Gastroparesis (delayed stomach emptying) is a digestive problem that's associated with diabetes. Most often gastroparesis occurs in people with type 1 diabetes; however, it can also occur in those with type 2 diabetes. Most have had diabetes for at least 10 years and have other complications of diabetes as well. With gastroparesis, the stomach cannot empty itself of food in a normal fashion.
Prolonged severe hypoglycemia can cause irreversible brain
damage and heart problems, especially in people who already have
coronary artery disease. If emergency medical
treatment is not provided, severe hypoglycemia can be fatal.
medicines may mask symptoms of low blood sugar,
beta-blockers, which are often used to treat heart
high blood pressure.
What to think about
Different people may have
symptoms of mild, moderate, or severe hypoglycemia at varying blood sugar
levels. Although the blood sugar levels listed above are typical, they may not
apply to everyone. If your blood sugar drops suddenly, you may have symptoms
even if your level is in the normal range.
A number of medical
conditions can cause symptoms similar to those of hypoglycemia. Your doctor
will use blood tests and other measures to make sure another condition isn't
causing your symptoms.
If you have diabetes, it is very important to check your blood sugar levels, because many diabetes treatments can cause low sugar levels.
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If the level is below 70 and 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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