulin ( a dose of 16 ) straight away. I did not like the idea. My reason was that, now that I know the cause of what is going wrong in my body, I need to give myself a chance to do all that is possible to redress the situation for a couple of months, and at that stage re-assess and take the decesion to get on to insulin.

    It has been two weeks since I started making changes to my life style like switching to low glycemic foods ( of below 40 ), and exercising on a daily basis at a medium level, and checking my blood sugar using ONE touch Ultra2 on a daily basis ( at least 8 to 10 times) to understand the increase and decrease in blood sugar levels in response to my eating times, excercise, stress etc. The other big change I have brought about is to give up battles in my mind which I dont need to fight, out of all the changes this has proved to be tough and is still proving to be tough.

    To my surprise and happiness, Im seeing my blood sugar levels dropping as a result of my above efforts. During the course of my monitoring I realized that there is a upper cap of my blood sugar in 320s and lower cap in early 200s. This was before 2 weeks.

    Since the time I have been eating low glycemic breakfast lunch dinner, lots of water, excercise at least once a day ( 40 minute brisk walk), my blood sugar levels have gone down to a range of 114 to 197. Since the last 4 days there has been only once instance when my blood sugar went above 200.

    My early morning reading i.e. fasting reading is still high it is averaging about 130 – 140 over the last 10 days, my after meal reading is average between 155-175.

    5 questions:

    1. What should I do to reduce my early morning i.e. on fast without food or water reading ? I want to bring it down to around 75 to 85.

    2. I have reduced carbs which has helped a lot, and switched to salads and meat. But body also needs carbs. What are the best sources of carbs in my context?

    3. I have observed that even though my blood sugar is less than 140 ( which is the standard for after meal) or in specific between 120 and 140, I feel some level of dizziness, and also some head ache early in the morning. Is this because of the reason that my blood sugar levels are coming back to normal after a long time i.e. I might have been in the 200s and early 300s for a long time, and over the last couple of weeks due to changes made to food and excercise it is being in the range of 130s – 180s ?? Is my body in the process of getting adjusted to the new relatively low blood sugar levels ?

    4.What are the symptoms we should expect when blood sugars are coming down to relatively low level from higher levels?

    5. Just want to add that my urine still smells sweet and is yellow in color. At what stage can I expect this to reduce. Note that when my blood sugar level is less than 150, the sweet smell in the urine goes down and the urine color is also light.
    17 hours ago

    6. My early morning fasting reading is the issue here. It is averaging around 150 to 160 over the last 2 weeks i.e. since I started taking low glycemic foods, excercise daily. Im quite sure it must have been much higher earlier. I want to tackle this area first, please suggest. What and when should I be eating the evening before to get my early morning readings to around 120 which is my first goal, before trying for 90.

    Im not on any medication.

    My readings during the day i.e. after breakfast, lunch, dinner currently are 150 to 160 before , and 2 hours later they settle at the same i.e.150-160 or go a little lower into 140s.

    It is obvious that I should be tackling my early morning readings first.
    Thank you very much for your response.

    But Im looking for opinions and tips and ideas with which I can work on my fasting blood sugar level over night. My first goal is to get it down to 110.

    • ANSWER:
      The effort you have made is awesome…I wish I had been so determined!

      The fact that you have made such an improvement in the last few weeks could possibly mean you can get away with not taking insulin (though I am not a doctor, so my opinions don’t count for much) but you will still likely need to be on some sort of medication, such as Metformin, which is pretty common and has few side effects. The combination of your current diet/exercise/monitoring and a medication such as this could work very well for you…

      As for the fasting sugars, there isn’t any sort of thing you can do to lower them specifically, other than lowering your overall levels…the lower your levels get during the day, the lower your fasting sugars will be in the morning. The only thing I could think of that could effect your morning readings would be if you ate fairly close to bedtime, and therefore did not give your body the chance to burn off what you took in…other than that, there’s really no way to specifically lower fasting sugars.

      As far as carbs go, cut out anything “white” in your diet…white bread, white rice, etc. These carbs have been over processed and don’t have a lot of nutritional value, and will sometimes raise your sugar almost as much as eating sweets… Even white potatoes can be bad…

      I would suggest cutting down your overall carb intake, and only taking in complex carbs from whole grains (i.e. whole wheat bread, whole grain cereals with lots of fiber, whole grain pitas, etc.). These types of carbs metabolize slower, and tend to have way more fiber and nutrients and are much better for you.

      However, I am not a nutritionist, so it’s always best to get advice from a professional…just speaking from my own experience.

      I would suggest going back to your doctor, showing your improvement with diet and exercise, and asking about the possibility of other medications instead of the insulin (though I am taking insulin now because I am pregnant, and it’s not as bad as I expected it to be…less painful than finger sticks, and as long as they start you off at a low dose and raise your insulin levels slowly, you aren’t nearly as likely to get those “drops” you hear so much about). I would also suggest working with a nutritionist that works with diabetic patients and getting as much education about the disease as possible…

      Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    How low can you go? What is a safe low end blood sugar level?
    Im a male, 33 yrs old, type 2 diabetic.

    I very rarely run “high”, I closesly monitor my sugar/carb intake.

    However, Im wondering how low can it go before it can cause trouble, and what side effects of running low will I experience?
    Im not trying to run low, my eating habits tend to go lower. I will have some granola during the course of the day, but I really have to watch my carb intake.

    I was just wanting to know what is safe, and what is not.

    • ANSWER:
      70 to 80 is a fairly safe low range. I was 80 Sunday, after working in the yard, and felt very energetic. I’ve been as low as 70 and felt a little jittery, but otherwise, fine. Mostly, it depends on the individual and what they’re used to. People who consistently run high, might start getting symptoms of hypoglycemia if they get down into the 70s.

  12. QUESTION:
    low blood sugar level?
    i have been having very little sleep and lots of work at work the last fortnight, this morning i had watermelon lots and 1 piece of plum jam wholemeal bread and a small bowl of nutri grain- i don’t usually have this much but the day before i was up for 20 hours sleep and got up early for work. 1.5 hrs after i started work i was feeling very ill and shaky but worked on, when my boss told me to order food for lunch i got a bowl of pasta cause i thought i was having low blood sugar levels and needed carbs – i felt better about almost 2 hours later did i guess right it was low blood sugar levels? or just fatigue?

    • ANSWER:
      Pasta is a very simple carb that converts to sugar quickly. If the problem was hypoglycemia, your blood sugar level should have started to rise much sooner than that. It may have been a factor, but it sounds like you were just very tired and depleted of energy. The melon was mostly sugar, as was the jam, so they would have given you a sugar level spike followed by a crash. The nutrigrain was good for complex carbs that give you a longer sustained burn. Some protein source, such as eggs, would also help considerably.

  13. QUESTION:
    If you have extremely low potassium and high blood sugar, can you lower blood sugar with potassium rich foods?
    I recently had a blood test before a surgery and my potassium was so low, they weren’t sure if they could do the surgery. I was given four huge potassium pills which got my potassium level up enough to do the surgery. I did some research on potassium and what affects low potassium can have on a person and my finding astounded me. What I found (on good reliable medical websites) was that if you have low potassium levels, you can have a glucose intolerance in the blood, meaning it can cause high blood sugar levels. I have been struggling with high blood sugar levels (in the 200′s) for the past four years (since 2006). I went back through my medical history and four years ago, I was given a diuretic to help me prevent kidney stones. My research also found that diuretics cause low potassium because the potassium in your body is flushed out through pee. Now with that said, is it possible that my high blood sugar was caused by me using a diuretic which lowered my potassium to scary levels?

    I just need some answers because I have never had any signs of diabetes except for the higher blood sugar and if potassium being low was the cause, maybe I don’t have diabetes after all. Maybe by increasing my intake of potassium rich foods will allow me to control my sugar levels. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Going back to 2006 it’s where your potassium problems might have started, but by now they should have come back to normal. Besides the diuretics another thing that can make give you high blood sugar is any steroids like prednisone for inflammation. Unless you are on either one of these, and still have levels in the 200 range diabetes is still the answer. Normally the blood sugar is around 80-120 and in the 200′s is way too high. Potassium rich foods like banana’s will only push it up higher. Please go to your GP and get your blood sugar level checked asap. You only have one life and it’s too short to be wishing and hoping things. You definitely need to make a mature decision about this and now is the time to start doing things right so you can live a longer and happier one. Good luck and God Bless

  14. QUESTION:
    i have diabetes type 1. every so often when i have a low blood sugar, i eat unconsciously.?
    like i eat an EXCESSIVE amount of sweets such as: chocolate, ice cream, peanut butter, milk, sweetly condensed milk, etc. what exactly causes this? is it an anxiety attack? its completely unconsciously and before i even check my blood sugar level to find out im low. the reason i know im low is because of the symptoms. ive had diabetes 10 years now.

    • ANSWER:
      I have the EXACT same problem. I’ve started taking the normal 15-20 carbs that I need to come up then drinking a Diet Mountain Dew (I know, it sounds crazy). I usually hate Diet Mountain Dew but it’s great when I’m low. It makes me feel that the carbs are still going in because it’s so sweet, but since it has no carbs it won’t make my blood sugar go up (as I’m sure, you probably know). By doing it, I’m distracted until my level actually comes up and the cravings subside. I hope this helps!

  15. QUESTION:
    If the feeling of hunger stems from low blood sugar, would a diabetic never feel hungry?
    I was just doing some reading about the glycemic index. The high glycemic foods cause a sudden spike and fall of the consumer’s blood sugar level which makes them feel hungry shortly after.

    Now, since diabetics can’t produce or don’t produce enough insulin…. Meaning that they have high blood sugar if they don’t take their medicine. So, putting 2 and 2 together, and untreated diabetic would never feel hungry, correct?

    • ANSWER:
      Incorrect, diabetes runs in my family. I am a diabetic, so is my husband diabetic for 20 years. Diabetics crave and stay hungry all the time. My husband can eat a big meal and he still is hungry and craving something sweet, and he takes 4 injections of insulin a day. He is this way, even if he does not take his medication.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can blood sugar levels cause Epilepsy?
    I have been diagnosed with Epilepsy since 1996. For the last year or two, I have been taking meds for it and, even though I rarely have the huge seizure where you go unconscious (gran mal), I still have absence seizures quite a bit which is where you just get a blank stare for a couple seconds and then you barely notice it happen. My dad used to affectionately call them “brain farts.”

    Well back to my question. Can low blood sugar levels cause Epilepsy? Since my teen years, I can remember during a certain time of day I always felt a little “funny” and I could feel my body telling me that I needed sugar. Those feelings still occur on a regular basis and usually happen between 4-5 pm.

    I have had a diabetes test before and it back negative but I was wondering if low blood sugar could be the culprit since it seems no medication really has stopped my Epilepsy from changing. I just got back my results from my last EEG I had and I still have the abnormal brainwaves and the neuro wants to increase my dosage AGAIN. I’m already up to 3000 mg a day and, with this increase, now I’ll be up to 3500 mg daily.

    If anybody knows much about blood sugar, epilepsy, or both, I would definitely love to hear from you. Thanks in advance.
    Joe, the meds I’m on right now where I’m taking 3000 mg a day is Keppra. I take three 500 mg pills after I wake up and another three before I go to sleep.

    • ANSWER:
      A high sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures. See item 114 in http://www.rheumatic.org/sugar.htm .

  17. QUESTION:
    Is blood sugar level related to concentration level?
    I’m supposed to be revising for exams but I haven’t eaten for a few hours and noticed myself feeling a bit tired and lacking concentration whilst doing my revision (as you can probably tell since I’m on here and not revising). But anyways I was wondering if low blood sugar levels could have caused my tiredness and lack of concentration? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes that is very likely, it is vital when studying to be at the right temperature, hydrated and enough blood glucose. This is just so all of your bodily functions can work at their peak, especially the brain, which you can lose concentration after only 1% dehydration.

  18. QUESTION:
    On Pill Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).?
    On it for three weeks, was told by my doctor to stop taking it because of Low blood sugar levels even though I am not diabetic. Anyone experience this before or know if all hormonal birth control will cause it?

    • ANSWER:
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  19. QUESTION:
    What would cause low and high blood sugar levels in a non-diabetic?
    Example to show what’s been experienced.

    6:50pm – Level was 5.5. This was 1 hour 20 minutes after last eating something small. That reading is fine I agree.

    9:10pm – Level was 7.2. This was after eating nothing but sleeping at the time. Again fine but a bit of a bounce upwards from the previous reading, without consuming anything inbetween them.

    10:10pm – Level was 3.9. This was again after not eating anything but sleeping at the time. Symptomatic of hypoglycemia at this time.

    Has had a few higher end of normal random readings, around 8.2.

    Has had few low end of normal reading, around 3.5 to 3.9.

    Any ideas what might be causing this and whether it needs checking out?

    No stress, no illness, appears after eating all types of food groups.
    Did I say anywhere that we thought those numbers WERE diabetic numbers? No. We know it’s not that.

    And we’re testing because we were advised to since there were noted low sugar levels by a physican and also symptoms of hypoglycemia so were advised to tie the two in, by regular testing.

    I’m Type 2 and so have a meter for myself.

    Doctor doesn’t know what’s causing it, yet, hence asking for other opinions.
    Thank you Para – best answer so far!

    Sweating, severe hunger (which actually has been ongoing for a while now on it’s own), anger and crying.

    • ANSWER:
      What is Britney on about?

      Anyway I wouldn’t be overly concerned. I am not diabetic and check mine in work from time to time and they will rise and fall through the day with or without food. Highs of 8.2, lows of 3.5 can also be fine. The only point of concern is the 3.3 drop in an hour. What symptoms were displayed?

      Edit: That does seem very hypo sounding to me, but she’s been tested and is not diabetic?
      How old is she? I’m asking from a hormone point of view, to be honest I’m clutching at straws now. If iI encountered this at work I would make a GP referral as it needs somebody a bit better trained than me to make a diagnosis. So I would say asking your GP to follow this up is the best course of action. I’d be interested to see where the problem lies. Might also be a good idea to do very regular testing and record the results in a diary to see if a pattern emerges.

  20. QUESTION:
    Non-diabetic low blood sugar question?
    I have have strange episodes of weakness and shakes for a few yrs, very minor. No doctor seemed to think it was anything. Now pregnant, at 9 weeks I passed out at a job interview, woke up in ambulance they said my glugose level was 81? Was given glucose gel I perked up and by time I got to hospital, still shaking and soaked it sweat, they said I was fine. at 4 months I saw another doctor who ordered labs to test potassium level because of high protein in urine (i have ibd, she was just curious to see how long it took for my potassium to correct itself after episode) She called saying my blood sugar level was very low and asked how i had been feeling. Since then I have passed out one more time and had near pass out episodes 3 times (24 weeks along now) I have not been able to test my blood sugar during any of these. Every time my ob has labs done it comes back fine. she says a level of 81 is within normal and would not cause any shakes or passing out. She insisted I just stood up too fast (vagal reaction).
    Ob claims the only reason someone’s blood sugar drops is if they are diabetic and because of reaction o their meds. I know this is not true. Please help clear things up for me so when I see her tomorrow I will know what I am talking about.
    Already have, but doctor refuses to listen, still insists its all in my head.

    • ANSWER:
      A level of 81 is low, most EMS systems require IV glucose if your level drops below 80, some systems use 70.

      You mentioned that you are pregnant. Has your OB-GYN tested you for gestational diabetes? Some women develop diabetic symptoms when pregnant. Sometime in the first trimester they usually administer a glucose tolerance test.

      Maybe you should see another Dr. for a second opinion.

  21. QUESTION:
    blood sugar low after eating?
    recently i have been having overwhelming feelings of dizziness, light-headedness and anxiety right after eating a meal whether it is at breakfast, lunch or dinner. i went to the doctor and he tested my blood sugar levels which he found to be quite low at that point. i have further blood work to be done but in the mean time it is causing me quite a bit of distress as i never know when the episode is likely to occur. i also have a bag of various sweets that i carry around so that i can have immediate sugar to digest when needed. can anyone help me figure out what’s going on?

    • ANSWER:
      What you got is a condition called Postprandial/Reactive Hypoglycemia**.

      Reactive hypoglycemia or Postprandial hypoglycemia, is a medical term describing recurrent episodes of symptomatic hypoglycemia occurring 2–4 hours after a high carbohydrate meal (or oral glucose load). It is thought to represent a consequence of excessive insulin release triggered by the carbohydrate meal but continuing past the digestion and disposal of the glucose derived from the meal.

      **Hypoglycemia = Low blood sugsr

      Read further at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactive_hypoglycemia

  22. QUESTION:
    Whats a quick way to raise blood sugar?
    Like eating some kind of food or something..I have low blood sugar and my hands get really jittery and feel rather nauseous and blacking out dizziness when my blood sugar level is low and was just wanting to skip that cause my hands are starting to be jittery and im getting a bit dizzy.. so like yeah if theres any food or something out there that can quickly raise it back to normal.

    er..yeah

    • ANSWER:
      eat JELLY BEANS! It’s the ultimate help.

  23. QUESTION:
    How to keep my blood sugar levels up?
    Whenever i try and go on a diet i get all ill and dizzy and now i think its because my blood sugar drops really low so then of course i just seem to give up on my diet and eat chocolate lol cause after i eat chocolate im fine again.

    So what can i eat to keep it up? I eat quite alot of fruit but it doesnt seem to work ?

    • ANSWER:
      If your blood glucose level drops you will crave carbohydrates and that will make it very difficult to stay on a diet. You may have hypoglycemia. Eating according to the principles of the “Zone diet” will help a lot. Mostly that means eating frequently and eating a good balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates, always together. If you eat fruit with nothing else, your snack will lack protein and fat, so the fructose could cause a blood sugar spike, a reactive surge of insulin and a resulting crash of your glucose level. Good luck.

  24. QUESTION:
    Type 2 Diabetes: Blood sugar level reducing from above 300 to 150 – 180 range?
    Over the last 2 years I have been losing weight, almost 25 pounds, my waist reduced by almost 2 inches, and during this period started feeling very tired during all day. Finally I visited my family primary care physician in Oct 2010. After lab test I realized that I had type 2 diabetes condition, with my blood sugar levels about 286 ( after lunch).

    Primary care physician referred me to a endocronologist, who wanted to put me on insulin ( a dose of 16 ) straight away. I did not like the idea. My reason was that, now that I know the cause of what is going wrong in my body, I need to give myself a chance to do all that is possible to redress the situation for a couple of months, and at that stage re-assess and take the decesion to get on to insulin.

    It has been two weeks since I started making changes to my life style like switching to low glycemic foods ( of below 40 ), and exercising on a daily basis at a medium level, and checking my blood sugar using ONE touch Ultra2 on a daily basis ( at least 8 to 10 times) to understand the increase and decrease in blood sugar levels in response to my eating times, excercise, stress etc. The other big change I have brought about is to give up battles in my mind which I dont need to fight, out of all the changes this has proved to be tough and is still proving to be tough.

    To my surprise and happiness, Im seeing my blood sugar levels dropping as a result of my above efforts. During the course of my monitoring I realized that there is a upper cap of my blood sugar in 320s and lower cap in early 200s. This was before 2 weeks.

    Since the time I have been eating low glycemic breakfast lunch dinner, lots of water, excercise at least once a day ( 40 minute brisk walk), my blood sugar levels have gone down to a range of 114 to 197. Since the last 4 days there has been only once instance when my blood sugar went above 200.

    My early morning reading i.e. fasting reading is still high it is averaging about 130 – 140 over the last 10 days, my after meal reading is average between 155-175.

    3. questions:

    1. What should I do to reduce my early morning i.e. on fast without food or water reading ? I want to bring it down to around 75 to 85.

    2. I have reduced carbs which has helped a lot, and switched to salads and meat. But body also needs carbs. What are the best sources of carbs in my context?

    3. I have observed that even though my blood sugar is less than 140 ( which is the standard for after meal) or in specific between 120 and 140, I feel some level of dizziness, and also some head ache early in the morning. Is this because of the reason that my blood sugar levels are coming back to normal after a long time i.e. I might have been in the 200s and early 300s for a long time, and over the last couple of weeks due to changes made to food and excercise it is being in the range of 130s – 180s ?? Is my body in the process of getting adjusted to the new relatively low blood sugar levels ?

    What are the symptoms we should expect when blood sugars are coming down to relatively low level from higher levels?

    Thanks in advance.

    OTN
    Just want to add that my urine still smells sweet and is yellow in color. At what stage can I expect this to reduce. Note that when my blood sugar level is less than 150, the sweet smell in the urine goes down and the urine color is also light.
    My early morning fasting reading is the issue here. It is averaging around 150 to 160 over the last 2 weeks i.e. since I started taking low glycemic foods, excercise daily. Im quite sure it must have been much higher earlier. I want to tackle this area first, please suggest. What and when should I be eating the evening before to get my early morning readings to around 120 which is my first goal, before trying for 90.

    Im not on any medication.

    My readings during the day i.e. after breakfast, lunch, dinner currently are 150 to 160 before , and 2 hours later they settle at the same i.e.150-160 or go a little lower into 140s.

    It is obvious that I should be tackling my early morning readings first.

    • ANSWER:
      You seem to be on the right track.. But you never mentioned if you are taking Metformin.
      Here’s the Key:

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

      1) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.Exercise is Non-Negotiable !!!Thats why it is Number 1 on the list.
      2) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      3) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don’t need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
      4) Diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      My fasting is 96 and HBA1C is 5.2.
      There are no miracles, just attitude and dedication. If you have depression , treat it . Because when depressed you don’t take care of yourself properly.

      Take care

      TIN

  25. QUESTION:
    Can hyperthyroid problems cause high blood sugar levels?
    My dad’s blood sugar level jumps high in one hour and then low in another hour whenever he draws blood for his test. Could this be because of his hyperthyroid problems? Or something else causing it to be so high?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are sure he does not have diabetes it could possible be related to the thyroid, but the thyroid controls your growth and metabolism more than your blood sugar. It is just too hard to say without a full workup on him – his medications, diet, activity levels, or so many other things could be influencing his levels.

  26. QUESTION:
    Low Blood Sugar Solutions?
    I don’t have very good eating habits(am trying to improve), but frequently experience bouts of fatigue, mental sluggishness and the like. When I feel this way I have checked my blood sugar with a meter and it is in the 60-70s, which is too low, they say. So I have tried eating various things when it gets that low to try and help me feel better and to get it up to around 100, which I hear is good. I am not diabetic or hypoglycemic…I just cause the situation through my poor eating habits.
    My question is have others experienced this, and what have you done to help the situation, i.e. what foods do you eat to help you feel better faster and get your blood sugar up, snacks and such. It’s not easy to keep your blood continuously at a good level…it seems you need to eat fairly frequent meals and balance them properly with foods with sugars and combine them with say protein foods to prevent a quick spike in your blood sugar and then comes the inevitable crash. I’ve heard lifesavers help, and peanut butter is good, among other things.
    What are other good snacks you can carry around with you throughout the day to eat to maintain a good blood sugar level? Any other thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated, thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Abnormal blood sugar readings… Hypoglycemia without the low blood sugar?
    I have been suffering from Panic attacks for the past 3-4 months. Each visit to the Doctor’s during a full blown panic attack has returned a somewhat higher blood sugar level (130s with long fasts). So my dr ordered a glucose tolerance test which turned out normal and my A1c was normal. ( 5.5 A1c.) 90% of my panic attacks seem to be happening about an hour to an hour and a half after I eat so started to wonder about hypoglycemia. I decided to get a home blood sugar tester since my GP told me that hypoglycemia doesn’t cause panic attacks. I didn’t believe her of course.

    Much to my surprise, I found that my blood sugar is the highest when I am having hunger pains and a panic attack. Most of my panic attacks happen an hour and a half after breakfast and/or lunch. Here is what my blood sugar has been doing over the past week when it has been accompanied by anxiety.
    -I will eat something
    -within half hour it will be at 110 (If I eat a huge lunch with cake or low carb, it doesn’t get much higher than this at half hour)
    -1 hour it will be in the mid 80s to 90
    -1 hour and a half, I get hungry have a panic attack, confusion, dizzyness, 105
    -2 hours I will be at 115 or so
    -Will then eat something which will lower my blood sugar

    So, any ideas as to why my blood sugar looks like an inverse parabola after I eat? Am seeing an endocrinologist next week just to get another viewpoint. On a positive note, the panic is getting better and eating more frequently does help. However, if I can’t eat for 3 hours I can feel pretty rough.

    Thanks, Paul
    35 years old
    Pretty fit. Normal height/weight ration
    Thanks for the input. Did a little experiment the past 48 hours. Eliminated all carbs. Except for a glass of milk occasionally. I have felt amazing. Best I have felt in 4 months. No ups and downs. Morning blood sugar is around 90 and Blood sugar stays right at 100 all day long given I eat a lot of non carb meals frequently. Will keep it going until my appointment. Thank you. Paul

    • ANSWER:
      Hypoglycemia literally means “low blood sugar”. Hypoglycemia is just the medical term for low blood sugar. Your blood sugar readings are within a fairly normal range. You probably need a specialist other than an endocrinologist, though seeing an endocrinologist won’t hurt.

  28. QUESTION:
    Skipping lunch and low blood sugar?
    Due to the stupidity and ridiculousness of my high school, I personally am not able to eat lunch. I will not go into detail on this, I will only say that I can’t get a good lunch and that there is no possible way for me to bring my lunch.

    Anyway, I read something online today about blood sugar levels dropping if you don’t eat for a period of time, and I’m wondering how this will affect me. I eat a good breakfast at 6:30, but no matter how much I eat I am usually hungry about 3 or 4 hours later. This may be just a psychological thing as I only get hungry like this during the school week. Because of the lunch thing, I go from 6:30 to 4:00 without any food. I eat a good lunch immediately when I get home.

    I’m wondering if not eating anything for this amount of time every school day will have some sort of effect on me. I just started not being able to eat lunch last week, and so far the only thing I’ve noticed is me just being hungry later, naturally. But today, I was feeling tired by the end of the day. I don’t know what could have caused it so I’m not sure if it’s a lack of food. Could this cause any sorts of problems? I’m not hypoglycemic or have any other kind of health problems; I am very healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a problem. I think that your parents should intervene. Even hiding a granola bar in your purse and eating in the bathroom is better than going from 6:30 to 4 without food.

      Yeah, you probably are experiencing a blood sugar dip. Eat as soon as you get home. You’re not hypoglycemic but ideally people should eat about 5 small meals a day. That’s not happening for you and your body is protesting.

  29. QUESTION:
    Cannabis-does it lower your blood sugar levels?
    I have been a habitual cannabis smoker for 18 years and no all about ‘whities’ had them and seen them. Is this caused by a lowering of the blood sugar levels? If so is it possible that 18 years of smoking may have caused me to be permanently hypoglycimic? I am smoking virtually nothing now and am eating well yet on a home glucose tester i seem to be constantly under the normal levels.

    • ANSWER:
      no it doesn’t lower blood sugar – you’re thinking of alcohol! go to a dr n get a proper glucose test done right away – the sooner you’re diagnosed the sooner you can adjust your diet to reduce your hypoglycemia – it (the blood sugar, not the cannabis lol!) won’t be doing you any perminant damage just now but ya must be feelin pretty sick n it’s v dangerous for you to drive even if ya feel fine. Just get yourself to a doc asap – good luck xxxxx

  30. QUESTION:
    Low blood sugar? What is happening to me?
    OK, I am hoping I can get an MD, nurse or someone with diabetes to answer this.

    Whenever I eat or drink something high in sugar or refined carbs (and lower in fat or protein) I end up feeling like I’m going to pass out about 2 or 3 hours later.

    I know this is because my blood sugar most likely spikes and then falls, which is what leaves me feeling like that. I get sweaty, panicky, heart racing, lightheaded and just feel like I’m going to faint. I have an urge at this point to eat more carbs/sugar- which is probably a natural response to up my falling blood glucose.

    My question, though, is this. I’m overweight and have no symptoms of type 2 diabetes. No frequent urination, thirst, weight loss, tingly limbs, etc. I would be less surprised, though, if I were having those symptoms, seeing as to how I beleive I’d be a better candidate for type 2 than hypoglycemia. Obviously, I have a problem regulating my insulin/sugar levels. Am I overproducing insulin? Is this a symptom of oncoming diabetes? This is happening to me more frequently, and is alleviated when I drink or eat low sugar products. I know how to alleviate it, I’m just curious what underlying cause there is.

    The older I get, the faster this happens. I had to switch to sugar free when I order my decaf latte in the mornings because of it. I just can’t handle the sugar.

    Can someone help me clear this up? Is this normal or am I going nuts?

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like hypoglycemia.
      your body is in fact overproducing insulin.
      when you have a high carb/sugar intake your body will produce a large dose of insulin. in the case of people suffering from hypoglycemia, the body misjudges the insulin needed and therefore there is not enough carbohydrate for the insulin to work on and it ends up bringing down the bodys natural blood sugar level.

      i always compare it to if i (a type 1) accidently take to much insulin and not eat enough carbs. the insulin just keeps on working anyways and i’d go low :(

      as far as i am aware hypoglycemics are advised to small regular meals and avoid high carb/sugar foods.

      i hope this makes sense. i would definately look into it if i were you.
      i know its not a proper answer but hopefully it points you in the right direction!

  31. QUESTION:
    Can blood sugar levels affect…?
    Can blood sugar levels (either high or low) have a drastic effect on moods and emotions? For instance; can a low or high blood sugar level cause massive mood swings in a person (i.e. extreme anger, rage, anxiety, episodes of depression or extreme sadness)?

    • ANSWER:
      Your brain runs on glucose, and for this reason, your blood sugar levels are directly tied to your mental functioning. If you blood sugar is too high, that means that you lack the insulin needed to get it into the cells, the cells are starving even though they are surrounded by food. You tend to get lethargic, lose concentration and mental agility. Eventually you go into a diabetic ketoacidotic coma and die.
      The opposite is also true. If you have insufficient blood sugar, and you have enough insulin, you still get dopey, but a whole lot faster, and it’s a whole lot more dangerous. A hypoglycemic coma can come on in a few minutes and kill you just as quick.
      However, sugar is generally not tied to mood, or emotion. If someone has extreme mood swings, it’s probably due more to neurotransmitters like dopamine and seretonin. What you are describing is called bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder, or could also be mood disorder.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why do I get so tired and sleepy when I consume sugar?
    Whenever I eat sugary stuff I always tend to fall asleep or feel very sluggish and tired.

    I heard that one of the causes can be the low blood sugar level and I wonder if this is true also.
    (I don’t know my blood sugar level)

    What is the cause of this?
    Oh and I don’t get one of those.. “Sugar rush” or get hyper. I just feel tired after intaking sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      Your body produces a hefty dose of insulin to cope with the sugar you’ve just ingested and some people react more than others to that big dose of insulin. This isn’t an uncommon phenomenon. It happens to me when I’m pregnant. From what I’ve read, one cause could be rebound low blood sugar–as in your pancreas overreacts to the sugar and produces too much insulin and then your blood sugar is low. I’ve checked my blood sugars at work when this has happened (I’m a nurse) and they aren’t low, so I’m not sure that’s the full story. My doctor says the insulin itself has the potential to simply make you tired regardless of whether your blood sugar is low or not.

      Bottom line: you’re probably just reacting to the insulin that your body is producing to make up for the sugar you’ve taken in. Or your blood sugar is getting low, but either way it’s the insulin. The only thing you can do is try not to eat very sugary things.

      Also, another poster brought up food allergies and nutritional deficiencies and all that and they can also cause fatigue. I’ve been through it myself. But if it’s only after sugary snacks, I’d say it’s simply a reaction to insulin.

  33. QUESTION:
    Would low cortisol cause excessive epinephrin production re maintaining blood sugar levels?
    If I don’t eat lots of low GI carbs (cornflour/starch) day-in-day-out, I start to get problems with fatigue, sweats, terrible sleep. The docs have ruled out a fatty acid oxidation disorder, so I’m left re-considering hypoadrenia.

    The most consistent symptom I feel is, when not eating the carbs, that I end up feeling all fight-or-flight constantly, incredibly irritable, shaky, wake up every couple of hours sweating and having nightmares, and the dark hairs on my legs grow four times as fast as otherwise.

    This to me sounds like excess epinephrin, adrenalin, whatever. So, back to my question: would low cortisol production result in the excess epinephrin? What else might be failing such that epinephrin production needs to be increased? Are there other questions to ask?

    Thank you!
    My diet is otherwise superb, plus I supplement it with various vitamins and minerals.
    I have been to an endocrinologist (several, in fact), who all rule out Addisons.

    • ANSWER:
      If your cortisol is low it may be addison’s disease.
      If your cortisol is high it is called Cushing’s syndrome.

      You need the help of a wonderful endocrinologist . Also check for diabetes.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is it a Panic attack or low blood sugar problem?
    I went to my doctor last month, did a blood test and my non fasting blood sugar was 130 , around 2 hours after lunch. I thought it was too high, so i cut all calories fats and absolutely no sugar at all!!!!. I started drinking diet sodas, no sweats, no candies . Anyways 3 days ago, i was on my computer , and suddenly i started to feel that my brain is getting weaker and i cant breath at all, suddenly my eyes went blurry, i panicked so much that i opened my room window to let some air in. Then my hands and feet get cold and started to sweat, suddenly my heart started to have a drowning feeling . I was very light headed, blurred vision , severe shortness of breath, felt like oxygen is not going into my brain. I usually spend 8 to 9 hours on my laptop. Anyways, i took some honey and felt better. These episodes really annoyed me for the next 3 days, all the time i thought that i was going to die, loosing consiousness and going faint, feels like my brain was so weak, too much eye strain . Anyways, i started to take some sugar and now i feel much better now, much better, but my eye strain is not going away. I cant work on my laptop, and if i do after sometime, my eyes and head start to pain. i thought 130 blood sugar level was high , so i was also doing some heavy dumbbell exercises and some running on treadmill ? any ideas what it was ? what caused it? why is my eye strain and headache not going and why i am feeling so tired and weak? Plz any help.

    • ANSWER:
      Anyone’s blood sugar will decrease if they sit hours in front of a pc and not eat. A moderate amount of non-simple sugars is beneficial, but if I were you I’d talk to your doctor about your symptoms and maybe get tested for hypoglycemia. Then you’ll know for sure if you have it. No one here can diagnose based on symptoms since there can be so many causes. Lab test will give you your definitive answer.

  35. QUESTION:
    why does my blood sugar drop back to fasting levels within 30 mins of eating?
    my blood glucose will go from fasting level, 80 mg/dl to 160 mg/dl back to 80 or less within 30 minutes. ive heard a normal person will take up to 6 hours to get their blood glucose back to fasting levels after eating. what could cause this? ive tried low carb diets, which help somewhat, but im so tired all the time. i cannot gain weight even on a well ballanced 4000+ calorie a day diet. eathing 3 meals and 3 snacks. and i am tired all the time. these spells of low blood sugar used to come once every few months, but now its an every day event. ive been to several different doctors who have told me a: eat sugar, b: i need paxil and c: we cant find anything wrong. please someone help!!! who can i turn to? i feel like im going to wither away into nothing if i cant find a way to gain weight and get my body to stop eating itself!!

    • ANSWER:
      Actually what you are telling me makes me worry a bit. Your blood sugar should NEVER get over 140. It sounds to me like you are wearing out your pancreas. 30 minutes is not all THAT unusual a time for it to come back down, though usually it takes 90 or more. However, you should check it again in 30 minutes to see if it is dropping to 70 or below. If it is, you are beginning to be hypoglycemic. You should speak with your doctor. Most insulin dependant diabetics are hypoglycemic for a period BEFORE they develop diabetes. A simple correction in your diet could help. Talk to your physician and ask for a hemoglobin A1c to see what your long term blood sugars are (12 weeks average). This can tell you whether there is a problem. Fasting bloodsugars are basically worthless. They often do NOT tell you if are a “borderline” diabetic, and they rarely tell you if you are hypoglycemic. Also, a glucose tolerance test could help as well. talk to your doc!

  36. QUESTION:
    Is this psychological or problems with low blood sugar?
    Normally healthy 37 year old physically active woman (exercise daily-5’7 116 lbs). History of fainting from low blood sugar for the past 23 years) Past couple of weeks I have noticed it’s hard to do math as where all my life I could do any problem in my head very quickly.

    I have recently been under massive stress of possibly losing my job. I am a single provider but this stress can’t compare to previous stress so I am not sure if it is the stress causing this or not?

    Past week and half I stopped exercising and my appetite is zero. Normally, for some odd reason, when I don’t eat, my weight stays the same. When I eat a lot, I lose weight???? Typically, nothing stops me from eating ( I love to eat and I don’t watch calories or carbs). For some reason, I just have no desire for food, but eating a little because I know I need to.

    My appetite diminished after I lost 8 lbs in 3 days this past week. Didn’t think anything of it. But now my mental concentration is so horrible (math and work) that I look at work and I can barely solve any math problem. My work has totally declined and I thought I was just thinking about the problems at work and that I was distracted with all the drama that is happening at work.

    Four nights ago I was very stressed and I couldn’t sleep (again). Then I started having (what I thought) were panic attacks and anxiety attacks at the same time (history of both, but haven’t had for over 6 years) I was so nauseated and dizzy I couldn’t sit up. Went away after a four or five hours. I had zapping pains in my chest and my left arm and a lump in my throat. No appetite now. I eat because I know I have to eat and afterwards I get a nausating, gnawing feeling in my stomach. I have no concentration. At this moment, I’m 50/50 and am feeling good in all aspects, but wondering am I having a nervous breakdown or is this from my sugar levels? I also am having embarrassing yeast problems since all this started. I am eating yogurt, but it’s not helping like it normally did in the past. My urine smells very bitter in the afternoon and evening? Is my mental state and lack of concentration due to my sugar levels? I know it’s not an ulcer because the pain in my stomach is gnawing, not a burning sensation.

    Past two/three months whenever I lie down my face and eyes are swollen. I just figured I was eating too much salt (love salt) and I was retaining water. I started watching my salt intake and I still have the same symptoms. Is this because of low blood sugar and my kidneys? I guess I just hope to get suggestions to see if I am over-reacting or is this stress/mental breakdown or simply my blood sugar is screwed up? Thanks for any tips!

    • ANSWER:
      Everything you just mentioned points to a severely hypoactive thyroid gland. Lack of concentration and mental ‘dullness’, no appetite, chest pain, difficulty sleeping, swollen face and eyes after laying down…those were all the symptoms I had before I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 10 years ago. They never checked it before because, like you… I was thin. Weight gain with an underfunctioning thyroid happens…but not always.

      See an endocrinologist.

  37. QUESTION:
    I have PCOS but I have have low blood sugar? Would metoformin lower my blood sugar too much?
    My fasting blood sugar was 46… But I have allof the other symptoms of PCOS I have high testorone and High LH levels..Overweight Irregular periods .Would metoformin work for me or will it cause my blood sugar to plummet?

    Thanks
    NO my fasting blood sugar was 46 before I started the metoformin

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    yepI have PCOS but I have have low blood sugar? Would metoformin lower my blood sugar too much?
    My fasting blood sugar was 46… But I have allof the other symptoms of PCOS I have high testorone and High LH levels..Overweight Irregular periods .Would metoformin work for me or will it cause my blood sugar to plummet?

    Thanks
    My fasting blood sugar was 46 before I started the metoformin

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    is it good for your blood sugar to be low?
    and if not is it good to eat alot of sugar so that your sugar level can be high or what? cause i dont eat alot of sugar!! is that good? how much should i eat?

    • ANSWER:
      What’s good is to eat a healthy diet with not too much sugar. Sugar is not harmful in proper amounts and naturally occurs in many, many things we eat including fruits and vegetables. Your pancreas, if it is healthy, controls your body’s sugar and you don’t need to eat more or less to regulate it. Try to stay away from “useless” sugar – the sugar in soft drinks, candy and other sweets. You don’t need to avoid them altogether, just use good sense and don’t over indulge.

      P.S. I am assuming, since you didn’t mention it, that you are not diabetic. If you are the rules change.

  40. QUESTION:
    Had a blood sugar of 1147 can it cause damage ?
    wensday I woke up very thirsty and urinating alot and thought nothing of it, thursday I went to work and lost my apetite and became thristy again, I felt fine except always going to the bathroom, Friday my vision began to blur and I was still thirsty and running to the bathroom, So I went home early from work, The next day my vision was totally screwed and very blurred, So I called into work that night and was going to take some tylenol pm (to help me sleep and I thought I had the flu) But my mom grabbed a bloodsugar machine from walgreens and tested me ( My grandmother had diabetis so she knew the symptoms) The machine said see doctor, So she rushed me to the hospital and right after they took another they rushed me into the emergency room and hooked me onto some IV thingy, I felt better and was not as thirsty but still my vision sucked, They also took a urine test, But I wanted to go home because I felt fine, Well the doctor came in and said I was going no were and my Blood sugar was 1147, My mom started crying and the doctor was puzzled that I was able to walk into the hospital and was still awake, But how can they know it was that high if there machines only go up to 600 ????

    Im not over weight (140 pounds and 5/8) I have been in top health and get plenty of exercise?

    people keeps telling me im lucky, But really can a blood sugar level that high kill you??? I felt nothing and if my vision was not messed up I would of never went to the hospital, Now im in insulin and I feel bad when it goes too low and it happens all the time, I think a low blood sugar can kill you because the first night out of the hospital the doctor put me on 25ml of lantus and I woke up in a sweat with a blood sugar level of 26 I think a low blood sugar can kill you more then a high one.

    • ANSWER:
      When I was diagnosed, my blood sugar was 1110. They usually test your serum levels, which goes to a lab, so it can tell how high your sugars actually are. So it’s totally possible you walked in! I wasn’t overweight, I just felt kinda sick. I was told I have MODY (mature onset diabetes in the young) type 2, and i don’t really understand the difference, other than the people are usually yong and perfectly healty other than their blood sugar, and it isn’t insulin dependent diabetes, so its type 2. High blood sugar can cause damage to the eyes, liver, kidneys, heart, and other internal organs. If it goes on long enough, the body can go into a state called Diabetic Ketoacidosis. This is where the blood sugar levels have built up so high for so long that the body isn’t getting any energy from the sugar it isn’t burning. It starts burning the proteins and fats from the muscles, called ketones, which slowly builds up in the blood stream. It causes the blood to become acidic, and begins destroying the bodys internal organs, especially the kidneys as they try to flush out the poisons. This can cause someone to go into kidney failure and eventually lead to death.

