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    Anyone know anything about low blood sugar levels?

    My bfs dad has just found out his diabetic with very high sugar levels. He tested my levels and I was 4.3. This is in the average but apparently too low. Is it a safe level? What causes low blood sugar levels?

    Any advice would be great
    Thanks

    22 Comments

    4.3 is fine, nothing to worry about

    Lot's of useful info here
    Edited by: "krazie2004" 21st Apr 2011

    Nothing to worry about, my brother is diabetic so I know a fair amount about it.
    If you do get feint or feel unwell, see your GP, but honestly if your concerns are based on the one (normal) blood test then please put your mind at rest and know it's alright.

    Quote from wiki to reassure you:
    The mean normal blood glucose level in humans is about 4 mM (4 mmol/L or 72 mg/dL, i.e. milligrams/deciliter)[citation needed]; however, this level fluctuates throughout the day. Glucose levels are usually lowest in the morning, before the first meal of the day (termed "the fasting level"), and rise after meals for an hour or two by a few milliMolar.

    if he's a type 1 diabetic 4.3 is getting low,and remember you need less insulin in hot weather.
    eating something now would be good so it doesn't get any lower..

    if he feels unwell at 4.3 some sugary juice will raise it quickly
    i been diabetic for 25years
    Edited by: "daysleeper268" 21st Apr 2011

    Normal levels are between 4 mmol/l and 8 mmol/l but will obviously fluctuate during the day with your eating patterns.

    If only there was a profession that you could go and see with questions like this.

    daysleeper268

    if he's a type 1 diabetic 4.3 is getting low,and remember you need less … if he's a type 1 diabetic 4.3 is getting low,and remember you need less insulin in hot weather.eating something now would be good so it doesn't get any lower..if he feels unwell at 4.3 some sugary juice will raise it quicklyi been diabetic for 25years



    The OP is worried as it was her blood test (taken by her diabetic boyfriend's father), I get the feeling she's just spooked and needs some reassurance, as it is a normal level.
    Really good advice you gave if she was diabetic, and good point about the insulin in hot weather. Also worth pointing out how important it is to keep it in the fridge and not in your pocket all day in this weather.

    thesaint

    If only there was a profession that you could go and see with questions … If only there was a profession that you could go and see with questions like this.



    But the levels are normal.
    HUKD just saved the NHS one GP appointment X)
    Oh, and saved a sleepless night of worry.

    sickly sweet

    The OP is worried as it was her blood test (taken by her diabetic … The OP is worried as it was her blood test (taken by her diabetic boyfriend's father), I get the feeling she's just spooked and needs some reassurance, as it is a normal level.Really good advice you gave if she was diabetic, and good point about the insulin in hot weather. Also worth pointing out how important it is to keep it in the fridge and not in your pocket all day in this weather.




    wooops not only did this donkey not read the OP question right,
    he managed to take his normal dose of insulin and has had 4 hypos today,
    and i have the cheek to give advice.

    Original Poster

    Thanks everyone! Feel better now. Just wanted to check as it's new to me. Thanks very much

    Just to echo - 4.3 is absolutely fine (its completely within normal ranges). If you are already diabetic and got this result you would maybe be thinking ahead in case it went any lower but if your a non diabetic... then this is perfectly normal.

    daysleeper268

    wooops not only did this donkey not read the OP question right,he managed … wooops not only did this donkey not read the OP question right,he managed to take his normal dose of insulin and has had 4 hypos today,and i have the cheek to give advice.



    Oooo 4 hypos! Not good, my mom is forever having those as well

    thesaint

    If only there was a profession that you could go and see with questions … If only there was a profession that you could go and see with questions like this.



    As far as i know a professional has replied in post 1

    Original Poster

    I'm not diabetic so glad it's all normal weight off my mind. Thank you all for your advice

    i think you should take the readings with a pinch of salt because your blood sugar levels fluctuate with food and stress etc so you could be getting incorrect reading. could also taste your urine and see if its sweet!!

    not low. and u are meant to tk them after 2 hours of eating....

