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The Health Consequences of Low Blood Sugar

March 21st, 2012|Categories: Hey Doc|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Hey Doc… I find that there are certain times of the day that I can’t keep my eyes open.  Can anything be done?                                                                                                                 -S.L. in Cathedral City- Dear S.L., What you are experiencing is hypoglycemia – a low blood sugar.  Anytime insulin levels go up, blood sugars go down.  Insulin peaks between 3 and 4 PM, when people are in a car, and after eating.  These are the classic times that people will get sleepy. The brain uses more sugar than any other part of the body and the primary fuel that it uses is sugar.  This is [...]

Is It Time To Do Away With Fasting Blood Tests?

February 15th, 2012|Categories: Hormone Testing, Excessive Adrenaline, Diabetes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The medical system is very slow to change.  It is well represented by the remark, "This is the way it's done because this is the way it has always been done".  The time-honored approach to doing blood tests is to have them done after a 10 hour fast (or more).  But why are fasting blood tests ordered? The purpose behind doing blood tests is to determine how the patient's body is performing. How the body works from a metabolic standpoint can give the healthcare practitioner a lot of valuable information.  However, when a person fasts, the metabolic system slows [...]