Check your eyes,
pupil response to light, and the back of the eye
thyroid gland. Your doctor will check
this gland by feeling it while you swallow. Thyroid problems sometimes develop
in people who have diabetes.
Listen to your heart and lung sounds
and checking your blood flow (pulse) in your arms, legs, and feet. Your doctor also may listen to the blood flow in your neck (carotid) arteries
for evidence of plaque buildup from
Examine your feet
for sores, injuries, and decreased sensation. The health professional will
gently touch your feet and hands with a vibrating metal tuning fork and small
pieces of fine nylon fiber (microfilament testing).
nervous system by checking your reflexes and your ability to feel touch in your
arms, legs, and feet.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
July 1, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 01, 2011
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Your level is currently
If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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