    Banned

    sickly sweet

    The OP is worried as it was her blood test (taken by her diabetic … The OP is worried as it was her blood test (taken by her diabetic boyfriend's father), I get the feeling she's just spooked and needs some reassurance, as it is a normal level.Really good advice you gave if she was diabetic, and good point about the insulin in hot weather. Also worth pointing out how important it is to keep it in the fridge and not in your pocket all day in this weather.



    Why? I thought you were supposed to store insulin in a fridge, but the cartridge/pen that you are using should be kept at room temperature. Any idea why you should keep it at a certain temparature anyway?

    insulin pens go in the fridge. needles at room temp

    Adnan786

    I thought you were supposed to store insulin in a fridge, but the … I thought you were supposed to store insulin in a fridge, but the cartridge/pen that you are using should be kept at room temperature.


    My mum's been told the same thing recently. Keep the insulin in the fridge, and the pen you're currently using somewhere cool at room temp.

    This (http://www.diabetesnet.com/about-diabetes/insulin/insulin-basics) seems to corroborate with the specialists advice.

    # Insulin in a pen can only be kept at room temperature for 2 weeks … # Insulin in a pen can only be kept at room temperature for 2 weeks before it begins to spoil. Check with your pharmacist, the package insert or the manufacturer's websites.# Insulin used past 28 days at room temperature or past the expiration date on the box may still be good. However, using it may cause control problems and is not recommended.



    Adnan786

    Any idea why you should keep it at a certain temparature anyway?


    This is on the above site also:

    # Store insulin you are not using in a refrigerator. It is a protein … # Store insulin you are not using in a refrigerator. It is a protein dissolved in water, sort of like a soup stock, so keep it cold to prevent it from spoiling. Keep it between 36º and 46º F. If it gets colder it will freeze. If the insulin freezes, when it thaws it will separate and clump and will no longer be usable. If it gets warmer it will be ok for awhile but will eventually spoil.# If it starts to spoil, bacteria growing in it breaks down the insulin. It won't hurt you to use this. However, its not as effective so your blood sugar will be higher than you expect even though you took the right amount of insulin at the right time.


    Edited by: "ClubLife" 22nd Apr 2011

    Banned

    Adnan786

    I thought you were supposed to store insulin in a fridge, but the … I thought you were supposed to store insulin in a fridge, but the cartridge/pen that you are using should be kept at room temperature.

    # Insulin in a pen can only be kept at room temperature for 2 weeks … # Insulin in a pen can only be kept at room temperature for 2 weeks before it begins to spoil. Check with your pharmacist, the package insert or the manufacturer's websites.# Insulin used past 28 days at room temperature or past the expiration date on the box may still be good. However, using it may cause control problems and is not recommended.

    Adnan786

    Any idea why you should keep it at a certain temparature anyway?

    # Store insulin you are not using in a refrigerator. It is a protein … # Store insulin you are not using in a refrigerator. It is a protein dissolved in water, sort of like a soup stock, so keep it cold to prevent it from spoiling. Keep it between 36º and 46º F. If it gets colder it will freeze. If the insulin freezes, when it thaws it will separate and clump and will no longer be usable. If it gets warmer it will be ok for awhile but will eventually spoil.# If it starts to spoil, bacteria growing in it breaks down the insulin. It won't hurt you to use this. However, its not as effective so your blood sugar will be higher than you expect even though you took the right amount of insulin at the right time.



    Thank you for that, most useful.

    You can check out this health site.
    Its a religious based site but is still very health orientated. I found some excellent stuff for my father (he has cance and diabetes, amongst other things).

    Edited by: "shuwaz" 23rd Apr 2011

    Banned

    Thank you for that, ive added the link to my favourites for later viewing. Hope things go well for your father.
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