my sister is a type 1 diabetic....she had a severe seizure at her high school about two weeks ago...she needed a shot of insulin also because she was almost 500....and NO ONE at that school is ...
Diabetes makes sugar levels abnormally high, but do they go low too?
a diabetic untreated by insulin neglected or forgot to eat enough would their sugar levels drop at any stage? to a normal level or hypo level? Additional Details or if a diabetic ate unbelievably healthy very low carb no sugar sort of diet?
Yes!! It is very important to monitor blood glucose levels. Not eating, increased exercise or too much diabetic medicine are some reasons blood glucose levels can drop low. This can lead to hypoglycemia, cold sweats, tremors, even seizures or coma. At the hospital, we check blood glucose levels of our patients before meals and at bedtime. You should monitor these levels, eat at regularly scheduled times, follow a diet recommended by the American Diabetic Association (ADA), and keep record of you blood sugar levels. If you know that you are not going to eat or that you will be having more activity than usual, you may have to adjust your medication. It is also important to have an emergency hypoglycemic kit available - you should research this online or with you doctor. There are may support groups associated with hospitals and clinics. I recommend more education. This is not something to be messing around with...
yes absolutely a diabetic must keep eatting small amounts during the day to keep sugar levels normal if not it will drop suddenly and if they eat too much sugar it will rise just as fast. gotta be careful with this disease
Yes, a diabetic's blood sugar level can get too low if they don't eat at regular intervals. That is when they could go into a diabetic shock, or coma if they don't get their sugar level up quickly.
working out would make blood sugar go down. This is because it burns sugar and carbs.
Without insulin to transport the glucose (sugar) into the cells, a person's blood sugar levels will be elevated. But if a person exercises vigorously and/or takes their medication and does not eat enough, blood sugar levels can drop a lot.
If the person has type II diabetes (associated with obesity) following a diabetic diet and losing weight will both keep blood sugars at a lower level.
Although diet, exercise and weight loss can have an impact on blood sugar levels, most diabetics can't manage their blood sugars without medication. It is extremely important to check your blood sugars often and use your medication correctly if you are diabetic. Long-term consequences of uncontrolled blood sugars can be devastating. Damage done to small blood vessels causes kidney, heart and circulatory problems as well as loss of eyesight. Managing your sugar levels can help delay or prevent some of these problems.
Short answer: not likely.
However, there are other medications besides insulin which can cause low blood sugar.
Also, Type 1's on insulin can go low for other reasons besides not eating enough or taking too much insulin. Sometimes they do EVERYTHING right and still have hypos. This is because blood sugar is effected by other hormones in addition to insulin. Therefore things like stress, illness (sometimes without symptoms), and menstrual cycle also come into play - all of which are out of control of the patient.
most of these people didnt read your full question. If someone is a type 1 diabetic who is untreated, meaning no insulin, then no they would continue to have high blood sugars, because they cannot use any of the sugar in the food they eat. and they would suffer from loosing weight as the body uses fat and protein for energy when it cant use the sugar. However a type 2, or adult, has the possibility of control by diet alone, thus keeping blood sugars level and could possbily have a low. However lows are cause from too much insulin and not enough sugar, as mention when someone takes too much or doesnt eat enough for the amount they took
Too much medication can create low blood sugar.
Meds should be taken before eating. If you don't eat, you don't need them.
Hypoglycemia, is what I'm dealing with, sometimes my sugar level goes under 70ml, then I eat a box of raisin or drink a regular soda, to get back to normal.Usually works for me, I'm no longer on insulin(thank God) or anything my average reading is around 80ml to under 120ml.But when I was first diagnose I was hyperglycemia at 567ml. Wow! Isn't God a Great God.
Too much insulin or oral hypoglycemic drugs will probably lowers blood sugar. But a DM (1 or 2) patients untreated with insulin or oral hypoglymic drugs..will somehow lead to hyperglycemia (high blood sugar level).
Yesterday my BG was 216, I didn't eat because it was so high. I got into my SUV and drove to a town 30 miles away. When I pulled into the parking lot of my destination I checked again because I felt really funny... it was 60! It's a struggle to calculate how many steps you take in a day, possibly the heat having some affect, stress usually spikes levels in most people, I think I have the opposite affect in that respect. If I eat too many carbs I go to sleep, if I don't eat enough I bottom out. I'm usually such a control freak, but I can't get a grip on this and it's really depressing!!!
It depends. Type 2 diabetics, who are not on insulin, rarely go too low. It does happen, though. But no one has been able to tell me why. I'm never been below 70 in my four year history with the disease, so hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is a non issue with me.
Type 1s (insulin dependent) can and do have low blood sugar episodes when they take too much insulin or don't eat enough to compensate for the amount they took. It's a balancing act to say the least. In the scenario you present, where they don't take insulin, the chances of having a low blood sugar episode is highly unlikely unless the patient has insulinoma, which is pretty rare. In most cases, given that scenario, their blood sugar will not come down... it could even go up because the liver can still convert glycogen into glucose even though no food has been consumed.