:: Health Conditions - Diabetes
Low/High Blood Sugar Levels
Diabetes impairs the body's ability to manufacture or use
insulin, a hormone necessary to metabolize sugar or glucose.
Most people with diabetes must take either insulin injections
or oral medications to lower blood sugar levels. Managing
blood sugar levels is a matter of balancing three variables:
food, physical activity, and insulin. Insulin and physical
activity lower the blood sugar levels; food intake raises
them. When blood sugar levels are not maintained properly,
people with diabetes are threatened with either of two emergencies:
Hyperglycemia (high blood
sugar), caused by the buildup of glucose in the bloodstream.
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar),
occurring when blood glucose levels drop too low. Hypoglycemia
is also called insulin reaction or insulin shock.
Both situations can be life threatening if left untreated.
But because a hypoglycemic emergency can develop quickly and
is likely to occur more often, the following information focuses
on what causes an insulin reaction and how to handle it.
There is A1c, a lab test that helps determine your average
blood sugar levels over month's time. We offer the A1c test
that can be conducted at home. Learn more about
Testing Kits >>>