Watch for THIS while you're in the hospital
Millions of Americans struggle to keep their blood sugar levels under control -- and odds are, you're one of them.
But blood sugar control is more than just keeping your levels down.
Sometimes, you need to keep them UP!
Diabetics know that feeling when sugar levels drop. You could actually feel drunk... and you may even act that way too.
But milder drops in blood sugar can come with no symptoms at all -- and if they happen to you, and happen too often, you could face serious risks.
And if it happens in a hospital, it could actually KILL you!
New research shows how keeping blood sugar up should be just as important as keeping it down, because folks with low levels face a higher risk of death both inside the hospital and during their recovery afterward.
In the new study of some 3,000 hospitalized patients, nearly a third of the folks with low blood sugar levels died.
That's an alarmingly high rate.
Even if the actual causes of death were different, the low blood sugar levels seem to be playing a big role here.
It even extended to folks with the "moderately" low levels that may not always be obvious without blood tests. For folks with those milder dips in blood sugar, insulin appeared to increase the risk of death.
But in more severe cases, the insulin didn't matter, and the death risk was the same across the board.
None of this means you should be sipping on soda or eating junk in the name of raising your blood sugar.
The study doesn't come right out and say it, but the real reason many people suffer low blood sugar in the hospital has nothing to do with what we eat or drink.
It's MEDS -- especially diabetes drugs.
When you go into the hospital, the sudden change in diet and lack of movement in bed can cause your body to use up blood sugar differently. That means you may need a different dose from what you'd normally get.
But, in reality, docs rarely make that adjustment.
Other drugs that can cause drops in blood sugar include beta-blockers, haloperidol, certain antibiotics, MAOI antidepressants, and more. So, if you're in a hospital, be sure to track ANY drugs being added to your routine.
if something feels WRONG, speak up... and be insistent if you have to.
And, if you can't do it yourself, make sure there's a loved one in your corner who can do it for you.
As the new study shows, your life is on the line.