type 1 diabetes usually develop quickly, over a few
days to weeks, and are caused by blood sugar levels rising above the normal
range (hyperglycemia). Early symptoms may be overlooked, especially if the
person has recently had an illness, such as
influenza (flu). Early symptoms include:
Sometimes the blood sugar level rises excessively before a
person knows something is wrong. Because insulin is not available, the cells in
the body are unable to get the sugar (glucose) they need for energy. The body
begins to break down fat and muscle for energy. When fat is used for energy,
ketones-or fatty acids-are produced and enter the bloodstream, causing the
diabetic ketoacidosis. This is a life-threatening
condition. Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis are:
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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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