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Is drinking water bad for a patient with low blood sugar levels?

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Posted on Tue, 15 Mar 2016
Question: I have low blood sugar does drinking water make it even lower? Is drinking water bad for someone with low blood sugar?
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala (16 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
No

Detailed Answer:
But it wont make it better either. So what I am saying here is that during a low blood glucose episode ie less than 70 mg/dl, when you drink water it will not raise it back into the normal range.
Consuming a carbohydrate source will do it, preferably a fast acting one such as sugar or XXXXXXX crackers or non-diet soda or orange juice.
First you must see a physician to determine why you are prone to getting low sugar reactions. Indeed, it is more important to know if you truly have low glucose problem to begin with
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Is drinking water bad for a patient with low blood sugar levels?

Brief Answer: No Detailed Answer: But it wont make it better either. So what I am saying here is that during a low blood glucose episode ie less than 70 mg/dl, when you drink water it will not raise it back into the normal range. Consuming a carbohydrate source will do it, preferably a fast acting one such as sugar or XXXXXXX crackers or non-diet soda or orange juice. First you must see a physician to determine why you are prone to getting low sugar reactions. Indeed, it is more important to know if you truly have low glucose problem to begin with