  41. QUESTION:
    Why are my son’s Depakote blood levels low even when he doesn’t miss a dose?
    I get my son for weekend visits. When he goes home his Depakote blood levels are low. I give him every dose and still they are low. Does anyone know if extened activities such as insane amounts of running around the house and horsing around can cause the metabolism to burn up the Depakote more rapidly? Are there any foods or drinks that we should avoid that might cause his Depakote to not be absorbed properly? He’s a kid and like a kid I have found him sneeking large amounts of candy from time to time. Can the higher levels of sugar cause his Depakote levels to be lower? Please help. We need to get his levels maintained properly so we can evaluate if the Depakote is doing him any good. Thank you in advance to anyone who can help me find some answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Depakote is metabolized in the liver. If he’s got high liver metabolism, then he’s going to go through it quicker. If his levels are constantly low, then the doctor needs to adjust the dose until it’s a theraputic level. That’s the purpose of the bloodwork to check the levels – to adjust the dose. The dose just needs to be upped little by little until it’s right.

  42. QUESTION:
    Diabetic: I cannot move in the morning from low blood sugar?? not sure, why?
    Hi, I am 25, I have been a diabetic for about 20 years now and a couple of days ago I woke up in the middle of the night, and I couldnt move from my bed, I had a hard time balancing myself and i had to basically crawl to the bathroom, and then hold my self from the walls back to bed.

    I wasnt concerned thinking it was an adverse reaction to a sleeping pill i had taken.

    I was really worried this morning, when I woke up feeling the same way. its almost as if my muscles lose their strength. I can move but I have a hard time coordinating. I lost all strength. now, for years, i have been diabetic and when i have low blood sugars i dont usually feel this way.

    I didnt have the strength to open an orange juice, or to move my legs at one point. fortunately my mother was there to constantly check my glucose and eventually fed me until my sugar was normal and i began gaining strength.

    I would like to know if anyone knows what is causing this or what might cause it.

    for years now when I have a low sugar episode at night, I wake up in a panic, run to the refrigerator and eat until my sugar goes back to normal. but this is totally different. i mean losing the strength from your muscles to the point where you cant walk or coordinate is really something new to me.

    I have been recently exercising in the evenings and i am considering lowering my insulin levels (nph) so to see how I wake up in the mornings.

    I would like to hear your thoughts to see if you have had a similar experience or know what might be the cause of this.

    if there is a medical term for losing strength in your muscles or coordination i would like to hear it to be able to google it in conjunction with a diabetic term to see what i can find.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You definitely need to reduce your insulin dose. I have the same thing happen when my blood sugar crashes. Hypoglycemic weakness is the term I think you are looking for.

  43. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level is 40..?
    Lately i have been feeling out of it, not fully here, and i can’t stand it. finally went to a specialist to get blood work done and they did a test for my blood sugar where they take my blood, give me a drink with sugar or something (it was orange honestly don’t remember what it was.. haha) an hour later, took my blood, and another hour later took it again. They called and said i have very low blood sugar, and it was at 40 when they did the tests.. So, would that be causing why i feel so out of it? not fully here? its kinda been like this for years, but has been getting worse lately..

    • ANSWER:
      Ok some of these answers are not sure whether the 40 you stated was the USA measure or the international. I see it as the USA measure because you said they called and said it was low. 40mmol/l is quite high, about 720mg/dl. It sounds like the test they did was a glucose tolerance test. I’m not saying you’re lying, I’m saying your circumstances are extraordinary. A glucose tolerance test is where they give you lots of sugar and test your sugar 2 hours later,and see how your pancreas is working. You said they called you. did they call you that day? They should have had you wait or come back in 2 hours for the results. May be they did another test. A sugar level of 40 would make it difficult for any human to function. A sugar level of 40 after drinking all of that sugar means your pancreas is secreting too much insulin. In the mean time your Dr. should have had you come in right away and tell you what to do. If my sugar was 40 I would be in the ICU with IV’s of dextrose attached to me. In the mean time find the highest fiber and sweetened sugar cereal and eat that for breakfast, eat bread, pasta, potatoes and have sugar with you at all times and call the Dr. and ask what’s going on with me?

  44. QUESTION:
    Do I have a heart condition, gas, or low blood sugar?
    I have a serious question needing a serious answer.
    I have a concern that I may suffering from symptoms of heart disease but not sure if it’s that or gas putting preasure on my chest cavity.
    I often get a tightness in my chest and by heart will skip beats, pound harder (to the point that I begin to vibrate in my arms, hands and chest and will even get light head and have a quick temporary feeling of faintness and vision loss, as it I were about to pass out for a split second then recover, but the weakness goes on in my hands and arms) – often when I burp much of the sensations leave.
    However I more and more often get short of breath climbing a short flight of stairs, or even just a short walk across the yard. It often comes on suddenly and unexpectantly, I often feel faint when this happens and have to sit down to catch my breath.
    also it the temprature around me is to low (60 or under) my hands will fall asleep and I will have to wear mittens to prevent this or get into a warmer room to help warm up my hands.
    I also suffer from low blood sugar, and have a time or two lost conciousness because of it, but I always wake up ok enough to eat or get some sugar though I will often sleep an hour or two first.
    About 30 years ago I had surgery and the doctor told my waiting relative that I had a serious heart murmer, a weak valve. could this weak valve be causing my week, light-headedness and loss of breath, or is it due to the low blood sugar, or maybe signs of heart failure.
    My father died of coranary disease at 56, I am 53. I am 5’3″ and 125 lbs. I try to avoid eating alot of meats and try to keep sugar to a moderate level. I try not to eat much junk food (unfortunately the food companies make that hard to do with all their additives, etc…)
    Even now as I type this my chest is tight, I’m a little light headed, and I can feel my heart beating heavily.
    I can’t afford to run to a doctor at every short breath and sniffle as some can, so I hope someone can help me know. I have tried to read up on line about it but I feel more confused and unsure than educated. Can anyone help me out. :)

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    Babies born with low blood sugar?
    I am 38 weeks and 1 day pregnant. I am having a scheduled c section on september 2nd due to the fact that my daughter is breech and is expected to weigh 9 lbs. I do have gestational diabetes. I’m a bit worried about her having low blood sugar after birth. My diabetes is diet controlled, but there have been times where my levels have been a bit high. They’ve been running in the 120s to 130s today, which isn’t horrible, but I’m not to exceed 120. Will this cause her to have low blood sugar at birth? How easily is it brought back up and managed? Does that always work? The rest of the week I will make sure my levels are staying down until I have her on Friday. Thanks!

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  46. QUESTION:
    Can you be treated and cured if you have high levels of catecholamines toxicity which is causing svt?
    High catecholamine levels in blood are associated with stress, which can be induced from psychological reactions or environmental stressors such as elevated sound levels, intense light, or low blood sugar levels.

    Extremely high levels of catecholamines (also known as catecholamine toxicity) can occur in central nervous system trauma due to stimulation and/or damage of nuclei in the brainstem, in particular those nuclei affecting the sympathetic nervous system.

    I have svt and I KNOW that im getting some sort of adrenaline rush which is setting off my svt. Ive been in a store with bright llights and off it went. LIke I was shot up with adrenaline. What can be done so this doesnt happen? And has anyone else had this before.
    I have been diagnose. I have svt.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your Dr and get your levels measured . If it’s at all possible try to have your bloodpressure checked when this occurs. High levels of catecholamines can occur with some diseases also. I think you should wait until you have blood and urine tests done to confirm your diagnosis.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can anyone suggest a low glycemic load, low sugar diet?
    Background info: Glycemic Index measures the rate of the effect that carbohydrates have on blood sugars level. High means carbohydrates break down fast and release glucose quickly into bloodstream. Low means it is more gradual.

    I haven’t noticed how high my glycemic diet is (just so you know, that is bad). I want a change in my eating habits because I’ve read that it leads to weight loss. ALSO I have read in a recent study a month ago that confirmed that milk and sugar (both of which I eat almost regularly) causes acne and a low glycemic load, low sugar diet is the way to go. So yeah. Just so you know, I am asian and my people tends to like to eat white rice, white bread, and floury products; all of those are high up on the list.

    If you got nothing then at least list some foods that have a low glycemic index and/or low sugar please.

    Here is the link to the study if people are interested. The first paragraph sure is affirming to all the acne sufferers out there. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/do-milk-and-sugar-cause-a_b_822163.html

    • ANSWER:
      The simpler the carbohydrate ie. sugar, the higher the Glycemic Index (GI). if you only want to lower the GI of the food you eat just take in some fat with it. If your concerned with hyperglycemia after eating rice or white bread just eat some fat with it. This lowers you GI and will delay gastric emptying. So as far as foods with a low GI: anything with a high % of fat. Hope that helps.

  48. QUESTION:
    Taking calcium supplements with food will increase our blood sugar?
    90 minutes after food my blood sugar reading was 142 . So my doctor said I’m in my pre-diabetic stage and I need to exercise and follow a less carb more fiber diet to avoid becoming diabetic. I had been monitoring my blood sugar level every month using home-glucose-test-kit. My maximum reading was 147. I dint not take any medicine to lower my blood sugar level.

    In the mean time I was also suffering from back pain. After a lot of testing I was finally diagnosed to be suffering from bone-density loss which is called “Osteopenia” and my doctor put me on calcium supplement tablets with vitamin D a month back. But after I started taking these tablets my blood sugar level raised drastically. 1 hour after food it is 235 and 2 hrs after food it is 218. I had been following the same diet and exercise plan and the only new thing I started to do was take my prescribed calcium supplements which contains 600gms of calcium carbonate with food 3 times a day.
    I’m now very worried.
    Is the 600mg of calcium carbonate causing my high sugar level?
    I dont know how to derive a chemical equations to find out how much of glucose is generated from 600mg of calcium carbonate. Wish somebody explain me with a chemical equation. like….
    600caco3 + h2o = glucose +…..

    I read that I cannot take metformin tablets with calcium supplements because they might have reactions or interactions. My doctor says its nothing to do with calcium supplements, you are now diabetic. You should take both metformin and calcium supplements 3 times a day with food. I dont feel shez correct. Pls help.
    wow miz,
    i dint realize, abt my excess stress for the past few days. yes it must be my stress and not my calcium supplements which is causing my sudden rise in sugar level.
    i had this kind of stress related high blood sugar level(but not thz high) almost 2 years back and i completely forgot it .

    thank you sooooooooo much.

    • ANSWER:
      I take calcium carbonate also and take Metformin ER and insulins. The calcium carbonate has NO glucose in it so it is safer for me than trying to drink milk or have other milk products.

      I have no clue why your glucose should have jumped like that except the stress of the back pain.

      Metformin is a systemic drug designed to help the body to accept the available or injected insulin. It takes about 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. You might want to get some Pepto if it causes you some gastric distresses. It helps a lot while your bod is getting use to the Metformin.

      The only thing metformin does for the calcium supplements is make them more effective. Don’t worry about that part.

  49. QUESTION:
    My mom and her blood sugar levels?
    My mom is a type 1 diabetic and has been since she was 7. She is now 52. She claims that she has it under control but her blood sugars, the past year or so, have been VERY low a lot. For example, yesterday, she woke up and her blood sugar was 42. She ate some peanut butter and went to work. When she arrived at work, she started dripping sweat, so she checked her blood again and it was 17!!!!! She had to have 3 bottles of coke, a few bags of m &m’s and a granola bar. She started to feel better, checked her blood again and it was 56. It never did get over 100 yesterday but it was around 90.

    This happens a lot. She thinks it is normal. But I know it’s not. What could be causing this????
    She did have a heart attack back in October. She is also very overweight… weighs about 310 and is in the process of going thru the gastric bypass paperwork cycle.

    • ANSWER:
      Your mom needs to go to the doctor. Her meds may need to be changed. She needs to do it now.

  50. QUESTION:
    How does fasting affect a blood sugar test?
    Hi, and thanks in advance

    I have been suffering from stocking and glove neuropathy for several weeks, and will be conferring with a neurologist. However, I am concerned in the meantime as I am sure you can understand. I am 27, and don’t drink ever. They gave me a simple blood sugar test, and I came in at 107 after eating just hours before hand. Does this rule out diabetes as a cause.

    I am literally praying for diabetes to be the cause. I know diabetes is serious, but I can work with that. It will make me take control of my diet, as I run 4 miles a day and still don’t lose weight due to my poor eating. I have two aunts with MS, and this is what I lose sleep over.

    It would seem to me that the fasting would only serve to lower a blood sugar level, but I am completely ignorant as to the physiology behind this disease. From everything I have read, diabetes is probably the least pernicious disease that could be causing these effects to someone of my age.

    Thank you so very much for your help.

    • ANSWER:


Causes Of High Blood Sugar

Some of the other causes of high blood sugar levels are cases when a person may be undergoing an abnormal health condition. When multiple disorders affect a body, then some of them may tend to affect the insulin receptivity of the cellulose and molecules in the human body thus rendering the sugar produced with no place to go. These excess sugar molecules are the reason for the high blood sugar during fasting tests. Other reasons include pregnancy and the time of delivery. At these times, it has been found that the cells of the body In a woman may be undergoing a rapid transformation in a period of highly charged molecular activity, which tends to sometimes produce high sugar.

There are basically two main causes of high blood sugar:

Dawn effect

Chronic Somogyi Rebound

Dawn Effect: It explains that increase in the level of sugar in blood in the morning is because of the changes that take place when the person is sleeping. These changes cause the level of insulin to drop down. The level of insulin also drops because of the release of growth hormones that normally occurs in the morning. The blood glucose levels of a normal person are controlled naturally however if a person is suffering from diabetes he has to control the level by injecting insulin or by following a strict diet plan.

Somogyi Rebound: Those diabetics who are unable to follow a strict diet plan have to suffer from high blood sugar symptoms in the morning that are termed Somogyi Effect. For instance if a person took insulin injection early in evening or did not take sufficient dinner or bedtime snack, his blood sugar level may drop drastically in the middle of night. This would trigger the body to release hormones that could increase the level of sugar in blood. This low blood sugar attack is termed hypoglycemia. Less amount of insulin dose also results in an increase in the level of blood glucose in the morning.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what causes shortness of breath when my blood sugar level is high?
    I am a Type 2 diabetic on insulin. When I forget to take my insulin and my blood sugar gets high (over 275) I feel short of breath and tightness in my mid chest. What causes this (besides high blood sugar) I would like to know a technical explanation, please. Maybe it will help me get better control. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      It’s all about balance in your body. Normally your pH level in your blood should be 7.35-7.45. The lower the number (less than 7.35) the more acidic your blood and the higher the number (more than 7.45) the more alkaline your blood is.

      Insulin acts like a key. It opens up your cells to allow the sugar to come in and provide the cells with energy/fuel. With diabetes the insulin doesn’t work properly and the sugar doesn’t get into the cells. That means the sugar stays in your blood. Meanwhile the cells need energy/fuel so the body begins to break down fats and protein to use for energy.

      When your body’s fat supply is broken down and used for energy it leaves behind ketones. Ketones cause the blood to be more acidic which leads to the change in breathing along with other symptoms. Severe metabolic acidosis can lead to shock or death.

      Another thing that is happening is that your body has to excrete all that unused sugar. Over time this damages the kidneys and lead to kidney failure.

      I’ve worked in the hospital for 2 years now and there is three things I always see together: diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney failure.

      Once your kidneys start to shut down you can’t filter toxins, electrolytes,ect and this begins to affect your other organs.

      If you don’t regulate your blood sugar eventual your body is going to be affected.

  2. QUESTION:
    causes for high blood sugar besides diabetes?
    I recently had a fasting glucose test and my sugar was 109. My doctor says I am pre-diabetic. I am in shock since I excercise daily, eat only whole grains, veggies and fruit, nver drink sodas or eat fast food and am actually underwieght(105 lbs). Does anyone know of other reasons for the high level? I have been under stress lately from fear of losing my job. Could this cause the rise?

    • ANSWER:
      I wonder what the doctor thinks of someone who has a reading of 126, like me, and I am not diabetic?

      109 is not that high.

      A better way to check is a A1c test, it ives you a indication of what your sugar levels have been doing over the past 3 months or so. If that reading is over 7.5% then you are diabetic, while under 6% you are not diabetic, and in between you may be pre-diabetic.

      I guess your doctor could say the whole world is either diabetic or “Pre-diabetic” in that they all have a chance of getting it some day. I would think a reading over 130 would be considered pre-diabetic, while a reading as low as yours would not be considered diabetic at all (with a supporting normal A1c test).

      One test on one morning is not a great indication of your health. Perhaps if they took one test each monday for a month, then you will have an idea of your total health.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can hyperthyroid problems cause high blood sugar levels?
    My dad’s blood sugar level jumps high in one hour and then low in another hour whenever he draws blood for his test. Could this be because of his hyperthyroid problems? Or something else causing it to be so high?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are sure he does not have diabetes it could possible be related to the thyroid, but the thyroid controls your growth and metabolism more than your blood sugar. It is just too hard to say without a full workup on him – his medications, diet, activity levels, or so many other things could be influencing his levels.

  4. QUESTION:
    Will high blood pressure cause high sugar?
    My Grandfather is 6’3 and sometimes his blood pressure goes really high up, but they have him on medicine for it. Now when we check his blood sugar, his blood pressure will be normal, but his blood sugar stays between 350 and 415. They are trying to tell us that it has to do with his height and his blood pressure, even though most of the time, his blood pressure is normal. Can someone please tell me why they would be telling us that? I have never heard of that before, and I want to know if he should go to another doctor, or just stay where he is. Thank you all.

    • ANSWER:
      yes

  5. QUESTION:
    Does too much stress can cause high blood sugar in 24 yrs old girl?
    Does too much stress can cause high blood sugar in 24 yrs old girl?My niece is in hospital since last night.Doctor found out very high blood sugar in her blood.She never had this problem before but we do have family history of diabetes.Does it means she could have diabetes at this age too?

    • ANSWER:
      If her glucose levels are elevated it means she is a diabetic. You can get it at any age for many reasons. I ‘ve been diabetic since I was 17 do to a very chronic throat infection I did not get treated for. I was also already predisposed to it cause it runs in the family.

      If you are not a diabetic stress should not affect your blood sugar, but once you are a diabetic stress could affect it.

  6. QUESTION:
    Will my high blood sugar cause my baby to have eczema?
    I am a type 1 diabetic, and I do my best to control my blood sugar, but sometimes it does go high. Would the high blood sugars be the cause of my baby’s eczema rash? He is 3 months old and fully breast fed. I take insulin and synthroid.

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  7. QUESTION:
    Why do high levels of stress cause high blood sugar in diabetics?
    When my chihuahua died, I had never seen such high numbers. They were near 400 for a few days following her death. Why does this happen? What is the science behind it?

    • ANSWER:
      stress releases several hormones, such as cortisol which can affect blood sugar levels. It is part of the response mechanism of “fight or flight” to prepare the body to either fight or run from a physical danger (and increasing blood sugar provided the energy reserve for it).

  8. QUESTION:
    I have just been diagnosed with high blood sugar level 106 what can cause this.?
    I have had lab work done and ultrasound of upper abdomen. The ultrasound came back fine, all my lab work came back fine except my blood sugar level, it is 106. Does this mean I may have diabetes and what can cause blood sugar level to be high, I am alwasy afraid I have cancer and it is alwasy on my mind, I am 44. Any advice would greatly be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      That is not too abnormally high. It may have been a little elevated because you ate right before?

  9. QUESTION:
    Can a seizure cause high blood sugar?
    My 4 year old son has had 3 seizures in the past 6 months and an EEG showed normal results and he did not have a fever at the time of his seizures. He had a seizure Friday and I called an ambulance to check his blood sugar and it was 218. After he finally woke up and could drink I was giving him alot of water to flush his system out. It was 8 hours after his seizure before we could get him to a doctor and they checked his blood and it was 112 and they said he wasn’t diabetic and that maybe the seizure caused his sugar to go up that high. His seizures are usually over five minutes long. Is this something to worry about or not? Is he diabetic? He drinks alot and uses the bathroom alot. His feet and hands stay red and sometimes look purple. He’s autistic and doesn’t talk so he can’t tell us how he feels. So we really need to figure this little guy out before something bad happens.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s not uncommon for a seizure to cause a transient case of hyperglycemia. Grand mal or tonic-clonic seizures cause a large discharge of sympathetic nervous system activity, usually resulting in increased levels of circulating catecholamines (i.e. epinephrine). When epinephrine binds to many cells, it stimulates them to utilize lipolysis (the burning of fat) for energy instead of glucose, thus leaving more glucose available in the blood for the central nervous system to use. Additionally, it stimulates the liver to break down stored glycogen into glucose and also to “manufacture” more glucose from noncarbohydrate molecules (gluconeogenesis). Furthermore, it stimulates the pancreas to produce glucagon, a hormone that causes increased glycogenolysis (breaking down of stored glycogen) and it also stimulates the pancreas to decrease its insulin secretion. Less insulin means less uptake of glucose by muscle and adipose tissue.

      As you can see, there are a number of metabolic changes taking place after a seizure that all lead to a net increase in available blood glucose. The increased sympathetic tone of the body following a seizure is also manifested by increased heart rate and blood pressure (again, largely due to epinephrine but also to hormones such as cortisol). These changes are, of course, temporary. When the sympathetic nervous system “calms down” the body will quickly recognize the elevated blood glucose level in the body and initiate various metabolic pathways to return it to normal (hence the normal level you found at the MD’s office).

      If your son had diabetes, it would very likely be Type-1 due to his age (it takes years and years of poor dieting to cause Type-2 diabetes), and he would therefore have chronically elevated glucose levels. Additionally, the byproducts of fatty acid metabolism would be readily detectable in his blood through even the most simple tests.

      I would not worry about the likelihood of him having diabetes. Continue to investigate with his MD the cause of the seizures he is experiencing.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does having high blood sugar cause eye floaters?
    I see hundreds of eye floaters. I am diabetic and my blood sugar is probably 150 on average. Do you think lowering my average will help?

    • ANSWER:
      Just keep your blood sugar in control, and there’s nothing else you can do, just prevent them from getting worse.

      Thanks a lot, now that you mentioned them, I’m noticing my floaters.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does low or high blood sugar cause loss in fingers or toes?
    I for surely have low blood sugar… and need to get tested for diabetes and I was wondering if that could cause loss in sensitivity in the end of my fingers and toes … or is there anything else that could cause that

    • ANSWER:
      High blood sugar can make your blood thicker and prevent it from reaching small blood vessels in fingers, toes, eyes, etc. Blood provides oxygen and other things that cells need to live. If cells don’t get oxygen and nutrients the cells die.

      There are other thing that can cause a loss of sensitivity in fingers and toes, such as peripheral vascular disease, poor circulation, raynaud’s disease.

      I would mention all of your symptoms to your doctor.

  12. QUESTION:
    can high blood sugar cause you to fluk a breathuliser test?
    i had 2 drinks 1 at about 8pm and the other around11pm about 20 min before i left the birthday party i was at . i`m a diabetic and my blood sugar haws over530 and i know with that high of sugar my body puts off acetone’s so does that mess with the machine you blow in too? i blow a.12 – .13

    • ANSWER:
      No, it won’t, however, ketoacidosis may inhibit the enzymes from properly metabolizing the alcohol. Unless you weigh 75 pounds or so, I am dubious of the amount of alcohol you say you drank. How big were those drinks?

  13. QUESTION:
    Can the damage in blood vessels caused by high blood sugar over years be reversed through strict dieting etc?
    I am a 28 year old diabetic – have been living with diabetes for the past 18 years and i’ve noticed that my circulation has become very poor. I am not proud of my past glucose levels but have benn working to correct that. I was wondering about how effective diets and exercise can be in a fairly young body if a very strict regime is carried out. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      From what I’ve read, no it can’t be reversed, just slowed down. The better your control, the more you can delay further damage. Exercise and tight control are your best friends, and its better late than never!

      That’s the prevaling opinion in North America…
      however, I have read that retinopathy is being treated in France, with Pycnogenol. (Pine-Bark Extract). Its also reported to help with improving circulation. Its expensive, but worth it if it can help.

      So, why not do both?

  14. QUESTION:
    Can one dose of Zyprexa cause high blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      A single dose absolutely not. When olanzapine increases blood glucose it is usually after 6 or more months of use. Thus physicians are supposed to check glucose, liver function, and cholesterol every 6 months. An electrocardiogram should also be done yearly. I am aware of one case however where there was a marked increase in glucose after only 3 months of use. Whenever a physician prescribes a medication they must take into account risk versus benefit. This and other so-called ‘atypicals’ are high risk medications but they are in general ‘safe’ when properly monitored.

  15. QUESTION:
    Dietary problem…fast food causing high blood sugar?
    I am a college student and I commute. I stop at a fast food restaraunt for lunch 5 days a week between classes, since the cafeteria food isn’t that great and the food sits out all day…ew. I usually get a grilled chicken sandwich or wrap along with an ice cream/milkshake. I get a burger/chicken nuggets/fries once or twice a week. Is it still healthy or could it be the cause of my high blood sugar which is 96?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes try switching the shake for a diet soda and adding a salad instead of fries. or look for a different place to eat where you can have a sandwich with salad added ie a Subways where they do fantastic rolls and you can choose what salad items to add to it (go for the lower fat options.) But with the fast food mentioned you are having a meal with mainly carbs and fats and no veg or fruit so of course it can send blood sugars sky high
      Sorry I converted the numbers wrong no it is not high but it is noy a healthy diet and if diabetes runs in your family I would try changing it

  16. QUESTION:
    How many years etc would it take before high blood sugar levels cause damage.?
    Just wondering, if a person has badly controlled diabetes (type 1), and alot of the times the blood sugar is high, how many years from time of diagnosis would it take before any damage would start to show?
    By the way this is just a curious question, not a personal one.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, my friend, there’s no surefire way of determining this. There are too many variables that would need to be taken into consideration, such as how high the blood sugar (glucose) levels are’ how long they’ve been at that level; whether or not insulin is still being produced by the beta cells (islets of Langerhans) of the pancreas; whether any medication(s), including insulin are being used; the level of insulin resistance, if type 2, a person has; whether or not physical activity is being undertaken; the types of foods being taken in; the level to which blood sugar (glucose) levels are rising … and then falling; whether there are any co-morbid (other) conditions present, and probably a whole host of other things that some medical professionals may know about.

      Sorry I couldn’t give a direct response to your question, but as long as blood sugar (glucose) levels are above what’s deemed a ‘normal’ level, then damage is being done to internal organs and nerves.

  17. QUESTION:
    What causes blood sugar levels to be very high in the morning and in a good range the rest of the day?

    • ANSWER:
      Several reasons due to high levels in the morning: (a) poor coverage of insulin during the evening, and therefore a new insuling pattern need to be fixed; (b) a low during the night (hypo) that made the body react (e.g. w/Glucagon) and then the liver released sugar stored and provocked the high (rebound effect). In all cases is recommendable to test sugar level middle of the night for a few times (e.g. 3:00 am) and bring pattern to your doctor to decide a new dosage. If a continous monitoring device is available (e.g. Glucowatch type) this could help also the discovery process.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can having gout cause high sugar levels in blood or vice versa.
    I have been feeling exhausted lately and a bit sick in the mornings then I took gout in my fingers went to GP and he did a random blood sugar test. Now he wants a second fasting one as my first was high. I did have a bowl of frosties(reduced sugar) for my breakfast before I had the random one could that have caused it to be high? If so though surely most people must have high sugar levels in the morning after eating cereal.Anyway could it be diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      any infections at all will raise glucose levels in anyone and having any cereal at all will for sure not help that.

      Yes, do the fasting glucose to be sure you don’t have a “sugar” problem. It probably isn’t, but it is much better to catch it near the beginning rather than after it has done some damage to tiny peripheral nerves and blood vessels.

      try a lower carb food plan than the one you are currently eating. It will help with weight, the gout problem, and any sugar problem you have. I like South Beach.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can My Boyfriend’s Headaches Be Caused By High Blood Sugar?
    My 26 year-old boyfriend’s bloodwork showed that he is “pre-diabetic”. He started testing his sugar at home and the times I’ve seen the results they have always been on or around (going could be seiousHhigher) 180.. I don’t know too much about diabetes but I’m trying to learn for him.I don’t think he’s taking right precautions & cutting back on the sugar , because he doesn’t think it’s that serious. For example, he loves regular sodas (esp Mountain Dew) and is still drinking them. He rationalzes that he isn’t even a diebetic, just pre. He’s been getting a lot of bad headaches that won’t go away lately that come out of nowhere.It happens after he has sugar & I think that’s the cause. He says it can’t be true because it’s too soon after he eats it , plus it’s never happened before. I hope someone here knows if the headaches could be from high sugar. I love him so much & I worry. Maybe if I’m right about it & he hears it elsewhere he’ll take it seriously and try to cut back. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I also get bad headaches when my blood sugar is high (i’m Type 1 diabetic).
      I also get fuzzy vision,feeling tired,and the horrible thirst that never seems to get quenched!

      Drinking sugary drinks like Mt. Dew is bad too. Sugar in a drink like that,stays in your system for a long time,meaning it keeps your blood sugar level running high for a good few hours. It doesn’t pass through your body as fast as a sugary cake would.
      Tell him to switch to diet sodas. I think a can of Cola has like,27 tablespoons of sugar in it!

      And he’s lucky. Being pre-diabetic,he’s got the warning to start changing his ways and has the chance to stop becoming a full blown one.
      I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when i was 9 years old and i had no warnings or nothing,it was just,what the doctors call it,”one of those things”.

  20. QUESTION:
    If you have extremely low potassium and high blood sugar, can you lower blood sugar with potassium rich foods?
    I recently had a blood test before a surgery and my potassium was so low, they weren’t sure if they could do the surgery. I was given four huge potassium pills which got my potassium level up enough to do the surgery. I did some research on potassium and what affects low potassium can have on a person and my finding astounded me. What I found (on good reliable medical websites) was that if you have low potassium levels, you can have a glucose intolerance in the blood, meaning it can cause high blood sugar levels. I have been struggling with high blood sugar levels (in the 200′s) for the past four years (since 2006). I went back through my medical history and four years ago, I was given a diuretic to help me prevent kidney stones. My research also found that diuretics cause low potassium because the potassium in your body is flushed out through pee. Now with that said, is it possible that my high blood sugar was caused by me using a diuretic which lowered my potassium to scary levels?

    I just need some answers because I have never had any signs of diabetes except for the higher blood sugar and if potassium being low was the cause, maybe I don’t have diabetes after all. Maybe by increasing my intake of potassium rich foods will allow me to control my sugar levels. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Going back to 2006 it’s where your potassium problems might have started, but by now they should have come back to normal. Besides the diuretics another thing that can make give you high blood sugar is any steroids like prednisone for inflammation. Unless you are on either one of these, and still have levels in the 200 range diabetes is still the answer. Normally the blood sugar is around 80-120 and in the 200′s is way too high. Potassium rich foods like banana’s will only push it up higher. Please go to your GP and get your blood sugar level checked asap. You only have one life and it’s too short to be wishing and hoping things. You definitely need to make a mature decision about this and now is the time to start doing things right so you can live a longer and happier one. Good luck and God Bless

  21. QUESTION:
    Can Sleeping aid – Temazepam – cause high blood sugar?
    I am a diabetic. I also have trouble sleeping occasionally. I notice that when I take my normal diabetic medication and then take the sleep aid, Temazepam, my blood sugar readings the next day are high–in the mid-to-low 200′s. When I don’t take the sleep aid and take my normal diabetic medication my readings are in the low 100′s.
    I’ve looked in the internet for warnings about the pill but couldn’t find any, yet I’ve tried it several times and every time result.
    Anyone have similar problems with the pill?
    I will discuss the problem with my Dr. during my next scheduled appointment, I don’t believe this is serious enough to warrant a special appointment.
    I just want to know if anyone else has heard of Temazaepam and abnormally high blood sugar readings.

    • ANSWER:
      read about the drug…doesn’t seem like it would

      http://www.drugs.com/temazepam.html

  22. QUESTION:
    Can dehydration and recovery from kidney infection cause high blood sugar?
    I returned from the hospital for a kidney infection exactally 1 week ago. I had been sick prior to this with many little viruses. Because of this i havent been eating or drinking as i normally would. I lost 5 pounds over the 2 months. While in the hospital, they saw that my blood sugar was high. It was ranging from 100-270. They thought it was probably because of the stress from the illness but just to make sure they sent me home with a blood sugar moniter where i had to prick my finger before every meal and 2 hours after. My numbers ranged from 95-270 over the weekend. I stopped doing the pricking but went in for my appointment yesterday. The doctor took my fasting blood glucose and it was 117. He then took the same blood from my finger prick and put it into a machine for an A1c test which came back as 6.5%. He then told me he wanted to diagnose me with Type 1 diabetes and start me on insulin immediately. My parents and i were in shock. When we asked what other numbers he was using as the second set to diagnose me and he said he was using the ones from when i was in the hospital. Im not a doctor but it seems to me that those numbers would be thrown off since i was sick and on several bags of iv fluid as well as being under the physical stress of a kidney infection..as well as the stress of being sick for the past 2 months. We told him we wanted the oral glucose test done and we were also going to seek a second opinion with another specialist to make sure. Being diagnosed with diabetes is a huge deal and i want to be 100% sure that i have it and its not thrown off by something else. So he sent me home again to moniter my blood sugar levels over the weekend. Yesterday, when i returned home from the hospital my number was 297 (the highest ive had, but this was also right after the glucose test so its expected to be high). After i ate, it dropped to 179. Two hours after it was at 127. I checked it again before i ate dinner and it was 107. Two hours after, it was at 85. They also had me checking my urine every time for ketones. I havent had any so far. I started drinking alot more water yesterday and it was the first day in a very long time that i ate regularly. Im just curious as to if my body could have been dehydrated or if because im drinking and eating normally now it might change it. My doctor told me that im just in the “honeymoon stage” of diabetes. Is he right? Or could it be something else?

    I was also tested for thyroid problems yesterday. I have a history of females having thyroid diseases on both sides of my family. Could this also play a role in it?

    Any advice is much appreaciated.
    Thanks, Callie
    They have had me monitering my ketones for the past few days and so far i havent had any. What does that say about my diagnoses? Also for the past three days i havent had a reading over 197 for my blood glucose. The first day it was 97, 197, 129, 123, 125, and 183. Today it has been 122, 166, 83, and 101. Are these numbers still in the honeymoon stage? It seems to me the numbers are still alittle sparadoic but in comparison to my numbers from last week they seem to be going down considering i havent had a reading over 200. Yesterday and today were also the first two days in a very long time that i got up and got out of the house. I went driving today, shopping, and went to my brothers basketball game. I’ve also been drinking and eating more regularly while also eating heathier than i have in the past. Do you think these things could have an effect on my numbers?

    Please help me out with some more advice. Thanks to everyone!

    Callie

    • ANSWER:
      Any kind of stress and illness can definitely raise your blood sugar. In your case however, I wouldn’t suspect type one diabetes but rather type two. Had you type one diabetes, even if you were in the “honeymoon phase,” your weight loss, glucose, A1C, and perhaps even your ketone level would be much more dramatic. Also, they probably wouldn’t even consider putting you through an oral glucose tolerance test but rather would have run a c-peptide and antibody screening before sending you home on a strict insulin injection regiment. Consider yourself lucky in that sense. Endocrinology problems, especially type two diabetes, hypothyroid, and PCOS, often go hand in hand so you are on the right track covering all your bases. Be sure to visit an endocrinologist upon receiving your lab results.

  23. QUESTION:
    What causes higher blood sugars 2 hours after eating than 1 hour after?
    had 8.9 1 hour after then 9.6 2 hours after? from having a small piece of cherry pie. At the pie 2 hours after dinner…blood sugar was fairly normal at dinner 6.7 1 hour after then 6.6 2 hours after…
    but my dietician said my blood sugar needs to be less at 2 hour then it is at 1 hour…sometimes it is but sometimes not=/

    • ANSWER:
      This is called postprandial. You are going to have more blood sugar when your food is fully digested than when it is semi digested. This is why you have a higher blood sugar after 2 hours than 1 hour.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can a diabetic eat beef or pork liver with it causing blood sugar or blood presser going high?
    A friend was told she could not eat liver because it was the cause of her blood sugar and blood presser going high. I would like to find out if this would be true! it was her family doctor not her diabetic doctor who told her. Please let me know because she likes liver and now is afraid to eat it.

    • ANSWER:
      Organ meats like liver and heart do indeed make glucose levels higher. They might also make BP higher as well. Yes, they are very high in iron that the body can use readily, but be very sensible about how much of a serving at a time you do have.

      The way to find out if the liver serving is causing a problem, is to test it!!

      Check glucose level, eat a serving of the liver, and test again 90 minutes to 2 hours later to see how much of a spike the food handed you or her.

      It might have been the additional sodium in the liver dish that was causing problem with the BP? I want my liver to be highly spiced and a little salty!! Not good for me that way.

      If you all have access to blood pressure cuff, test with that as well as the glucometer before and after eating the liver.

      Good luck to you and your friend. Eat a lot of things in extreme moderation!!! I am a chocoholic!!!

  25. QUESTION:
    What are the most dangerous effects of low blood sugar?
    I know the basic things that can happen, headaches, dizziness, irritability, depression, confusion, passing out, siezures… but what, if any, are the long-term risks of low blood sugar? I always hear about the damage high blood sugar causes, but what can low blood sugar do to you in the long run?
    Ok, I guess I could have figured out it could be fatal, but I guess I’m wondering about chronic illness… such as how high blood sugar can cause peripheral neuropathy.

    I have just been diagnosed as a diabetic, and I have not realized many times I had a headache or disorientation/depression before, usually after not eating a long while, or working out intensely, was usually an instance of low blood sugar.

    So, my question is, would repeated times of hypoglycemia, let’s say where I become disoriented a few times a week because my sugar is too low, cause any long term damage?

    • ANSWER:
      If you dramatically and *quickly* drop your blood sugar (usually when a diabetic administers more insulin than they need) your brain is now suddenly deprived of a necessary energy source (glucose) required for its metabolism and goes through several stages. The first is a decreased level of consciousness, then unconsciousness, then seizures, then death. These stages occur normally when blood glucose levels are lower than 40 mg/dL.

      A “normal” person who experiences long-term low blood sugar either by restricted dieting or other causes is not in danger of many serious complication. People on low carbohydrate diets usually have low blood sugar because they aren’t taking in foods that readily converted into glucose. People who are fasting obviously aren’t taking in anything that can be converted to glucose, and yet they survive for long periods of time on water alone. The fact is, as long as the body isn’t *suddenly* deprived of blood sugar (i.e. by zapping it all away with too much insulin), it will recognize decreasing levels of glucose and begin to metabolize more of it from other products (fatty acids, protein, etc) in a process called gluconeogenesis (gluco = sugar, neo = new, genesis = creation). This will help maintain levels sufficient to support normal brain function.

      —-

      If you’re becoming disoriented multiple times a week then you are allowing your sugar to drop too much and should work with your doctor to adjust your medication or diet so that this doesn’t happen. It won’t be too long before you accidentally go past disorientation and into unconsciousness or worse, since the two have a very small range between them.

      Episodes of profound hypglycemia, even temporarily, cause stress to the body in the form of increased sympathetic tone as the body attempts to compensate for its depleting energy supply (heart rate goes up, blood pressure increases and the circulatory system begins shunting to the core). I suppose lots of these episodes over time may be harmful, but that would depend on the frequency and severity of each. Of course, if become a “frequent flyer” to the hospital because you routinely and regularly drop your blood sugar (as many regular patients of mine do), there’s no telling how many brain cells you’ll cook cumulatively over all those episodes. Again, if you get disoriented often due to hypoglycemia, you need to work with your MD to keep you blood sugar at least over 60mg/dL and preferably over 80mg/dL.

  26. QUESTION:
    can high blood sugar cause nightmares?
    Im 28 years old. Im not diabetic, or at least havent been diagnosed with it yet, last check up was about 6 months ago as normal. But i get this feeling randomly that ive had too much sugar, and i get dizzy and nautious, and i usually go to bed and its better in the morning. This happened, and i had one of the worst nightmares i have ever had in my life…to the point where im sitting here awake and sweating and i cant force myself to calm down enough to go back to bed..i have all the lights on and all that. Normally my nightmares just have me give a thorough check of the house and back to bed…but not this one i cant even check the places that are not well lit like the basement. Im really terrified. Im just wondering if that high sugar thing can cause the nightmares…i was only asleep for maybe 1.5 hours max.

    • ANSWER:
      High blood sugar: An elevated level of the sugar glucose in the blood. Also called hyperglycemia.

      High blood sugar is a finding in a number of conditions, most notably diabetes mellitus. Elevated blood glucose leads to spillage of glucose into the urine (glucosuria) so that the urine is sugary. (The term diabetes mellitus means “sweet urine.”)

      Aside from diabetes, the many other causes of high blood sugar include just eating more sugar (or food) than usual, the presence of an infection or another illness, an injury and the stress of surgery.

      High blood sugar may produce few or no symptoms. When there are symptoms, they may be dry mouth, thirst, frequent urination, urination during the night, blurry vision, fatigue or drowsiness, weight loss, or increased appetite.

      An elevated level of blood sugar may be a useful independent indicator of heart disease risk. The risk of dying from heart disease has been found to rise as the level of blood glucose increases (regardless of age, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking status).

  27. QUESTION:
    DEATH THREATENING? Very high blood sugar! test results!!!!!?
    My uncle he is 48 years old and he just got his blood sugar test back. It said his blood sugar was 1000 and the doctor said that that was very high. What is the normal blood sugar level for him?? What is the normal range if he is 5ft 10in, 220 lbs.? Is this life threating? What are causes of high blood sugar other than consuming alcohol that could cause such a high reading?
    his measruement IS correct. he has been to about 3 doctors to get his blood sugars checked within 2 weeks and they all read 990, 1000, and 1000. he is not in the hospital yet but he is feeling very ill for about a year, give or take.

    • ANSWER:
      Life-threatening, definitely. Normal range is 70-110 regardless of height. High blood sugar is caused by diabetes. I’m guessing he is at the hospital? Because if not, he needs to go to the emergency room.

      To above answerer: 1000 is possible. Not typical, but it can happen. Most people wind up in the hospital when their sugar is in the 600-800 range. Making it up to 1000 is pretty crazy.

  28. QUESTION:
    Can an otherwise healthy person contract diabetes from high blood sugar related to artificial sweeteners?
    Do artificial sweeteners raise blood sugar? And is raised blood sugar the cause of type 2 diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      raised glucose levels are indeed type 2 diabetes, but they don’t cause it, they are the result of it.

