Glucose 5 mg/dL in your blood test results
You received your blood test result with a Glucose value of 5 mg/dL. This analysis helps you to check if your Glucose value is within normal range.
Your Glucose value of 5 mg/dL is way too low. A good Glucose is usually between 65 and 99 mg/dL.
Increase your Glucose by 60 mg/dL to be within normal range.
Low blood glucose, also called hypoglycemia, occurs when the body has too much insulin. Low blood glucose is sometimes caused from a negative response to medications used to treat diabetes. Less common causes of low blood glucose include:
- Excessive alcohol use
- Severe illnesses, such as hepatitis, kidney disease or anorexia
- Rare pancreatic tumors
- Diseases of the adrenal or pituitary glands
Low blood glucose can progress rapidly to a life-threatening condition. It is vital to treat the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia as soon as they occur.
Treatment & Medication
If a person is experiencing low blood glucose, immediate treatment is necessary. Low blood glucose is treated by consuming 15-20 grams of simple carbohydrates. People who experience frequent episodes of hypoglycemia sometimes carry convenient glucose tablets or gel tubes to use when blood sugar becomes low. Other options include drinking juice or consuming sugary candy.
If hypoglycemia progresses to unconsciousness, prescription glucagon is injected to raise blood glucose.
Blood glucose levels should be measured while fasting. "Postprandial" sugars taken two hours after eating should be less than 140 mg/dl.