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Sat Dec 22 07:33:30 UTC 2012

i have type 2 diabetes, low aldasteron and posteral hypotension is there a quick way to tell the differance between the 3 when i get dizzy?
Asked By: mquinlan4  

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only on 1500 metformin and 15mg of midrine and .2mg of florin f a day. it only happends everyonce and a while but thiers no way to know if its just dehydration or low bp or low blood sugar. i do carry my metter but not always helpfull. thanks.
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2013-06-01 08:38:32.0

Hello mquinlan4
Thank you for bringing your question to dLife. You experience dizziness and have multiple conditions that may cause this. You ask for a fast way to check if it is low glucose level causing the dizziness. The quickest and safest way is to do a fingerstick. If you do not have your meter with you, I suggest that you assume it might be hypoglycemia and ingest a source of rapid acting carbohydrate just in case. Don’t overdo it. Just carry glucose tabs or if you do not have them, carry sugar packets with you. Low blood sugar can be very dangerous and you need to stabilize your glucose level before it drops too low and you will not be able to react. If you still feel dizzy after taking the rapid acting carbohydrate, there may be a different cause. Call 911 or go to the closest emergency room if you do not feel better within a few minutes. And, always follow up with an appointment with your provider to report your symptoms.
Answered By: Rita Juray
Accreditations: RN, MLT-ASCP, CCM, CDE
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