      No, no food or drink and definitely artificial sweeteners do not cause high glucose levels or diabetes.

      Look to your genetics to seeif there was someone in your genealogy who had type 2. And remember prior to 1980s they did not routinely test anyone for diabetes. They treated heart disease, eye problems, neuropathy blaming it on bad circulation, everything except diabetes. So your grandmother might have had it and they only treated her for heart disease, for instance.

  29. QUESTION:
    muscle fatigue caused by high blood sugar?
    i woke up this morning with my blood sugar being really high. it was 325. so far today i’ve noticed that my muscles are very tired and weak. i feel like i can barely hold myself up and my arms hurt just typing…which is bad…becasue i’m at work, and i type all day. as far as i know i’m not sick otherwise, and i haven’t had my blood sugar be this high in a very long time. is the problem with my muscles and tiredness caused by my blood sugar most likely? i’ve been diabetic most of my life, and have lived around it for my entire life, so don’t go saying anything about controling my diabetes or anything. i know all that…i just want to check on this one thing becasue i’m not used to having high blood sugar. (obviously…and that’s a good thing… lol)
    i do have insulin…i’m on the pump. my blood sugar is coming down, but i still feel like crap.

    what i meant by checking on this one thing was…i wanted to make sure that the fatigue has been caused by my blood sugar becasue i’m not sick, and none of my medications have ever affected me this way…when my blood sugar used to get high, i usually had more pain, not fatigue, that’s why i was wondering.
    oh yea, and i don’t get sick days, so i can’t leave work.
    i just tested again and im 71. these blood sugars bouncing around today is taking so much out of me.
    this is to stephanie…even on the pump things happen. like i said…this is a rare occasion that my blood sugar is that high…and it’s down now anyways. just becasue you’re on the pump doesn’t mean things are perfect.

    i most likely had sometihing to eat before i went to bed and forgot to take insulin…oops

    • ANSWER:
      When my blood sugars are high I feel like I am carring around another person on my back. I feel weak and tired, so I would have to say yes it very well could be from your high blood sugar. On another note, I too use an insulin pump and have had the expirence when the canula is bent after inserting and I don’t know till I take it out. But I had real high BG’s and it seemed like my insulin wasn’t ‘working’. After I change the infusion set it gets back to normal and I see that the thing was bent. I see you said your numbers are coming down and that’s good, so it might not be the set. Could it have been something you ate last night?

  30. QUESTION:
    What causes low blood sugar?
    What causes low blood sugar, and what are the symptoms of low or high blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      Common causes of low blood sugar include the following:

      Overmedication with insulin or antidiabetic pills

      Use of medications like beta-blockers, pentamidine, and Bactrim

      Use of alcohol

      Missed meals

      Reactive hypoglycemia is the result of the delayed insulin release after a meal has been absorbed and occurs 4-6 hours after eating

      low blood sugar symptoms

      Trembling
      Clamminess
      Palpitations
      Anxiety
      Sweating
      Hunger

      second set of symptoms follows:

      Difficulty in thinking
      Confusion
      Headache
      Seizures
      Coma
      Ultimately, death

  31. QUESTION:
    slightly high blood sugar after c section?
    I have my first C section 4 month ago, last month my lab test for blood sugar is 100, am i pre diabetic? i also buy home gluco meter and test every morning my number runs between 87 – 98, i’m also suffering from postpartum anxiety, can my high blood sugar cause by anxiety and c section surgery recovery?
    I also take my one hour postprandial blood sugar, the lowest is 115 and highest is 183 at one hour after meal. i am so scared about diabetes, i have never been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. but i have pre eclampsia during my last trimester of pregnancy followed by preeclampsia postpartum but i already weaned of blood pressure medication. Please help, i feel so sad and hopeless
    thanx, i do lot of reseach through internet, pre diabetics is quite controversial though, before pregnant i was a very healthy preso, with fsting blood sugar less than 80 and post prandial always around 80 – 90, but after c section i have a lot of health issue, infection and anxiety, but since i take anxietymedication my blood sugar seems to get lower

    • ANSWER:
      As you know, 100 mg/dL is in pre-diabetic range, but in reality, non-diabetics usually fast in the 80s or below. Fasting in the 90s doesn’t mean you’re diabetic, but that maybe you have some insulin resistance. Your FBGs and your postprandial readings indicate that. 183 mg/dL is just a little too high for a person who has no trace of diabetes. While anxiety and recovery from surgery can affect blood sugar, that’s usually only the case in people who already have diabetes. Non-diabetics will simply make more insulin for their needs and their cells will properly absorb that extra insulin. Once you have an impaired response, infections, illness, and stress are more likely to affect your blood sugar.

      It’s possible that you did have gestational diabetes, but that nobody noticed, either because they didn’t check your blood sugar or because your fasting blood sugar was on the high end of normal. Were you given an OGTT?

      You don’t need to be scared, though. You have caught this very early because of your vigilance. With modest changes to your diet and exercise, you could probably control your blood sugar for a long time without any kind of medication. Please talk to your doctor about the readings you’ve been getting on your meter. You two can work on a diet plan together. Diabetes is not only about restricting total carbs, but also the type of carbs. You’ll probably find that starchy foods like potatoes and white bread spike you higher than a steak or a piece of chicken with a side salad, for example.

      Whatever your doctor recommends, I suggest you go home and test afterward. If you go over 140 any time after eating, then modify that meal by cutting the starch portion in half and then test again. If you’re still over 140, eliminate the starch and try again. This is going to take days and weeks, of course, but your meter is going to be your best friend. Let the meter guide you toward what foods make you spike and what foods don’t.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can high blood sugar cause these symptoms?
    Nausea
    Weakness
    Feeling faint
    racing heart

    I felt like this after I ate breakfast (bowl of cheerios and water) so I checked my blood sugar an hour after eating and it was 179. I didn’t check it before eating though. I’m pregnant and waiting to get my gestational diabetes test in a couple of weeks but have felt for a few weeks now that my sugar is off, so I’ve been testing it on my own. I checked it again at 2 hours and it’s 119 and I’m feeling much better. Is it possible that was all from just the elevated sugar level? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I love to eat cheerios for breakfast. After I eat them it feels like my heart speeds up. I’m 20wks pregnant. I bought a glucometer and today an hour after I ate the cheerios with milk, my bs was 181. Those cheerios are crazy. What’s really in those things. If u look at the box they have a lot of carbs added up and add that to the sugar content they contain. It’s quite a bit, I always thought they were healthier than that, but I guess it doesn’t matter. No matter how healthy it seems always ck the carb and sugar content. Reck ur bs after 2 hrs and c wat it is. I’ve heard if it’s 140 or below ur ok

  33. QUESTION:
    Which is worse for a Type 1 diabetic in the long term, Blood sugar fluctuations, or high blood sugar?
    After reading up on things like google, Type 1 diabetics do not create the insulin that breaks down sugar in the blood because the white blood cells recognize the insulin producing cells on the pancreas as bacteria / invaders to the body and it destroys them, therefore destroying your ability to make insulin.

    Google also says that the releasing of insulin (lowers blood sugar) and then of cortisol (raises blood sugar) causes a lot of stress on your body.

    However, if you are a type 1 diabetic, your body does not create the insulin that google is talking about. If this is the case, which is more unhealthy in the long term for a type 1 diabetic, having a high blood sugar or having a fluctuating blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      As a type 1 you’re never going to be able to avoid the fluctuations completely. It’s the extended highs or any of the lows that you need to be worried about.

  34. QUESTION:
    I just found out I have high blood sugar…do I have diabetes?
    I took the test because the doctor said I had a viral infection (I’ve been sick for the past couple of weeks) and I took the test after seeing the doctor. I had tried eating earlier, but thrown up while at the doctor’s and then went to take the test. They were just confirming that I had a virus, but the nurse left a message on my machine saying that “your blood sugar is a little high.” I am now very worried. Could the fact that I had thrown up before taking the test caused the high blood sugar? I’m worried cause diabetes runs in my family…I exercise, but I’m working on changing my diet…am I doomed. Oh yeah, I’m 25 and average weight and average height.

    • ANSWER:
      When a diabetic is sick, their blood sugar does go up. Does this mean you are, No it doesnt. But, the concern is there and it sounds like you are being proactive about it. Visit www.diabetes.org. This is the website for the American Diabetes Association. This can help you with prevention. I am assuming your doctor will want to retest you after you get feeling better. So be sure to make an appoiontment for a follow up. Good luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    Severe headache for 2 weeks. and blood sugar is high.?
    the other day, i went all day with almost no food, had 2 roast beef sandwiches, 3 bottles of water and 1 mt dew. tested my sugar in the evening and it was 306. i have had this headache for almost 2 weeks now and i cant shake it. i was thinking maybe i have an inner ear infection or a sinus infection, could that be causing my high blood sugar and my headaches?
    i went to the ER, they gave me a shot of demoral and fennegran. it only helped for a few hours. im not on insulin, i take metformin and glipizide., my sugar finally came down to around 187 but the headache is still going.

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    When you don’t eat much can it cause your blood sugar to be high?
    So, i hadn’t had much to eat all weekend, and can it cause your blood sugar to go up, but JUST because of that reason?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, there is this thing that can happen if you aren’t eating where your liver puts glucose into your blood stream to keep you from getting too low. In non-diabetics it raises your blood sugar just enough but in diabetics it can give you a high blood sugar because it’s too much glucose. That’s the reasoning behind “dawn phenomenon”.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can high blood sugar (diabetes) cause headaches?
    I have been having a lot of symptoms of diabetes so my mom made me a docs appointment for tomorrow to get tested 4 it! And at times i get really bad headaches so i was wondering if diabetes could cause it!
    I know the symptoms of diabetes thats why i am getting tested for it! But every since i have been having those symptoms i have had bad headaches so i was just asking if diabetes could be causing them!

    • ANSWER:
      The American Diabetic Association says there are the top symptoms of diabetes:

      Frequent urination
      Excessive thirst
      Extreme hunger
      Unusual weight loss
      Increased fatigue
      Irritability
      Blurry vision

  38. QUESTION:
    analyze the causes (lifestyle and genetics) of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)?
    more details for each plz.
    y anyone is not willing to answer my question

    • ANSWER:
      Causes? Diabetes or poor function of the pancreas. Either inherited or poor eating habits. (high in simple carbs). Being overweight.

  39. QUESTION:
    How high can blood sugar get before it reaches a dangerous level that would require immediate attention?
    I am newly diabetic (about 3 months now). I was diagnoses with asthma a week ago and have been put on steroids for 13 days to help rid the symptoms that have kept me up at night and caused me to miss 4 days of work already. The steroids are causing my sugar to be higher than it should be. It is 301 now. At what level should I become concerned and contact my doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      300 and up are not good levels. Plus, its posible you have keytones. Check your blood sugar and get the level down.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can being pregnant with twins cause higher blood sugar?
    I am type 2 diabetic and have known since I was pregnant with my daughter last year. Since knowing, I have gotten my A1C down to 4.3 at the last check. I have amazing control (most of the time). Well, my daughter is five months old and I just found out that I am pregnant again! This is after having to take pills to become pregnant the first time and being told I don’t ovulate. Little do they know!

    I have been checking my morning sugars religiously…and they are HIGH! I take insulin at night because this happened with my daughter. I was always able to keep them down under 90 for the morning. Now, no matter how much insulin I seem to take (already up twice the dose I was with daughter at this point in pregnancy) they are still high.

    I am 9 weeks pregnant and I eat the minimum carbs during meals, eat small snacks and doing everything I can during the day. The only thing I can think of is that I might be pregnant with twins…would that cause this? Higher blood sugar? I don’t have a dr’s appt for two weeks.
    I use a slow acting insulin just at night, during the day I used metformin, 1000mg twice a day. I was told when I started taking the insulin, that as my numbers go up, I just adjust the insulin at night. I know how to take it. I’ve taken it for over a year now.

    • ANSWER:
      Since I don’t know the kind of insulin you are using, it is hard to make a suggestion, but I was just wondering if you only check your sugar in the mornings and if you only take insulin at night. You may need to take smaller doses of insulin at each meal and check your sugars more often to keep better control. Just make sure you have the kind of insulin that can be used more than once a day, because some kinds are designed to be used at each meal, and some are to be used only once a day. So be sure to find out before you change how you take the insulin. I don’t really think it means you are pregnant with twins. It could just be a reaction to the new pregnancy. After all, every pregnancy is different. Maybe this time it is a baby boy instead of a girl. Either way, congratulations and good luck. Be sure to see your doctor soon. Try to get an earlier appointment if possible. After all, you shouldn’t wait since you do have issues that could cause you and the baby problems.

  41. QUESTION:
    Pregnant, high blood sugar? Help?
    I’m in the early stages of my pregnancy, 4-5 weeks, and am a type 1 diabetic. I’ve had 3 high blood glucose readings in the past 7 days- 315, 296, and 415. I work diligently to keep my blood sugar under control, and I have to admit it’s been very difficult the past two weeks with college midterms and work, etc, plus the added “stress” of a new baby on the way.
    Anyway, I know that the first 6 weeks are most crucial to the baby’s development, and that high blood sugar can cause fetal brain damage, miscarriage, among many other issues. However, I am taking my prenatal vitamins religiously, drinking lots of water, still doing my daily 30-min. cardio, and exercising whenever possible, am a vegetarian, eating only organic when it is absolutely safe, and, as I said, I am trying hard to keep my sugars normal at this time, via checking my bg and administering insulin via pump and syringe when needed.

    My question is, as I am waiting for my first prenatal appointment which is in April, do you think my baby will be ok from my recent high blood sugars?

    I’m trying not to stress. My family says both the baby and I will be fine. I’m watching for the first of any problem and am willing to drop everything to go to the ER if the need arises…

    I posted this in the Pregnancy section as well. Thanks everyone in advance for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think anyone (even a dr) could say at this stage if it’s hurt your baby or not, but it sounds llike you’re doing everything right. Can’t you see a dr sooner about your pregnancy? In Aberdeen you go every week to a pregnancy clinic if you have diabetes right from when you’re trying for the baby. I think what you need to remember is that people have healthy babies even when they’re on heroin or don’t know they’re pregnant and drink and smoke throughout – your body does compensate and look after the baby for you to some extent. You’re doing your very best for your baby and if anything does go wrong then it’s probably not going to be because of anything that you’ve done wrong. Good luck and congratulations on the pregnancy! xxxx

  42. QUESTION:
    Wondering what is causing the high blood sugar?
    My husband has type 2 diabetes and usually has great numbers. He maintains low numbers, takes a low does of glipizide at breakfast, and a low does of metformin at dinner. Last night, his numbers spiked after a day without a lot of carbs. We do not have this problem because he always watches what he eats. Today, we have still been struggling to get the numbers down and it has been between 170 and 250. He has taken 6 glipizides total and 1 metformin. He has a pulled muscle in his neck from jiu jitsu and his tooth MAY be infected. Wondering if this is from either of these?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, *Smile* Pain and infection can both cause your blood sugar to rise. If it were me, I would take an anti-inflammatory and go to the dentist to have my tooth seen to and they will give an antibiotic if it’s infected. If it carries on I would speak to his GP or endocrinologist about it. He can exercise to try to bring his numbers down but not if its above 240 or so. Good luck, I hope he feels better soon!!! *Smile*

  43. QUESTION:
    Long Term Effects of High Blood Sugar?
    My husband is 36 and recently diagnosed with Diabetes. He is over 100lbs overweight and this is the cause. His blood sugar is consistently over 300. He does not take the medication as prescribed and often misses several days. He refuses to stop drinking soda, juices, eating sweets and fast food. He is a truck driver. I worry that he will lapse into a coma on the road. What are some of the warning signs for high blood sugar and how long before something severe happens if he continues with this over 300 sugar every day
    I have encouraged him to change his diet. No one in the family eats sweets and sugar except him. The kids drink water and sugar free koolaid. No cookies candies or sweets other than fresh fruit are allowed at the house. He still buys them for himself and constantly eats candy bars, cookies and anything with sugar. He says he doesnt care and he is not changing his lifestyle. He has urinated blood several times in the past year and will not see a doctor for it. What am I supposed to do just watch him kill himself? He is an adult but acting like a child

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a gift you can give your husband

      http://doiop.com/diabetes-cure

      Good luck

  44. QUESTION:
    What causes my blood sugars to be dangerously high in the mornings?
    I don’t really understand why my sugars have been so off the charts in the mornings. I’ve even cut back on the amount of sweets I’ve been eating. I try not to eat in the night anymore, but for the past week or so my sugars have been so high…very frustrating! Not sure what could be causing this…what could be causing the dangerously high spikes in my blood sugar?
    I think I found my answer!

    http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/diabetes_mellitus/hic_what_causes_high_blood_sugar_levels_in_the_morning.aspx

    • ANSWER:
      Actually contrary to what has been said, there is an alternative that I was just recently made aware of by my endocrinologist, as I am a insulin pump user as well. What can happen is you could be going really low in the middle of the night which then causes your liver to produce extra sugar to keep you body going. Then when you wake up and check your blood sugars you get the result of this extra release. The answer is not necessarily to get more insulin, it may actually be to get less. Just make sure you talk to your doctor and ask if this is possible.

  45. QUESTION:
    Normal weight young person has high blood sugar?
    It doesn’t make sense. I eat a terrific diet. Only whole grains. Almost no red meat. Tons of fruits and vegetables. Virtually NO fast food (pizza, McDonalds). I am a normal weight and I exercise 4-6 times per week. I lift weights.

    So why the heck is my blood sugar reading high? Everything I read about type II diabetes is that it’s caused mostly by overweight and inactivity in older people. I’m really confused and upset about this.

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Is darker blood color one of the symptoms of diabetes? I can’t remember whether high sugar caused dark blood.?

    • ANSWER:
      The concentration of glucose in the blood has no effect on the overall color of your blood. The more reliable symptoms or indicators of high blood sugar are: Excessive thirst, increased hunger, frequent urination, fatigue, dry mouth, and rarely mental status changes.

      Blood is actually nearly 50% plasma, which looks like a clear, pale yellowish fluid. Plasma is the liquid portion of blood which contains antibodies, immune cells, platelets, etc.

      Red blood cells (RBCs) are responsible for the color you see when you look at blood. RBCs look much like inner tubes when viewed under a microscope. To put it simply, their job it to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. A protein within the RBCs, called hemoglobin, binds with the oxygen so it can be delivered when needed. It is the presence of Oxygen that makes blood appear the different shades of red.

      When you prick your finger or get blood drawn at the doctor’s office, your are seeing blood coming from a vein. Venous blood has already delivered its oxygen to the body and is on it’s return trip, which is why the blood appears so dark.

      Hopefully, most people outside of the medical field never see blood from an artery. Arterial blood has left the heart and is on it’s way to deliver it’s load of oxygen to body cells. This blood appears much brighter red because of the chemical reaction that takes place when hemoglobin is saturated with oxygen. (strangely enough, the shade of red a lot of horror movies use is closer to the color of arterial blood than venous blood)

      take care :)

  47. QUESTION:
    Diabetes is slow metabolism and high sugar, what is the opposite called?
    A friend claims to be suffering from the opposite of diabetes. Is there such a thing as too fast a metabolism that causes blood sugar to drop too low? How is it treated? Is it still called diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      ur friends an idiot

  48. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have more information on what may cause high sugar levels?
    I went to the doctor for headaches last week. They are still looking into the problem but I received my blood work yesterday. I was told I have high sugar levels and to watch my sugar and carb intake. I was too confused to ask any other questions because I eat fairly healthy, almost always stay away from sweets and sugars, I walk at least an hour almost every day, am in my late 20′s and a healthy weight. I do eat a lot of carbs, especially in the winter, but I don’t think it is in excess.
    I was trying hard to remember what I had to eat before the blood work. I know I had half a hoagie and a soda right before the blood was taken and probably not too much water that morning. This is not my normal lunch but I was home from work to go to the doctor and splurged by having a soda (one of maybe 12 a year) and a hoagie which I also do not eat on a normal basis. My question is, could the soda have caused blood sugar levels to be high that day??
    I am baffled and confused as to what I am doing wrong in my eating habits. I usually only drink water, coffee or tea in the morning with little to no sugar, I have a salad almost every night with dinner, I eat fruits and veggies at lunch, whole wheat bread. I am hoping this was just a fluke thing that particular day because otherwise I guess I will have to completely change what I thought was healthy eating.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it was likely the meal you ate beforehand. Typically when a doctor does blood work, they try to get you to fast beforehand so things like soda don’t screw up the results. But if you are really concerned, carbs produce a lot of sugar, so it could be the carbs. Try switching to whole-grain pastas and breads, especially if you can find the sugar-free kind. It doesn’t taste any different in my opinion, and it’s better for you. If your sugar levels are still high after a week or so, (which you can check easily if you know anyone with diabetes that has a glucose meter), then something could be wrong with your pancreas.

  49. QUESTION:
    Why does high blood sugar levels in diabetics cause nerve damage and increase risk of infections?

    • ANSWER:
      When sugar levels are high as in diabetes, firstly, there is a thickening of the capillary basement and the endothelial walls of the blood vessels undergo hyperplasia, that is it becomes bigger. Therefore the microcirculation is able to carry less oxygen to various tissues including the nerves. As for the risk of infections, due to the decrease in oxygen circulation as well as the diminishing ability of the microvascular circulation, an small infection that usually begins in the foot is not cleared as soon as possible. This is due to the fact also that there is decreased sensation in the foot area as a result of nerve damage (neuropathy). Therefore the foot becomes gangrenous.

      As for neuropathy, there are 3 suggested causes. One as mentioned before as the decreasing blood circulation and oxygen supply. Secondly, the increase in sugars in the neurones causes the reduction of its antioxidant capacity. Therefore this results in oxidative damage. Thirdly, the increase is glucose also results in the increase in intracellular calcium by a signalling process. This results in neuronal cell death. Hope this answers your question!

  50. QUESTION:
    Would drinking a pure fruit smoothie lead to levels of high blood sugar eventually?
    I figured blending a fruit smoothie with frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and mulberries) and orange juice (sunny d) would be pretty healthy and easy to drink. But out of curiousity and just for confirmation, would blending a cup or more of these fruits and making a smoothie out of it every day cause levels of high blood sugar? Would it be better just to skip the smoothies and eat fruit by itself? My father was just diagnosed with diabetes recently, so I’m a little worried even though I’m still young and healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe skip the Sunny D, and use real OJ instead, but otherwise, as long as the fruits have no added sugars or syrups in them, you’ll be fine. Natural sugars from fruit are okay. And pure fruit smoothies are an awesome way to sneak in some vegetables you don’t like to eat, but still are healthy for you, because the fruit should mask the taste of those nasty vegetables. My dad and sister both have diabetes, and fruit is okay for them.


Causes Of High Blood Sugar Levels

High blood sugar is one of the problems associated with diabetes. If left untreated, is a serious problem and is a major cause of diabetes complications.

Hyperglycemia occurs if the blood sugar level is higher than 200 mg/dL.

What are some of the causes ?

Factors that cause high blood sugar include:

  • Eating more food than is mentioned in your planned diet
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Taking less of the oral agent or insulin than required
  • Emotional stress (workplace challenges or family conflicts)
  • Exercising less than required/planned
  • Certain medications
  • Physical stress (cold, flu or infection)
  • Surgery
  • Injury

What are the symptoms and signs ?

If you have hight blood sugar you may experience one of the following symptoms; however at times there are no symptoms at all. The common symptoms are:

  • Frequency in urination
  • Thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Urination at night
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Loss of weight
  • Increase in appetite
  • Slow healing of wounds
  • Blurriness in vision
  • Dry and itchy skin

There are times when the blood sugar levels become very high or have been high for a long time, in these circumstances there are a few additional symptoms which include:

  • Rapid loss in weight
  • Unconsciousness
  • Increased confusion or drowsiness
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Dizziness when you stand up
  • Coma

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What causes blood sugar levels to be very high in the morning and in a good range the rest of the day?

    • ANSWER:
      Several reasons due to high levels in the morning: (a) poor coverage of insulin during the evening, and therefore a new insuling pattern need to be fixed; (b) a low during the night (hypo) that made the body react (e.g. w/Glucagon) and then the liver released sugar stored and provocked the high (rebound effect). In all cases is recommendable to test sugar level middle of the night for a few times (e.g. 3:00 am) and bring pattern to your doctor to decide a new dosage. If a continous monitoring device is available (e.g. Glucowatch type) this could help also the discovery process.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can hyperthyroid problems cause high blood sugar levels?
    My dad’s blood sugar level jumps high in one hour and then low in another hour whenever he draws blood for his test. Could this be because of his hyperthyroid problems? Or something else causing it to be so high?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are sure he does not have diabetes it could possible be related to the thyroid, but the thyroid controls your growth and metabolism more than your blood sugar. It is just too hard to say without a full workup on him – his medications, diet, activity levels, or so many other things could be influencing his levels.

  3. QUESTION:
    How many years etc would it take before high blood sugar levels cause damage.?
    Just wondering, if a person has badly controlled diabetes (type 1), and alot of the times the blood sugar is high, how many years from time of diagnosis would it take before any damage would start to show?
    By the way this is just a curious question, not a personal one.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, my friend, there’s no surefire way of determining this. There are too many variables that would need to be taken into consideration, such as how high the blood sugar (glucose) levels are’ how long they’ve been at that level; whether or not insulin is still being produced by the beta cells (islets of Langerhans) of the pancreas; whether any medication(s), including insulin are being used; the level of insulin resistance, if type 2, a person has; whether or not physical activity is being undertaken; the types of foods being taken in; the level to which blood sugar (glucose) levels are rising … and then falling; whether there are any co-morbid (other) conditions present, and probably a whole host of other things that some medical professionals may know about.

      Sorry I couldn’t give a direct response to your question, but as long as blood sugar (glucose) levels are above what’s deemed a ‘normal’ level, then damage is being done to internal organs and nerves.

  4. QUESTION:
    I have just been diagnosed with high blood sugar level 106 what can cause this.?
    I have had lab work done and ultrasound of upper abdomen. The ultrasound came back fine, all my lab work came back fine except my blood sugar level, it is 106. Does this mean I may have diabetes and what can cause blood sugar level to be high, I am alwasy afraid I have cancer and it is alwasy on my mind, I am 44. Any advice would greatly be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      That is not too abnormally high. It may have been a little elevated because you ate right before?

  5. QUESTION:
    Can having gout cause high sugar levels in blood or vice versa.
    I have been feeling exhausted lately and a bit sick in the mornings then I took gout in my fingers went to GP and he did a random blood sugar test. Now he wants a second fasting one as my first was high. I did have a bowl of frosties(reduced sugar) for my breakfast before I had the random one could that have caused it to be high? If so though surely most people must have high sugar levels in the morning after eating cereal.Anyway could it be diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      any infections at all will raise glucose levels in anyone and having any cereal at all will for sure not help that.

      Yes, do the fasting glucose to be sure you don’t have a “sugar” problem. It probably isn’t, but it is much better to catch it near the beginning rather than after it has done some damage to tiny peripheral nerves and blood vessels.

      try a lower carb food plan than the one you are currently eating. It will help with weight, the gout problem, and any sugar problem you have. I like South Beach.

  6. QUESTION:
    what causes shortness of breath when my blood sugar level is high?
    I am a Type 2 diabetic on insulin. When I forget to take my insulin and my blood sugar gets high (over 275) I feel short of breath and tightness in my mid chest. What causes this (besides high blood sugar) I would like to know a technical explanation, please. Maybe it will help me get better control. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      It’s all about balance in your body. Normally your pH level in your blood should be 7.35-7.45. The lower the number (less than 7.35) the more acidic your blood and the higher the number (more than 7.45) the more alkaline your blood is.

      Insulin acts like a key. It opens up your cells to allow the sugar to come in and provide the cells with energy/fuel. With diabetes the insulin doesn’t work properly and the sugar doesn’t get into the cells. That means the sugar stays in your blood. Meanwhile the cells need energy/fuel so the body begins to break down fats and protein to use for energy.

      When your body’s fat supply is broken down and used for energy it leaves behind ketones. Ketones cause the blood to be more acidic which leads to the change in breathing along with other symptoms. Severe metabolic acidosis can lead to shock or death.

      Another thing that is happening is that your body has to excrete all that unused sugar. Over time this damages the kidneys and lead to kidney failure.

      I’ve worked in the hospital for 2 years now and there is three things I always see together: diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney failure.

      Once your kidneys start to shut down you can’t filter toxins, electrolytes,ect and this begins to affect your other organs.

      If you don’t regulate your blood sugar eventual your body is going to be affected.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can undetected high levels of blood sugar in a pregnancy cause Down Syndrome in a fetus in the womb?
    I am almost 17 weeks pregnant and won’t see my doctor until next week. I am concerned that since I have recently been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes that my sugar levels could have been high long before now. I am also having to have a level 2 ultrasound with a specialist because they think my baby may have a marker for down syndrome.

    I would appreciate any responses. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      as others have said Down’s Syndrome is genetic and won’t be caused by blood sugar levels…

      they did an ultrasound on me with my last son…and said he had a “thick neck” which could be a sign of Down’s Syndrome.. they wanted me to do an amnio to see if he had it…but as i have had three miscarriages before..i refused…

      when he was born he was perfectly healthy.. he is now 11 and in the gifted program in school……

      so try not to get too worked up yet…is all i am saying…
      i worried my whole rest of my pregnancy…knowing that i would love and care for my baby no matter what…. but like i said he was born healthy…. thank goodness….

  8. QUESTION:
    Why do high levels of stress cause high blood sugar in diabetics?
    When my chihuahua died, I had never seen such high numbers. They were near 400 for a few days following her death. Why does this happen? What is the science behind it?

    • ANSWER:
      stress releases several hormones, such as cortisol which can affect blood sugar levels. It is part of the response mechanism of “fight or flight” to prepare the body to either fight or run from a physical danger (and increasing blood sugar provided the energy reserve for it).

  9. QUESTION:
    Why does high blood sugar levels in diabetics cause nerve damage and increase risk of infections?

    • ANSWER:
      When sugar levels are high as in diabetes, firstly, there is a thickening of the capillary basement and the endothelial walls of the blood vessels undergo hyperplasia, that is it becomes bigger. Therefore the microcirculation is able to carry less oxygen to various tissues including the nerves. As for the risk of infections, due to the decrease in oxygen circulation as well as the diminishing ability of the microvascular circulation, an small infection that usually begins in the foot is not cleared as soon as possible. This is due to the fact also that there is decreased sensation in the foot area as a result of nerve damage (neuropathy). Therefore the foot becomes gangrenous.

      As for neuropathy, there are 3 suggested causes. One as mentioned before as the decreasing blood circulation and oxygen supply. Secondly, the increase in sugars in the neurones causes the reduction of its antioxidant capacity. Therefore this results in oxidative damage. Thirdly, the increase is glucose also results in the increase in intracellular calcium by a signalling process. This results in neuronal cell death. Hope this answers your question!

  10. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have more information on what may cause high sugar levels?
    I went to the doctor for headaches last week. They are still looking into the problem but I received my blood work yesterday. I was told I have high sugar levels and to watch my sugar and carb intake. I was too confused to ask any other questions because I eat fairly healthy, almost always stay away from sweets and sugars, I walk at least an hour almost every day, am in my late 20′s and a healthy weight. I do eat a lot of carbs, especially in the winter, but I don’t think it is in excess.
    I was trying hard to remember what I had to eat before the blood work. I know I had half a hoagie and a soda right before the blood was taken and probably not too much water that morning. This is not my normal lunch but I was home from work to go to the doctor and splurged by having a soda (one of maybe 12 a year) and a hoagie which I also do not eat on a normal basis. My question is, could the soda have caused blood sugar levels to be high that day??
    I am baffled and confused as to what I am doing wrong in my eating habits. I usually only drink water, coffee or tea in the morning with little to no sugar, I have a salad almost every night with dinner, I eat fruits and veggies at lunch, whole wheat bread. I am hoping this was just a fluke thing that particular day because otherwise I guess I will have to completely change what I thought was healthy eating.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it was likely the meal you ate beforehand. Typically when a doctor does blood work, they try to get you to fast beforehand so things like soda don’t screw up the results. But if you are really concerned, carbs produce a lot of sugar, so it could be the carbs. Try switching to whole-grain pastas and breads, especially if you can find the sugar-free kind. It doesn’t taste any different in my opinion, and it’s better for you. If your sugar levels are still high after a week or so, (which you can check easily if you know anyone with diabetes that has a glucose meter), then something could be wrong with your pancreas.

  11. QUESTION:
    High insulin levels with normal blood sugar?
    I have recently had a fasting glucose test. The results have come back that i have normal blood sugar levels, but my insulin has come back as 41 when it should be 12. I have PCOS and know that it is playing a large part in my insulin level. I want to know if Insulin resistance could be causing me to put on large amounts of weight and if so, how I can lose it. I exercise and have a really good diet, but don’t know why I am putting on mass amounts of weight.

    • ANSWER:
      Read up on “metabolic syndrome”. Your elevated insulin levels are directly related to your insulin resistance. Yes insulin resistance is related to weight gain. Excess insulin causes fat storage. The cure is relatively simple. Your body is getting too many “empty” Calories and insufficient nutrients. Either you don’t exercise enough or your “really good diet” isn’t really a good diet (or both). I don’t mean to be harsh, but the facts are the facts. We wouldn’t have the epidemic proportions of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, etc. if more people came to grips with the simple fact that man made foods are simply not good for you. Our bodies are optimized for Natural foods and moderate daily activity. (the foods that were created for us). Once you start to dig for the truth, it will become evident.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can high blood sugar levels over long period of time cause pancreatitis?

    • ANSWER:
      The pancreas is the organ that produces insulin. If you have abnormal or low insulin you have high sugar levels and thus diabetes. Someitmes, high blood sugar levels will be the first indication that there is something wrong with your pancreas

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_pancreatitis#Symptoms_and_signs

      As this link shows, diabetes or high blood sugar levels could follow pancreatitis and not the other way round

  13. QUESTION:
    Medical question on anxiety or high sugar levels.?
    I have partied a lot in my younger years (a lot!) I’m now 30 y/o & drink maybe once a month (where I’m buzzed or drunk). The next a.m. & all day I have what feels like chest pains and that I can;t breath. It’s not a hang over because I’ve experienced those many times, there’s no headache or nausea.

    I’m wondering if alcohol can cause blood sugar levels to do this. I have a family history of diabetes on my mother’s side.

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels too high?
    Right after breakfast (french toast and sausage), my wife and I checked our blood sugar levels. I bought a 10 dollar meter from walgreens. It was mostly for me because I have been obese all my life (i am 24) and have recently been feeling tingling in my toes and fingers. My after breakfast reading was 116. Then I took it throughout the day yesterday and then this morning, and it’s been hovering at 107. My wife, on the other hand, who is not obese, had a blood glucose level of 188 after breakfast, which scared us both. We measured it again in two hours, and it was at 110 and has stayed around that, but I didnt get the chance to check it this morning.

    Is this level cause for concern, or is it normal to have a surge right after breakfast? I still think 110 and even 107 (mine) is a little high. Diabetes runs in her family, but not mine. I have a lot of big guys in my family who lived well into their 70s and 80s, except for the ones that smoked. But my wife’s grandmother died of kidney failure related to diabetes. She was only 50.
    More details about the wife:

    That morning, she had french toast, a blueberry muffin, fruit loops with milk, and coffee with cream/sugar. I had the same, but with sausage instead of cereal. (This was a continental breakfast at a hotel, not our usual breakfast habits; we were on vacation). She also recently gained some weight in the last couple years, about 30-40 pounds. Maybe that’s a contributing factor.

    • ANSWER:
      Since diabetes runs in her family she should be concerned and may need to go get blood test run to see if she has diabetes or is at the borderline. Fasting sugar should be at 100 or below, but after you eat can vary but 180 is high fir a non diabetic so if hers is that high without eating any sugar for breakfast she should get checked out so she can make changes now before actually having diabetes if possible because its much harder once you have the disease.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can blood sugar levels affect…?
    Can blood sugar levels (either high or low) have a drastic effect on moods and emotions? For instance; can a low or high blood sugar level cause massive mood swings in a person (i.e. extreme anger, rage, anxiety, episodes of depression or extreme sadness)?

    • ANSWER:
      Your brain runs on glucose, and for this reason, your blood sugar levels are directly tied to your mental functioning. If you blood sugar is too high, that means that you lack the insulin needed to get it into the cells, the cells are starving even though they are surrounded by food. You tend to get lethargic, lose concentration and mental agility. Eventually you go into a diabetic ketoacidotic coma and die.
      The opposite is also true. If you have insufficient blood sugar, and you have enough insulin, you still get dopey, but a whole lot faster, and it’s a whole lot more dangerous. A hypoglycemic coma can come on in a few minutes and kill you just as quick.
      However, sugar is generally not tied to mood, or emotion. If someone has extreme mood swings, it’s probably due more to neurotransmitters like dopamine and seretonin. What you are describing is called bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder, or could also be mood disorder.

  16. QUESTION:
    Would drinking a pure fruit smoothie lead to levels of high blood sugar eventually?
    I figured blending a fruit smoothie with frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and mulberries) and orange juice (sunny d) would be pretty healthy and easy to drink. But out of curiousity and just for confirmation, would blending a cup or more of these fruits and making a smoothie out of it every day cause levels of high blood sugar? Would it be better just to skip the smoothies and eat fruit by itself? My father was just diagnosed with diabetes recently, so I’m a little worried even though I’m still young and healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe skip the Sunny D, and use real OJ instead, but otherwise, as long as the fruits have no added sugars or syrups in them, you’ll be fine. Natural sugars from fruit are okay. And pure fruit smoothies are an awesome way to sneak in some vegetables you don’t like to eat, but still are healthy for you, because the fruit should mask the taste of those nasty vegetables. My dad and sister both have diabetes, and fruit is okay for them.

  17. QUESTION:
    If you have extremely low potassium and high blood sugar, can you lower blood sugar with potassium rich foods?
    I recently had a blood test before a surgery and my potassium was so low, they weren’t sure if they could do the surgery. I was given four huge potassium pills which got my potassium level up enough to do the surgery. I did some research on potassium and what affects low potassium can have on a person and my finding astounded me. What I found (on good reliable medical websites) was that if you have low potassium levels, you can have a glucose intolerance in the blood, meaning it can cause high blood sugar levels. I have been struggling with high blood sugar levels (in the 200′s) for the past four years (since 2006). I went back through my medical history and four years ago, I was given a diuretic to help me prevent kidney stones. My research also found that diuretics cause low potassium because the potassium in your body is flushed out through pee. Now with that said, is it possible that my high blood sugar was caused by me using a diuretic which lowered my potassium to scary levels?

    I just need some answers because I have never had any signs of diabetes except for the higher blood sugar and if potassium being low was the cause, maybe I don’t have diabetes after all. Maybe by increasing my intake of potassium rich foods will allow me to control my sugar levels. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Going back to 2006 it’s where your potassium problems might have started, but by now they should have come back to normal. Besides the diuretics another thing that can make give you high blood sugar is any steroids like prednisone for inflammation. Unless you are on either one of these, and still have levels in the 200 range diabetes is still the answer. Normally the blood sugar is around 80-120 and in the 200′s is way too high. Potassium rich foods like banana’s will only push it up higher. Please go to your GP and get your blood sugar level checked asap. You only have one life and it’s too short to be wishing and hoping things. You definitely need to make a mature decision about this and now is the time to start doing things right so you can live a longer and happier one. Good luck and God Bless

  18. QUESTION:
    What would cause low and high blood sugar levels in a non-diabetic?
    Example to show what’s been experienced.

    6:50pm – Level was 5.5. This was 1 hour 20 minutes after last eating something small. That reading is fine I agree.

    9:10pm – Level was 7.2. This was after eating nothing but sleeping at the time. Again fine but a bit of a bounce upwards from the previous reading, without consuming anything inbetween them.

    10:10pm – Level was 3.9. This was again after not eating anything but sleeping at the time. Symptomatic of hypoglycemia at this time.

    Has had a few higher end of normal random readings, around 8.2.

    Has had few low end of normal reading, around 3.5 to 3.9.

    Any ideas what might be causing this and whether it needs checking out?

    No stress, no illness, appears after eating all types of food groups.
    Did I say anywhere that we thought those numbers WERE diabetic numbers? No. We know it’s not that.

    And we’re testing because we were advised to since there were noted low sugar levels by a physican and also symptoms of hypoglycemia so were advised to tie the two in, by regular testing.

    I’m Type 2 and so have a meter for myself.

    Doctor doesn’t know what’s causing it, yet, hence asking for other opinions.
    Thank you Para – best answer so far!

    Sweating, severe hunger (which actually has been ongoing for a while now on it’s own), anger and crying.

    • ANSWER:
      What is Britney on about?

      Anyway I wouldn’t be overly concerned. I am not diabetic and check mine in work from time to time and they will rise and fall through the day with or without food. Highs of 8.2, lows of 3.5 can also be fine. The only point of concern is the 3.3 drop in an hour. What symptoms were displayed?

      Edit: That does seem very hypo sounding to me, but she’s been tested and is not diabetic?
      How old is she? I’m asking from a hormone point of view, to be honest I’m clutching at straws now. If iI encountered this at work I would make a GP referral as it needs somebody a bit better trained than me to make a diagnosis. So I would say asking your GP to follow this up is the best course of action. I’d be interested to see where the problem lies. Might also be a good idea to do very regular testing and record the results in a diary to see if a pattern emerges.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are the long term effect of LOW blood sugar levels?
    I have constantly low blood sugar levels and am curious what the long term effects might be. It is very easy to find information on high blood sugar levels, but not low levels. My doctor and my endocrinologist seem to think there is no reason for concern, that only high blood sugar will cause problems. Can anyone tell me if this is true?

    Some details if you like: I am not considered diabetic or pre-diabetic. The highest my blood sugar has ever been documented is 138. My levels tend to run at 80 to 100 after meals and 60 to 70 before meals. But I have a food allergy (dairy) that makes it to drop down to 50 or lower, and also stress (physical or mental) will cause it to run low. I try to avoid dairy and stress, but that’s not always possible. I’m just curious what I should be on the lookout for…would it be the same problems that high blood sugar causes?

    • ANSWER:
      In order for your brain to function properly, it requires a steady supply of energy, in the form of glucose–sugars reaped from carbohydrates in food. If glucose levels drop too low, your mental clarity may suffer.

