How Alcohol Affects Blood Sugar

Whether you are newly diagnosed with diabetes or a veteran at diabetes management, it’s important to understand how alcohol affects your blood sugar. This article provides you with an overview of what happens in the body when you drink alcohol, how alcohol affects blood sugar levels, and what you can do to make sure you are able to enjoy a drink or two without compromising your health. 

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Stress-relief Exercises to Protect your Mental Health While Sheltering in Place… and Always

With the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), most of us are self-quarantined at home to prevent the spread of this infectious disease and to protect our loved ones. This pandemic situation may be overwhelming and stressful for a lot of people and that’s totally okay – remember that you’re not alone in this. 

Stacking stones is a great form of meditation to ease stress, focus attention, and improve clarity of thought.
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Type 1 Diabetes Treatment Options

People that have type 1 diabetes (T1D) find that having a routine, eating a nutritious and healthy diet at regular scheduled times, physical activity and taking medication (insulin) can keep blood sugars within range. People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) can live long, and happy lives with disease management and motivation. Advancements in medication types and delivery methods give people the freedom to choose which treatment options work best with their particular circumstance. The prognoses of T1D can be greatly improved with a combination of insulins and lifestyle choices.

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How Low Can You Go? Some Common Symptoms of Low Blood Pressure

How low is too low for blood pressure?

Within certain limits, the lower your blood pressure reading is, the better. There is also no specific number at which day-to-day blood pressure is considered too low, as long as none of the symptoms of trouble are present.

Symptoms of low blood pressure

Most doctors will only consider chronically low blood pressure as dangerous if it causes noticeable signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Fainting (syncope)
  • Dehydration and unusual thirst
  • Dehydration can sometimes cause blood pressure to drop. However, dehydration does not always cause low blood pressure. Fever, vomiting, severe diarrhea, overuse of diuretics and strenuous exercise can all lead to dehydration, a potentially serious condition in which your body loses more water than you take in. Even mild dehydration (a loss of as little as 1 percent to 2 percent of body weight) can cause weakness, dizziness and fatigue.
  • Lack of concentration
  • Blurred vision
  • Cold, clammy, pale skin
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

Is hypoglycemia(low blood sugar) dangerous?

Hypoglycemia (or low blood sugar) happens when your blood glucose is less than 70mg/dl. However, it is possible that you may experience low blood sugar symptoms at higher levels. Hypoglycemia is dangerous and can be life-threatening. It can lead to coma or death, if left untreated. Whenever possible, check your blood sugar level when you think it is low. Continue reading “Is hypoglycemia(low blood sugar) dangerous?”

What is Hypoglycemia?

The brain relies only on sugar to function, so it begins suffering when blood sugar (blood glucose) levels are low, usually less than 70 mg/dl. Hypoglycemia generally occurs when there is an excess of glucose lowering medications, after a long or intense exercise session or inadequate carbohydrate intake.  However, it is important to talk to your health care provider about your individual blood glucose targets, and what level is too low for you.

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Managing Hypoglycemia During Exercise

Hypoglycemia and Physical Activity

People taking insulin or insulin secretagogues (oral diabetes pills that cause your pancreas to make more insulin) are at risk for hypoglycemia, or low blood sugars, if their food or medications aren’t adjusted to account for exercise.
Checking your blood sugar before and after a physical activity is important to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Talk to your diabetes care team (doctor, nurse, dietitian or pharmacist) to find out if you are at risk for hypoglycemia.
It is important to become familiar with how your body responds to different durations and types of exercise.
Checking your blood sugar level more often before and around 30 minutes after exercise can help you see the benefits of activity. You also can use the results of your blood sugar checks to see how your body to reacts to different activities. Understanding these patterns can help you prevent your blood sugar from going too high or too low.

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