      Hypoglycemia can cause mental confusion and impaired ability to complete usual tasks.

      People experiencing hypoglycemia often exhibit anxiousness or physical shakiness.

      Hypoglycemia may lead to heart palpitations or loss of consciousness. If your heart rate increases significantly, you may also experience physical tremors in your hands or other body parts, increased body temperature and sweating.

      You are correct to stay informed especially when it comes to your health.

      Hope this helps.

  20. QUESTION:
    Tackling high blood sugar levels early morning i.e. fasting blood sugar reading.?
    Over the last 2 years I have been losing weight, almost 25 pounds, my waist reduced by almost 2 inches, and during this period started feeling very tired during all day. Finally I visited my family primary care physician in Oct 2010. After lab test I realized that I had type 2 diabetes condition, with my blood sugar levels about 286 ( after lunch).

    Primary care physician referred me to a endocronologist, who wanted to put me on insulin ( a dose of 16 ) straight away. I did not like the idea. My reason was that, now that I know the cause of what is going wrong in my body, I need to give myself a chance to do all that is possible to redress the situation for a couple of months, and at that stage re-assess and take the decesion to get on to insulin.

    It has been two weeks since I started making changes to my life style like switching to low glycemic foods ( of below 40 ), and exercising on a daily basis at a medium level, and checking my blood sugar using ONE touch Ultra2 on a daily basis ( at least 8 to 10 times) to understand the increase and decrease in blood sugar levels in response to my eating times, excercise, stress etc. The other big change I have brought about is to give up battles in my mind which I dont need to fight, out of all the changes this has proved to be tough and is still proving to be tough.

    To my surprise and happiness, Im seeing my blood sugar levels dropping as a result of my above efforts. During the course of my monitoring I realized that there is a upper cap of my blood sugar in 320s and lower cap in early 200s. This was before 2 weeks.

    Since the time I have been eating low glycemic breakfast lunch dinner, lots of water, excercise at least once a day ( 40 minute brisk walk), my blood sugar levels have gone down to a range of 114 to 197. Since the last 4 days there has been only once instance when my blood sugar went above 200.

    My early morning reading i.e. fasting reading is still high it is averaging about 130 – 140 over the last 10 days, my after meal reading is average between 155-175.

    5 questions:

    1. What should I do to reduce my early morning i.e. on fast without food or water reading ? I want to bring it down to around 75 to 85.

    2. I have reduced carbs which has helped a lot, and switched to salads and meat. But body also needs carbs. What are the best sources of carbs in my context?

    3. I have observed that even though my blood sugar is less than 140 ( which is the standard for after meal) or in specific between 120 and 140, I feel some level of dizziness, and also some head ache early in the morning. Is this because of the reason that my blood sugar levels are coming back to normal after a long time i.e. I might have been in the 200s and early 300s for a long time, and over the last couple of weeks due to changes made to food and excercise it is being in the range of 130s – 180s ?? Is my body in the process of getting adjusted to the new relatively low blood sugar levels ?

    4.What are the symptoms we should expect when blood sugars are coming down to relatively low level from higher levels?

    5. Just want to add that my urine still smells sweet and is yellow in color. At what stage can I expect this to reduce. Note that when my blood sugar level is less than 150, the sweet smell in the urine goes down and the urine color is also light.
    17 hours ago

    6. My early morning fasting reading is the issue here. It is averaging around 150 to 160 over the last 2 weeks i.e. since I started taking low glycemic foods, excercise daily. Im quite sure it must have been much higher earlier. I want to tackle this area first, please suggest. What and when should I be eating the evening before to get my early morning readings to around 120 which is my first goal, before trying for 90.

    Im not on any medication.

    My readings during the day i.e. after breakfast, lunch, dinner currently are 150 to 160 before , and 2 hours later they settle at the same i.e.150-160 or go a little lower into 140s.

    It is obvious that I should be tackling my early morning readings first.
    Thank you very much for your response.

    But Im looking for opinions and tips and ideas with which I can work on my fasting blood sugar level over night. My first goal is to get it down to 110.

    • ANSWER:
      The effort you have made is awesome…I wish I had been so determined!

      The fact that you have made such an improvement in the last few weeks could possibly mean you can get away with not taking insulin (though I am not a doctor, so my opinions don’t count for much) but you will still likely need to be on some sort of medication, such as Metformin, which is pretty common and has few side effects. The combination of your current diet/exercise/monitoring and a medication such as this could work very well for you…

      As for the fasting sugars, there isn’t any sort of thing you can do to lower them specifically, other than lowering your overall levels…the lower your levels get during the day, the lower your fasting sugars will be in the morning. The only thing I could think of that could effect your morning readings would be if you ate fairly close to bedtime, and therefore did not give your body the chance to burn off what you took in…other than that, there’s really no way to specifically lower fasting sugars.

      As far as carbs go, cut out anything “white” in your diet…white bread, white rice, etc. These carbs have been over processed and don’t have a lot of nutritional value, and will sometimes raise your sugar almost as much as eating sweets… Even white potatoes can be bad…

      I would suggest cutting down your overall carb intake, and only taking in complex carbs from whole grains (i.e. whole wheat bread, whole grain cereals with lots of fiber, whole grain pitas, etc.). These types of carbs metabolize slower, and tend to have way more fiber and nutrients and are much better for you.

      However, I am not a nutritionist, so it’s always best to get advice from a professional…just speaking from my own experience.

      I would suggest going back to your doctor, showing your improvement with diet and exercise, and asking about the possibility of other medications instead of the insulin (though I am taking insulin now because I am pregnant, and it’s not as bad as I expected it to be…less painful than finger sticks, and as long as they start you off at a low dose and raise your insulin levels slowly, you aren’t nearly as likely to get those “drops” you hear so much about). I would also suggest working with a nutritionist that works with diabetic patients and getting as much education about the disease as possible…

      Good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    causes for high blood sugar besides diabetes?
    I recently had a fasting glucose test and my sugar was 109. My doctor says I am pre-diabetic. I am in shock since I excercise daily, eat only whole grains, veggies and fruit, nver drink sodas or eat fast food and am actually underwieght(105 lbs). Does anyone know of other reasons for the high level? I have been under stress lately from fear of losing my job. Could this cause the rise?

    • ANSWER:
      I wonder what the doctor thinks of someone who has a reading of 126, like me, and I am not diabetic?

      109 is not that high.

      A better way to check is a A1c test, it ives you a indication of what your sugar levels have been doing over the past 3 months or so. If that reading is over 7.5% then you are diabetic, while under 6% you are not diabetic, and in between you may be pre-diabetic.

      I guess your doctor could say the whole world is either diabetic or “Pre-diabetic” in that they all have a chance of getting it some day. I would think a reading over 130 would be considered pre-diabetic, while a reading as low as yours would not be considered diabetic at all (with a supporting normal A1c test).

      One test on one morning is not a great indication of your health. Perhaps if they took one test each monday for a month, then you will have an idea of your total health.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is a high level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes to have big babies?
    I am consistently checking my blood sugar and it is usually 95-105 in the morning. I am usually 115-160 after eating. I am wondering if these levels are too high and will cause me to deliver a large baby? I do not take insulin or diabetic pills, so far I have been diet controlled. What are high levels that WILL cause you to have a large baby.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you’re too high. Based on your numbers, I would say that you’re not diet controlled. You need to stop the refined carbs, and switch to more wholesome natural foods if you want the healthiest possible baby. You should also include some daily exercise and bring your weight down. Instead of concerning yourself with numbers that might cause a large baby, you should be shooting for normal blood sugar levels and let the baby develop naturally.

  23. QUESTION:
    what do i do for a diabetic that has high blood sugar after nightly insulin shot?
    my husband has had blood sugar levels over 200 for several days, even after his nightly dose of insulin! Don’t know whats causing it. What do i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi many things can cause high blood sugars, diet, stress, infections, not enough insulin. You really need to consult your doctor as he will check the sugars in the past and might increase the amount of insulin that he has prescribed your husband. They might also check a CBC to make sure there is no infection going on. Good Luck and talk to or see the doctor.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can dehydration and recovery from kidney infection cause high blood sugar?
    I returned from the hospital for a kidney infection exactally 1 week ago. I had been sick prior to this with many little viruses. Because of this i havent been eating or drinking as i normally would. I lost 5 pounds over the 2 months. While in the hospital, they saw that my blood sugar was high. It was ranging from 100-270. They thought it was probably because of the stress from the illness but just to make sure they sent me home with a blood sugar moniter where i had to prick my finger before every meal and 2 hours after. My numbers ranged from 95-270 over the weekend. I stopped doing the pricking but went in for my appointment yesterday. The doctor took my fasting blood glucose and it was 117. He then took the same blood from my finger prick and put it into a machine for an A1c test which came back as 6.5%. He then told me he wanted to diagnose me with Type 1 diabetes and start me on insulin immediately. My parents and i were in shock. When we asked what other numbers he was using as the second set to diagnose me and he said he was using the ones from when i was in the hospital. Im not a doctor but it seems to me that those numbers would be thrown off since i was sick and on several bags of iv fluid as well as being under the physical stress of a kidney infection..as well as the stress of being sick for the past 2 months. We told him we wanted the oral glucose test done and we were also going to seek a second opinion with another specialist to make sure. Being diagnosed with diabetes is a huge deal and i want to be 100% sure that i have it and its not thrown off by something else. So he sent me home again to moniter my blood sugar levels over the weekend. Yesterday, when i returned home from the hospital my number was 297 (the highest ive had, but this was also right after the glucose test so its expected to be high). After i ate, it dropped to 179. Two hours after it was at 127. I checked it again before i ate dinner and it was 107. Two hours after, it was at 85. They also had me checking my urine every time for ketones. I havent had any so far. I started drinking alot more water yesterday and it was the first day in a very long time that i ate regularly. Im just curious as to if my body could have been dehydrated or if because im drinking and eating normally now it might change it. My doctor told me that im just in the “honeymoon stage” of diabetes. Is he right? Or could it be something else?

    I was also tested for thyroid problems yesterday. I have a history of females having thyroid diseases on both sides of my family. Could this also play a role in it?

    Any advice is much appreaciated.
    Thanks, Callie
    They have had me monitering my ketones for the past few days and so far i havent had any. What does that say about my diagnoses? Also for the past three days i havent had a reading over 197 for my blood glucose. The first day it was 97, 197, 129, 123, 125, and 183. Today it has been 122, 166, 83, and 101. Are these numbers still in the honeymoon stage? It seems to me the numbers are still alittle sparadoic but in comparison to my numbers from last week they seem to be going down considering i havent had a reading over 200. Yesterday and today were also the first two days in a very long time that i got up and got out of the house. I went driving today, shopping, and went to my brothers basketball game. I’ve also been drinking and eating more regularly while also eating heathier than i have in the past. Do you think these things could have an effect on my numbers?

    Please help me out with some more advice. Thanks to everyone!

    Callie

    • ANSWER:
      Any kind of stress and illness can definitely raise your blood sugar. In your case however, I wouldn’t suspect type one diabetes but rather type two. Had you type one diabetes, even if you were in the “honeymoon phase,” your weight loss, glucose, A1C, and perhaps even your ketone level would be much more dramatic. Also, they probably wouldn’t even consider putting you through an oral glucose tolerance test but rather would have run a c-peptide and antibody screening before sending you home on a strict insulin injection regiment. Consider yourself lucky in that sense. Endocrinology problems, especially type two diabetes, hypothyroid, and PCOS, often go hand in hand so you are on the right track covering all your bases. Be sure to visit an endocrinologist upon receiving your lab results.

  25. QUESTION:
    High blood sugar levels?
    I went to the doctor and had some blood work done and my Blood sugar level was 110. And i didn’t have anything to eat. I was very stressed out i don’t know if that makes a difference. What are things i can do to lower it?? I know i should start to exercise cause i don’t at all. And cut out soda. I can drink a 2ltr a day. some days more. Im nervous cause diabetes runs in my family big time. Is there anything else i should do? Is there any type of vitamins that are good for your sugar level?

    • ANSWER:
      I wonder just how serious you are . You seem to know that exercise will help ! But then talk about 2 liters of soda, well knowing diabetes runs in the family. Hey, I not being mean to you. It’s just I worry that you are on a road of pain and suffering. This is very serious. And a reading of 110 is “diabetes knockin’ on your door.”
      At the least you are pre-diabetic. SO , start acting as if you are diabetic. Here is a head start to your lifetime of dealing with high glucose levels.

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels.
      Here are the 4 keys:
      1) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      2) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don’t need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
      3)diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      4) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.

      Don’t forget the exercise. It’s one of the most important keys to success.
      I am a full blown diabetic. For years I could not control my sugar levels. Hey, I am old , but finally got a computer and gained much Knowledge.
      Now my Fasting level is 96 and my HBA1C is 5.2. And starting to ween off some of the meds.

      Mandie , start today. So you can slow the progression of this terrible disease.

      Good luck to you

      Tin

  26. QUESTION:
    What diagnosis can cause my body to produce low blood sugar and high insulin levels?
    I was recently diagnosed with hypoglycemia when rushed to the emergency room after passing out at work. Since I can remember I have suffered with symptoms. I was sent to a endocrinologist where it was discovered my insulin levels are extremely high and my sugar level are way to low (15). They mentioned to me the possibility of an insulinoma (pancreatic tumor) which could be causing my symptoms and basically am very scared and would like to know other possibilities that are less severe. What else could be causing my high insulin and low sugar? FYI- am 5’2 210 pds, with constant ( everyday) hypoglycemia symptoms, please any suggestions at all!

    • ANSWER:
      Serious disease, disorders and conditions that can also increase the risk of developing hypoglycemia include type 1 diabetes, insulin-secreting tumors of the pancreas, kidney disease, Addison’s disease and liver disease. Hypoglycemia can also be a side effect of some medications. In some cases, it is not possible to diagnose the underlying cause of hypoglycemia. For more details on causes, refer to causes of hypoglycemia.

      Hypoglycemia can occur in any age group or population. Depending on the cause, hypoglycemia can be short-term and disappear quickly, such as when hypoglycemia occurs after a single episode of over-exercising but is quickly treated by eating a meal. Hypoglycemia can also recur over a longer period of time, such as when hypoglycemia is due to kidney disease or liver disease.

      Go to this website for further info . List of causes is so long I can’t relay it to Answers

      http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/h/hypoglycemia/causes.htm

      You take care

      Good luck

      TIN

  27. QUESTION:
    My 45 yr old sister is obese, Blood Sugar Levels high, Triglycerides high and Serious sudden vision problems.?
    My 45 year old sister recently had some pretty serious vision anomolies occur and I very worried about her and I want to make sure she gets the correct diagnosis and treatment right away.

    Here are the details:
    -45 years old
    -Obese her entire life
    -Inactive life style and very poor eating habits
    -Sudden Vision change last week…described at wavy and distorted vision. Serious enough that Dr. told her to not drive and get blood testing done immediately.
    -Blood sugar results 192 (normal range 65-139) Diabetic range starts at 199
    -Hemoglobin normal
    -Cholesterol 134
    -Triglycerides 163 (normal range 0-149)
    -Family history of Stroke (father)
    -She had some exams done in July to look at her Carotid Artery and they came back fine.

    My worry is this: Although the she is not technically considered diabetic yet she is having some pretty bad symptoms which I am worried are not due to her border line Diabetes. And, even though her Carotid testing done in July showed no plack I still feel that a stroke or impending stroke might be a possibility due to the fact that our fathers stroke did not originate from the Carotid Artery.

    So, not being a Physician but knowing a little about medicine I am thinking that she needs to have a CT to see if there is any sort of blockage in the brain or evidence of a stroke that has originated from somewhere else and thus cause the severe visual problem the other day.

    Of course an obvious issue is her elevated Blood Sugar level and her obesity, but I feel that something bigger is going on here that needs to be addressed immediately before it is too late.

    And of course she is at an elevated risk for one in addition to an MI given her elevated blood sugar, hypercholestremia, hypertension, and sedentary lifestyle (dvt for ex.) My initial inclination is to look to her blood pressure as a likely culprit for the visual disturbances.

    Please give me advise on what should be done to prevent something serious from happening besides the obvious obesity and high blood sugar.

    I am worried that she may have a stroke or might have had a small stroke already and that the docs might be missing something.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this and thank you in advance for your help.

    “A Worried Sister”

    • ANSWER:
      A stroke is a definitely possibility. My brother had a massive stroke at age 41, he had a healthy life style, worked outside all his life, but had elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. His only symptoms were dizzy spells lasting a few minutes and at one point had about a 15 minute episode of double vision.
      After the stroke (which he survived, but is totally disabled now) his neurologist told him that any time you had double vision or distorted vision, that a neurological cause needed to be explored.
      The first MRI done on my brother missed the blood clot that caused his stroke, but the one taken the next day showed the extent of it and the damage done.
      I think your sister definitely needs to have an MRI done to rule out a mini stroke.
      Even doing that may not be enough. My brother was in the midst of his stroke when he went into the ER but because of his age and he looked healthy, they did not catch it until the next day, long after the TPA could have been administered to reduce the damage.

  28. QUESTION:
    DEATH THREATENING? Very high blood sugar! test results!!!!!?
    My uncle he is 48 years old and he just got his blood sugar test back. It said his blood sugar was 1000 and the doctor said that that was very high. What is the normal blood sugar level for him?? What is the normal range if he is 5ft 10in, 220 lbs.? Is this life threating? What are causes of high blood sugar other than consuming alcohol that could cause such a high reading?
    his measruement IS correct. he has been to about 3 doctors to get his blood sugars checked within 2 weeks and they all read 990, 1000, and 1000. he is not in the hospital yet but he is feeling very ill for about a year, give or take.

    • ANSWER:
      Life-threatening, definitely. Normal range is 70-110 regardless of height. High blood sugar is caused by diabetes. I’m guessing he is at the hospital? Because if not, he needs to go to the emergency room.

      To above answerer: 1000 is possible. Not typical, but it can happen. Most people wind up in the hospital when their sugar is in the 600-800 range. Making it up to 1000 is pretty crazy.

  29. QUESTION:
    Would eating 1 whole banana and drinking a few ounces of OJ cause my fasting blood sugar level to be high?
    My a1c level came back at 5.7, and my blood glucose was 90 six mos ago. At that time my Dr said to come back 6 mos later to redo a fasting blood work to check my a1c level. Today, six mos later. my a1c went down to 5.3 but my blood glucose was 139, I cheated on my fasting. I ate a banana and drank some OJ. Would that give me a false reading..My dr said 139 would still be considered high even with the stuff I ate. He dose not consider me prediabetic and doesnt want to medicate me at this point in time. Im female, 55, I am not overweight, exercise and eat right. Im hoping the blood result was just from eating and that Im not on my way to becoming diabetic..any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated..
    Marie
    Thank you for your responses..
    I would like to add that I ate the fruit and juice within 1 hour of my blood-work.
    Dr Frank..You are right! That was careless and stupid of me to cheat before the test the way I did! I read you dintt have to fast for the a1c test and I always had normal (80-90) fasting blood levels so I wasnt worried about it like I was the a1c test.. I am so angry with myself, Thanks for putting me in my place!!
    I suggested a GTT or making another Lab appt. My Dr said he wants to wait another 3 mos to check it again. Do you think I should insist on having it done again now? And it seems like he is using my a1c level along with my glucose to make a diagnosis. Please advise.
    Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      Eating the banana and drinking sweetened orange juice makes your fasted blood sugar worthless. Why on earth did you ‘cheat’ during such an important test. HbA1c is not diagnostic of diabetes and your doctor should not be using it as a screen test in a non-diabetic anyway. I would book a new appointment and get him to arrange a GTT or modified GTT (glucose tolerance test,) which is diagnostic, and for goodness sake do it properly.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is a blood sugar level of 132 too high for a normal person?
    I’m a 25 year old female, normal height and weight. I was at a carnival today and had a funnel cake, and later an ice cream cone. I suddenly started feelin weak and shakey, and funny in my head. I used my grandpa’s blood sugar tester and it said 132. Could that be causing the weirdness?

    • ANSWER:
      That is hard to say. You did get done eating high sugar food, that can make your blood sugar go up. The best way to rule out diabetes or an abnormal high blood sugar condition is to have it tested after fasting for 12 hours. A normal fasting blood sugar is 70-110 on average.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can menopause raise blood sugar levels?
    I think i am going through menopause, and my sugar is staying extremely high… could menopause be the cause of this?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone levels
      As your hormone levels fluctuate during your menstrual cycle, so can your blood sugar levels — particularly in the week before your period. Menopause may trigger fluctuations in your blood sugar level as well.

      What to do:

      Look for patterns. Keep careful track of your blood sugar readings from month to month. Soon you may be able to predict fluctuations related to your menstrual cycle.
      Adjust your diabetes treatment plan as needed. Your doctor may recommend changes in your meal plan, activity level or diabetes medications to make up for monthly blood sugar swings.

  32. QUESTION:
    does exhaustion affect blood sugar level?
    My father in-law lives with us. He has a type 2 diabetes & is very stubborn. He hasn’t been to his doctor for about 2 years now. I tried to make our home cook meals healthy enough for him to eat. He plays golf 2 to 3 times a week. Lately, a friend of his from out of the country came to visit (it’s been 2 months), they always go out very early in the morning & wont come home “til late @ night. Few days ago, he told me that his blood sugar went up to the roof (18 to 20). I asked him what he’s been eating when they go out, he said nothing that he knows would affect his blood sugar level. I asked him if he’s tired, he said that other than his blood sugar that’s way up there, hes been feeling great.(I don’t believe him, i think he’s lying so he’ll get away from going to his doctor & going out w/ his friend) To me, he looked exhausted. My hubby (who’s only home on weekends) told him to take it easy & that he should get some rest. I tried feeding him a high protein diet for 2 days now. This morning he told me that everything is back to normal, his blood sugar level is back to his normal reading & he’s feeling great! Now he’s out again & he told my son’s nanny that he will just call if he’ll come home for dinner or not. I’m worried about my father in law, he’s not getting any younger (he’s 67 yrs. old) but he’s living a life of a young healthy person. I just want to know if exhaustion can cause a blood sugar level to go up. If it does, at least I’ll have the reason to tell him to think about the kind of lifestyle he’s living. I just don’t want to cross the line, after all, I’m only his daughter in-law, not his blood daughter.

    • ANSWER:
      Being tired will not affect the blood sugar dramatically. Without knowing your F-I-L, I’d bet he’s not eating healthy when he’s out and about with his friend. Don’t lecture him, he’s not that old and is certainly not frail. Express your opinion that you are concerned about his health, and suggest that he consult with an endocrinologist about his blood sugar issues. Then let it go. It is nice that he has an active lifestyle, it’s good for his blood sugar and it’s good for his health in general. At 67, he’s got a whole lot more time left before all he can do is sit at home in a rocking chair!

  33. QUESTION:
    should I ask my doctor to check my blood sugar levels?
    I have pcos and have recently found that there can be insulin related problems caused by this that can lead to diabetes, I have not been checked to see if I have this problem since my pcos was diagnosed, but on top of that my mother was a type 1 diabetic, putting me at a higher risk of diabetes as well, should I ask my doctor to check my blood sugar levels as a precaution or should I wait for signs? all advice is welcome

    • ANSWER:
      How old are you? You really at risk of getting diabetes because there is family history but it not a must to have it because of family history
      The best thing to check your blood glucose at a basis of two separate readings fasting and 2 hours after breakfast ,also you should to notice if you have any diabetic symptoms like thirst,polyuria,polydypsia,fatigue or weight loss as they are the key signs that may denote that you have diabetes.
      For further data about diabetes you may check here :

  34. QUESTION:
    Can high blood sugar cause these symptoms?
    Nausea
    Weakness
    Feeling faint
    racing heart

    I felt like this after I ate breakfast (bowl of cheerios and water) so I checked my blood sugar an hour after eating and it was 179. I didn’t check it before eating though. I’m pregnant and waiting to get my gestational diabetes test in a couple of weeks but have felt for a few weeks now that my sugar is off, so I’ve been testing it on my own. I checked it again at 2 hours and it’s 119 and I’m feeling much better. Is it possible that was all from just the elevated sugar level? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I love to eat cheerios for breakfast. After I eat them it feels like my heart speeds up. I’m 20wks pregnant. I bought a glucometer and today an hour after I ate the cheerios with milk, my bs was 181. Those cheerios are crazy. What’s really in those things. If u look at the box they have a lot of carbs added up and add that to the sugar content they contain. It’s quite a bit, I always thought they were healthier than that, but I guess it doesn’t matter. No matter how healthy it seems always ck the carb and sugar content. Reck ur bs after 2 hrs and c wat it is. I’ve heard if it’s 140 or below ur ok

  35. QUESTION:
    Why would the physician give the patient cortisol? What problems would arise from this treatment?
    A physician notes that individuals with a tumor on the pancreas secrete unusually high levels of insulin. Unfortunately, insulin in high concentrations causes blood sugar levels to fall below the normal acceptable range. In attempt to correct the problem, the physician decides to inject the patient with cortisol. Why would the physician give the patient cortisol? What problems would arise from this treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      To the guy above me: Glucagon may be the opposite of insulin but it will not lower the insulin levels. It will only regulate the metabolism. The patient would be better off taking an insulin blocker to avoid a liver problem. Cortisol counter acts insulin by stimulating gluconeogenesis and inhibiting the use of glucose by decreasing the amount of transport proteins. Gluconeogenesis is the metabolism process that makes glucose. By having more glucose and the transporter protein for glucose being shut down, the body thinks it is in a “well fed” state (or has enough energy). The state then tells the liver “woa woa woa we’re stuffed, no need for more energy” so they turn the glucose into glycogen which then lowers the insulin and raises the glucagon.
      This was a good move on the doctors pair because Cortisol is a hormone which means it moves really fast, so the effect of the treatment was fast. As for prolonged exposure to the cortisol here is a list i found:

      “Impaired cognitive performance
      Suppressed thyroid function
      Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
      Decreased bone density
      Decrease in muscle tissue
      Higher blood pressure
      Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, slowed wound healing, and other health consequences
      Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, the development of metabolic syndrome, higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to other health problems!””

      Do remember that this is only a long exposer to cortisol. For the process that the Doctor did, or a quick fix to the insulin, there would be relatively low symptoms other than slightly increased blood pressure
      Hope that helped

  36. QUESTION:
    Can the damage in blood vessels caused by high blood sugar over years be reversed through strict dieting etc?
    I am a 28 year old diabetic – have been living with diabetes for the past 18 years and i’ve noticed that my circulation has become very poor. I am not proud of my past glucose levels but have benn working to correct that. I was wondering about how effective diets and exercise can be in a fairly young body if a very strict regime is carried out. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      From what I’ve read, no it can’t be reversed, just slowed down. The better your control, the more you can delay further damage. Exercise and tight control are your best friends, and its better late than never!

      That’s the prevaling opinion in North America…
      however, I have read that retinopathy is being treated in France, with Pycnogenol. (Pine-Bark Extract). Its also reported to help with improving circulation. Its expensive, but worth it if it can help.

      So, why not do both?

  37. QUESTION:
    High Sugar Levels?
    85 year old Insulin dependent Diabetic who has been having variations in her sugar levels for the last 7 days. We are in UK and normal reading is under 10mml/ol but my Nan keeps getting readings of 18.7, 12.9, 17.9 and a few hours ago 12.9. She has not eaten anything she shouldn’t do and I can find no cause for this.

    I contacted the doctor who said she probably eat something she shouldn’t of. Useless. So I tested her urine with a clinitest urine strip and it came out positive for sugar in her Urine.

    What could be causing this? I was thinking of getting her a H1ABC test to check her blood sugar levels this way as it is usually more accurate. What do you think I should do? I have tried everything.
    I forgot to add she is on 18 units injected twice a day.
    She is on Novomix 30. It is sorta like a pen. It is known a Novomin Flexpen.

    Nope doctor is useless. They dont care. What could be causing this? I will get a ketone tested tomorrow for her. Thank you huns!
    She is Type 2. She is on so many different medications for Heart problems, blood disoders, Hernias, Arthritis etc that it is worrying when this happens. I’ve adjusted insulin and so far so good. :-)

    • ANSWER:
      MAYBE SHE IS CATCHING A BUG OR AN INFECTION CHECK FOR SORES…WHEN I GET SICK MY SUGARS GO CRAZY….GOOD LUCK…

  38. QUESTION:
    can a lancet twice used,cause wrong measurement of blood sugar level?
    i am 27 weeks pregnant n had a sugar test yesterday n it said it was high so was given a maschine to check at home,i made mistakes as it was my first time,so used a lancet twice,didnt get desirable results,cud reusing it be the cause? didnt wash or clean it. pls help!

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    How high can blood sugar get before it reaches a dangerous level that would require immediate attention?
    I am newly diabetic (about 3 months now). I was diagnoses with asthma a week ago and have been put on steroids for 13 days to help rid the symptoms that have kept me up at night and caused me to miss 4 days of work already. The steroids are causing my sugar to be higher than it should be. It is 301 now. At what level should I become concerned and contact my doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      300 and up are not good levels. Plus, its posible you have keytones. Check your blood sugar and get the level down.

  40. QUESTION:
    If the feeling of hunger stems from low blood sugar, would a diabetic never feel hungry?
    I was just doing some reading about the glycemic index. The high glycemic foods cause a sudden spike and fall of the consumer’s blood sugar level which makes them feel hungry shortly after.

    Now, since diabetics can’t produce or don’t produce enough insulin…. Meaning that they have high blood sugar if they don’t take their medicine. So, putting 2 and 2 together, and untreated diabetic would never feel hungry, correct?

    • ANSWER:
      Incorrect, diabetes runs in my family. I am a diabetic, so is my husband diabetic for 20 years. Diabetics crave and stay hungry all the time. My husband can eat a big meal and he still is hungry and craving something sweet, and he takes 4 injections of insulin a day. He is this way, even if he does not take his medication.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can Pro Plus raise blood sugar?
    I was tired last week and took four Pro Plus tablets that day, two sets of two. The day after, I took a blood test to see if there were any underlying causes of tiredness and my blood sugar level (normally about 5.5) came back at 9.4. Now, 9.4 is insanely high, way past diabetic level so that scared the shit out of me. I took a test the following day, after no Pro Plus and the test was only 6.2, a massive drop. I was wondering if anyone knows if Pro Plus contain any sugar or whether the caffiene could raise my sugar to that level.

    • ANSWER:
      I would say it can, but who knows? How do you know your normal blood sugar level, are you diabetic?

      If this is the male enhancement supplement then it will probably affect your metabolism. Since it is NOT an FDA approved Medication, it has NOT gone thru the rigorous clinical trials required to prove it’s safety.

      You might find a doctor who will be willing to address your blood sugar while you take Pro Plus. The risk is your general health or your life if it messes up your metabolism.

      If you are diabetic already, maybe it is lowering your body’s production or ability to metabolize insulin?

      Good luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    any issues with using relacore and blood sugar levels rising?
    Last year I started taking relacore to help lose weight and I started having symptoms similar to high glucose levels. I thought it might just be the pills but now with a high reading I am not so sure. the only good side effect has been the weight lose. 14 years ago while pregnant with my daughter I developed gestational diabetes and I have family members on my paternal side who had type 2. but since this started pretty much after my relacore use I just wandered if anyone has heard of it causing this or is it just coincedence?

    • ANSWER:
      It could well be a side effect, stop taking it and talk to your doctor

  43. QUESTION:
    Blood Sugar level question…???
    Hello all, I am wondering what causes a blood glucose level to go sky high for the first 1 hour of a glucose test but then return to sensible limits by the 2 hour result. Is this diabetes or just intolerance?
    I am 27 weeks pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      The whole idea is to flood your system with glucose and see how your body reacts to it. Your sugar will go high after you drink that crap (yuck). If it returned to normal within the specified time, you’re ok.

  44. QUESTION:
    Ok my question is about accuracy of alcohol blood test when you sugar is in the 500′s.?
    My husband was killed in a wreck and the man who found him says he thinks he was unconsious before the wreck. He had high blood pressure which was uncontroled and diabetes with a sugar level in the 500′s. He only had 4 beers but his blood alcohol was around 270. Will the sugar level cause a false high on the blood alcohol reading? I have heard it would.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know about the alcohol thing, but if his blood sugar was that high, it’s almost certain he was headed towards a coma unless he had just taken a major insulin shot. That on top of the effects of the alcohol plus all the carbs that are in alcohol could very easily cause a fatal accident. Untreated high blood pressure as well could have caused a stroke.

      I dont know when your husband passed, but I am sorry for your loss, and hope you are doing better.

      ETA: According to this website, extreme high BG can give false high readings:

      http://www.duilasvegas.com/dui_arrest/blood_breath_tests.html

  45. QUESTION:
    can illness cause glucose levels go high?
    Been having trouble that feels like allergies. But last week had a few days of being very dizzy. One night last week was extremely thirsty. Drank approximately 8 glasses of water and 4 cans of sprite and two glasses of milk through the course of one night. Kept waking up about every 45 minutes to go to the bathroom and to get more to drink.

    Someone suggested that I needed to test my glucose levels. So tonight I went to drug store and bought a test meter. I did the calibration test and it seemed to be in range then I tested my blood sugar levels and got a reading of 489. Being that I have never done the test before could I have messed it up that bad or could that really be my level?

    Could the allergies and being sick this week have caused them to rise that high? Was suggested to me by family member to wait till morning and take it again and then if it is still that high call the Dr.

    Just worried cause that seems really high to have never had trouble with sugar before. Could it have come on this fast or has it been here and just not bad enough for me to notice?
    12 hours later.. 7:30 am… one bottle of water through night and one trip to bathroom. Tested again this morning and it’s 289.. guess I am calling doctor today.

    • ANSWER:
      your illness itself due to high blood sugar only.what u described is peculiar symptoms of diabetes.excessive thirst,excessive urination,dizziness are the early symptoms of diabetes.take blood test in the morning in empty stomach and it must be inbetween 80 to 120.then take blood test after taking breakfast exactly after one and half hour it must read in between 120 to 160.but already your value is very high ,better go to doctor immediately.

  46. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar is regulated by two pancreatic hormones, namely insulin and glucagon. When blood sugar rises, ?
    insulin is released; it binds to receptors and, through signal transduction, results in an increase in glucose uptake by cells, effectively lowering blood glucose. When blood sugar decreases, glucagon is released, binds to cell receptors, and causes glucose to be released into circulation. Diabetes mellitus is a disorder that results from excessively high levels of blood glucose. Type II diabetics have normal to elevated levels of insulin. What, then, might be causing the elevated blood glucose levels?

    • ANSWER:
      The elevated glucose level is caused by the inability of the cells to “take in ” the glucose and use it for energy. The glucose continues to circulate in the blood. It is more a problem with the receptivity of the cells that with hormone imbalances.

  47. QUESTION:
    How low can you go? What is a safe low end blood sugar level?
    Im a male, 33 yrs old, type 2 diabetic.

    I very rarely run “high”, I closesly monitor my sugar/carb intake.

    However, Im wondering how low can it go before it can cause trouble, and what side effects of running low will I experience?
    Im not trying to run low, my eating habits tend to go lower. I will have some granola during the course of the day, but I really have to watch my carb intake.

    I was just wanting to know what is safe, and what is not.

    • ANSWER:
      70 to 80 is a fairly safe low range. I was 80 Sunday, after working in the yard, and felt very energetic. I’ve been as low as 70 and felt a little jittery, but otherwise, fine. Mostly, it depends on the individual and what they’re used to. People who consistently run high, might start getting symptoms of hypoglycemia if they get down into the 70s.

  48. QUESTION:
    Why would my mother’s sugar levels rise so high?
    My mother went into the hospital last night and I informed this morning. She’s had diabetes since she was 7, so she knows how to manage it. My stepfather arrived at the house yesturday and found her passed out, he’s had to deal with insuline reactions befor,we both had, so it’s nothing new. They went to the hospital and her blood sugar was 1023! We can’t figure out what would cause it to get that high,can anybody suggest any causes? She still has yet to fully be coherent and conscious. She’s opened her eyes about 5 times like she was blinking and she squeezed my handacouple of times, she’s still not awake. She has no control of her left side and no feeling in it. Can anybody tell me what to expect? Any help would be much appriciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      A couple of reasons

      1. She stopped or forgot to take her insulin
      2. She ate way too much
      3. The insulin she was taking was not working properly (deactivated by heat or expired)
      4. She has a bad infection

      My sugar was that high once when I quit taking my insulin as a suicide attempt

  49. QUESTION:
    332 Blood sugar level?
    I tested my blood sugar because I’ve been shaky, drinking water constantly, all day long, and I’ve been using the bathroom a lot lately. I know that these things can all be caused by high blood sugar, but I never expected it to be as high as it was! Does this guarantee that I have diabetes? It sorta runs in my family, but it’s all been the acquired kind, and non of it developed until after I was born. Any doctors or people with diabetes know anything else that could cause that?

    • ANSWER:
      Some other things can cause this, like appendicitis. That is an abnormally high level, so I would see a doctor as soon as you can. Even if it isn’t diabetes, and it is something like an infection that is throwing your body’s balance way out of whack, something is wrong.

  50. QUESTION:
    Does smoking cigarettes an hour or less before a fasting blood test create higher blood sugar levels?
    I recently had to do a full blood test where I had to fast for at least 14 hours beforehand. I had nothing but water before I went in which was fine. I did not know that I wasn’t supposed to smoke before so I had 2 cigarettes within the hour of going in for the test. My blood sugar results were 101 which is considered “possible pre-diabetes” if you were fasting. My question would be if it could possibly be the nicotine that caused the jump to right above normal, normal being 99 and below. I’m just wondering if this could be the problem because I’m only 24 years old, exercise normally, am NOT close to being overweight (or underweight, I’m 5’4 and 122 lbs) and have a decent diet, and diabetes does not run in my family so I was just surprised by this occurrence. Wondering if anyone has any insight. FYI — I already asked the nurse I spoke with and she said she was not at liberty to answer and the doctor would have to look everything over after I did another blood test. I’m looking for information, not answers stating “ask your doctor” I already have another appointment for next week.
    Thanks for your answers, I didn’t intend to come across saying that you had to be overweight to have diabetes, I was just giving facts just in case someone asked if I was overweight.

    • ANSWER:
      Smoking wouldn’t have an effect on your blood sugar.

      You don’t have to be fat to be diabetic. There’s no correlation between Type 1 diabetes and obesity. What’s more, many Type 2 diabetics are not overweight when they’re diagnosed.

      It’s just one test, though. I’m sure your doctor will give you another fasting and possibly an A1c, which is a three-month average of your blood sugar. You can go from there.

      Best of luck to you.


Causes Of Elevated Blood Sugar Levels

High blood sugar is one of the problems associated with diabetes. If left untreated, is a serious problem and is a major cause of diabetes complications.

Hyperglycemia occurs if the blood sugar level is higher than 200 mg/dL.

What are some of the causes ?

Factors that cause high blood sugar include:

  • Eating more food than is mentioned in your planned diet
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Taking less of the oral agent or insulin than required
  • Emotional stress (workplace challenges or family conflicts)
  • Exercising less than required/planned
  • Certain medications
  • Physical stress (cold, flu or infection)
  • Surgery
  • Injury

What are the symptoms and signs ?

If you have hight blood sugar you may experience one of the following symptoms; however at times there are no symptoms at all. The common symptoms are:

  • Frequency in urination
  • Thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Urination at night
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Loss of weight
  • Increase in appetite
  • Slow healing of wounds
  • Blurriness in vision
  • Dry and itchy skin

There are times when the blood sugar levels become very high or have been high for a long time, in these circumstances there are a few additional symptoms which include:

  • Rapid loss in weight
  • Unconsciousness
  • Increased confusion or drowsiness
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Dizziness when you stand up
  • Coma

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    can gall balder cause elevated blood sugar levels?
    i’m 19 and been dealing with too many problem health wise. I just wanted to know can gall bladder or kidney issues make my blood sugar level go up. I normal at like 80 (normal) but now i’m 150 and i can’t eat or I drink 3 or 4 bottles of water but only pee 2-3 times in a 24 hour period. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If you are a diabetic, any inflammatory process/infection or illness will shoot your blood glucose levels up and an inflamed or infected gallbladder could potentially contribute to this.

  2. QUESTION:
    My 45 yr old sister is obese, Blood Sugar Levels high, Triglycerides high and Serious sudden vision problems.?
    My 45 year old sister recently had some pretty serious vision anomolies occur and I very worried about her and I want to make sure she gets the correct diagnosis and treatment right away.

    Here are the details:
    -45 years old
    -Obese her entire life
    -Inactive life style and very poor eating habits
    -Sudden Vision change last week…described at wavy and distorted vision. Serious enough that Dr. told her to not drive and get blood testing done immediately.
    -Blood sugar results 192 (normal range 65-139) Diabetic range starts at 199
    -Hemoglobin normal
    -Cholesterol 134
    -Triglycerides 163 (normal range 0-149)
    -Family history of Stroke (father)
    -She had some exams done in July to look at her Carotid Artery and they came back fine.

    My worry is this: Although the she is not technically considered diabetic yet she is having some pretty bad symptoms which I am worried are not due to her border line Diabetes. And, even though her Carotid testing done in July showed no plack I still feel that a stroke or impending stroke might be a possibility due to the fact that our fathers stroke did not originate from the Carotid Artery.

    So, not being a Physician but knowing a little about medicine I am thinking that she needs to have a CT to see if there is any sort of blockage in the brain or evidence of a stroke that has originated from somewhere else and thus cause the severe visual problem the other day.

    Of course an obvious issue is her elevated Blood Sugar level and her obesity, but I feel that something bigger is going on here that needs to be addressed immediately before it is too late.

    And of course she is at an elevated risk for one in addition to an MI given her elevated blood sugar, hypercholestremia, hypertension, and sedentary lifestyle (dvt for ex.) My initial inclination is to look to her blood pressure as a likely culprit for the visual disturbances.

    Please give me advise on what should be done to prevent something serious from happening besides the obvious obesity and high blood sugar.

    I am worried that she may have a stroke or might have had a small stroke already and that the docs might be missing something.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this and thank you in advance for your help.

    “A Worried Sister”

    • ANSWER:
      A stroke is a definitely possibility. My brother had a massive stroke at age 41, he had a healthy life style, worked outside all his life, but had elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. His only symptoms were dizzy spells lasting a few minutes and at one point had about a 15 minute episode of double vision.
      After the stroke (which he survived, but is totally disabled now) his neurologist told him that any time you had double vision or distorted vision, that a neurological cause needed to be explored.
      The first MRI done on my brother missed the blood clot that caused his stroke, but the one taken the next day showed the extent of it and the damage done.
      I think your sister definitely needs to have an MRI done to rule out a mini stroke.
      Even doing that may not be enough. My brother was in the midst of his stroke when he went into the ER but because of his age and he looked healthy, they did not catch it until the next day, long after the TPA could have been administered to reduce the damage.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does taking glucosomine cause your blood sugar to elevate?
    I’m diabetic and take metformin to control my sugar levels. I use diet and some exercise as well. Most of the testing comes back within normal ranges. However, having damaged knees, cartilage has become thinned or just gone thru wear and tear, I began to take a product called “Lubriflex” to help do some healing or cause less pain. It contains both chondroitin and glucosomine, plus hyaluronic acid. Now I see my sugar levels continuing to rise to almost 200 every day. I haven’t been able to find anything related to this product and elevated blood glucose levels. Would appreciate some links if you have them. Thanks!
    Thank you for the website. The only ‘added’ supplement was the Lubriflex and it seems my own sugar levels are creeping upwards. I do have a doctor’s appointment next week and will discuss this with him. Very much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve found a page that refers specifically to whether taking Glucosamine & Chondroitin will raise blood sugar levels. Click on the following link to see the page. (It has links to other websites with regards to this too.)

      After reading it, it appears, from reading the results of the study, that HbA1c levels (the blood test that gives an average of what your blood sugar level has been like over the previous 3 months) are NOT affected. It does go on to say, however, that “some studies have shown an increase in blood glucose levels with larger doses of glucosamine chondroitin.”

      I’m wondering whether you know that type 2 diabetes is actually a progressive illness? This means that your medication needs may well change over a period of time. This should NOT be seen as a failure on your part, but simply that things are changing in your body. For instance, your body may, in fact, become more insulin resistant as time goes on, plus, due to your pancreas having pumped out more insulin than would normally be needed, it ‘tires’ and becomes less able to produce such quantities.

      If you are regularly finding that your blood sugar levels are creeping upwards, it might be advisable for you to see your doctor and have your medication reviewed. (I’m assuming here that you’re still watching the amount of carbohydrates that you’re eating, and that you’re still taking exercise.)

      I wish you well, dear lady.

  4. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar is regulated by two pancreatic hormones, namely insulin and glucagon. When blood sugar rises, ?
    insulin is released; it binds to receptors and, through signal transduction, results in an increase in glucose uptake by cells, effectively lowering blood glucose. When blood sugar decreases, glucagon is released, binds to cell receptors, and causes glucose to be released into circulation. Diabetes mellitus is a disorder that results from excessively high levels of blood glucose. Type II diabetics have normal to elevated levels of insulin. What, then, might be causing the elevated blood glucose levels?

    • ANSWER:
      The elevated glucose level is caused by the inability of the cells to “take in ” the glucose and use it for energy. The glucose continues to circulate in the blood. It is more a problem with the receptivity of the cells that with hormone imbalances.

  5. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar is regulated by two pancreatic hormones, namely insulin and glucagon?
    Blood sugar is regulated by two pancreatic hormones, namely insulin and glucagon. When blood sugar rises, insulin is released; it binds to receptors and, through signal transduction, results in an increase in glucose uptake by cells, effectively lowering blood glucose. When blood sugar decreases, glucagon is released, binds to cell receptors, and causes glucose to be released into circulation. Diabetes mellitus is a disorder that results from excessively high levels of blood glucose. Type II diabetics have normal to elevated levels of insulin. What, then, might be causing the elevated blood glucose levels?

    A) inadequate insulin production
    B) defective receptors
    C) defective second messenger
    D) inability to regulate gene expression

    • ANSWER:
      B

  6. QUESTION:
    Did You Ever Wonder That It’s DEPLETED Or LOWERING Of NITRIC OXIDE Levels In The Arteries That CAUSES CHD?
    Maintaining great levels of nitric oxide in the arteries is what keeps HEALTHY and keeps them from developing harmful changes that lead to atherosclerosis and then to CHD.

    Smoking and elevated blood sugar go hand in hand with coronary artery disease . And guess what? BOTH OF THESE TWO THINGS DEPLETE NITRIC OXIDE SEVERELY.

    Maintaining really good nitric oxide levels are immensely important to arterial health. Excercise, the right kind can do this.

    Did you ever wonder about this?

    • ANSWER:
      Another rant without proof.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can high blood sugar cause these symptoms?
    Nausea
    Weakness
    Feeling faint
    racing heart

    I felt like this after I ate breakfast (bowl of cheerios and water) so I checked my blood sugar an hour after eating and it was 179. I didn’t check it before eating though. I’m pregnant and waiting to get my gestational diabetes test in a couple of weeks but have felt for a few weeks now that my sugar is off, so I’ve been testing it on my own. I checked it again at 2 hours and it’s 119 and I’m feeling much better. Is it possible that was all from just the elevated sugar level? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I love to eat cheerios for breakfast. After I eat them it feels like my heart speeds up. I’m 20wks pregnant. I bought a glucometer and today an hour after I ate the cheerios with milk, my bs was 181. Those cheerios are crazy. What’s really in those things. If u look at the box they have a lot of carbs added up and add that to the sugar content they contain. It’s quite a bit, I always thought they were healthier than that, but I guess it doesn’t matter. No matter how healthy it seems always ck the carb and sugar content. Reck ur bs after 2 hrs and c wat it is. I’ve heard if it’s 140 or below ur ok

  8. QUESTION:
    What’s the connection between infection and elevation of blood sugars?
    I am a student nurse and I shadowed a WOC nurse today. She mentioned that infection usually leads to elevated blood sugars in diabetics (maybe normal blood glucose level people also). I’d imagine it to be something like the increased metabolic rate caused by most infection leads to elevated blood glucose, but I’m not sure. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s the “fight or flight” response. Cortisol naturally increases available blood sugar. In a non diabetic, there’s extra blood glucose produced during infection, but it does not significantly elevate the persons BGL due to plenty of available insulin and normal insulin sensitivity. Actually, any sort of stress will trigger this response. Read the source link for more info:

  9. QUESTION:
    Bllod sugar level and metabolic syndrome?
    My blood test came back and said my blood sugar level was 166, pre-diabetic they said. Well now I read that soda can give you the same symptons and cause metabolic syndrome, I do drink about 6 cans of diet soda a day, what do you think? I am stopping the soda and switching to coffee!

    Cannot go back for another blood test just yet, had cortizone injection in neck, this will elevate blood sugar leveles also, had 2, one more left, then blood test.

    • ANSWER:
      Instead of switching to coffee, make green tea and drink it as iced tea.

  10. QUESTION:
    I just had a C5, C6, C6, and T1 cervical fusion 17 days ago and something strange happened.?
    The results of my blood test taken during my hospital stay revealed blood sugar levels between 200 and 250. I am not a diabetic. After the nurse administered an insullin shot in my belly, the levels went back down below 150. Since I wasn’t a diabetic, they told me the elevated blood sugar levels were the cause of the steroidal medication I was receiving for swelling. When the steroid was administered, the blood sugar rose, and if it rose higher than 200, I received more insullin. I am 5’9″ 200 lbs., overweight by my standards by 20-25 lbs. However, I have a muscular stature. My maternal grandfather, mother and now brother had or have the disease. I hear this may be pre-diabetes? As soon as I get through my neck recovery, I will get back to exercising again. And, I am going on the South Beach diet. I heard my pancreas won’t fight enough to lower the blood sugars when I am given steroids? I’m going to my primary care doctor for an appointment next week. Levels now can be as high as 125.

    • ANSWER:
      Steroids are known to increase blood sugar levels in Diabetics. Did they do any blood work before your surgery ( pre-op) ?? Did it include a FBS ( fasting blood sugar) ?? Generally, prior to surgery, there are blood tests done. A complete blood count ( with or without a differential ), Electrolyte Panel ( checks your potassium, sodium, chloride, and carbon dioxide), sometimes the Doc may check your blood clotting levels. Did your relatives that you mentioned, become a Diabetic later in life ( Adult Onset Diabetes)?? This can occur because of lifestyle habits. Poor diet, lack of exercise and being overweight. I would recommend that you discuss this with your Doc. Before taking on an exercise routine, consult with your Doc. Perhaps, your Doc can refer you to a Nutritionist. I hope that this helps.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can you be treated and cured if you have high levels of catecholamines toxicity which is causing svt?
    High catecholamine levels in blood are associated with stress, which can be induced from psychological reactions or environmental stressors such as elevated sound levels, intense light, or low blood sugar levels.

    Extremely high levels of catecholamines (also known as catecholamine toxicity) can occur in central nervous system trauma due to stimulation and/or damage of nuclei in the brainstem, in particular those nuclei affecting the sympathetic nervous system.

    I have svt and I KNOW that im getting some sort of adrenaline rush which is setting off my svt. Ive been in a store with bright llights and off it went. LIke I was shot up with adrenaline. What can be done so this doesnt happen? And has anyone else had this before.
    I have been diagnose. I have svt.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your Dr and get your levels measured . If it’s at all possible try to have your bloodpressure checked when this occurs. High levels of catecholamines can occur with some diseases also. I think you should wait until you have blood and urine tests done to confirm your diagnosis.

  12. QUESTION:
    How to reduce increased level of uric aci?
    Recently I had a routine analysis of my blood. The uric acid level is found to be 8mg/dl while the maximum should be 7 mg/dl. should I bother about this? what causes this?
    I had slightly elevated fasting blood sugar levels two years back which I have brought down to 108 now with avoiding sugar totally.
    I do have alcohol only once in a week that too maximum of 120ml in one session.
    I feel pain in both my knee joints. Is this because of excess uric acid of more weight.

    I am 176 cms (5feet and 11 inches) tall and weight 93 kilos.
    Please help what to avoid in case my uric acid is causing knee pain

    • ANSWER:
      Reduce your intake of sugared drinks. A higher intake of added sugars or sugar-sweetened drinks leads to higher blood levels of uric acid
      Vitamins C can also be helpful
      I hoped I helped :)

  13. QUESTION:
    Is there such a thing as latent diabetes?
    I have a strong family history of diabetes and as I grow older, I understand that there’s an increased risk of developing Adult Onset (Type II) diabetes. Is there a threshold that when blood sugar levels reach a certain point, one will develop diabetes? More pressing is the question: Can stress help to trigger or precipitate diabetes? I understand that elevated stress levels can trigger elevated adrenalin levels. Is there a cause and effect relationship between these two factors

    • ANSWER:
      Stress does contribute to diabetes in that cortisol and other stress hormones block the action of insulin. Less insulin means higher blood sugar. There are probably other stress pathways at work, too, which we don’t yet know about.

  14. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had this problem before?
    My 9 yr old son was admitted into the hospital with pneumonia and elevated blood sugar.. They thought at first he was a diabetic but after one dosage of insulin his blood sugar dropped to normal so after 2 days in the hospital and continous blood sugar checks they release him and tell me he had a condition called stressed induced hyperglycemia.and it was caused by him being sick. so that was a month ago I took him to a follow up appt and now they want to do a oral glucose tolerance test and since he is also 6 lbs underweight a sweat test for cystic fibrosis even though he had one as a baby due to a viral infection and it was negative.They have run so many tests they did a test on him that monitors the blood sugar levels for the past 6 months and it came out normal they even tested him for celiacs disease which he does not have… Has anyone ever gone through this?I could see it if he showed symptoms of CF but he doesnt.Other than being thin..He is seeing a nutritionist next week.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe they are erring on the cautious side of things. If they find something, the earlier the better. that can make all the difference.

      I would ask why they are doing all the tests and if the tests are really needed with the track record already shown. If you need to, get them to give you materials and tell it to you in plain language unless you can understand the medical jargon.

  15. QUESTION:
    can sudden stress,poor eating,eating lots of candy,suddenly cause a rise in blood sugar in a healthy person?
    I’ve never been diabetic.But I had a few very stress events happen back to back, my breast implant ruptured, took a long time before I could get the funds to fix it, then days after my surgery, I was @ my sister’s bedside for a week in ICU(round the clock) didn’t have any thing to eat but candy, I ate LOTS of candy, then she died. just days after the funeral I had to have a complete medical phyiscal and it showed my blood sugar was elevated (102) Will this come down immediately with improved conditions in eating habits, exercise etc. taking ginseng, cinnamon powder, vitamin’s primrose oils. How long will it take my blood sugar to be at a normal level again? or do I have cause for worry?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a diabetes risk factor in your life, extreme stress can most certainly be a factor in developing diabetes sooner than you may have without the stress. It is not a cause, but can be a contributing factor. 102 is not a high blood sugar reading, in fact it is a good one.. Just watch your diet. Ginseng, connamon, and primrose have no clincal proof that they help diabetes at all. Watching your diet and exercising will help much more. I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

  16. QUESTION:
    Could my doc have caused my miscarriage?
    I have a question –

    I was in the hospital on Wed. for dehydration due to being so sick w/my pregnancy, (at that time I was 14 wks pg. This is my 6th pregnancy and my 1st miscarriage). My doc gave me bag after bag after bag of glucose water in my IV and later on blood was drawn for various reasons and a nurse came in and stopped my IV mid-bag and hung a dif. one. I asked about it and she said it had potassium in it and when I asked her why they weren’t finishing off the other bag first, she said it was b/c my blood sugar level was elevated. It was 338!!! And I am NOT a diabetic, nor have I ever had gestational diabetes w/my other 5 pregnancies!!! As soon as they stopped the glucose drip, my levels came soaring down immediately. About an hr later it was in the 160′s and an hr after that it was 109 and has been normal ever since. That evening the doc couldn’t find my baby’s heartbeat so she wheeled in an ultrasound machine. My baby had died!

    I was told by someone else that high blood sugar can cause a miscarriage, is it possible that my doc caused the miscarriage by not regulating how many bags of sugar water I got? Or did the baby just die on his own? (Yes, it was a boy…I got to see/hold him). The last time we heard the heartbeat was a week ago, haven’t tried to hear it again until this last Wed. when we found out it was gone…

    • ANSWER:
      High blood sugar over an extended period of time can cause problems during pregnancy. I really don’t think the glucose drip caused your miscarriage.

      *Twins due 7/16!* : They may not check blood glucose levels if they don’t feel a need to. Unless a person has a history of any form of diabetes, it wouldn’t normally be an issue.

      This is what is wrong in the medical world today. Everyone wants to blame someone/something when a baby dies.I’ve had 2 miscarriages so I understand wanting an answer when this happens. Sometimes we have to accept that things happen and there simply are no explanations.

      EDIT: People, STOP! One instance of elevated blood glucose will NOT KILL A BABY! I am a Type 1 diabetic and on insulin. I was carefully monitored and had stellar blood glucose levels and I miscarried anyway. I was concerned too about ANY time my glucose went up, but when it’s brought back into control, it’s fine. The problems come into play when a woman is out of control with her diabetes before and during her pregnancy, and many times SHE has problems more than the baby does. There are many other potential causes of this miscarriage. That one time blood sugar issue would least likely have caused this.

      STOP suggesting a law suit. That’s ridiculous.

      Edit again: I had an ultrasound and we heard the baby’s heart beat. The next day I had my initial prenatal visit and a pap was done. Two weeks later an ultrasound was done and the baby had died, approximately 2 weeks prior. Should I SUE the doctor who did my pap? I don’t think so.

  17. QUESTION:
    Hypoglycemia and elevated CPK levels?
    I had a test done on my CPK and found that it was nearly 2,000, then I had my blood sugar taken and it was 72. Is it possible that I am hypoglycemic and that would cause the high elevations of my CPK? If so, what is the next step to take?

    • ANSWER:
      a blood sugar level of 72 is normal for a normal person, that is one who is not diabetic. that is all i can tell you about it. you are hypoglycemic if its lower then 70 i think it is, or maybe 68, if again you are a healthy person. but my boss gets hypoglycemic when his sugar goes to 120 something, only because hes diabetic. google it

  18. QUESTION:
    Heart Problem or Something or just Anxiety?
    so ill give you a little backstory im a male 23 years old abit overweight, so it all started about 2 months ago i was at my friends house we were playing a card game (magic the gathering) it had been quite stressful day as i just came back from a tournament from playing that game and i just wanted to play some casual games with my friend so about 8 games in just starting the 9th i smelt somethin like toast and like cofee cooking i immediatly stood up and was like you smell that and he said what i said it smells like toast and hes like no then all of a sudden my forehead felt like it was being squeezed and my chest as well and my heart was just racing i told my buddy to call an ambulance right away i thought i was having a heart attack. the squeezing in the chest stopped after about 5 seconds and the forehead as well heart still pumping than the squeezing came back in the forehead for about another 5 seconds and went away i went outside and laid on the grass waiting for help the firetruck showed up and they gave me oxygen and asked me what was happening they checked my pulse and blood pressure both were high so the paramedics came and they did the same.
    They took me to the hospital and they checked me out on the ecg and did blood work, ecg was normal the blood work came back said that one of the thyroid hormone thing was abit high and i had a abnormal high white blood cell count. they also did an ultrasoud of the heart and found nothing unusual so they released me about 5 hours later. so i made a appointment with GP and talked about the results from the blood test and he got me to get another blood test for the thyroid so i did and i didnt hear anything back from it so i assume it was normal. so about a month goes by and im playin a computer game than all of a sudden i smelt like someone was smoking near me but no one smokes in the house so i looked out my window and i didnt see anything and than it happened again my heart began to race and squeezing in my forehead about the same time as before but less intense so i got my dad to drive me to the hospital since it was late at night i got admitted and they did another ecg blood work both came back fine also did a chest xray and they didnt find anything abnormal so they released me and told me that it could have been acid reflux or a muscle spasm that could have caused the pressure. so i was relived.

    so a couple days ago im at work its nearing the end of the day i just want to go home lol and i am building a mantle for our display area and then all of a sudden i felt hot and heart was racing i didnt pay much attention since it coudl have been just the fireplaces that we have in the showroom on that was making it hot but than i began to worry i went to the bathroom and put water on my face treid to calm myself down by breathing deeply didnt seem to work so i went back to work than it felt like it was getting worse so i went into the office were people were just incase something did happen i wasnt alone and then all of a sudden it happens again so we call the paramedics and they come get me just like last time i had ecg and blood work ecg came back normal with (sinus tachyardia) and the bloodwork was okay blood sugar fine. elevated levels of creatine, and a little low potassium. so they set me up with a cardiologist and got an appointment he looked at the records did some tests everything looked fine he sent me to get more blood tests and gave me a holter monitor for 24 hours which im waiting for the results he also set me up with a neurologist to do a eeg on my brain see if there is any problems there. i got the bloodtests done for serum electrolites, and tsh and if its abnormal test free t4 also fasted for 10 hours for diabetes check just to be safe. i also have a 24 urine test i still have to do and a aldosterone / Renin ratio test that i need to get an appointment for. now i just been obsessing with looking up symptoms on the internet and that just seems to make it worse. i should also add i have a resting heart rate of 84-90 and last i saw for blood pressure was at the hospital at the last visit was 139/90, i also try to exercise for 30 mins 5 days a week. so yeah i just want some input. thanks a bunch

    • ANSWER:
      anxiety, over working and olfactory hallucinations which is encouraged by the mild thyrotoxicosis, after the cardiologists final opinion you need a thorough counselling by a clinical psychologist.

  19. QUESTION:
    WHY is everything so cholesterol – centric on this site?
    WHY not focus on things that CAUSE CHD? Things like elevated fasting blood sugar, blood pressure, poor nitric oxide levels, 3 things of all far greater importance than cholesterol

    • ANSWER:
      They do contribute to heart disease as well as lipids.

  20. QUESTION:
    Diabetes during pregnancy?
    I am 27 weeks pregnant. I had my glucose test and the nurse called back and said that my blood sugar levels were slightly elevated but that it doesnt mean i have diabetes, it just means they need to run more tests. i have never had diabetes and it doesnt really run in my family…. i have heard of gestational diabetes but what are the chances of me actually having diabetes when the results of the new test come in? is there anything that causes too much sugar in the blood besides insulin problems (ie. eating too many sweets) that i can stop doing to prevent getting diabetes?
    also… if i do have gestational diabetes, will it go away after i have my baby?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have gestational diabetes, but try not to worry about it until the results of the new tests come back, because that first one might have just been a fluke and you’d be worrying for nothing. If you do have it, then at least you’re pretty far along and won’t have to mess with it for too much longer. For most women with gestational diabetes, it goes away shortly after giving birth. But some do eventually develop full-blown diabetes…it does increase your risk. Make sure to get back to a healthy weight within a few months after birth, and that will help minimize your risk.

  21. QUESTION:
    what does this mean about sugar?
    Health Issues: Simple sugars have been documented to contribute to and/or aggravate health problems, including: asthma, mood disorders, mental illness, nervous disorders, diabetes, heart disease, gallstones, hypertension, and arthritis.
    Insulin Impacts: Sugar raises insulin levels, inhibiting the release of growth hormones which depresses the immune system. Further, too much insulin promotes the storage of fat, so that when you eat foods that are high in sugar, you’re enabling rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride levels, both of which have been linked to cardiovascular disease.
    Degenerative Disease: Sugar has no real nutritional value (minerals, vitamins and fiber) and as a result, has a deteriorating effect on the endocrine system, causing sugar consumption to be one of the 3 major causes of degenerative disease.
    Cancer Culprits: Turns out that cancer’s preferred fuel is none other than glucose. Controlling one’s blood-glucose levels through diet, exercise, supplements, meditation and prescription drugs – when necessary – can be extremely important to a cancer treatment program.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a book called “Sugar Blues” by William Dufty.
      The whole book is about the not so nice things about sugar.
      It even discusses how the demand for sugar was one of the corner stones for slavery in the U.S.

  22. QUESTION:
    Reye’s Syndrome survivors?
    I had Stage IV Reye’s Syndrome in the early 70′s. As an adult, I have experienced extreme low blood sugar readings (in the 30′s) followed elevated readings (only as high as 150). I was first told I was diabetic but then later dx’d as reactive hypoglycemia. The stages of Reye’s syndrome affected the body by low blood sugar and elevated enzyme levels (which induced brain swelling into coma). I was wondering if any survivors have had any hypoglycemic or blood sugar problems afterwards. I can not seem to get my levels elevated and it is causing fainting and weakness (if) I am not pro-active at all times.
    well,looks like i will extend this question and hopefully someone will read this that may have any answer. The only answer so far is just telling me about the disease I had, which I very aware of. Thanks anyway.

    • ANSWER:
      Reye’s syndrome is a rare form of acute encephalopathy and fatty infiltration of the liver that tends to follow some acute viral infections, particularly when salicylates are used. Diagnosis is clinical. Treatment is supportive.
      Please see the web pages for more details on Reye’s syndrome.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome go away?
    I went on the pill when I was 16. I was on it for 4 years for the duration of a relationship. When we broke up I went off the pill. My skin broke out, I gained a ton of weight, I didn’t have a period for almost a year, I had insulin resistance, elevated testosterone levels, dark skin on my armpits and one ovarian cyst that put me in the hospital. My doctor told me I had PCOS and there wasn’t much I could do about it except go back on the pill. I refused because I was sure that this is what caused my problems in the first place.

    Now it has been about 18 months since I’ve been off the pill and I’m finally back to normal. No acne, regular periods, 112 lbs at 5’5. I haven’t had any blood work done, so I don’t know if my blood sugar or hormone levels are normal, but I assume they are since I’m having regular periods and the dark patches under my arms are gone (a sign on insulin resistance).

    Do you think that my “PCOS” has gone away or do you think I still might have it? Or do you think this was just a bad reaction to my hormones stabilizing after being on the pill?

    • ANSWER:
      Its possible that if you worked to lose the weight you have lost, that that has been what has gotten you back to regular. This is often the most natural way to get back to having normal periods and altering your hormone levels.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can Hypoglycemia elevate my CPK levels up to 2000?
    I had a test done on my CPK and found that it was nearly 2,000, then I had my blood sugar taken and it was 72. Is it possible that I am hypoglycemic and that would cause the high elevations of my CPK? If so, what is the next step to take?

    • ANSWER:
      CPK is a protein that is found in muscle cells. If muscle cells are damaged for reason then CPK is released into the blood and therefore your CPK levels go up. Hypoglycemia is not known to elevate CPK levels, unless it is prolonged and this would lead to damage of other organs (eg. the brain).

      There are many things that can elevate CPK. Anything that causes damage to muslces can cause an elevated CPK. Some people can have mildly elevated CPK for unknown reasons, but this is usually mild elevations in the 200-800 range. Medications can also cause it, especially the statin medications for cholesterol. Other causes include alcohol, cocaine, genetic diseases of muscle (eg. Muscular dystrophy), autoimmune diseases (Dermatomyositis) and several other rare causes. Elevated CPK is usually evaluated by reviewing your medications, blood tests and sometimes even a muscle biopsy. I hope this helps answer your question.

  25. QUESTION:
    What can cause a high pulse rate and slightly low blood pressure? And what might they do for it?
    My pulse always ranges between 110 and 150 at rest and my blood pressure is staying around 100/60. I have been having some dizzy spells and some pressure in my chest and I am so tired of waiting.

    As far as test results so far, my liver enzymes were slightly elevated along with my blood sugar. The ECG was normal except that while they were performing my test my heart rate was about 130. They said it isn’t white coat syndrome because it would have slowed down after a few minutes.

    They put me on a 24 hour halter monitor and I am awaiting the results of that.

    I have had issues with my heart about 7 years ago, the doctor let tests results sit on his desk for 2 weeks and there were high troponen levels. They did a stress test and it came back okay, but they never did anything about it.

    I am 34 years old. Most doctors don’t look twice because women at this age are protected by hormone levels until they reach menopause, but I only menstruate about 2-3 times a year, so I think this could be a key factor too.

    Anyway, any information that I can find will help. I can’t stand waiting.
    Thanks. I am only on medicine to help me sleep and this should slow it down, but doesn’t. I don’t do caffeine, because my body reacts to an extreme when I do.

    • ANSWER:
      One cause of an increased heart rate and decreased blood pressure is dehydration and dramatically increasing your daily water intake may change these numbers a little. But, I do not believe this is the primary cause of your problems. You have some sort of electrical conduction problem with your heart which allows the fast heart rate. There are medications which can slow this heart rate down but they need to know what this rhythm is (sinus tachycardia vs supraventricular tachycardia) in order to prescribe the correct medications. Your holter monitor should give then an idea of what is going on and then, hopefully, they will prescribe the correct medications for you. And, as your heart rate decreases, you should see a slight increase in your blood pressure. In the meantime, avoid smoking, caffeine and any prescription drugs (cough medications, etc) or street drugs which can contribute to this high heart rate.

  26. QUESTION:
    signs of early pregnancy!!! taken from the net! a good list!!?
    I am overdue for my period and experiencing cramping, headaches, pimples, fatigue, gas, going to the toilet more often and many other symptoms, Yet i am unsure whether i am just due for my period or could i be pregnant.. I am only at the 4-5 wk mark so have no real clue as yet! I came across the list below on the net! Thought this might answer a few Q’s in regards to the symptoms and the ppe who ask could they actually be pregnant or not this month!

    You may start noticing pregnancy symptoms and/or be able to detect pregnancy after implantation, which occurs from around 7-10 days post ovulation. If you have conceived, the embryo starts to produce hCG after implantation and not before, so it is not possible to detect pregnancy or have pregnancy symptoms before this time. So the longer you wait to test after ovulation, the more accurate the result will be and the darker the potential positive test line may be. Pregnancy testing should ideally be done from the day your period would have been due.

    What Pregnancy Symptoms Might I Experience?
    Below is a list of pregnancy symptoms which you may find signal pregnancy for your own body. Remember, every woman and every pregnancy is different, so there’s no need to panic if you don’t have all of the listed pregnancy symptoms. I had absolutely no noticable symptoms (apart from not having a period) with my second pregnancy until 11 weeks.

    High BBT (Basal Body Temperature)
    If you regularly chart your cycle and take your temperatures, you will notice that your BBT will remain high throughout your luteal phase. Progesterone causes your BBT to rise upon ovulation and stay elevated should you be pregnant. If you are not pregnant, your BBT will drop right down and you’ll get your period as normal.

    Missed / No Period
    One of the first pregnancy symptoms you may notice is that your period does not arrive. While this symptom is one we most commonly associate with pregnancy, there may be other reasons why a period hasn’t arrived, for example high levels of stress, major illness or surgery. On the other hand, it’s possible to continue to have your periods during pregnancy. Some women may bleed for just a few months or even their whole pregnancy. (See our topic on Bleeding in Pregnancy for more information).

    Morning Sickness
    Another well known pregnancy symptom is morning sickness. Don’t let it’s name fool you – morning sickness can pay you a visit any time of day, so make sure you eat enough and avoid letting your blood sugar levels drop. Ginger is a great natural remedy for nausea so it’s worth a try, although some women find that nothing seems to help their morning sickness, which normally hangs around for the first trimester before getting better or if you are unlucky, the second trimester or even whole pregnancy. (See our topic on Common Pregnancy Ailments for more information).

    Breast Changes
    From very early on in pregnancy a symptom you may notice is changes in your breasts, including:

    •Nipples may be tender and sensitive – some women describe their nipples to be irritatingly sensitive!
    •Breast may be sore and / or lumpy
    •Nipples may deepen in colour
    •Veins may become more noticeable and enlarged in the breast area
    •Areolas may darken (circles around your nipples)
    •The little ‘bumps’ on your areolas (Montgomery’s Tubercles) may increase and / or enlargen
    Increased Cervical Mucus
    A surge in progesterone often results in a surge of creamy cervical mucus production. Some women may notice a little, and some notice much more.

    Fatigue
    When you first become pregnant, your metabolism steps up a few gears in order to support your developing baby as well as your own body, which creates one big workload! You may become so immensely tired that you feel that you need to sleep more than usual. Not only that, but the hormone progesterone which is required in high levels during pregnancy has a sedating effect. No wonder you feel so very tired! If you need to rest or sleep, don’t fight your body – it needs it!

    Frequent Urination
    As soon as a week after conception, you may notice yourself dashing off to the toilet more often, only to find that you’re urinating small amounts! This happens because the embryo starts to secrete the pregnancy hormone hCG, which signals for the blood supply to increase in the pelvic area. This results in the bladder becoming irritable and it passes even small amounts of urine. You may find you will wake in the night to urinate more often than usual.

    Cramping
    This symptom of early pregnancy can also be an unnerving one for parents-to-be, as often there is a fear of miscarriage. However even when not pregnant, your uterus is continually contracting. When pregnant, the foetus grows and pushes against the walls of your uterus, which causes it to contract – this is very normal.

    If the cramping is accompanied by bleeding, see your doctor who can assess the situation to see if you may be having a miscarriage. However do n
    i took a home pregnancy test a couple days ago but did it in the arvo.. showed neg… i think i will go to the drs this week if i keep feeling like i am
    I guess my Main symptoms atm, are i
    - have cramping, tonight its been constantly ever since i got home from work..
    - i am going to the toilet to urinate More often!
    - i am getting pimples
    - more tired
    - hot flushes
    - cranky
    - gone off smell of coffee and often feel ill after drinking it
    think this is about it! still thinking could it all be in my head or is my period around the corner.. am doubtful as the test i did here turned out neg!

    • ANSWER:
      With my first pregnancy, somehow I “knew” I was pregnant. I felt fuller in my pelvic region (it was not like my stomach was full or anything), but I had only a handful of other symptoms. Going to the bathroom often is one, but it is a bit misleading – its sometimes not such a huge ‘urge’ to go like they describe in books. My basal temperature was higher, but you have to use a Basal thermometer to see it (and you need to have taken your temperature daily before getting pregs too so you can compare).
      With my second, I had major fatigue right away, but no ‘feeling’ or anything. I found out I was pregnant a few days after being extremely tired (like falling asleep during dinner tired!).
      Take a test – you are past your period due date, so you should get a very accurate reading.

  27. QUESTION:
    Cushing’s Syndrome???
    My mother is convinced that I have Cushing’s Syndrome… but she also is quick to diagnose herself and other people, so I don’t know if I should take her seriously. I recently had a physical, including the blood & urine tests. Does anyone know if the routine tests would detect any symptoms of this disorder? I do have some of the symptoms… including constant weight gain, obesity, and over the past year and a half I have noticed my weight has been settling in my mainly in my belly… ( I never used to carry weight there before, as I had an hour glass shape.) I recently had surgery in my mouth in which I couldn’t hardly eat anything… and I only lost about 2 lbs for a day then gained it back. I also take medication on a regular basis for asthma, but my doctor has told me that it shouldn’t cause weight gain since it’s only an inhaled steroid. Also, I sometimes have really high blood sugar levels… but other times it goes really low, and my cholesterol has been elevated too. And I have this hump that has been forming at the back of my neck. My blood pressure goes really high occasionally as well.. but usually just when I am nervous.

    Anyways… i was wondering if anyone knows if I should request a referral to an endocrinologist or if my primary physician should be able to detect it???

    Any information I can get would be great!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Most people I know with Cushing’s diagnosed themselves with the internet or after reading about in a magazine article. Sad but true.

      You do not have to have all the symptoms – I did not and most do not. There is no one simple test to tell you if you do or do not have it. An endocrinologist is going to try to tell you that a dexamethasone suppression test is such a test, but I will tell you that I suppressed as have hundreds of others and still had the disease (as well as there are medical papers supporting this) and it is not a test of exclusion. You need tests of urine, blood and saliva plus other supporting tests to help.

      I had PCOS and Cushing’s so it is possible to have both.

      Your primary physician, if he is up on things, may be able to diagnose you or at least order a first set of tests. Having experienced a lot of endocrinologists, I have to say they think they know, but in the end, I had to travel 3000 miles to an expert and sadly, I waited too long and now I am disabled as the cortisol wrecked my body. Please trust what you feel, do research, always get copies of your tests and reports and learn what is going on. If I had done that, I would have been healthier.

  28. QUESTION:
    Double Checking Answers On Nutrition Basics. HELP PLEASE! (:?
    I put brackets around my answers. example: [A]

    PLEASE! let me know if they are correct or not. thank you.

    1. One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good
    source of
    A. water.
    B. boron.
    C. vitamin C
    [D]. energy.

    2. Which one of the following choices is the best way to control
    Type II diabetes?
    A. Injecting insulin
    B. Avoiding all simple sugars
    [C]. Adopting a healthy diet and exercising
    D. Avoiding salt

    3. Which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A. Apple wedges and carrot sticks
    [B]. Small bowl of chili beans and rice
    C. Corn on the cob
    D. Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    4. Which one of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A. Use amino acid powders from a health food store.
    B. Eat more high-protein foods.
    C. Avoid vegetarian diets.
    [D]. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and follow a regular fitness program.

    5. High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A. Type II diabetes
    [B]. Heart disease
    C. Thyroid disease
    D. Osteoporosis

    6. Saturated fats found in animal productsGDLuch as bacon and cheese, are also called
    A. cholesterol.
    [B]. triglycerides.
    C. lipids.
    D. amino acids.

    7. An elevated HDL is considered a
    A. risk factor for osteoporosis.
    B. risk factor for arthritis.
    [C]. less harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    D. more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.

    8. How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    [A]. Take a pill that helps to digest lactose.
    B. Eat green leafy vegetables, nuts, and enriched soy products.
    C. Eat lots of fresh shellfish.
    D. Eat lots of whole grains.

    9. Which one of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamins?
    A. They can cause gastric upset, diarrhea, and kidney stones.
    B. They provide no risk of vitamin toxicity.
    [C]. They can be stored in the body.
    D. They help build collagen and aid in healing.

    10. The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    [A]. blood sugar levels.
    B. weight loss.
    C. exercise performance.
    D. blood pressure.

    11. What are the health benefits of zinc?
    A. Reduced muscle fatigue
    [B]. Proper wound healing
    C. Control of blood pressure
    D. Lung efficiency

    12. Which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A. A vigorous exercise regimen
    B. A lack of sleep
    C. A diet that lacks protein
    [D]. A high-fat diet

    13. Which one of the following choices is the best option for a vegan snack?
    A. Vanilla soymilk, peanut butter, and pretzels
    B. Almond milk with butter cookies
    [C]. Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D. Tomato juice and macaroni and cheese

    14. How should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A. 80 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent proteins
    B. 60 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent proteins
    [C]. 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats, 10 percent proteins
    D. 80 percent proteins, 10 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fats

    15. A person who is lactose intolerant would have difficulty digesting which one of the
    following foods?
    A. Grilled veggie burger on a sesame bun
    [B]. Low-fat cheesecake with raspberries
    C. Turkey hot dog with mustard
    D. Three-bean salad

    16. Which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    [A]. Sliced bananas, walnuts, and orange sections
    B. Baked potato chips and sparkling water
    C. Green salad with ranch dressing
    D. Unsalted pretzels and cheddar cheese

    17. To derive energy from food, you must eat foods that contain
    A. vitamins and minerals.
    [B]. carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
    C. water.
    D. fiber.

    18. Which one of the following choices is a simple sugar?
    A. Glucose
    B. Orange juice
    C. Lactase
    [D]. Chocolate

    19. Which one of the following snack combinations will best satisfy a person’s daily
    fluid requirements?
    A. Ice cream, sherbet, and fruit
    B. Bananas, whole-wheat bread, and water
    [C]. Fresh fruit, green salad, water
    D. Fruit juice, energy bars, cold cereal

    20 Which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person
    who is gluten intolerant?
    [A]. Microwave popcorn and carrot sticks
    B. Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C. Bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D. Orange juice and graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      You better send each and every question separately..

  29. QUESTION:
    Anyone taking or know about the meds Metformin and/or Spironolact–or have these diagnoses in the details?
    Long story short, I was diagnosed with PCOS, poly cystic ovarian syndrome, and insulin resistance after a year of issues. Well, my doctor prescribed me Metformin for my insulin resistance but I’m confused. I read the information that came with it and it says it is to control high blood sugar levels. My blood sugar has been tested multiple times recently while they have been testing me and they have always been fantastic, and the last time a little low. So, I don’t understand what the med is doing for the insulin part of it. I understand insulin resistance, not how the med is helping. Also, he prescribed me Spironolact for my PCOS but this med says it simply for fluid retention so I’m a bit confused. Did the nurse possibly tell me wrong, like the wrong purpose for it? I was told my testosterone was too high and he wanted to control it. I have an MRI scheduled because they are concerned I have a tumor on my pituitary gland. He told me it could be causing my PCOS and he didn’t want to treat me for it until they figured out exactly what the exact cause is. I hate asking so many questions, I just want to find someone who has any of these issues or is taking these meds, something. Also, my Spironolact is making me pee allll tthhhee tiiimmme. I literally cannot stop peeing. It says this is a common side affect and is normal and expected. But then it says at the bottom to contact your doctor immediately if you increase in restroom visits to pee. Does anyone have PCOS, insulin resistance, or elevated prolactin/pituitary issues and is on any of these meds? Thanks so much ahead of time!!! God bless!

    • ANSWER:
      First, you can never ask too many questions, only too few.

      Insulin resistance is a state in which a given concentration of insulin produces a less-than-expected biological effect.

      Glucophage (metformin) works by reducing hepatic glucose output, decreasing intestinal absorption of glucose, and increasing glucose uptake in the peripheral tissues. In broad terms, it makes your body more sensitive to insulin. In your case it also has the added effect of treating your PCOS. Women with PCOS often have elevated insulin levels and are more likely to develop diabetes.

      Aldactone (spironolactone) is used primarily as a diuretic or water pill, hence your need to pee more frequently. It works by lowering androgen levels in the body. Androgens are hormones that both males and females have, but males have higher levels of them. Androgens such as testosterone are responsible for hair growth on the face, chest, and stomach that some young women with PCOS have. Androgens can also cause acne. Spironolactone works by lowering the level of androgens, which reduces hair growth and improves acne.

      If you have more questions, just email me.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me!!!?
    One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good source of?
    A)water
    B)boron
    C)vitamin C
    D)energy

    Which one of the following choices is the best way to control Type II diabetes?
    A)Inject insulin
    B)Avoiding all simple sugars
    C)Adopting a healthy diet & excercising
    D)Avoiding salt

    which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A)Apple wedges & carrot sticks
    B)small bowl of chili beans & rice
    C)Corn on the cob
    D)Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    which on of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A)use amino acid powders from a health food store
    B)eat more high-protein foods
    C)avoid vegetarian diets
    D)eat a healthy,balanced diet & follow a regular firness program

    High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A)type II diabetes
    B)heart disease
    C)thyroid disease
    D)osteoporosis

    saturated fats found in animal products,such as bacon & cheese,are also called?
    A)cholesterol
    B)triglycerides
    C)lipids
    D)amino acids

    an elevated HDL is considered a?
    A)risk factor for osteoporosis
    B)risk factor for artritis
    C)less harmful form of cholesterol found in the boady
    D)more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body

    How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A)take a pill that helps to digest lactose
    B)eat green leafy vegetables,nuts,and enriched soy products
    C)eat lots of fresh shellfish
    D)eat lots of whole grains

    which of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamin?
    A)they can cause gastric upset,diarrhea,and kidney stones
    B)they provide no risk of vitamin toxicity
    C)they can be stored in the body
    D)they help build collage & aid in healing

    The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A)blood sugar levels
    B)weight loss
    C)excercise performance
    D)blood pressure

    what are the heath benefits of zinc?
    A)reduced muscle fatigue
    B)proper wound healing
    C)control of blood pressure
    D)lung efficiency

    which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A) A vegotous exercise regimen
    B) A lack of sleep
    C) A diet that lacks protein
    D) A high-fat diet

    which one of the following choices is the best option for vegan snack?
    A)Vanailla soymilk,peanut butter,& pretzels
    B)Almond milk with butter cookies
    C)Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D)Tomato jucie & macaroni & cheese

    how should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A)80% carbohydrates,20% proteins
    B)60% carbohydrates,40% proteins
    C)60% carbohydrates,30% fats,10% proteins
    D)80% proteins,10%carbohydrates,10% fats

    A person who is lactose intolerants would have difficulty digesting which one of the following foods?
    A)grilled veggie burg on a sesame bun
    B)low-fat cheesecake with rasberries
    C)turkey hot dog with mustard
    D)three-bean salad

    which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A)sliced bananas,walnuts,& orange sections
    B)baked potato chips & sparkling water
    C)green salad with ranch dressing
    D)unsalted pretzels & cheddar cheese

    To derive energy from food,you must eat foods that contain?
    A)vitamins & minerals
    B)carbohydrates,proteins,and fats
    C)water
    D)fiber

    which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person who is gluten intolerant?
    A)microwave popcorn & carrot sticks
    B)peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C)bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D)orange jucie & graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of question to answer.

      Could do it, but that would deny you the chance to do some research.

      Also, would take me too long. Please do some research, and answer the questions yourself. You will be able to do it, and feel better in yourself for doing so, rather than copying answers, that could be wrong anyway.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me with my homework….?
    One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good source of?
    A)water
    B)boron
    C)vitamin C
    D)energy

    Which one of the following choices is the best way to control Type II diabetes?
    A)Inject insulin
    B)Avoiding all simple sugars
    C)Adopting a healthy diet & excercising
    D)Avoiding salt

    which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A)Apple wedges & carrot sticks
    B)small bowl of chili beans & rice
    C)Corn on the cob
    D)Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    which on of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A)use amino acid powders from a health food store
    B)eat more high-protein foods
    C)avoid vegetarian diets
    D)eat a healthy,balanced diet & follow a regular firness program

    High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A)type II diabetes
    B)heart disease
    C)thyroid disease
    D)osteoporosis

    saturated fats found in animal products,such as bacon & cheese,are also called?
    A)cholesterol
    B)triglycerides
    C)lipids
    D)amino acids

    an elevated HDL is considered a?
    A)risk factor for osteoporosis
    B)risk factor for artritis
    C)less harmful form of cholesterol found in the boady
    D)more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body

    How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A)take a pill that helps to digest lactose
    B)eat green leafy vegetables,nuts,and enriched soy products
    C)eat lots of fresh shellfish
    D)eat lots of whole grains

    which of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamin?
    A)they can cause gastric upset,diarrhea,and kidney stones
    B)they provide no risk of vitamin toxicity
    C)they can be stored in the body
    D)they help build collage & aid in healing

    The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A)blood sugar levels
    B)weight loss
    C)excercise performance
    D)blood pressure

    what are the heath benefits of zinc?
    A)reduced muscle fatigue
    B)proper wound healing
    C)control of blood pressure
    D)lung efficiency

    which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A) A vegotous exercise regimen
    B) A lack of sleep
    C) A diet that lacks protein
    D) A high-fat diet

    which one of the following choices is the best option for vegan snack?
    A)Vanailla soymilk,peanut butter,& pretzels
    B)Almond milk with butter cookies
    C)Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D)Tomato jucie & macaroni & cheese

    how should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A)80% carbohydrates,20% proteins
    B)60% carbohydrates,40% proteins
    C)60% carbohydrates,30% fats,10% proteins
    D)80% proteins,10%carbohydrates,10% fats

    A person who is lactose intolerants would have difficulty digesting which one of the following foods?
    A)grilled veggie burg on a sesame bun
    B)low-fat cheesecake with rasberries
    C)turkey hot dog with mustard
    D)three-bean salad

    which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A)sliced bananas,walnuts,& orange sections
    B)baked potato chips & sparkling water
    C)green salad with ranch dressing
    D)unsalted pretzels & cheddar cheese

    To derive energy from food,you must eat foods that contain?
    A)vitamins & minerals
    B)carbohydrates,proteins,and fats
    C)water
    D)fiber

    which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person who is gluten intolerant?
    A)microwave popcorn & carrot sticks
    B)peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C)bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D)orange jucie & graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      haha help, more like do it for you!

  32. QUESTION:
    Fitness And Nutrition?
    1. One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good
    source of
    A. water. C. vitamin C.
    B. boron. D. energy.
    2. Which one of the following choices is the best way to control
    Type II diabetes?
    A. Injecting insulin
    B. Avoiding all simple sugars
    C. Adopting a healthy diet and exercising
    D. Avoiding salt
    3. Which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A. Apple wedges and carrot sticks
    B. Small bowl of chili beans and rice
    C. Corn on the cob
    D. Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing
    4. Which one of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A. Use amino acid powders from a health food store.
    B. Eat more high-protein foods.
    C. Avoid vegetarian diets.
    D. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and follow a regular fitness program.
    5. High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A. Type II diabetes C. Thyroid disease
    B. Heart disease D. Osteoporosis
    6. Saturated fats found in animal products, such as bacon and cheese, are also called
    A. cholesterol. C. lipids.
    B. triglycerides. D. amino acids.
    7. An elevated HDL is considered a
    A. risk factor for osteoporosis.
    B. risk factor for arthritis.
    C. less harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    D. more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    8. How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A. Take a pill that helps to digest lactose.
    B. Eat green leafy vegetables, nuts, and enriched soy products.
    C. Eat lots of fresh shellfish.
    D. Eat lots of whole grains.
    9. Which one of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamins?
    A. They can cause gastric upset, diarrhea, and kidney stones.
    B. They provide no risk of vitamin toxicity.
    C. They can be stored in the body.
    D. They help build collagen and aid in healing.
    10. The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A. blood sugar levels. C. exercise performance.
    B. weight loss.
    11. What are the health benefits of zinc?
    A. Reduced muscle fatigue C. Control of blood pressure
    B. Proper wound healing D. Lung efficiency
    12. Which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A. A vigorous exercise regimen C. A diet that lacks protein
    B. A lack of sleep D. A high-fat diet
    13. Which one of the following choices is the best option for a vegan snack?
    A. Vanilla soymilk, peanut butter, and pretzels
    B. Almond milk with butter cookies
    C. Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D. Tomato juice and macaroni and cheese
    14. How should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A. 80 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent proteins
    B. 60 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent proteins
    C. 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats, 10 percent proteins
    D. 80 percent proteins, 10 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fats
    15. A person who is lactose intolerant would have difficulty digesting which one of the
    following foods?
    A. Grilled veggie burger on a sesame bun C. Turkey hot dog with mustard
    B. Low-fat cheesecake with raspberries D. Three-bean salad
    16. Which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A. Sliced bananas, walnuts, and orange sections
    B. Baked potato chips and sparkling water
    C. Green salad with ranch dressing
    D. Unsalted pretzels and cheddar cheese
    17. To derive energy from food, you must eat foods that contain
    A. vitamins and minerals. C. water.
    B. carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. D. fiber.
    18. Which one of the following choices is a simple sugar?
    A. Glucose C. Lactase
    B. Orange juice D. Chocolate
    19. Which one of the following snack combinations will best satisfy a person’s daily
    fluid requirements?
    A. Ice cream, sherbet, and fruit
    B. Bananas, whole-wheat bread, and water
    C. Fresh fruit, green salad, water
    D. Fruit juice, energy bars, cold cereal
    20 Which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person
    who is gluten intolerant?
    A. Microwave popcorn and carrot sticks
    B. Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C. Bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D. Orange juice and graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      1 d
      2.c
      3.b
      4.d
      5.b
      6.b
      7.d
      8.b
      9.c
      10.a
      11.b
      12.b
      13.d
      14.c
      15.b
      16.a
      17.a
      18.b
      19.c
      20.b

      alright… i hope i did well!

  33. QUESTION:
    High C-Reactive Protein test results, what could be the causes?
    I have a C-Reactive protein level of 11.0 . . . I would appreciate some advice : )

    Details about me:

    I’m 29 years old, moderately active, about 30lbs over weight.

    I was seen by my doctor since I started getting headaches about 2-3 times per month. No real reason why or when they come, but when they do they last for anywhere from 2-5 days. Located on my right shoulder, right side of neck, with a lot of pain behind right eye and right temple. Headaches caused Doctor to run some tests.

    One of the tests indicated an elevated C-reactive Protein level of 11.0

    I had never heard of C-Reactive protein, so I looked it up and was unsure how concerned I should be and what the causes could be.

    Other results, included Low LDL, High HDL, no issues with blood sugar, no vitamin deficiencies and Low Iron.

    I do take Oral Contraceptives (for 13 years) and have a family history of an autoimmune disease (endometriosis), however, I have not been diagnosed with it yet although I do have some symptoms.

    I am only 29 and wondering what would be the likely cause of this and what questions I should be asking my doctor.

    Thanks so much for your time . . . I appreciate it : )

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    Migraines, dizziness, near passing out? ?
    I have been having daily migraines, usually during late morning to early afternoon. I’ve tried eating, not eating, eating different types of foods, etc. Nothing helps. They are always on my right side, around and behind my eye, that temple, and across the top of my brain on that side. Or so it feels.. My vision on that side gets extremely blurry and I sometimes see stars.

    Also, I’ve been frequently (meaning at least once to twice a day/evening) feeling very dizzy and as if I may pass out. A few times I have come close, like I’ll almost fall out and then snap out of it. These sometimes are during a migraine, and sometimes not. These too cause me to see stars at times.

    Medical specifics:
    Hypothyroidism, taking .125 mcg levothyroxine to level this

    Check blood sugar regularly, and at different times. It’s always fine, between 90 and 135ish.

    Total cholesterol 214, bad cholesterol 146

    No other things I can think of. I’ve been diagnosed with steatohepatitis about 4-5 years ago after elevated liver enzyme levels, lost 30 pounds and that’s been normal ever since. (total weight lost is now 45 lbs)

    I’m a 27 year old female, 5’9, and now weight around 210. I have a very busy, physical job, so I do alot of walking, lifting, climbing, etc daily. (I do inventory management)

    I’ve had EKG and holter test on heart this month, both came out normal. Doctor is sending me this week for EEG to rule out seizures.

    Does anyone have any ideas on what could be causing my migraines and dizziness/near passing out?? It’s literally driving me insane and I have to find a solution so I can have peace!

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    How to treat high blood pressure whilst battling diabetes and cancer?
    My father has high blood pressure which is caused by his cancer (since it has become metastatic the tumors cause it to elevate even after administering medication, which then requires going to the ER). The problem is that his blood pressure gets extremely high but his sodium levels are very low due to his diabetes (he sweats it out). He has many doctors which treat him for various problems and they all have their own opinions as to how to treat it which can be contradictory with what his other doctors say. His last visit to the ER (yesterday) his doctor who treats him for high blood pressure ordered an IV with sodium chloride. A few weeks ago his blood sugar dropped to 32 which had a serious effects on his brain causing him to hallucinate and be out of touch with reality. Luckily hes not in a coma which is what happens with situations like this, but unfortunately the damage done to his brain is permanent. My question is, how do we treat high blood pressure when his sodium levels are very low?
    Just to clarify, he sweats profusely when his blood sugar levels are abnormal which causes him to lose sodium through the sweating. I am not sure if this is the main cause, but his doctors believe it to be so.

    • ANSWER:
      Follow doctors advice and bless then anoint his head with a little drop of oil regularly and determining in your mind the change you want to see.

  36. QUESTION:
    “slightly elevated” glucose tolerance test?
    about 2 weeks ago when I was about 27 wks pregnant, I had my glucose tolerance test. I juat received the results in the mail, my practicioner had checked off that the result was “abnormal” and in the notes she wrote that it was “slightly elevated”

    there were also options about me following me up that she could check off and she checked the “keep your scheduled appointment” among the others were “please call our office to schedule an appointment” and “no further action is needed at this time”

    I have a regular ob checkup appointment for the 11th and phoned the office to see if I could get more info, but my doctor was off for today so I left a message.

    I guess I was just nervous and wanted some advice. before I took the test my doctor didn’t give me any sort of guidelines to follow, so I went early in the morning, before I ate, drank the icky glucose soda, then they said come back in an hour to get my blood drawn. my parents were with me, and they wanted to eat, so we went to the cafeteria and got some breakfast. I ate a bagel with cream cheese, some tater tots and some oatmeal with brown sugar. I drank water.

    I guess my MAIN question is was I stupid to eat before getting my blood drawn? especially the sugar in the oatmeal? my doctor and the nurse taking my blood didn’t tell me not to eat, they didn’t really tell me anything. could me eating after drinking the glucose soda stuff cause me to have an elevated test level? has anyone experienced anything similar?

    any input is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    need opinion…professional would be awesome!?
    I’m needing advice from someone who has this condition or knows a lot about it! I recently had some blood work done on all my hormones/thyroid/sugar levels due to having abnormal periods (going up to 35+ days without period nothing too extreme) when I told my OBGYN about this is when she wanted these tests ran. All of them came back normal except my Prolactin lvl. The first time it was tested she said it was slightly elevated. So I fasted and retested to see if it changed it. My results came back yesterday and she told me it was again elevated and wanted to consult with me about getting an MRI done. Ok hearing that scared me a bit! It was actually the nurse to told me so she really couldn’t answer the questions I was asking. So I did some research online about having an elevated prolactin level. According to a couple of good sources online it said that in most cases when there are higher amounts of this hormone that is could be due to a benign (sp?) tumor on the pituitary gland. Currently I am TTC and sounds like having this high lvl of prolactin causes it to become difficult to concieve. I go in in a couple of weeks to find out more from my consult, but I am looking for some answers! Looking for people who have gone through this or know more about it than I do…thanks a million!

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Help. High Blood Pressure advice?
    I am a 26 year old Male. Ive been dealing with high blood pressure for years now, since ive been 18. At one point (about 3 years or more) i did not have the means to go to a doctor until recently. The doctor’s say the cause is that my heart is too strong and it pumps blood at a flow that my veins cant handle all the time. I also hold salt (which i take hydrochlorot 25 mg for) They also said my body had somehow adjusted to the higher BP as it stays at a normal level (for me) of 150ish over 100-110 pulse is always low unless I’m upset.

    My blood pressure now is 214/118 pulse is 80. I know this is dangerous believe me I took Metoprolol tartrate 100 mg about an hour and a half ago and i took another half about 5 minutes ago. I will recheck it in 30 minutes and take another after that. Check it one last time. If it is still high should i go to the hospital. I smoke a little green (for insomnia-Helps me sleep) and they always say its my pain killers that im prescribed or that what little bit of green i smoke causes it to go high, both are downers and i just cant see this. they usually tell me this because i think they don’t know exactly what is going on. I don’t like going to hospitals because of a past incident.

    Sorry for the back drop story but i guess my question is how can i elevate some of the symptoms like the headache etc? Also I know drinking water while having Blood sugar issues can help, and i was told water is not good for high BP as it raises it.

    Any suggestions would be great and please don’t hate because of my questions, the fact i smoke here and there or anything else. I’m asking for genuine advice from people who have experience in health. Not to be trolled with what you may think is funny at the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Try some natural remedies, red/purple potatoes with the skins on are excellent for high blood pressure along with oatmeal and cinnamon is excellent for regulating blood sugar levels. So maybe try this for a week; Oatmeal with cinnamon sprinkled on it for breakfast and baked or roasted red potatoes with your lunch or dinner…..check into nutritional alternatives, your Docs won’t support the ideas because they won’t get your financial support. But I am a firm believer in feeding your body right! Also do what you can to nix the green, it’ll make your levels plummit and crash and get everything all out of whack. Also, 3/4 glass red wine and about 3 pieces dark chocolate are very good for warding off heart disease, but if you do this in excess you will produce negative results. Become disciplined with your diet for a week and do some comparing with your numbers. Also maybe look into what your bloodtype is and learn to eat right for it. Certain bloodtypes respond better to certain foods!! All of this stuff you can research online. Hope you find what works for you !!

  39. QUESTION:
    Are these too many questions to ask my doctor?
    About 5 mon ago started having what felt like low blood sugar attacks. Doc said it was anxiety. Tried Xanax. Did nothing. Then I started getting a few dizzy spells. Low BS attacks became more frequent, and I began to feel weak, and just not right. I tried Zoloft and other anti anxiety meds. Symptoms remained. Fast forward to now. I am now almost always dizzy, hands tremble always, I am so weak that walking to the mailbox or doing dishes is difficult, I am woken up every night after two hours of falling asleep with the need to pee, I pee up to 12 times a day, haven’t slept for more than 4 hours straight in 4 months, my stomach feels completely empty even after a large meal, I am a 27 yo male 5’8 and went from 163 lbs 5 mon ago to currently 189 lbs. This is due to eating every few hours and also in the middle of the night when I am woken up with what feels like low BS. My blood pressure also went from normal to currently 150/90. I felt weird while at the store the other day. Checked my pressure at the pharmacy. Was 191/100 with 120 pulse. So I am basically losing.my quality of life. I spend all day in bed 7 days a week. I am seeing my Doc on Friday. Are these too many questions to ask? She kind of rushes me, but I need help. I don’t have any desire to live at this point. I am exhausted trying to keep my blood sugar up. I know it isn’t anxiety. I just don’t feel good and it’s gotten worse.

    My questions for her:

    1. Is this a diabetic issue that an Endocrinologist can help with?

    2. Is my fatty liver/elevated alt (90) enzyme causing this?

    3. Can hepatitis cause all my symptoms?

    4. Why do I get dizzy shakey and hungry when my sugar is at 85 when waking up, but also at 130 two hrs after eating?

    5. Is something preventing me from metabolizing or absorbing food? (parasite?)

    6. Could my vitamin D level of 24 cause all of this even though I’m on 1,000 IU a day?

    7. Brain CAT scan was clear, do I need an MRI?

    8. What is the test for insulin resistant?

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask to have a diabetes (sugar/glucose test) and also Thryoid
      testing (TSH, T3, T4) to be done.

      You should be seeing either a gastroenterologist or hepatologist now.
      You may need to see an endocrinologist.

      You mentioned you have a Fatty liver. Fatty liver disease can be caused
      by alcohol consumption, certain kinds of medications, diabetes, insulin
      resistance, metabolic disorders, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels,
      weight gain (obesity) and others. When fat first begins in the liver….
      it doesn’t cause a problem.
      However, as more fat builds up inside the liver, it can cause damage to
      the liver cells. When the liver cells become damaged, the immune system
      of the body will respond to this and cause inflammation to develop inside
      the liver which will cause the liver to enlarge in size. This is then known
      as Steatohepatitis (fatty liver disease with inflammation).
      Any kind of liver cell damage can cause a patient to become tired.

      Medication terms:
      1)Steatohepatitis (steato means fat, hepat means liver, itis means inflammation.
      2)Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by damage to the liver cells from
      any of 40+ reasons.
      3)NASH is Non alcoholic causes of Steatohepatitis
      4)NAFLD is Non alcoholic causes of Fatty liver disease (with or without
      inflammation)
      5) Cirrhosis of the liver (is not damage) it is death of the liver cells with
      scar tissue formation inside the liver… a progressive, irreversible disease.

      Links:

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx

      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-liver

      The Thyroid controls the metabolism of the body. It makes a hormone to
      stimulate whether you have normal or a low/high metabolism
      (hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism). The liver is the main site that does
      most of the metabolism of the body. You could say the thyroid is the
      regulator switch of how your liver will function in metabolising food, etc.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/hypothyroidism/article.htm

      http://www.allthyroid.org/disorders/index.html

      Your blood pressure is way too high. The doctor needs to be sure
      that your cardiac concerns are taken care of, either with medication or
      diagnosing what you have and having treatment.

      Passing urine this frequently can be a sign of diabetes. However,
      people who have Thyroid problems can have symptoms of
      constantly being hungry and shaky.

      Ask your Doctor any questions you need to…that is what they are
      being paid for. If they rush you through and don’t take time to do
      this…then find another doctor. You may need to have a second
      opinion on your condition. Best wishes

  40. QUESTION:
    oxycontin and oxycodone togeather plz answer very important?
    my mother had a very bad fall last weekend causing her to break 4 ribs. for pain management her doctor had given her the following meds- oxycontin 20 mg twice a day, oxycodone 4 mg every 4 hours, and naproxen 800mg twice a day. my mother had started to not eat and go potty. i called the doctor that had seen her and was told to give her slim fast shakes before a pill. i was at this point a bit upset do to her being a diabetic among other issues. i also explained to the doctor that my mother has suddenly, extreme onset of Alzhemers/Dementia symptoms as soon as she started on it. i was told it’s impossible. i continued giving her med’s and watching her seem to just waste away infront of me and the doctor saying this is normal on thursday i had to take her back in due to her blood sugars being extremly high. now she is in the hospital with a tube down her nose to remove gas and blockage of bowls and cathetrized. yet they insist they have no idea what is causing all of this. i’m very worried that possible the pain meds have harmed my mother for life. they also say she may have had a stroke or a tiny heart attack i would not have been able to catch. i think they have harmed her with the meds and covering it up. is this a normal response to these medications? have you ever heard of this before if so what happened and what can be done to fix it? how long will this last. my mother is 53 years old and never shown a tiny hint till they put her on these medications. upon arrival at er they gave her a tox screen it showed elevated levels i was told that someone must be giving her more meds then needed. however i know for a fact i wasn’t i wrote it on a schedual and all the pill are accounted for. i am scared and at my wits end about this. i was never told she would need a stool softer or these signs but just exactly how does an alert person go to not remembering, stuttering, can’t walk, feed, change self, and just basically to a this. which has lead me to believe it’s the medications they had put her on. i appreciate anyone who can plz relate or at least offer some advice on how to make this doctor see that my mom wasn’t losing it before she recieved these med’s.
    u may also e-mail ur answers to- short.lil_momma@yahoo.com if you like.

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    Enlarged liver but no elevated liver enzymes?
    Please help!!! I went to the doctor last week because I have been experiencing nausea and vomiting for a long time now especially after I eat dinner I will get what feels like a lot of mucous build up in my throat (not draining from my nose) and if I cough even the slightest bit I will end up throwing up. Also I have been having a crampy, sharp pain kind of thing happening on both sides of my abdomen right below where my rib cage stops and it is kinda tender to the touch on both sides too. Anyway, I went to the doctor and they did a whole panel of blood test…kidneys, liver, etc as well as a H. Pylori test. When the doctor was examining me she stated that she felt something enlarged on my right side under my ribs (that was the reason they did the liver enzyme blood test). she also referred me to an oncology doctor and a GI doctor but my appointments with them are 2 weeks from now. Well, the blood work that I had done at my regular doctor came in 2day and they said everything came back normal. my liver and kidney enzymes were fine but my sugar level was 3 points higher than normal…normal is considered 60-90 mine was at 93.
    my question is….what could cause this pain or my liver to be enlarged even though my liver enzymes are fine?? i’m kinda freaking out…i have bad anxiety and sort of a hypochondriac so i’m worried about everything…cancer, HIV, etc, etc.
    PLEASE HELP….serious answers only please…thank you and God bless :)

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    All bacteria are classified as

    A. Archea.

    B. Protista.

    C. Prokaryotes.

    D. Eukaryotes.

    Bacteria that use sunlight as an energy source are considered

    A. photoautotrophs.

    B. hetertrophs.

    C. saprobes.

    D. chemoautotrophs.

    Which of the following is considered a sexual process for exchanging genetic information but is not considered reproduction?

    A. transcription

    B. conjugation

    C. translation

    D. binary fission

    Which characteristics do scientists use to identify specific prokaryotes?

    A. size

    B. shape

    C. movement

    D. energy source

    Bacteria cause diseases by

    A. producing toxins.

    B. reducing wrinkles.

    C. destroying tissues.

    D. both (A) and (C).

    Archaea are different from Bacteria in that Archaea

    A. have structures and molecules that are more similar to eukaryotes than bacteria.

    B. have structures that are more similar to bacterial structures.

    C. have molecules that are different from eukaryotic molecules.

    D. none of the above.

    One way bacteria are important to the Earth and its ecosystems is that

    A. bacteria use oxygen.

    B. bacteria produce acetone.

    C. bacteria decompose dead organisms.

    D. bacteria concentrate valuable minerals.

    What are bacterial chromosomes made up of?

    A. single circular piece of DNA

    B. linear pieces of DNA

    C. DNA in paired chromosomes

    D. DNA or RNA in various forms

    Some bacteria, like those that cause Cholera, have a flagellum that allows them to

    A. move.

    B. reproduce.

    C. excrete water.

    D. produce sugar.

    Research has shown people will have elevated levels of a certain protein when they have a bacterial infection. In comparison, when people have a viral infection the same protein appears in trace amounts. Once a blood test is done the level of protein can be determined in about an hour.

    Why would it be beneficial to know if a person with a respiratory infection has elevated levels of this protein in his or her blood?

    A. Physical therapy can be recommended.

    B. A change in diet can be recommended.

    C. A decision can be made regarding the need for x-rays.

    D. A decision can be made about whether or not to prescribe antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      All bacteria are classified as C. Prokaryotes
      (by the way, this is an obsolete term, and no longer supported by modern microbiologists! But probably the one your teacher wants to hear).

      Bacteria that use sunlight as an energy source are considered
      A. photoautotrophs.

      Which of the following is considered a sexual process for exchanging genetic information but is not considered reproduction?
      B. conjugation

      Which characteristics do scientists use to identify specific prokaryotes?
      B. shape
      (again, poor question)

      Bacteria cause diseases by
      D. both (A) and (C).

      Archaea are different from Bacteria in that Archaea
      A. have structures and molecules that are more similar to eukaryotes than bacteria.

      One way bacteria are important to the Earth and its ecosystems is that
      C. bacteria decompose dead organisms.

      What are bacterial chromosomes made up of?
      A. single circular piece of DNA

      Some bacteria, like those that cause Cholera, have a flagellum that allows them to
      A. move.

      Research has shown people will have elevated levels of a certain protein when they have a bacterial infection. In comparison, when people have a viral infection the same protein appears in trace amounts. Once a blood test is done the level of protein can be determined in about an hour.

      Why would it be beneficial to know if a person with a respiratory infection has elevated levels of this protein in his or her blood?
      D. A decision can be made about whether or not to prescribe antibiotics.

      Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    SODA IS BAD FOR YOU!?
    KILLS WHITE BLOOD CELLS CAUSES HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND RAPID HEART BEAT, HEART ATTACKS AND LOW IMMUNE SYSTEM
    IT EATS AWAY YOUR CALCIM AND SUCKS UP ALL THE WATER FROM YOUR BODY, DOES THE SAME AS DRUGS, AND THATS NOT WEED! WEED ISENT A DRUG
    Raised blood insulin levels beyond the norm can lead to depression of the immune system, which in turn weakens your ability to fight disease.

    Something else to consider is that most of the excess sugar ends up being stored as fat in your body, which results in weight gain and elevates risk for heart disease and cancer. One study found that when subjects were given refined sugar, their white blood cell count decreased significantly for several hours afterwards. Another study discovered that rats fed a high-sugar diet had a substantially elevated rate of breast cancer when compared to rats on a regular diet. (See: Hoehn, SK et al: “Complex versus simple carbohydrates and mammary tumors in mice.” Nutr Cancer 1979; 1: 27.)

    You may come to the conclusion that diet or sugar-free soda is a better choice. However, one study discovered that drinking one or more soft drinks a day — and it didn’t matter whether it was diet or regular — led to a 30% greater chance of weight gain around the belly.

    Diet soda is filled with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, or saccharin. These artificial sweeteners pose a threat to your health. Saccharin, for instance, has been found to be carcinogenic, and studies have found that it produced bladder cancer in rats.

    Beverages with bubbles contain phosphoric acid, which can severely deplete the blood calcium levels; calcium is a key component of the bone matrix. With less concentration of calcium over a long time, it can lower deposition rates so that bone mass and density suffer. This means that drinking sodas and carbonated water increases your risk of osteoporosis. (See: AJCN)

    Add in the caffeine usually present in soft drinks, and you are in for even more trouble. Caffeine can deplete the body’s calcium, in addition to stimulating your central nervous system and contributing to stress, a racing mind, and insomnia.

    Skip the soda and go for:

    • Fresh water
    Water is a vital beverage for good health. Each and every cell needs water to perform its essential functions. Since studies show that tap water is filled with contaminants, antibiotics, and a number of other unhealthy substances, consider investing in a quality carbon-based filter for your tap water. To find out more about a high-performance filtration system, click here.

    On the go? Try using a stainless steel thermos or glass bottle, filled with filtered water. Enhance the flavor of your water with a refreshing infusion of basil, mint leaves, and a drop of honey.

    http://health.yahoo.net/experts/drmao/what-soft-drinks-are-doing-your-body

    COPY AND PAST THIS LINK ABOVE TO THE TOP OF YOUR LINK IT TELLS MORE

    • ANSWER:
      Okay….so what’s the question?

  44. QUESTION:
    what are high FSH symptoms?
    Backstory—
    I have been experiencing some symptoms that I am very concerned about. Symptoms such as chronic nausea, chronic fatigue, heavy irregular periods, extreme pain in my legs, and constant blood sugar swings. So, I went to my doctor and she ordered some lab work. I just got my results back and I think my FSH is higher than it is suppose to be. It came in at 10.4 on day 3 of my cycle. Is that normal? I am not on any medications other than Zofran to treat my chronic nausea. Is this elevated FSH level the cause to most of my symptoms I am experiencing?

    Side Notes—
    -my LH level came in a 4.3
    -I am not ttc, I am just trying to find what is causing my symptoms
    -I am going to be doing a Transabdominal and Transvaginal ultrasound to see if endo could be a possible cause for all of this
    -PCOS runs in my family. Could my symptoms or high FSH level be related to that?
    I am also 19 if that makes a difference…haha

    • ANSWER:
      Your FSH is indeed on the high side for a 19 year old. High FSH levels can indicate premature ovarian failure, but you won’t get that diagnosis based on this one test. You will need further testing, but it is prudent to look into it.

      Anyway, the only specific symptom of high FSH is irregular periods or no period at all, but that doesn’t happen until FSH levels are 40+ (menopausal levels).

      It does sound like something is off with your hormones collectively, and that could cause some of your symptoms, but your symptoms are not solely FSH related.

      Your doctor is your best resource. I hope you get this all figured out soon!

  45. QUESTION:
    Anyone know anything about hemorragic gastroenteritis?
    This morning, my 3 1/2 lb 2 yr old female chihuahua woke me around 3 am gagging. I got her down on the floor before she threw up. She threw up once more about 20 minutes later. Both times it was foamy. I didn’t think too much about it, but figured I’d keep a close eye on her today.

    When I woke up at 9, I found a note my son had left me, telling me she’d pooped blood in his room. I went to investigate, and sure enough, there were some blood droplets in his floor. I went and checked the piddle pad and found more. I called the vet, and made her an appt for this afternoon. I also noticed she was shivering, yes I know chihuahuas shiver, but not her and not like this. About 10 minutes after I got off the phone, she pooped right in front of me. There was alot more blood this time, no poop that I could see, and the blood was very dark. This spooked me pretty badly.

    We went to the vet right away, as blood coming out of any part of your dog is never good, and as small as she is, I don’t see how she can have much to spare. They did a fecal exam and found nothing. She’s utd on her vaccinations, so they ruled out parvo. They took some blood and found nothing there, other than her white blood cell count was slightly elevated.

    He said at this point, it’s too early to determine if she has hemorragic gastroenteritis, but he thinks that may be what’s wrong. He gave us Pro Pectalin gel for an antidiareeal, Cerenia for an anti-nausia, and Metronidazole Benzoate for an antibiotic. I also asked for some nutri-cal as I worry about her sugar levels dropping.

    I’ve had her home for about half an hour now, and she’s just now pooped more blood, and drank a lot of water. If she poops more blood again, I’m to take her back to the vet and let them keep her and start an IV.

    My question: does anyone know what hemorragic gastroenteritis is? What causes it? How is it cured? Do you think that may be what she has? With her being so small, what are her chances at pulling through this?

    She’s so important to us, I can’t stand the thought of losing her. I was so upset at the vets, I couldn’t think straight and didn’t think to ask him these questions.
    They did not give her fluids. At this point, I don’t feel she is dehydrated. She’s still drinking water, and her skin doesn’t stand up when pinched. Also, he showed me how to check her gums, and said so long as they stay pink like they were, she’s doing okay.

    He gave her a shot of the anti-nausea drug there, and a dose of the anti diahrea, and sent some home as well. When we got home, I gave her the antibiotic, as well as an inch of the nutri-cal, which perked her up a little bit.

    Was also instructed to withhold food today and tomorrow, and to fix her some white rice for dinner.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog had this last fall. It scared me to death. I left her at the vet for a day, they hooked her up to an IV, gave her antibiotic just in case, and kept her untill she stopped having bloody stool (about a day). It cost me 0.

      about a month later it happened again. I made a judgement call. As soon as I saw the blood, I stayed home from work, bought some un-flavoured Pedialyte and did anything I could to get the dog small amounts of it every 15 min. A syringe full every 15 min shoved down her. No food for the day (Day 1). By mid-day the bloody stool stopped. I continued the Pedialyte into the next day. Day 2 after the bloody stool stopped I fixed her a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice. Fed her a palmfull of it about every 2 hours. Day 3 I upped it to a more normal level of food, gave her regular water mixed with what Pedilyte I had left, but still the bland diet. Gradually I started adding in her regular food to the chicken and rice.

      After the first day where she was miserable that was probablly the best week of my dogs life. .boiled chicken for dinner?! She was thrilled.

      Like I said, keeping her home and trying the Pedialyte was a judgement call on my part, If the bloody stool didnt stop by the end of the day I planned to take her back to the vet – but, it happened to work. However, my situation should NOT be used in place of a vets advice.

      Good luck, it’s scary – I know. . .

  46. QUESTION:
    8 Very specific questions about Endocrine System & Hormones?
    I think I know most of these answers but I am worried that they are going to reappear next week as essay test questions and wonder if I couldn’t put the answers a little better, please review my answers at the bottom after reading my questions.

    —the questions—-
    1.In the first half of the 20th Century, thyroid endemic goiters were much more common than today. This reduction is thought to be the product of the government’s mandate that iodine should be added to common table salt. Describe why and how this would reduce the number of cases of thyroid goiters.

    2.In patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, recent research suggests that the beta cells of the pancreatic islets are destroyed by the patient’s own immune system. Describe how this would result in the symptoms associated with diabetes mellitus.

    3.In detail, describe why the hormones insulin and glucagon can be described as having an antagonistic relationship.

    4.A new drug being tested by the FDA has been found to impair the ability of the liver to produce and store cholesterol. In terms of the endocrine system, what would happen to a patient who is taking this drug?

    5.Explain the difference between the means by which a hydrophobic hormone and a hydrophilic hormone interact with a target cell.

    6.Describe what is meant when an organ is referred to as a mixed gland. Provide three examples of this in the human body and for each, identify the “mixed” functions of the organ.

    7.Explain how FSH and Testosterone together can stimulate normal rates of spermatogenesis, while neither of these hormones can do so alone.

    8.When a woman is in the secretory phase of the uterine cycle, what phase is occurring in the ovarian cycle and how are the two related? What occurs in the uterine cycle when the ovarian cycle has reached the end of the luteal phase? Why?

    ——My answers——
    1. W/o Iodine the thyroid cannot synthesize TH. w/o TH the pituitary receives no feedback & acts as if the thyroid were under stimulated. It produces extra TSH which stimulates hypertrophy of the thyroid gland.

    2. When 80-90% of beta cells are destroyed and insulin is low the level of glucagon is elevated. It is the high ratio of glucagon to insulin that causes the signs.

    3. insulin eats blood sugar? I don’t know how to properly describe this one

    4?

    5 Hydrophilic must bind to a second messenger to enter cell whereas hydrophobic has the ability to pass through membranes

    6 When they use the term “mixed” do they mean that interchangeably with accessory? Like the brain, heart, small intestine, bones, and adipose tissue all have more primary function yet they also secrete various hormones or do they mean something else by the term “mixed”?

    7&8 (a little help would be appreciated)

    • ANSWER:
      1, and 2 looks okay

      3. Insulin signals cells to take in sugar from blood, thereby lower blood sugar. Glucagon signals liver to turn glycogen to glucose and release to blood, thereby increase blood sugar. They function in opposite ways therefore they are antagonistic.

      4. I would suspect that there will be a increase of steroid (hydrophobic hormones) production because cholesterol is the raw material. More specifically, I believe DHEA (precursor to sex hormones) because other systemic steroids are tightly regulated.

      5. Hydrophilic Hormone does not enter the cell, rather, it binds to receptor on cell membrane and activate secondary messenger system in the cell. Hydrophobic Hormone need carrier protein to travel in blood and as you said they can just pass through cell membrane.

      6. Mix gland is a gland that have both endocrine and exocrine function. Examples would be Pancreas, Stomach and Liver. What you suggested are not glands except for small intestine, but i am less clear on its exocrine function.

      7. Testosterone is essential for both mitosis and meiosis of the germ cell. FSH has to do with production of ABP, androgen bind protein. which bind to Testosterone in Sertoli cell. Testosterone binded with ABP is essential for sperm maturation (not just Testosterone alone).

      8. Secretory Phase = Luteal Phase. Secretory Phase is characterized by hormone secretion. Luteal Phase is characterized by corpus luteum, which primary function is to secrete hormone. At the end of luteal phase, the endometrium, or the lining of uterus begin to thin and menstrual phase begins. This is due to the ‘dying’ of corpus luteum, because corpus luteam can no longer produce enough hormone to sustain the endometrium.

  47. QUESTION:
    Should I seek a second opinion?
    Recently I went to see my Dr because I had been suffering from quite a few of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes. Including extreme thirst, unexplained weight loss, extreme hunger, mood swings, frequent urination, etc. A family member had a blood sugar monitor and we began to monitor my glucose levels while I waited on my appointment date…they were elevated, ranging from 131-273. But when I went to the doctor he didn’t seem to take the possibility of type 1 seriously and just focused on the fact that I was at low risk for type 2 and since I wasn’t having stomach pains it couldn’t be type 1. And when I mentioned the fact that my father is type 1 he blew it off saying that “it isn’t hereditary.” when I know for a fact they don’t know for sure what causes type 1. My tests were out of the normal range, but not enough to diagnose type 1. So he diagnosed me with pre-type 2 diabetes. I am not overweight, am extremely active, and lead a very healthy lifestyle. Should I get a 2nd opinion?

    • ANSWER:
      You should get a second opinion. My daughter’s BG was only slightly elevated prior to original diagnosis, and based on that the ER wanted to discharge us. As it turned out she was in DKA with ketones through the roof. It doesn’t meant you’re diabetic, but at minimum you should have a more thorough test. While you wait for your new doctor’s appt, go ahead and test your ketones. They’re non-prescription and availble over the counter. If they’re anything but negative (and you dont have a flu bug) get to an ER. Then when you get out, change your primary care doc! Change docs anyway, because type 1 CAN be hereditary and if he didn’t know that you dont want him.

  48. QUESTION:
    Niacin causing Type 2 diabetes within 3 months of starting it & tests were negative for diabetes before?
    My mom has family history of heart disease and has stents. She is also on several medications like Plavix, Furosemide, & others. She usually has high blood pressure but medication is treating it successfully. Her cholesterol levels are not what they should be but are not horrendous either.

    Her doctor put her on Niacin because she cannot take statins. She gets severe muscular problems with the statins. Her total cholesterol is slightly under 200 – her LDL should be lower, HDL should be higher and triglycerides could be lower but nothing is horrendous. Ratio cholesterol blood tests are okay. I know that all should be better in someone with heart disease / CV risks especially though.

    Before starting the Niacin, they ran glucose tests that came back slightly elevated. The hA1c test came back normal so she was not diagnosed with diabetes.

    It has been 3 months on the Niacin & she noticed some weight gain in the stomach. Her weight really has not changed much over time but in the 3 months on Niacin, something was definitely causing abdominal weight gain.

    She went in to have her cholesterol rechecked along with her glucose. This time her glucose came back at 173, after fasting for 12 hours. It was checked mid morning. Doctor sent her for hA1c test again which came back 7.7 this time – it should be under 5 I guess – or 6.0 at the highest, even in someone with diabetes I believe.

    The doctor told her she has Type 2 Diabetes and did admit that the Niacin can raise it. We have read it should not raise glucose, tests significantly – should only be slightly but this cannot just be a coincidence. 3 months ago, she did NOT have Diabetes. Now, after the Niacin and noticeable weight gain in the stomach — which occurred on the Niacin quickly, she has it.

    Doctor told her to raise the Niacin to try to improve the cholesterol. Her cholesterol over the 3 months really did not get much better. She was not eating to try to control glucose at all over this time either, since it was never a problem before.

    I am 100% sure the Niacin caused her glucose or insulin problems — resulting in the abdominal weight gain, fatigue, upset stomach, tired after meals – and ended up raising glucose – fasting and average over the 3 months in the hA1c test.

    Her doctor is raising it – I am not sure this is the right thing to do. Seems more sensible to me, since cholesterol is not insane, to stop the Niacin and retest the glucose – then decide. I have read some sites where others on Niacin DID experience a significant increase in fasting glucose and hA1c test – not just a few percentage points as most sites say. One doctor on a site said after years of taking it, it would not be reversible but that if stopped after a few months, it could be reversible.

    I really feel that her doctor is doing the wrong thing. I know heart disease, heart attack, etc is a HUGE risk with her family history, high bp (off meds), overweight, stress , high cholesterol, etc – but the doctor IS ADDING a HUGE risk for heart disease while attempting to (not successfully) treat the cholesterol side of the risks.

    This does not make sense to me. Any opinions please or knowledge about Niacin raising glucose so significantly that it induced Diabetes. I have read a lot on Niacin with Diabetes, controversy, both sides but there is less info on Niacin causing it in those who are not diabetic!! Though it does say it CAN cause it. Taking – and now increasing the Niacin to treat cholesterol is creating a huge cardiovascular risk by creating increased glucose and diabetes now – this is ridiculous. Isn’t giving her diabetes even worse or as bad as cholesterol? I would try other meds before increasing a medication that is causing her to have Diabetes.

    One thing – the doctor said she has it for sure but decided not to start monitoring blood sugar, no info on Diabetes care, etc and said to try to watch the carbs she eats so they can recheck her blood sugar in 3 months – BUT IS RAISING NIACIN.

    What to do? :o( Thanks!!! :o)

    • ANSWER:
      This answer is also part of the original asker’s question!!!
      I think I just found my daughter! Too much info matches MY case!

      She left out that the doctor had me on SLO-NIACIN 500 Mg. for the 3 months plus before this blood work. That IS a slow release Niacin. Now she has raised it to 750 mg. SLO-NIACIN. The doctor has also added Metformin 500 mg. (diabetes med.)

      What we do not understand is this sudden diagnosis…it’s like poof: YOU have type 2 diabetes!
      (but no…no need to check blood sugar daily…just change diet..take this and take that. Come back in 3 months). I left the office thinking: “HUH??”

      My blood pressure has been stable for several years on BP meds. I do take some other meds that can raise glucose levels too.

      All has been stable since I got 4 stents almost 4 years ago. I take Tricor but have also tried every Statin that exists. I cannot tolerate any.

      Exercise would be great but it is kind of hard when you need a knee replacement.

      My cholesterol readings were NEVER ridiculously high even when it was found I had some blockages. I have never been told to change my carbohydrate or sugar intake.

      The Slo-Niacin did NOT make the reading on the cholesterol change much at all in the past 3 months plus, in fact the LDL went up some… but the weight gain in my abdomen and blood glucose has certainly jumped a mile since the slow-niacin. That was what my daughter was asking I think. Yeah, I may be overweight to start with but even skinny people get Diabetes.

      It may be odd, but could it possibly be connected to the niacin?? As I said, it all just seems too sudden a diagnosis for us…and makes us wonder.

  49. QUESTION:
    Blood pressure..a conundrum?
    I am 62 years old, and have rarely been ill since I was 14, and grew out of bronchitis. Mum died 5 years ago, and since then my brothers and Father have tried to make life hell, even though Dad died 2 years ago. I live 5000 miles away, yet they still can hurt me. My blood pressure has gone to 180/90, and often higher, and the Doctors have failed so far in bringing it down. Medication seems to be failing. I feel tired and listless.I am beginning to believe the problem is caused by my family circumstances, and wonder if the stress could elevate my BP to these high levels, and keep it there? I have cut down on salt and sugar, and cutting my smoking in half, and quitting on my birthday, 8th February. I quit this year for 5 months, and nothing changed. This is what is making me think it is stress related more than hypertension due to a physical problem.
    Well, I seem to have disturbed a sleeping hornet’s nest !!
    I will provide some more facts and observations, and see what you make of them!
    I take my blood pressure 4 times a day, with a home BP upper arm cuff monitor, which is brand new.
    I don’t drink alcohol in any form.
    During the summer, I am a musician/entertainer, which involves my moving around 400lbs of equipment 4 times a day. My lungs are clear, considering I smoke too much, but that is probably because I sing for around 3 hours a night, 7 nights a week for 6 months.I then spend 6 months doing totally different things, such as construction of gates etc by welding. I walk three times a day with my dog, probably a total of 1.5 hours a day. But my biggest problem is an addiction to the internet, and can sit in the same position for hours on end.
    All my predecessors have lived into their 90′s for at least 4 generations, and some had high blood pressure for many of their later years.
    According to a medical test some time ago, my circulatory system has no blockages, and my cholesterol is currently at a midway level. My blood sugar WAS rather high, but ir has now gone down well below the accepted maximum level. I can give you actual readings if you wish.
    My Doctor here, whom I have only just recently consulted (never been to a Doctor for the last 40 years), seems to be totally unconcerned with my BP, and asked me to go back in May 2009 for a further check-up. She started me on 20mg Captopril, but it did nothing. I finally went to ER when my BP reached 215/125, and they put me on 50mg catopril 4 times a day, 20 mg lisinopril twice a day, and 500mg aspirin once a day. My BP this morning was 159/85, this afternoon 182/92, and just now, it read 189/91, pulse 70 bpm. IF I LIE DOWN; IT READS 179/100. I took my medication about 2 hours ago, and my BP always reads higher after,than before I took it.
    I wonder what you will make of this?
    PS: I am 5ft 7.5inches (171.45 cms) tall, and currently weigh around 80 kilos (12.6 stones)
    Hello Donna B.
    My medications list as follows:
    50mg X4 a day.
    2 x Lsinopril/hidroclorotiazida 20/12.5 mg a day.
    1X omeprazol STADA 20mg a day
    1X 300mg Acido acetilsalicilio a day (combats aspirin allergy)

    I am not diabetic..just that my blood sugar on the day was a bit high..was correct the week later.
    I had a blood test 3 weeks ago. Everything was within limits, ecpet the sugar, which was a little high, but is now within limits.

    I can give you specific numbers if you require them.
    Even with all these ACE Inhibitors, my blood pressure averages 185/90 consistently. The inhibitors have nor significantly reduced it at all, even after 2 weeks of consistently taking the correct dosage as specified.
    Thanks for your interest.
    Nick
    Sorry..should read 50 mg X4 captopril bexal per day
    Oooosp again )):=))..should be the Omeprazol STADA which combats the aspirin allergy.get it right Nick!!
    First of all, I would like to thank EVERYBODY for taking the time to give me their opinions, be they midically inspired, or just a wish to help somebody who has perhaps the same problems as they do. It is very much appreciated.
    Now, I have to admit first off that during the winter, my wife and I drink an inordinate amount of tea (never coffee..ugh!!), and I have always since childhood taken two spoons of sugar with each cup. That amounts to an enormous amount of sugar intake, along with the sugar encountered in everyday food anyway. I have, for a week now, cut down from a mug to a cup, and half a teaspoon of sugar,and 1 sweetner. I have got used to the taste, and don’t mind it at all.
    My first wife was diabetic, and I know all about how sugar used to affect her, but failed to heed the warning signs. Hopefully, my pancreas has not been severely damaged, and my insulin production will deal with the blood sugar. Tests this week would seem to indicate it is working.
    And I feel less listless and tired already.
    My arrythmia has also gone away!
    My diet is very simple. NO red meat, maybe once or twice a month, and well-cooked when I DO eat it.
    I like cod, and eat that steamed. vegetables? Hmmm…peas and cauliflower. carrots and sprouts..but not all together! Hahaha! I don’t eat cured hams etc or processed food at all. I have stopped adding salt to anything.
    Exercise: normally walk my dogs three times a day, for a total of an hour or so.
    I spend my time working on my garage repairing cars as a hobby, and I am still very strong..no problem lifting 100 lbs.
    although since my BP problem came to light, I don’t strain myself any more.
    Donna..I weigh approximately 170 lbs.
    I NEVER have headaches except when there is a thunderstorm around. My vision is perfect except for reading etc close up, when I use glasses. I suffered from haemoroids nad an anal fissure for years, but cured them in my own way. Haven’t suffered for more than three years.
    I have had a strange pain in my right leg for some time now..sort of like the thigh is wrapped in cotton wool, and the skin surface has been de-sensitised..can’t feel anything when I touch the area.
    I’ve had chronic athletes foot for all my life, and can’t get rid of it, no matter what.
    I have managed to arrange an apointment with a Cardiologist at last, but tend to think my heart is not the problem, but we will see.
    I have stopped taking both drugs, and now just take captopril 50 mg 4 times a day. No change in my BP. I take 1 aspirin 500 mg a day. My Mum swore by it, and said it thinned her blood..which is probably correct.
    The emotional pain I feel about the way my family treated me, and still do, is constantly on my mind. I think I might be clinically depressed, but not sure. I wake very often in the night crying,because I even dream about it. It is with me 24 hours a day.
    One finalpoint: many yeras ago, I had an accident, where the blood vessels in my left wrist were cut,
    and I didn’t bleed. When I had it stitched up, the doctor said I would probably never bleed to death, because all the blood vessels go into shock, and completely seal themselves off. Also, when they try to take blood, they have great difficulty trying to get it flowing, even though the needle is perfectly inserted. Sometimes takes 10 minutes of wiggling my fingers to get any at all!
    I have a tendency to lift myself using my upper body and arms, and this seems to have weakened my leg muscles, but I intend to do some gentle exercises to tone them back up.
    Well, there you all are!! I have loads more I could tell you, but whether it would be relevant or not I don’t know, so I will cease and desist right now! I will be interested to read ANYBODY’S comments, but can’t promise to act upon them all. I shall continue to consult my Doctor, but will be a little more demanding regarding her apparent ‘un-worried’ attitude;) I have no fear of death, but I don’t want to leave my dear wife alone):=)

    • ANSWER:
      New Edit., Sunday Morning… Donna, I read your brilliant posting, and agree with it 99.9%
      The 0.1%? Well (and I offer this in helpfulness, not contradiction or criticism..) Stress IS actually measurable.. I can quantify it, -put a number on it, .. and so can /could you, very easily and quickly. That’s why I asked you to send me figures to analyze and from them the stress factor is there, plain to see, in the TPR figure… TPR is a direct stress index, to which you can assign a number….

      As Michael Caine said in the movie”Alfie” .. “Not a lot of people know that..”
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      ———————————————————————————–

      Hi, – You’re in great shape, and the figures you sent put you right in the middle of the BP typical readings of the world population for someone of your age with no pathological condition. If you wish me to email you the figure which illustrates this I’ll be happy to do so.
      Nothing suggests a cardio. problem associated with your tiredness and lethargy.
      Nothing suggest that the medications you were put on by your doctor were either necessary or would solve the general ‘cr*ppy” feeling you have, and I would simply stop taking them, because they have side-effects (all drugs do) which won’t help you find the real underlying cause of your malaise. Fortunately, while ACE-inhibitors won’t do you any good, (because the brain automatically cancels out any changes you make to the five vital parameters) they really don’t do much harm either, so just gradually take smaller doses and at longer intervals.
      By all means, keep your doctor informed, but make the decision yourself and be firm.

      As you see from your readings, your so-called BP didn’t shoot up to the very high figures permanently, and they display the simple pattern of your Circadian Rhythm. For instance, if you skipped breakfast tomorrow morning and took a late lunch, then the readings you’d get just before lunch would probably be even lower. – That’s what I have to do every time I join a new Gym./ Health club.. ! My figures are usually in the 200+/ 105+ range, but I can get them down to 145/85 dead easily. (- And you think you’ve got problems!..)
      In reality, of course, it’s only doctors who believe it’s the problem., which it isn’t . It is a complete myth that so-called “age-related essential hypertension” exists and poses great risks. There is a simple explanation for it (which unless you want me to) I shan’t bore you with , but you have the evidence for it right there in your own original posting – your predecessors all had high readings yet lived to ripe old ages.,.. I’m another, 81 and fit as a fiddle, with enormous BP readings.. Why aren’t I dead? Well, I could go tonight I suppose, but I’ll have outlasted two doctors who died many years ago having warned me about my salt intake and BP’s ! But that’s another story….

      I’ve deleted all the ‘hornets’ nest’ stuff to shorten this. If you have questions, feel free to email me.
      But if you do, please ensure that sample BP readings are accompanied by your monitor’s simultaneous pulse-rate numbers, because I can derive ten times as much from them then. Without pulse rates, isolated BP’s are virtually meaningless.

      Best wishes

      Edit: I’m no blood sugar expert, Nick, but I defer to Donna, -who (from previous postings) undoubtedly is.. I’d take her opinions seriously. I’m strictly a 100% m( always was, and always will be), a Cardio man.

      What seems clear, to me at least, is that whatever is wrong with you (and it’s not glaringly apparent that there is) has nothing to do with your heart or so-called “high blood pressure” and you need look elsewhere.

      I’d simply observe, -in passing, that had you consulted Dr.Who 4 or 5 times for an evening consultation , when your figures would have been about 180/95 perhaps, most of the time, you’d certainly have been diagnosed as “acute hypertensive” (Stage 3)….
      But if you’d had the same consultations in the late mornings, you’d be classified as “normal for your age” .

      Seriously, …. what does that tell you?
      I’m going to give my vote for Donna. – I’ve seen her past postings.

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      (Original Answer):-
      Before I answer your question directly, please let me contradict directly the idiotic “have you tried Propranalol?” suggestion. Simply don’t -your chances of survival will be lowered significantly and any apparent “lowering of BP” will be an illusion.
      You can take in as much salt as you feel easy with, and unless you’re diabetic sugar is harmless. But try not to smoke.

      Now, as regards your (apparent) blood pressure, forget it. – It’s fine. When you say it’s ‘gone to 189/90′ that can’t be true because everyone’s goes up and down, all day and night. So be honest with yourself, and measure it (if you have to) over the whole 24 hours. I bet you at about 11.30 a.m. it ain’t anything like 189….. and even if it was, it doesn’t matter a plug nickel.

      My instinct is to guess your doctor has you on some kind of beta blocker? If so, that would explain every single one of your symptoms

      Stress DOES cause your BP’s to rise, and quite rightly. That’s what the job of the brain is,.. to regulate your BP so as to deliver the correct amount of blood to your organs. Stress and BP go hand in hand, ; they are proportional to one another, -stress increases BP _ I can’t put it more plainly, can I ?
      But “bringing down your BP” isn’t going to reduce your stress, is it..?
      Well, IS IT? ………….

      Forget your BP, stop beta-blockers if you’re taking them , and concentrate on the causes of your stress, not the symptoms of how the brain copes with them.
      Good luck.

  50. QUESTION:
    Are you knowledgeable in Anatomy, Medicine, or Diseases? If so PLEASE help with CASE STUDY.?
    I’M IN THE PROCESS OF DOING A CASE STUDY FOR MY A&P CLASS. THE CASE STUDY READS AS FOLLOWS:

    Doctor, Your patient is Alex J, a 45-year-old male from the Midwest. It is February. He has the following symptoms: weakness, fatigue, hypotension, weight loss, dehydration, and decreased cold tolerance. He has also noticed an increased pigmentation (tanning) of both exposed and nonexposed portions of the body and back. The doctor performed a plasma cortisol determination test.
    His blood chemistry values follow:
    Serum sodium 128 mEq/Lv
    Serum potassium 6.3 mEq/L
    Fasting blood glucose 65 mg/dL
    BUN 4.5 mg/dL
    Serum creatinine 0.5 mg/dL

    Hematology tests resulted in the following values:
    Hematocrit 50%
    Leukocytes 5000/cu mm
    A plasma cortisol determination indicated a low cortisol level. Following administration of ACTH, plasma cortisol did not rise significantly after sixty and ninety minutes. Endogenous circulating levels of ACTH were later determined to be significantly elevated.

    1. What endocrine organ is the site of the malfunction?
    2. What is the name of this disorder? Use all available information to support your diagnosis.
    3. Discuss the electrolyte disturbances resulting from this disorder. elaborate
    4. Discuss the metabolic disturbances resulting from this disorder. elaborate
    5. What is the cause of the tanning?

    -WHAT I’VE CAME UP WITH SO FAR IS:

    1) Adrenal Gland
    2) Addison’s Disease
    3) The sodium is low, and the potassium is high because of the lack of aldosterone to control the levels in the kidneys. The low BUN makes no sense for Addison’s though…Not sure if that is a typo. BUN should be high, not low if it is Addison’s
    4) Oh there is a lot here. Since the hypothalamus is not being turned off by cortisol, it makes an abundance of CRH which lowers blood sugar, and induces stress. There is also low blood pressure because of the lack of angiotensin. So basically the glucocorticoids responsible for deactivating the hypothalamus and pituitary are not present, so both organs produce hormones without negative feedback.
    5) Decreased glucocorticoid levels will cause the pituitary to release a lot of ACTH. ACTH is turned into MSH which signals the melanocytes to produce melanin, and therefore pigment.
    The patient has Addison’s Disease. It is often caused by autoimmune destruction of the adrenal gland.

    —IF YOU KNOW YOU’RE STUFF CAN YOU LET ME KNOW IF I’M ON THE RIGHT TRACK, & HELP WITH A BIT MORE INFORMATION THAT I MAY BE MISSING. STILL DOING RESEARCH BUT ALITTLE HELP WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!

    • ANSWER:
      1 and 2 are right
      for 3, the only thing id add is that aldosterone does impact your kidneys filtering ability and you can see a drop in bun with that
      4. your talking about two things

      a) low blood sugar-which comes from low cortisol production by adrenals leading to fatigue and depression
      b)low blood volume- which comes from low aldosterone, which you mentioned

      you didnt mention low sex drive(men and women), and problems with mentruation(women) and pregancy(women;
      the adrenal gland has 3 layers(GFR)
      zona glomerulosa – outermost zone-makes aldosterone
      zona fasiculata -, middle zone,makes cortisol
      zona reticularis – thin, inner zone makes sex hormone

      the mnemonic i like to remember this is: the deeper you go the sweeter it gets, think about sex

      fyi,name a famous person with addisons? jfk


Causes Of Diabetes Type 2

Understand thatType II Diabetesis now claimed to be one of the most seendiseasein the United States nowadays.Anyone more than the age of 35 are usually thepeoplediagnosed with this type of diabetes.The causes are clearly different from that of diabetes type 1.Type 1 of the disease is commonly observed in people under the age of 20, and is the result of the body’s inability to make insulin.Type 2 Diabetesis when the body no longer responds to the hormone is when the body is no longer reactive to the hormone.Diabetes type 1 is entirelyout of control of the victim because something is inherently wrong with the person’s autoimmune response. On the other hand, diabetes type 2 is caused by poor dieting, obesity and inactivity.

Sadly, what causesType II Diabetesare the habits that tend to be the exact lifestyle that many Americans are living today.This could be the reason why aType II Diabetesdietis so important to understand and grasp before you get the disease.You can help prevent the condition from ever getting its hold on you and use such a diettoaidyou should you still contract Type ii Diabetes.Simply living a healthier lifestyle can help prevent the onset ofType 2 Diabetes.

Along with the causes of diabetes type 1 and type 2 being very different, treatments differ as well.Those suffering from diabetes type 1 must inject insulin into their bodies at regular intervals to regulate their blood sugar levels, but a person withType 2 Diabetesmay never be required to treat their condition with such a method.The main aim ofType II Diabetestreatments is to eat better and take correct medication to address the continuing development of the condition.Even though a correct diabetesdietcan help with diabetes type 1 as well, it is essential in battling what causes diabetes of the second type.

OnceType 2 Diabeteshas taken hold completely, there is no reversible way to rid yourself of the condition.You will have it for the remainder of your life.However, you can still live a healthy and enjoyable life withType two Diabetes.Beginning a newDiabetes Type 2diet regime is aDiabetes Type 2individual’sbest strategy forapproachingthisdreadeddisease.Having proper consultations with your doctor, you can be educated about the causes ofType 2 Diabetes, what a properDiabetes 2diet can do to help you, and what drugs you may need to commence taking.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What causes type 2 diabetes?
    Im hispanic so I know that that race is more prone to diabetes and I do eat a lot of sugars(im 13) and I just wanna make sure I can keep myself away from diabetes. So what causes diabetes?
    Oh I forgot to add Im not overweight. At least i dont think so, Im 5’1 and 89 pounds

    • ANSWER:
      Typically you must have a predisposition to diabetes before you get it. There are many more obese people who do not have diabetes than obese people who do have it.

      In short, stay active and eat a lower-carbohydrate diet. If you want more details, read the rest!

      To reduce your chances of getting it then restrict your carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates break down into glucose and force our bodies to produce insulin. This insulin production leads to fat storage, which leads to obesity. Reducing carbohydrate intake, in the long run, leads to reduced fat storage, and reduced insulin resistance (as one poster said, insulin resistance is what Type 2 is all about).

      Exercise also reduces insulin resistance, and is very important in a healthy lifestyle. Cardio is good, but muscle mass is better. Muscles (even when in rest) burn more glucose and calories than other cells, and so muscle mass (Not saying that you need to be RIPPED or anything, just have a healthy amount of muscle) is an excellent way to stay in shape. Basically, you don’t have to work out, but stay active!

      Reduce your intake of “white” foods such as simple sugars, potatoes, rice, flour (breads and pastas) and you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. As a hispanic, look for lower-carb tortillas or whole-wheat tortillas if you eat a lot of those. Whole wheat products are typically lower in carbs than white products of the same variety. Eat plenty of veggies and proteins (meat, beans). Eat fruits, but eat them in moderation. Avoid sodas and fruit juices. Drink plenty of water.

      All of these things can help, the more of any of them you do, the more it could help. ANY moderation in your food choices is better than no moderation at all, so find a balance that works for you. READ FOOD LABELS. While the FDA recommends we eat 300g of carbohydrates per day, try halving that. We diabetics typically limit ourselves to 150, 100, or even 50g of carbohydrates per day in some cases.

      Hope that helps. :)

  2. QUESTION:
    Causes of type 2 diabetes?
    My friend’s brother developed type 2 diabetes not too long ago. He was not overweight, and had a relatively healthy diet. He occasionally ate junk food, as most Americans do. Also, diabetes does not run in his family.

    The only thing I can think that was out of the ordinary is that he is college-age and drank ALOT.

    Can this cause type 2 diabetes? If not, what could be the culprit?

    • ANSWER:
      Health care providers do not yet know what causes diabetes. The following factors may increase your chance of getting diabetes:

      Family history of diabetes
      African-American, Hispanic, Native American or Asian-American race or ethnic background
      Being overweight
      Age (Chances increase with age)
      Taking certain medicines
      Being pregnant*
      *Pregnancy puts extra stress on a woman’s body that causes some women to develop diabetes. Blood sugar levels often return to normal after childbirth. Yet, women who get diabetes during pregnancy have an increased chance of developing diabetes later in life.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do proteins and enzymes hace to do with type 2 diabetes?
    Hey guys, umm yea thats my question. If you have any specific sources please list them. And i mean how is the defect or absence of a specific protein or enzyme cause type 2 diabetes, not how do you treat diabetes with proteins. Thanks in advance and please i need the asap!

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think it is the absence of a protein or enzyme that causes type 2 diabetes.

  4. QUESTION:
    Does the diet of the mother during pregnancy cause type 2 diabetes?
    I have an assignment due soon and i really need some help with this one question. Cant find the answer anywhere.

    • ANSWER:
      There was a recent study about how a low-protein diet during pregnancy could increase risk. The link to the newspaper report is here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1364015/Poor-diet-pregnancy-future-grandchildren-diabetes-researchers-say.html

      In the study, ‘poor diet’ was defined as ‘low-protein’.

      Note that it is about risk, not causation.

      Medical science does not actually know what causes Type 2 diabetes.

      For a balanced perspective from a medical professional, I recommend this piece by the chief medical officer of the American Diabetes Association.

      http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/15/with-diabetes-dont-focus-on-blame/

  5. QUESTION:
    What can cause type 2 Diabetes?
    Besides it having a history in your family, what can cause type 2 diabetes? What can cause type 1? If you have a history of it in your family, will you most likely get it?

    • ANSWER:
      Causes of DIABETES

      There are many causes of diabetes. Not all people have control of whether they could have prevented the disease. Eating healthy is a big factor in prevention, but some times that’s not enough. Below are several ways it can be caused.

      The disease is caused when the pancreas becomes dysfunctional. The body is dependent upon the insulin the pancreas secretes to keep the body’s blood sugar levels normal. Many things can cause the pancreas to become dysfunctional and cause illness.

      Diabetes is known to be higher in certain ethnicities such as Asian American, Hispanic, African American, Native American and Pacific Island descendants. The disease is known to be inherited and if it runs in your family, then you have a 25% chance of having it eventually.

      Age is a big cause because as people get older, they exercise less and they gain weight, causing the body’s pancreas to improperly secrete insulin. It can also be caused by a viral infection or illness affecting the pancreas, causing it not to secrete insulin properly.

      However, the biggest cause is obesity. Excessive weight and fat in the body cause muscle and tissues not to react to insulin the way they should, almost making them resistant to the insulin the pancreas is secreting. The insulin will not function properly causing high blood sugar levels, eventually leading to the disease. Overeating can cause it also. The body needs a proper balance in its diet and if a body has too many carbohydrates, fats, or proteins, it can cause the pancreas to be dysfunctional also.

      Frequent smoking can eventually lead to diabetes. Stress is also a major factor. The body’s metabolism is directly influenced by its lifestyle. This includes the amount of daily stress; grief, and excessive worrying, that can cause the metabolism to react differently to insulin and the person to become a diabetic.

      The body needs plenty of exercise and a balanced diet for the pancreas to properly function, secreting enough insulin. Many people cannot prevent this disease, especially if they inherit the disease or contract a viral infection causing it. The causes of diabetes vary, but the most important thing in trying to prevent it are maintaining a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and eating right.

      Take are
      Tin

  6. QUESTION:
    other causes of diabetes mellitus type 2?
    anyone knows what are the other causes of diabetes mellitus type 2 besides food and diet?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you mean, what else can cause a person to have type 2 diabetes besides having a poor diet?

      Being fat, heavy, obese.
      Lack of exercise.
      Genetic predisposition (look up MODY mature onset diabetes of the young)
      Ethnic makeup (indian, native american, hispanic)
      Age.

      You don’t have to be fat, not exercise, or eat a poor diet to get type 2 diabetes. Genetics plays a big role. I have known many fat, couch potatoes who have never had a sugar problem. They may be at risk for it, but never get it. Same thing with cancer. Not all smokers get lung cancer, and not everyone who gets lung cancer, smokes (like Dana Reeve).

      Here is my brief experience with diabetes: My great-grandma was a Sioux indian off the reservation. My mother has had diabetes since 30. She has always been on insulin. She was a little chunky, but on fat. Her sugars can go up very high. She was just hospitalized this year with a sugar of 1420. My uncle died from complications of diabetes at 45. He was obese. I had gestational diabetes 3x. I was a size 2-4 when I failed my diabetes test. I had asked to be tested early (at 12 weeks instead of 26 weeks) because of my family history. The doctors told me I couldn’t possibly have it. They told me “Your thin, not old, and active. You couldn’t possibly have it.” I insisted. They gave me the test. I was right and they were wrong. I ‘ve had two 9 lb., one 10 lb., and one 11 lb. baby. Three of the babies were one week early.

      Genetics play a big role.

  7. QUESTION:
    Who still believes that sugar causes diabetes?
    I’ve been saying for months that sugar doesn’t cause diabetes. Some still don’t get it. If you still think sugar causes diabetes, read this: http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2006nl/sept/sugar.htm

    Then read this:

    I’ve also been saying that fat and genetics contribute to type 2 diabetes, not sugar consumption. I just found an article that explains, in layman’s terms, how researchers have revealed the inner workings of the cell and how fat inhibits the function of insulin to facilitate the intake of glucose into the cell wall and into the mitochondria. This news is very encouraging as we get closer and closer to discovering what causes type 2. Read more here:

    http://www.sciencentral.com/articles/view.php3?language=english&type=&article_id=218392748

    • ANSWER:
      Thank you for the articles. There are so many misinformed people in this world who spread wrong information about diabetes. I have seen people here who claim to be former nurses and even they are giving wrong information to people. I am also so tired of people thinking that all Type 2 diabetics are fat and deserve to be ill. While my family does have a significant history of obesity, I am not particularly fat and I am now insulin dependent. I am the 4th generation of women in my mother’s family to develop diabetes, so there is obviously a genetic factor as well (and my doctors agree) Again, thanks for the information.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why does type 2 diabetes cause weight gain?
    I have just been diagnosed with type 2 but am at a healthy weight. A lot of what I have been reading cites weight gain as a symptom of diabetes but I can’t understand why (if your cells aren’t getting enough energy, they break down fat = weight loss??). Is it because it increases your appetite? Or is it not a symptom, but a cause?

    If anyone could clear this up for me please?

    • ANSWER:
      Weight loss is symptom of diabetes, not weight gain. Overweight people have higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes, maybe that is what you are thinking of.

  9. QUESTION:
    Niacin causing Type 2 diabetes within 3 months of starting it & tests were negative for diabetes before?
    My mom has family history of heart disease and has stents. She is also on several medications like Plavix, Furosemide, & others. She usually has high blood pressure but medication is treating it successfully. Her cholesterol levels are not what they should be but are not horrendous either.

    Her doctor put her on Niacin because she cannot take statins. She gets severe muscular problems with the statins. Her total cholesterol is slightly under 200 – her LDL should be lower, HDL should be higher and triglycerides could be lower but nothing is horrendous. Ratio cholesterol blood tests are okay. I know that all should be better in someone with heart disease / CV risks especially though.

    Before starting the Niacin, they ran glucose tests that came back slightly elevated. The hA1c test came back normal so she was not diagnosed with diabetes.

    It has been 3 months on the Niacin & she noticed some weight gain in the stomach. Her weight really has not changed much over time but in the 3 months on Niacin, something was definitely causing abdominal weight gain.

    She went in to have her cholesterol rechecked along with her glucose. This time her glucose came back at 173, after fasting for 12 hours. It was checked mid morning. Doctor sent her for hA1c test again which came back 7.7 this time – it should be under 5 I guess – or 6.0 at the highest, even in someone with diabetes I believe.

    The doctor told her she has Type 2 Diabetes and did admit that the Niacin can raise it. We have read it should not raise glucose, tests significantly – should only be slightly but this cannot just be a coincidence. 3 months ago, she did NOT have Diabetes. Now, after the Niacin and noticeable weight gain in the stomach — which occurred on the Niacin quickly, she has it.

    Doctor told her to raise the Niacin to try to improve the cholesterol. Her cholesterol over the 3 months really did not get much better. She was not eating to try to control glucose at all over this time either, since it was never a problem before.

    I am 100% sure the Niacin caused her glucose or insulin problems — resulting in the abdominal weight gain, fatigue, upset stomach, tired after meals – and ended up raising glucose – fasting and average over the 3 months in the hA1c test.

    Her doctor is raising it – I am not sure this is the right thing to do. Seems more sensible to me, since cholesterol is not insane, to stop the Niacin and retest the glucose – then decide. I have read some sites where others on Niacin DID experience a significant increase in fasting glucose and hA1c test – not just a few percentage points as most sites say. One doctor on a site said after years of taking it, it would not be reversible but that if stopped after a few months, it could be reversible.

    I really feel that her doctor is doing the wrong thing. I know heart disease, heart attack, etc is a HUGE risk with her family history, high bp (off meds), overweight, stress , high cholesterol, etc – but the doctor IS ADDING a HUGE risk for heart disease while attempting to (not successfully) treat the cholesterol side of the risks.

    This does not make sense to me. Any opinions please or knowledge about Niacin raising glucose so significantly that it induced Diabetes. I have read a lot on Niacin with Diabetes, controversy, both sides but there is less info on Niacin causing it in those who are not diabetic!! Though it does say it CAN cause it. Taking – and now increasing the Niacin to treat cholesterol is creating a huge cardiovascular risk by creating increased glucose and diabetes now – this is ridiculous. Isn’t giving her diabetes even worse or as bad as cholesterol? I would try other meds before increasing a medication that is causing her to have Diabetes.

    One thing – the doctor said she has it for sure but decided not to start monitoring blood sugar, no info on Diabetes care, etc and said to try to watch the carbs she eats so they can recheck her blood sugar in 3 months – BUT IS RAISING NIACIN.

    What to do? :o( Thanks!!! :o)

    • ANSWER:
      This answer is also part of the original asker’s question!!!
      I think I just found my daughter! Too much info matches MY case!

      She left out that the doctor had me on SLO-NIACIN 500 Mg. for the 3 months plus before this blood work. That IS a slow release Niacin. Now she has raised it to 750 mg. SLO-NIACIN. The doctor has also added Metformin 500 mg. (diabetes med.)

      What we do not understand is this sudden diagnosis…it’s like poof: YOU have type 2 diabetes!
      (but no…no need to check blood sugar daily…just change diet..take this and take that. Come back in 3 months). I left the office thinking: “HUH??”

      My blood pressure has been stable for several years on BP meds. I do take some other meds that can raise glucose levels too.

      All has been stable since I got 4 stents almost 4 years ago. I take Tricor but have also tried every Statin that exists. I cannot tolerate any.

      Exercise would be great but it is kind of hard when you need a knee replacement.

      My cholesterol readings were NEVER ridiculously high even when it was found I had some blockages. I have never been told to change my carbohydrate or sugar intake.

      The Slo-Niacin did NOT make the reading on the cholesterol change much at all in the past 3 months plus, in fact the LDL went up some… but the weight gain in my abdomen and blood glucose has certainly jumped a mile since the slow-niacin. That was what my daughter was asking I think. Yeah, I may be overweight to start with but even skinny people get Diabetes.

      It may be odd, but could it possibly be connected to the niacin?? As I said, it all just seems too sudden a diagnosis for us…and makes us wonder.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does trans-fat cause type 2 diabetes?
    As trans fat in foods is wide could it be why type 2 diabetes is on the increase. Please give root cause of insulin resistance if not the above as I have right to eat the correct fats (EFA) rather than man made one. Give me a list of oils that are cis-isomer and non-hydrogenated. I truly believe that type 2 diabetes can be reversed (eating the way God/nature intended) and be healed completely of condition. Will going organic and trans-fat free make a difference as before trans fat existed who had type 2 diabetes?
    Mr Peachy…im ok and totally agree with your last comment. I rang diabetes uk and got into argument with them over the fact that diabetes can be reversed. And last night asked myself where in Africa where they eat plenty of natural carbs are people 20, 50 or 100 stones in weight. For too long type 2 diabetic believe anything and go with flow but not me. Chicken and chips which children are now eating everyday are being fried and processed in trans fat. when i was 8…30 years ago my mum cooked me a proper meal. Children of today are being fed processed food everyday and getting type 2 diabetes. Where in Africa are children obese? What you said all makes sense as a dr called Grabriel Cousens recently put a T1 on a raw foods vegan eating plan for 30 days and he was healed of diabetes. He was a T1. And from what I gather type 1 develop it in childhood and now more and more adults are getting type 1…interesting?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s a little more complicated than that, but you’re on the right track.

      http://www.sciencentral.com/articles/view.php3?language=english&type=&article_id=218392748

      In response to the answer below. To say what she’s saying is totally ignorant of the facts. Food absolutely causes type two diabetes. All one has to do is look at the Pima Indians. When they were introduced to the typical western diet of high carb processed and refined foods w/o the necessary nutrients found in natural foods, the incidence of type two diabetes skyrocketed. They’re at something like 49% today. Modern medicine (and sue) still don’t get it. IT’S THE FOOD. I’m living proof. Since adopting a natural foods diet, my insulin resistance has gone down and I no longer need medication. Fat buildup in the cell walls is part of the equation, and lack of proper nutrients to facilitate the transfer of insulin and glucose into the cell walls is the the other part. This isn’t rocket science, it’s common sense that is all but gone these days.

  11. QUESTION:
    did Bulimia cause type 2 diabetes?
    i have suffered from bulimia which after eating excessive amount of foods, i tried to use laxative to get rid out all of the food that i have eaten. It’s been a year… today on, i tried to eat healthy and feel great about it and want to practice as it becoming my habit. What I really concerned about is after a year of binging followed by laxative abuse, can this cause type 2 diabetes ? I’m really afraid… i have checked by glucose test a month ago and i’m free from it but few days ago, my hands feel numb… did i have diabetes ?

    • ANSWER:
      One of the factors in type 2 is a genetic link, so if either your parents,siblings or grand parents have had diabetes then you have an increased risk. Poor diet may be a contributing factor in the disease developing as well.
      The only way to know for sure if you are diabetic is to see a doctor who can test your blood and measure not only your glucose level at that moment in time but it can also be tested to show the average glucose level over the past 8 -12 weeks(Hb1ac). All a finger prick test will tell you what you level is at a particular moment in time. If you think you may be diabetic see your doctor and get tested because the sooner treatment starts the better.

  12. QUESTION:
    what are the causes of type 2 diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Causes of DIABETES

      There are many causes of diabetes. Not all people have control of whether they could have prevented the disease. Eating healthy is a big factor in prevention, but some times that’s not enough. Below are several ways it can be caused.

      The disease is caused when the pancreas becomes dysfunctional. The body is dependent upon the insulin the pancreas secretes to keep the body’s blood sugar levels normal. Many things can cause the pancreas to become dysfunctional and cause illness.

      Diabetes is known to be higher in certain ethnicities such as Asian American, Hispanic, African American, Native American and Pacific Island descendants. The disease is known to be inherited and if it runs in your family, then you have a 25% chance of having it eventually.

      Age is a big cause because as people get older, they exercise less and they gain weight, causing the body’s pancreas to improperly secrete insulin. It can also be caused by a viral infection or illness affecting the pancreas, causing it not to secrete insulin properly.

      However, the biggest cause is obesity. Excessive weight and fat in the body cause muscle and tissues not to react to insulin the way they should, almost making them resistant to the insulin the pancreas is secreting. The insulin will not function properly causing high blood sugar levels, eventually leading to the disease. Overeating can cause it also. The body needs a proper balance in its diet and if a body has too many carbohydrates, fats, or proteins, it can cause the pancreas to be dysfunctional also.

      Frequent smoking can eventually lead to diabetes. Stress is also a major factor. The body’s metabolism is directly influenced by its lifestyle. This includes the amount of daily stress; grief, and excessive worrying, that can cause the metabolism to react differently to insulin and the person to become a diabetic.

      The body needs plenty of exercise and a balanced diet for the pancreas to properly function, secreting enough insulin. Many people cannot prevent this disease, especially if they inherit the disease or contract a viral infection causing it. The causes of diabetes vary, but the most important thing in trying to prevent it are maintaining a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and eating right.

      Take care

      TIN

  13. QUESTION:
    Does Type 2 Diabetes cause excessive perspiration?
    We hired a new employee and he has type 2 diabetes. He perspires excessively and I believe, due to the sweating, he smells. As his superior, I need to confront him about the smell because one of our clients has now commented about it. However, I would like to know if the smell/perspiration is related to his medical condition.

    • ANSWER:
      It could. His blood sugar going low could cause him to perspire. His blood sugar going high can cause DKA, which would make him smell bad. Or he could just have bad hygiene, or sweat excessively on his own…

  14. QUESTION:
    What is Diabetes Type 2 ?
    What is Diabetes Type 2,

    What Causes Diabetes trype 2,

    What are the symptoms of Diabetes type 2,

    What treatment is there for Diabetes type 2

    • ANSWER:
      Do You Have Diabetes?
      Millions of people have diabetes mellitus, commonly called diabetes. You may be surprised to know that many of these people don’t even know they have it.

      Diabetes is a serious disease and should not be ignored. If you have it, correct treatment can help you live a long and healthy life.

      What Is Diabetes?
      If you have diabetes, your body can’t make or use insulin. Insulin helps change sugar into energy to keep you alive.

      There are different kinds of diabetes. The main ones are type 1 and type 2.

      Type 1 Diabetes
      This type of diabetes is mostly found in children and young adults. If you have type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin and you must inject insulin daily.

      You May:
      urinate often
      be very thirsty
      be very hungry
      lose a lot of weight
      be very tired
      be irritable
      have blurred vision
      have trouble seeing.
      Type 2 Diabetes
      Most people with diabetes have this form of the disease. Type 2 is usually found in people over 45, who have diabetes in their family, who are overweight, who don’t exercise, and who have cholesterol problems. It is also common in certain racial and ethnic groups (blacks, American Indians, and Hispanics) and in women who had diabetes when they were pregnant. If you have type 2 diabetes, your body cannot make enough insulin or correctly use it. Treatment is diabetes pills and sometimes insulin injections, as well as diet and exercise.

      You May Have:
      any of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes
      a lot of infections
      cuts or bruises that heal slowly
      tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
      skin, gum, or bladder infections that keep coming back.
      Controlling Diabetes
      Daily monitoring and careful control of blood sugar levels are the most important steps to take for people with diabetes. If not treated, diabetes can cause:

      High blood sugar (which could make you thirsty, tired, lose weight, urinate often, or give you infections that won’t go away)
      Many serious health problems (which could hurt your eyes, kidneys, nerves, or heart).
      Warning: Low Blood Sugar
      People with diabetes may develop low blood sugar because their blood has too much insulin or other blood sugar-lowering medication or from not eating enough food. It is important to follow the eating and medication schedule your doctor has prescribed to avoid low blood sugar.

      Low blood sugar could make you shaky, dizzy, sweaty, hungry, have a headache, have pale skin color, have sudden mood or behavior changes, have clumsy or jerky movements, have difficulty paying attention, feel confused, or have tingling sensations around the mouth.

      Taking Care of Your Diabetes
      The best way to take care of your diabetes is to make sure the levels or amount of sugar in your blood are near the normal range. This will make you feel better and help you stay healthy.

      Your doctor will tell you how often to check your blood sugar level. To do this, you will need to take a drop of your blood and place it on a special test strip. Then a device, called a blood glucose meter, reads the strip. This device measures the amount of sugar in your blood.

      Writing down this level, along with the time and date, will help you see how well your treatment plan is working.

      Remember:
      A person’s blood sugar level rises after eating any meal that contains carbohydrates or protein. Table sugar (also called ?sucrose) counts as a carbohydrate. Artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin, aspartame (NutraSweet), and sucralose (Splenda), do not count as carbohydrates or fats. They make food taste sweet. But they do not raise blood sugar levels and have little or no calories.

      What Else Can You Do?
      Eat well-balanced meals. The right amount of healthy food will keep your weight under control and help manage your diabetes.

      Your body needs food from the four main food groups every day:

      Fruits and vegetables (oranges, apples, bananas, carrots, and spinach)
      Whole grains, cereals, and bread (wheat, rice, oats, bran, and barley)
      Dairy products (milk, cheese, and yogurt)
      Meats, fish, poultry, eggs, dried beans, and nuts.
      Remember:
      Too much fat and cholesterol in your diet can be very harmful to people with diabetes. Food that is high in fat includes red meat, dairy products (whole milk, cream, cheese, and ice cream), egg yolks, butter, salad dressings, vegetable oils, and many desserts.

      Can You Do Anything Else?
      Exercise is important for good diabetes control. It usually lowers blood sugar and may help insulin work better. Exercise and a healthy diet can also help you take off extra pounds if you are overweight.

      Warning:
      Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. You may need a snack before or during the activity to avoid having low blood sugar while you exercise.

  15. QUESTION:
    type 2 diabetes and high triglycerides?
    hello (:
    My doctors told me that my triglycerides were boarder line to high. could high triglycerides cause type 2 diabetes? my doctor told me that high triglycerides were more commonly found in older people who are overweight. the only person in my family i know who has type 2 diabetes was my grandfather. my family in general does have high cholesterol problems i just want to know at my age if there is a risk of me getting type 2 diabetes.

    also what would speed up the process of getting type two diabetes so i can try to avoid it.

    im almost 16 5ft 2in and 121 pounds and i do exercise regularly and eat pretty much healthy

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    Depression or Type 2 Diabetes?
    I had surgery to have my birthmark removed on january 22nd 2009,and for 2 weeks I was cooped up in my room,in my bed all day,and I didn’t eat much.I started to lose alot of sleep.I would stay up all night,and pass right out the very next night and sleep in until 11 am.That went on for a long time.I’d say up until the past 2 weeks.Also i’ve lost a good amount of weight,and I look skinnier aswell.I don’t sleep much,like I just lay there for 2 hours and then I gradually fall asleep,but I wake up at least 2-3 times,and I don’t want to get up in the morning.Now,I heard that sleep deprivation can cause type 2 diabetes,and I was wondering if that it needs to be like a life time/on going thing(like a year).

    As for depression,i’ve been pretty boring lately,I don’t want to do anything,i’m very irritable/angery/hostil,I have alot of trouble falling asleep(and staying asleep),i’ve lost a considerable amount of weight,I don’t feel like eating,and I have 0 motivation lately.

    So here’s the list of symptoms-

    Depression:7
    -Irritability
    -Withdrawn
    -Restlessness
    -Significant weight loss
    -Lack of energy
    -Can’t sleep(stay asleep)
    -Loss of appetite

    Type 2 Diabetes:1
    -Weight loss

    So yeah,it leans more torwards clinical depression.My mom said that no one in our families had diabetes,but I don’t know.It just feels weird to me.I’m was never over weight,by the way,so I that isen’t a factor here.Again,how much does sleep deprivation need to occur to cause type 2 diabetes.I really need some answers here,i’m really scared…

    • ANSWER:
      you wuldnt have type 2 diabetes but you could possibly have type 1. do you have to go to the bathroom alot? or do you have blurred vision. if not it is most likely depression. go see your doctor and they will be able to diagnose you. if you have diabetes its important to get to the doctors soon. if you have depression they can get help for you to

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the causes of type 1 & 2 diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Type 1 is insulin dependent and the pancres doesn’t work anymore so insulin shots are given. Shows up usually before age 40, and is often called juvenille diabetes. Also it is not preventable/ curable.
      Type 2 Body doesn’t produce right amount of insulin or bodies insulin doesn’t work properly.Comes from being overweight and bad diet.Appears later and life. Also with close monitoring of sugar levels, weight, exercise, and diet you are able to wean off pills and insulin eventually.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of type 2 Diabetes?
    I am looking for information on a scientific study that proves the cause.
    I am not looking for someones opinion.
    I am not looking for information on the treatment of Diabetes.
    I am not looking for the cure.
    I am looking for the actual cause
    I would like the url of the scientific study that proves your answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.

      Usually occurs gradually. Most people with type 2 diabetes are overweight at the time of diagnosis. However, the disease can also develop in lean people, especially the elderly.

      Genetics play a large role in type 2 diabetes and family history is a risk factor. However, low activity level, poor diet, and excess body weight (especially around the waist) significantly increase your risk for type 2 diabetes.

      Other risk factors include:

      - Race/ethnicity (African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Native Americans all have high rates of diabetes)
      - Age greater than 45 years
      - Previously identified impaired glucose tolerance by your doctor
      - High blood pressure
      - HDL cholesterol of less than 35 or triglyceride level of greater than 250
      - History of gestational diabetes

  19. QUESTION:
    Type 2 Diabetes–The Cause??
    What is the actual cause of type 2 Diabetes?
    I am looking for information on a scientific study that proves the cause.
    PLEASE GIVE ME THE NAME AND WEB ADDRESS OF THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY.

    I am not looking for a description of the disease.
    I am not looking for someones opinion.
    I am not looking for your opinion on what causes the disease.
    I am not looking for information about the prevention of the disease.
    I am not looking for information on the treatment of Diabetes.
    I am not looking for the cure.
    I am looking for the actual cause.
    I would like the url of the scientific study that proves the cause.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no definitive cause or cure.

      Here are the links to actual journals:

  20. QUESTION:
    Junk Food with cold drinks causes damage to liver and on set of Type 2 Diabetes in four weeks?
    Research done in University of St Louis Missouri on mice found to their astonishment that when mice were fed with fast food cold drinks and were not allowed any exercise, then with in four weeks they found damage to liver of mice. Also they found on set of Type 2 diabetes in these mice.
    Fatty food when eaten stop production of insulin causing diabetes.

    Are our children not being exposed to these diseases by eating junk food with Pespi and Coke culture.
    What is duty of parents, government and NGOs to stop the sales gimmick of McDonalds culture in India?
    Should such warnings to pasted in McDonalds stores like:

    EATING JUNK FOOD IS INJURIOUS TO HEALTH?

    If cigerette packets can have such warnings, can it not be applied to Junk food of all kind?

    How we can warn our consumers?

    Can our medical fraternity not do research of similar nature and based on findings, take necessary action?

    Will governement Health Ministry do any thing?

    Your feed back and please tell everybody

    • ANSWER:
      It is our responsibility to take care of our children,guide them ,instill good eating habits,etc.children pattern themselves after they’re parents behavior.
      I think all these fast-food places kind of brain wash our kids so it’s up to us,the parents to show healthy eating,working out,being body conscious.
      educating our youth about obesity,heart disease and other conditions caused by junk food is now a necessity.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of Type 2 diabetes?
    My crack research team, the Google, has brought me back some conflicting data.
    My grandmother, and ex-nurse, claims the cause is sugar intake.
    My school issue Health textbook blames obesity.
    I’m not sure who to believe, so I’ve decided that people I don’t know, and have no way of trusting, will divulge the answer to me.
    Is there anyone that does know what the cause is?

    • ANSWER:
      What causes diabetes?
      And the answer is:

      Health care providers do not yet know what causes diabetes. The following factors may increase your chance of getting diabetes:

      Family history of diabetes
      African-American, Hispanic, Native American or Asian-American race or ethnic background
      Being overweight
      Age (Chances increase with age)
      Taking certain medicines
      Being pregnant*
      *Pregnancy puts extra stress on a woman’s body that causes some women to develop diabetes. Blood sugar levels often return to normal after childbirth. Yet, women who get diabetes during pregnancy have an increased chance of developing diabetes later in life.

      Type 1 Diabetes is a disorder in which the body does not produce insulin (a hormone that aids in moving sugar from the blood to the cells). This type of diabetes can be due to a virus or autoimmune disorder in which the body does not recognize an organ as its own and attacks it. In this case the body attacks an organ known as the pancreas where insulin is made. This type of diabetes is usually diagnosed before age 40.

      Nuts prevent type 2 diabetes

      There was great excitement in the press very recently when researchers from Harvard studied more than 83,000 women and found that those who reported eating a handful of nuts or two tablespoons of peanut butter at least five times a week were more than 20 percent less likely to develop adult onset (type II) diabetes than those who rarely or never ate nuts. Type II diabetes develops when the body cannot properly use insulin. The women had been followed for up to sixteen years. The speculation is that the results apply to men as well as women. It’s not only the “good” fat in the nuts that work on heart health. The fiber and magnesium in nuts help maintain balanced insulin and glucose levels

      And I would like to thank the Academy!!
      Your Granny is not correct. But then again if you continuely eat poorly and get overwweight it is the main cause of type 2 Diabetes.

  22. QUESTION:
    Does gestational diabetes cause Type II?
    I was just diagnosed with GD. I’m really freaked out. I keep reading that women with GD are more likely to get Type II diabetes. So, here are my questions:

    1. Since I have GD, does having it make me more succeptable to Type II now? If yes, Why?

    2. Can GD “roll over” into Type II? or am I just more succeptable? (someone posted that it can immediately turn into Type II which scares the hell out of me, so I want to know if that is true)

    Thanks. I will be taking a class soon, but I want to know now.
    I eat a very balanced diet, do lots of walking and am not obese.
    Please just answer the questions if possible….no lectures. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      From what I know about GD, people who suffer from it are MORE likely to develop type 2 diabetes withing 10 yrs. The reason why, is because being pregnant is a HUGE strain on the human body and every organ that has a potential weakness, is more likely to fail then. That’s also why more women have gall bladder issues either while pregnant or shortly after delivery. While changing your lifestyle is always a good idea when faced with diabetes, there’s not much you can do to prevent gestational diabetes at this point. Sometimes people say gestational diabetes turns into type 2 but really it was probably an undiagnosed case of type 2 diabetes to start with. Try not to get all worried about it, but if you have a high fat/high sugar intake now is your wakeup call to change before you do develop type 2.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does Type 2 Diabetes cause irritibality?
    My husband was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and is extremely agitated and short tempered – is this a common side effect of the disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah! High blood sugar causes irritability. You just have to support him and try to understand where it’s coming from. :)

  24. QUESTION:
    what type of diabetes causes blindness?
    does type 1, type 2 , or Gestational diabetes cause blindness?

    • ANSWER:
      Type one and type two. Both of these types can cause many severe complications if not controlled. Gestational diabetes is what many women get during pregnancy. After the child is born, the gestational diabetes is not detected any longer…BUT…more than 65% of women that get gestational diabetes develop type 2 later in life. Diabetes can cause many complications like, disease of the eye, blindness, artery disease, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, amputations of limbs…many things if it is not controlled well.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is this eye problem part of having type 2 diabetes?
    Lately I have been getting sharp pains that feel like they’re coming from the inside of my eye, or like from my top eyelid. The pain lasts for about 10 minutes, my eye twitches uncontrollably, then after 10 minutes it’s just fine.

    Is this caused by having type 2 diabetes? Is it stress? or could it be something else?
    I do follow my diet very strictly now, but I do not take the pills the same time every day .. I will start doing that as well

    • ANSWER:
      Yes this can be part of your type 2 diabetes and I have the sharp pains as well. I wonder if you are taking your medications on time, the same time every day and are you careful to follow the diabetic diet so you do not eat to many carbs or sugars? If you don’t eat right you will continue to have these and more serious problems. Could cause you to go blind if you don’t take it all seriously. Be good to yourself.

  26. QUESTION:
    what is the major cause for Type 2 diabetes?
    and are there any changes in diet that can pervent certain types of cancer??

    • ANSWER:
      The major cause of Type 2 Diabetes is being overweight. Pure and simple — being fat is THE major cause of Type 2 Diabetes.

      SInce Type 2 Diabetes is caused by a LIFESTYLE problem, and not genetics, you CAN prevent Type 2 Diabetes by strictly following a healthy lifestyle NOW. Eat a proper diet that is nutritionally balanced, get more exercise, and control you weight to stay in the “normal” range (as recommended by your doctor.

      As for cancer, no one has PROVEN that diet is a primary cause of any cancer. Still, there are very strong reason to believe that a properly healthy diet will help prevent cancer, just like a healthy diet can prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
      So, the answer is clear — following a healthy lifestyle consisting of a properly healthy diet, proper excise levels, and weight control can help prevent diabetes AND cancer.

      Still, even though to DO follow these rules, there is always a SMALL chance that you will get diabetes or cancer. Diet ar exercise are NOT 100% perfect! But it is better to be healthy and lower your chances of serious disease, than to remain unhealthy and INCREASE you chances of serious disease.

  27. QUESTION:
    Do type 2 diabetics have to inject themselves?
    I might have PCOS (it’s in my family, I have all the symptoms and my doctor is pretty sure I have I just haven’t been officially diagnosed as the blood test was inconclusive that’s why I say might) well anyway it causes insulin resistance apparently from what I have been told from my mother who is a sufferer (where I’ve gotten it from if I have it) and read in books and the internet (I am interested in the condition if I may have it) PCOS usually ends up causing type 2 diabetes because the insulin resistance reverses itself or something. Whatever it is if I have PCOS I’m doomed when it comes to type 2 diabetes.

    First off do type 2 diabetics still have to inject themselves? I’m 16 and terrified of needles. My Mum says I will grow out of it but I’m not sure. Before any type of needle I feel sick to the stomach, panicky and even sweating, During it I will try to get out of there (avoid it), I cry and breathe heavily. I avoid needles like the plague and even chuck away school immunization slips because I’m scared I’ll be made to do it and having them at school is horrible because people tease and try to scare you about it. I’d hate to have to inject myself daily?

    And do type 2 diabetics still have hypos? I’m guessing yes.

    • ANSWER:
      Some do, some don’t. It depends on how badly their blood sugaris out of control. Insulin is the BEST method fro controlling sugar, so the Type 2 Diabetic might need injections until they get their diet, exercise, and weight under STRICT control.

      the BEST way to avoid the injections is to make sure that you don’t get Type 2 Diabetes. PCOS does NOT cause Diabetes (you are NOT doomed), but they often go hand-in-hand.

      [By the way, insulin resistance IS a kind of Type 2 Diabetes. if the insulin resistance "reversed itself" then you would not be diabetic!]

      Type 2 Diabetes is caused by being overweight. Other diseases (like PCOS) can make it worse, and Diabetes certainly makes other diseases worse.

      So, the key is to AVOID Type 2 Diabetes by taking control of your life NOW. Unless you are seriously overweight (like, 50 pouinds) you are a bit too young to have Type 2 Diabetes. So TAKE CHARGE, and make sure that you DON’T get it!

      First and formost is to control your weight. You need to keep your weight NORMAL (ask you doctor what that means for you) — neither too heavy nor too skinny. the doctor will give you a range — keep your weight right in the middle of that range.

      you do this by taking STRICT control of your diet and exercise. Eat a HEALTHY diet, but not too many calories (ask your doctor…), Stay away from snacks, desserts, soda pops, sports drinks, and energy drinks (ALL have too much sugar). You CAN have a piece of cake at a friends birthday party, but ONE piece, no ice cream, and don’t eat any more sweets for the rest of the week.

      get your exercise level WAY UP! Take advantage of sports at school. The marching band is GREAT exercise (and a lot more fun that running and lifting weights). Try swimming (good in the summer). Walk everywhere you can, and bicycle when possible.

      If you set these healthy patterns NOW, while you are 16, yiou can keep them into adulthood, and diabetes won;t bother you.

      By The Way: yes, you WILL grow out of the fear of needles. Consider: Would you rather live for 60-70 years, but inject yourself everyday, or would you rather live only 40 years without injections? The adult chooses to live; the child chooses to die.

      This is the question diabetics have to face EVERY DAY. yes, it IS better to live, even with injections, than to die young and in pain.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is type 1 and type 2 diabetes?
    I get confused between a type 1 and type 2. Is type 1 caused genetically and type 2 is when a person causes it by eating foods that give a higher risk of diabetes?

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    If left untreated, what can type 2 diabetes cause?
    My girlfriend’s father has type 2 diabetes. He’s overweight, considered obese, and the only thing he does for his diabetes is drink diet soda. His wife tries to prepare healthier food, but he goes out and buys unhealthy food.
    HE SOMEHOW CAN’T BE PERSUADED TO CHANGE HIS LIFESTYLE even after he had a strange thing grow on his face (got caught off by a doctor and sent to be evaluated; no word on it yet) and has red splotches appearing on his legs.
    We’re kinda worried because he earns most of the money for the family, and they’re poor. What can happen to him if he doesn’t change?

    • ANSWER:
      Blindness, kidney failure, heart failure, infection, erectile dysfunction, sores and infections leading to amputation. Death.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/type-2-diabetes/DS00585/DSECTION=complications

  30. QUESTION:
    Type II diabetes causes weight gain?
    I know that most people with Type I diabetes are very skinny because they lose weight due to this disease…but I would like to know if people with Type II diabetes GAIN weight due to this disease. I was recently diagnosed with Type II and I am not overweight but I have gained a few pounds in the last couple of years and I have always been very slim. I don’t eat more than before and I don’t exercise less than before. Is it normal for people with Type II diabetes to gain weight? I am 130 lb. and 5’7” now (age 31) but until 2 years ago I have always been less than 122 lb..I was diagnosed 2 months ago…

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what the medication is you are taking. Some can cause weight gain. When my mom first became diabetic, 28 years ago, insulin was pork based. It was a direct side-effect. I went to the diabetic counselor with her. The woman wrote insulin=fat on her little chalk board.

      Be sure to ask for the drug inserts that the pharmacy gets with the pill bottles. These are RARELY distributed with the drugs. This will tell you if they cause weight gain.

      Some of the diabetes drugs cause heart failure. Seems stupid to put people at high risk of heart disease (a diabetes complication), on a Rx that can cause heart failure. Birth control pill/shots. etc, can cause high blood sugar. Did you know that?? Read the drug inserts. Alcohol, when mixed with diet/low calorie mixers, can lower blood sugars, or stop your sugar for going up. It can cause very low sugars so be careful. I had a date night with my husband. I had potato skins and half a dessert with him. Both are loaded with glucose. Without a drink/alcohol, my sugar went WAY up. With alcohol, my sugar didn’t go over 97. I asked my endocrinologist about it. He told me it was true. He also said that didn’t mean I could have a martini for breakfast. Darn it all.

  31. QUESTION:
    does eating too much sweets cause diabetes?
    Most people say that eating too much sweets doesn’t cause diabetes. But it can cause obesity which in turn can cause type 2 diabetes.

    I say, eating too much sweets and carbohydrates can cause diabetes. Sweets are full of sucrose. The carbohydrates are immediately broken down into glucose when eaten and quickly enter the bloodstream. That means eating too many carbohydrates and sweets at once cause pancreas to release larger than normal amounts of insulin to regulate high blood sugar levels. When these types of foods are consumed on a regular basis, pancreas would become over-worked and would ultimately fail to function properly. This would lead to diabetes. Am I correct?

    • ANSWER:
      I thik the prevailing opinion among most of the researchers is that the type I diabetes is an autoimmune response towards pancreatic beta cells. The reason for this is unknown, but could be e.g. certain viral infections that today happen too late in a child’s life, rendering them susceptible to autoimmunity – however, the underlying mechanisms are complex, since a small portion of people develope type I diabetes, despite most of (the Western) people live in fairly similar environments. Genetics surely plays a part. However, as far as I know, sweets – or the sugar in them does not. 

      What comes to type II diabetes, again, it’s not the sugar (/sweets) itself that causes the disease – rather, it’s a combination of life style aspects, where sugar is one cause due to its tendency to make people obese – and obesity in turn is a major risk factor for type II 

      People can develop both types of diabetes without excessive use of sugar.

  32. QUESTION:
    what is type 2 diabetes and other questions about it?
    what is type 2 diabetes and what causes it and what are the symptoms of it ? and also could you tell me the diagnosis of it ?
    Thanks,

    • ANSWER:
      Type 2 diabetes is when the Pancreas does not produce enough insulin to meet the needs of the body (i.e your body does not produce enough insulin to break down the sugar you ingest therefore you body does not have the energy supply it needs). This usually happens as the person gets older and the pancreas starts wearing down with age, but obesity and family genetics can cause it to onset at an earlier age. Symptoms usually include: fatigue, weakness, excessive thirst, frequent urination, eating unusually large amounts of food, weight loss, and frequent infections. Diagnosis of it can be made by your doctor checking for sugar in your urine and the symptoms you have. It can also be made based on you having symptoms of diabetes plus a random blood glucose level of > 200 mg/dL, a fasting blood glucose level of >126 mg/dL, or during an oral glucose tolerance test a 2 hr blood glucose of > 200 mg/dL.

  33. QUESTION:
    Can type 2 diabetes cause server swelling in your feet & lower legs?
    I’ve had diabetes for about twenty years with no complications.However,two years ago my feet & lower legs swelled bad enough that I couldn’t wear my shoes.I wore men’s slippers.My doctor had test done on my heart & kidneys…they were ok. He then took me off my Actos because swelling he said was one of the side affects from the drug…I was given fluid pills… but after two years I still can’t wear my own shoes & I’m getting scared that it could be my diabetes. Has anyone with diabetes experienced anything like this

    • ANSWER:
      One of the proficient reasons of joint swelling is Arthritis which is categorized into acute gouty arthritis & chronic gouty arthritis. Acute gouty arthritis is defined as a defect in metabolism which results in the over production of uric acid or reduced capacity of the kidney to eliminate the uric acid contents of the body.

      It is further marked by the deposition of the uric acids in the various joints of the body especially in the feet & leg joints along with severe pain. Spondylitis is an important factor which may lead to the swelling of the joints in the vertebral column.

      It results in the inflammation of the vertebrae & the joints between the spine & the pelvis. The last phase of the disease causes the affected portion of the vertebrae to fuse or to grow together. Ludwig’s angina which results in the swelling in the joints of the mouth is actually a type of bacterial infection which causes inflammation of the soft tissues present within the floor of the mouth under the tongue.

      Another disease which eventually gives rise to a swelling of a joint is the Pseudo gout which is mainly caused by the collection of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in joints in different parts of the body.

      Have urine checked for uric acid.

      Good luck

      Tin

  34. QUESTION:
    my dad has type 2 diabetes and was stung by yellow jackets today should i be concerned?
    i heard somewhere that stings from wasps on type 2 diabetes sufferers can cause kidney damage. my dad seems fine now and it has been several hours. the thing that concerns me is that he has relatively poor kidney function to begin with because of a childhood illness.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dad could test his blood glucose levels to make sure the levels are fine and also keep a check for an allergic reaction. You could give him an antihistamine if he has an allergic reaction so keep an eye on him. I’m sure your Dad urinating will filter out the venom, have him drink plenty of fluids.

      If you feel his kidneys could be affected by the yellow jackets he needs to see his doctor to obtain blood tests, if necessary.

      Hope this helps.

  35. QUESTION:
    CAUSE OF TYPE 2 DIABETES?

    • ANSWER:
      There’s no doubt in my mind. The cause of type two diabetes is simply, POOR DIET. What makes me think this? Simple. I have been type two diabetic for about six years. (probably longer, but the disease came on very gradually and the symptoms were not very noticeable). I wasn’t particularly overweight, either. In the beginning, it was pretty easy to control with meds. It gradually worsened and I became alarmed. So, I started exercising more. That helped, but it wasn’t the solution. Then, I researched several sources and concluded that a low carb, low glycemic index diet was the secret. But, that only helped marginally. More research. I stumbled upon a nutrition website that suggested we type twos don’t get enough potassium. So, going against the school of thought that fruits are too high in sugar, I started consuming more bananas, tomatoes, apricots, and other potassium rich raw, natural foods. Then something remarkable happened. My glucose numbers plummeted to below normal… in the fifties and sixties for an entire week. That was December 13, 2007. Since then, my numbers have been close to normal ever since. I’ve posted all of this including links here: http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/Type_II_Diabetes.html

  36. QUESTION:
    Questions about preventing Diabetes?
    I’m a 15 year old male, 115 pounds and I consume about 3 cans of pop a day. I now realize I can get diabetes from all the sugar intake. This has been going on for 3 or 4 years and now that I know it can cause diabetes type 2 so I’m quitting. Is this enough to cause diabetes? If so, can I reverse it? And what can I do to find out if I do have onsetting diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      It is good that you are thinking of the health risks your diet can cause.
      Eliminating all that soda (with tons of sugars) is a step in the right direction.
      Do not stop at step one.
      Go the whole 9 yards.

      Make living a healthy lifestyle a priority.- EVERYBODY on the planet should do it.
      A healthy lifestyle is all about eating healthy and exercising regularly.

      Get into that habit and it will be as natural as brushing teeth. – Not a problem or any hassle.

      It is your life, your body AND your choice – make it.

      A healthy lifestyle could prevent type 2 diabetes and even reverse pre-diabetes. Full blown type 2 diabetes CANNOT be cured or reversed. So do everything in your power to prevent it.

  37. QUESTION:
    Has the rise in sugar in foods caused the increase in type 2 Diabetes?
    I am doing a report on this question and I can’t find a lot of answers on the web. Can you help?!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried the American Diabetes Association? They have a lot of really good information on type two diabetes.

      Diabetes, both type one and type two, is genetic. I have known both large type two diabetics and incredibly skinny type two diabetics.

      Diabetes is also not caused by sugar intake. What diabetics are told to look out for in regards to what they eat and their blood sugar is the amount of carbohydrates in foods.

  38. QUESTION:
    Type-2 diabetes…what do you think about my essay about it?
    Diabetes is when the pancreas stops working or your cells stop utilizing insulin created. Insulin is a hormone which lets sugar from your blood into the parts of your body which require it. When this vital hormone is missing or your cells cannot absorb insulin properly, sugar builds up in your blood, which causes you to get ill. Some people require an injection of insulin to control the sugar, while others need a tablet or just diet and exercise.
    Type-2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Reasons for type-2 diabetes can be age, family history, and ethnicity. There is also a strong genetic connection in type 2 diabetes, so if your parents have it you might too. Weight and a lack of good eating habits can also have effect and cause diabetes. It’s very important you excerise regulary and have a good diet.
    Diabetes can be diagonsed a few ways. The first way is fasting plasma, which measures blood gluclose in a person who has not been eating for at least 8 hours. The second way is called an oral glucose tolerance test which measures blood glucose after a person eats at least 8 hours and two hours after the person drinks a a glucose-containing beverage. The last way is called a random plasma glucose test, measures blood glucose without regard to when the person being tested last ate.
    Now, the symptoms of type-2 are something you should always pay close attention to. If you have a dry mouth, increased hunger, blurred vision, headaches, fatigue, and unexpalined weight loss, then you have the most common symptoms. Do not ignore any of these symptoms and get medical attention as soon as possible.
    Please give your honest opinions about it. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    I’m 14, and yes I had to use the internet to get information. The assignment is only suppose to be about type 2

    • ANSWER:
      1- It’s GREAT.
      2- Actually there are two types of Diabetes : mellitus & insipidus , which you are talking about the first one.
      3- What’s the most common symptom of Diabetes? Guess what! Asymptomatic!
      4- HbA1C Is another diagnostic test in latest guide lines.

  39. QUESTION:
    what are the causes and symptoms of type1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes mellitus? compare.?

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition that affects an estimated 20.8 million people. About 30 percent (6.2 million) do not know they have it. Each year, about 1.5 million people find out they have diabetes (1) and probably have had the disease for seven years before it was diagnosed.

      Diabetes is a metabolic disorder affecting the way the body uses digested food for growth and energy. As a person eats, digestive juices break down the food into a simple sugar called glucose. Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body.
      Diabetes GraphAfter digestion, glucose passes into the bloodstream to be used by body cells for growth and energy. In order for glucose to get into the cells, insulin must be present. Insulin is a hormone produced by the beta cells of the pancreas, an organ behind the stomach.

      As food passes through the stomach, the pancreas is designed to automatically produce the right amount of insulin to move the glucose from the bloodstream into cells. In some people with diabetes the pancreas produces little to no insulin and in others the body cells do not respond to the available insulin. Still others have both defects. As a result glucose builds up in the blood, overflows into the urine, and passes out of the body. The body loses its main source of fuel even though the blood contains large amounts of glucose.

      Diabetes mellitus is characterized by high levels of blood glucose and is associated with serious complications and premature death. With proper medical guidance much of this burden can be prevented with early detection, treatment and education.

      The three most common forms of the disease are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

      Type 1 Diabetes

      Although diabetes occurs most often in older adults, it is one of the most common chronic disorders in children in the United States. About 176,500 children, teenagers and young adults age 20 and younger have diabetes. This represents 0.22% of all people in this age group. The majority of young people with diabetes have type 1.(1)

      Type 1, previously referred to as juvenile-onset or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), usually develops during childhood, adolescence, or during early adulthood and affects approximately 5 percent to 10 percent of all people with diabetes (1). Type 1 diabetes is characterized by a partial or complete loss of insulin producing beta cells as a result of an autoimmune disorder. Patients with Type 1 diabetes require daily injections of insulin. Although this disease affects only a small percentage of all people with diabetes, it is associated with a greater prevalence of premature complications and mortality than other forms of the disease.

      Type 2 Diabetes

      Most people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. The pancreas of people with type 2 diabetes makes insulin, but the body can’t use it very well.

      Type 2 diabetes is associated with older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose metabolism, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and some Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is increasingly being diagnosed in children and adolescents. (1)

      Type 2, previously defined as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) is the most common form, affecting 90 percent to 95 percent of all people who develop diabetes (1). An insulin deficiency or resistance characterizes type 2 diabetes. The symptoms of this disorder develop gradually and are often overlooked. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 30 percent of the people with type 2 diabetes are undiagnosed (1).

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the name of a type of diabetes 2 medication?
    i heard there are some medications for type 2 that cause your pancreas to produce more insulin, what are the names of those medications???

    • ANSWER:
      Sulfonylurea drugs. These medications stimulate your pancreas to produce and release more insulin. For them to be effective, your pancreas must produce some insulin on its own. Second-generation sulfonylureas such as glipizide (Glucotrol, Glucotrol XL), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase) and glimepiride (Amaryl) are prescribed most often. The most common side effect of sulfonylureas is low blood sugar, especially during the first four months of therapy. You’re at much greater risk of low blood sugar if you have impaired liver or kidney function.

      And now you know
      By the way , I take 3 mg. Amaryl

      Kitty

  41. QUESTION:
    Causes of Type 2 Diabetic symptoms while not being a diabetic especially after eating?! Dieting made it worse!?
    For 4 years now I’ve been having strange symptoms of type 2 diabetes without even being diabetic which is what the Doctor’s confirmed. (Not Diabetic!) I tried dieting which did not help at all. I lost 40 pounds in one month and the symptoms were so much worse ranging from really bad head aches to uncontrollable anger especially while at work. After going back to eating whatever I wanted I felt so much better while the symptoms stayed and became mild again. The symptoms are head aches, extreme hunger, extreme body aches and pain, uncontrollable anger, floating webs and oddly shaped objects in my vision constantly, frequent urination without sugar in the urine, change in personality, mood swings, extreme hunger especially after eating, lack of enthusiasm, lethargy, fatigue, eye pain while eating sugar, sneezing a few times after eating sugar, runny nose after heavy eating, running cold water over both feet to give them feeling, burning aching pain in my feet, numbness, electric shock feeling through my feet, heavy labored breathing after eating, rapid heart beat, and unable to run or perform physical activity such as swimming jogging or martial arts. Can someone please help me? Something is wrong but I have no idea what it could be my blood sugar is always normal or incredibly and oddly normal especially after eating anything I want. My mother is a type 2 diabetic because she never took care of herself and she always had a sweet tooth. It takes me twice as long to recover from the flu or viral infection which I have had first hand experience with already. Once I ate a bologna sandwich, went to work and for no reason what so ever I wanted to quit and hit someone. I couldn’t understand why, I love my job and the people there so what could it be? Two weeks later I eat the same kind of sandwich and the same exact symptoms occur so it couldn’t just be coincidence while my blood sugar stays perfectly normal. Please email me at davidtrif27@yahoo.com or call me at 501-303-4581 please help me I need to work to support my family and this disorder makes it so difficult. I can barely stand anymore. Thank you and God bless.

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Bleached flour contributes to diabetes?
    I was reading a lot of things over the web and many sources stated that bleached flour directly causes type 2 diabetes. Seeing as it’s in practically everything, is this true?! How can I tell if flour is bleached or not?

    • ANSWER:
      Bleached or unbleached, flour does NOT cause diabetes, nor does sugar. Diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors, but these things themselves do not cause it. In fact, “starchy foods are part of a healthy meal plan. What is important is the portion size. Whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables like potatoes, yams, peas and corn can be included in your meals and snacks. The key is portions. For most people with diabetes, having 3-4 servings of carbohydrate-containing foods is about right. Whole grain starchy foods are also a good source of fiber, which helps keep your gut healthy” and “If eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten by people with diabetes. They are no more “off limits” to people with diabetes, than they are to people without diabetes.” You can learn more about the mythis and truth about diabetes at the American Diabetes Association website: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-myths.jsp
      Hope this helps!

  43. QUESTION:
    Could seroquel be to blame for my diagnosis of type 2 diabetes?
    I took seroquel for about a year for bipolar disorder when I was 16. other than bipolar I was a normal healthy male. I’m 21 now and last year I was exhibiting classic diabetic symptoms and officially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I have two known diabetics in my family (deceased grandfather and then an aunt). I have reason to believe seroquel may have caused my type 2 as explained by a warning infomercial. I am skinny 5’9 145lbs and my readings go as high as 350-400 sometimes. what do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be the reason, as leaflets do warn about the possibility of diabetes.

      Go to the doctors and get checked.

  44. QUESTION:
    Could seroquel be the cause of my diagnosis of type 2 diabetes?
    I took seroquel ( an antipstchotic) for bipolar disorder when I was diagnosed at 16, I took it for about a year. I was an otherwise healthy teenage male. Now I’m 21 and diagnosed with adult onset diabetes as of last year. I am skinny 5’9″ 145 lbs and o ly two known diabetics on my.moms side. I had the usual symptoms of diabetes and got diagnosed after it.was.reported I was.constantly getting readings in the 300-400 range.

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible . Seroquel can increase the risk of hyperglycemia (increased glucose) which is evident in your glucose readings. It commonly causes weight gain.. and hyperglycemia in diabetes

  45. QUESTION:
    I have type 2 diabetes which has caused diabetic neroupathy in my feet.?
    Over the past 10 days my left foot has become extremely swollen. The top of my foot looks like a baseball and my big toe is bright red. I have mild swelling in my right foot. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to reduce the swelling or what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to check with your doctor. You could have gout, or a number of other things wrong. It could even be some sort of insect bite. Put an cold pack on it to help reduce the swelling, but see your doctor right away.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between Diabetes Type 1 and 2.?
    I’ve been interested and researching some fields involving things that are medical, and I was wondering how one can get the two types of Diabetes and which is worse. Are people with Diabetes type 1 generally not overweight compared to type 2?

    How do people who aren’t fat at all get Diabetes? Is it a completely different cause to getting it other than eating too much?
    I’m thinking it might be past genes.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been healthy and active my entire life, always skinny as well. But, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes a couple months ago. Why? Because Type 1 is genetic, meaning, you always have had it, but it was not triggered until something caused it to do so. Type 1 is usually triggered by the flu, or fevers, I’ve even heard of one guy who got it right after he had a simple cold. Sometimes you don’t even get sick first, it just happens. Bottom line is, it has nothing to do with what you do or eat, if you have it, you have it, that is it. Type 1 means your pancreas no longer produces Insulin, Insulin is used to bond with the food you eat and cells and this produces energy.

      There is no other option for a Type 1 Diabetic but to need daily shots of Insulin, unless you have the pump which is always connected to you and you manage how much insulin goes into you or not.
      There is no cure at this time and it is not something that can go away with time.

      Type 2 Diabetes, is also GENETIC. But it has been known to be triggered by excess weight, poor diet, and other factors as well. Living a healthy and active lifestyle can prevent Type 2 in some cases, though not all. Type 2 still produces some insulin though not a lot, and can be treated simply with pills, diet, exercise, and in severe cases insulin injections as well. It is possible for Type 2 to go away over time with proper care, though not always and rarely.

      I should also point out that my grandmother got Type 2 later on in life, and she was very very thin. It is a misconception that all Type 2s are overweight.

      I would say Type 1 is worse, it has no other option but insulin shots, it starts earlier in life so you really do have it your whole life, and there is not chance of it going away.

      But, they are closer to finding a cure for Type one, possibly within 20 years, so I guess it depends on if you have faith in them being able to find a cure or not.

      Though, no one should have to have Type 1 or 2, because neither are easy and both require a lot of work.

      Hope I helped

  47. QUESTION:
    Is there a type of diabetes that causes a sweet aroma?
    My friends, family, and even managers comment on how sweet I smell all the time. I usually don’t spray or use cologne because i’ve never
    needed it. I use deoderant but it doesn’t smell sweet.

    I saw a while back on an episode of law and order that involved the “sweet smell of the diabetic.(which ended up solving the case.)”

    so, Is there a type of diabetes that makes you smell sweet?
    I have type 2, as diagnosed, but my body still
    makes insulin,even though it’s been 7 years since the good news.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, type 2 diabetics still make lots of insulin (though some take extra insulin by injection). Type 2 is where you have plenty of insulin but your body tissues are insulin resistant. Type 1 is where you don’t make enough insulin. Two completely different diseases with the same results and complications.

      The full name of it is ‘diabetes mellitus’, mellitus from the Greek ‘mel’ meaning ‘honey’. In previous centuries it as diagnosed by tasting the patient’s urine! If it was sweet, that meant that sugar wasn’t being metabolized, was building up in the blood and eventually getting into the urine.

      Aren’t you glad you live in these days instead of those days? 8^)

  48. QUESTION:
    Is Type 2 giving Type 1 a bad name?
    I strongly believe that type 1 and type 2 diabetes should have different names, i.e. not both referred to as “diabetes”. Type 1 diabetes suffers due to it’s sharing it’s name with type2.

    Type 1 diabetes is genetic, and it is not brought on by something the sufferer did. It was out of his/her hands and they did nothing to cause the illness.

    Some will argue that type 2 diabetes is also genetic, but we all know, and it cannot be denied, that type 2 is avoidable. The reason that sufferers get type2 diabetes is 99% down to their lifestyle. They didn’t have to get it, unlike the type 1 sufferer who had no say. Even in the UK alone, a new case of type2 diabetes is diagnosed every 13 seconds and it’s due to obesity, smoking, eating too many fatty foods and generally lifestyle choices.

    The vast majority of books dedicated to diabetes are about how to avoid getting it, which is unfair to the type 1 sufferers as they cannot avoid it.

    Because 90%+ sufferers have type 2, it takes away from funding in type 1 and finding a cure. The two illnesses should not have the same name. Type 1 is unavoidable and we need to tackle and research the causes, whereas type 2 could always have been avoided. It’s sad for type1 sufferers because all of the media reports talk about how diabetes is linked to obesity and it’s not true for type 1, which I think of as true diabetes. Type 1 sufferers must be sick of people thinking they have it because of poor lifestyles.

    Type 2 is giving diabetes a bad name and image in society. Type2 should keep the term “diabetes” as they have stigmatised it and type1 should get a new name. They are not the same!
    I am soooo not alone Just found the following web page:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/riva-greenberg/the-type-1-versus-type-2_b_611662.html

    Shocking how similar the views are to mine

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with you, but only that type 2 diabetes should have a different name. Even people who have absolutely no genetic family history of diabetes can get type 1 diabetes. ALL of the type 1 diabetics I have talked to either face to face or online had some kind of viral infection, often with a high fever for several days, before they were diagnosed. For those who want to give my response a thumbs down, you honestly don’t know what you are talking about. Type 2 definitely can be genetic. Type 1 may not be, although if there is a genetic predisposition for type 2 diabetes because of racial heritage, like Native American Indian blood, you may be more susceptible to developing type 1 if you get a viral infection. I had roseola, a strep infection, when a 1 year and 8 months old. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 26 months old in May, 1955. A young adult who was diagnosed with type 1 in her 20′s had had pneumonia. Two brother’s had chicken pox before they were diagnosed. I suspect Mary Tyler Moore also had some type of viral infection before she was diagnosed in 1969. I also believe that type 1 diabetes is NOT a “conventional” auto-immune disease, as the paradigm for the last 25 years or so claims. Have your EVER heard of a type 1 diabetic going into remission where they need significantly less insulin for weeks or months, discounting the effects that male or female hormone cycles can have? I haven’t, but there very well may be gaps in my knowledge that I am not aware of. I didn’t know until September 1 this year that Type 1 diabetics can become insulin resistant. I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for almost 55.5 years, long before there WAS a type 1 and type 2. Even though I am now taking two shots of Levimer and 4 shots of Novolog a day, all of my doses are less than 10 units. The nursing home I was in for 3 months was giving me 18 units of Levimer twice a day, and they couldn’t figure why my BS was dropping into the 40′s (mg/dcl) around 4 am after the midnight to 2 am dose of Levimer. Then they forgot to give me ANY Levimer for two or three days. Of course I was throwing up at meals (fortunately I was eating in my room most of the time) because my blood sugar was in the 400′s and 500′s. The doctor, who specialized in respiratory problems ( I had double pneumonia when I was admitted to the hospital), and the physician’s assistant ( who owned the nursing home along with his wife) had me on Glucophage and Januvia , oral medications for type 2 diabetes as well. Glucophage is for insulin resistant type 2. My “sister” in New Orleans who is an M.D. and is now a type 2, takes Glucophage (and Avendia. Yikes!) The nursing home didn’t put me on a diabetic feeding formula until I threatened to make a big stink about it. Thank goodness the one excellent night shift LPN told me that it wasn’t a diabetic formula..

      Sorry. I’m letting off steam. I was released from the nursing home on May 9. I know MANY medical personnel, including M.D.s, do not realize that type 1 and type 2 are almost two different diseases. Then there the diabetics who have low tolerance for fructose or lactose, but not sucrose. Those are different types of diabetes, not diabetes mellitus.

      (My “sister” is not my blood sister. We were both only children raised by older parents in the 1950′s and 1960′s. We’ve been close friends for more than 39 years, mostly because we think alike. We can have a conversation while driving two different cars, and finish each other ‘s sentences. She’s the only friend who can follow the sudden “left turns” in my conversation without warning. Her conversation can take left turns too. ;-D )

  49. QUESTION:
    If my parents don’t have diabetes, will i not have it?
    would i still develop it over time with poor diet and exercise?
    or i do i have no chance of it since my parents don’t have it?

    also, if u can answer this
    what are the possible causes of diabetes type 2?

    • ANSWER:
      You can still get it with poor diet and no exercise. It just means that you have a better start than others who inherit that pre-disposition.

      Being overweight and eating badly put a strain on your body over the years; that’s why many people get it after their 40′s.

      But we are seeing a growing number of younger diabetics because of being overweight without exercising and eating lots of bad food like fast-foods and foods high in sugar.

  50. QUESTION:
    has anyone on here got type 2 diabetes as a result of another medical condition?
    wow.. ive had alot of medical problems the past 6 months. ive pretty much had to play my own doctor in finding out whats wrong with me. ive always been a little over weight. but ive always been active as well. i dont sit and watch tv. im always up doing something. and im on my feet at work busy 10 hours a day. everyone kept saying i got diabetes cause of my weight and poor eating. im starting not to think so.

    i was on the depo birthcontrol for 8 years. when i stopped is when i started to have problems. depo causes weight gain. also im being checked today for a couple of hormone related conditions such as pcos. all hormone related conditions seem to have weight gain issues as well. even conditions such as pcos have diabetes as a main concern! its wierd that diabetes is tied to soo many health conditions.

    then as a chain reaction i see a pattern. when i go to the doctor now everytime they say my blood pressure is a little high. ive never had blood pressure issues until i had diabetes. then i see alot of diabetes patients are on blood pressure meds..

    so i go from medication that causes diabetes.. then diabetes to high blood pressure. geshhh!!

    OMG thanks so much gary for all that info!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Gary is wrong. YES. Diabetes can be from taking certain drugs for long periods of time. Many blood pressure meds, corticosteroids, cancer drugs, birth control, just to mention a very few. It can also develop when a person is exposed to hazardous chemicals. These drugs can, after long term use, actually damage the pancreas. Many of them do only slight damage, but it is enough to cause type 2 diabetes to develop. Diabetes is NOT caused from being overweight, having a bad diet, or sitting on the couch. Type 2 can Cause weight gain itself, but being overweight is not a cause of type 2 diabetes. Many diabetics do have high blood pressure, but many don’t. I have been diabetic for 16 years and my blood pressure is the same as it has been all my life…80/60. It has never gone higher , except for a tad higher from exercise, which is totally normal, then it goes back down. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, go to some diabetic ed classes. You will learn a lot and can ask questions.