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Have diabetes. Fainting episode, feeling tired. Reason?

Hello DOc, thanks for taking the time to talk to me ..
I am 56 years old, female .. wlaks regularly on an average of 4 miles everyday ..
Yetserday While I was just coming out of a train station, after barely taking a few steps, suddenly realized I am falling down, with a momentary balckout, on my back -with my legs straight, and two hands streched in both sides..
felt overwhelmigly tired.., but was able to be back on my feet with help by walkersby, and went home.
in about 30-40 minutes time was on my feet again and walked 6 miles..
Worried why this happened all of a sudden.. I am diabetic, and my glocose was 170 when I fell down -- I just had finished eating a big apple a few minutes ago .. any help / precaustion / next steps appreciated..
Asked On : Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness resulting from inadequate blood flow to the brain. For people with diabetes, this can occur because of the low blood sugar levels in the body, high blood sugar levels, nerve damage or heart conditions, according to the YourTotalHealth website. It is important that diabetics who experience fainting spells inform their physician so any immediate underlying cause can be tested and treated. Glucose tests may be taken. There may also be other tests, including CAT scans or MRI scans, to rule out ailments. Treatment may consist of maintaining the glucose levels within the recommended range. Low blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia, can cause insulin shock in severe cases. High blood glucose, or hyperglycemia, can result in diabetic coma in its severe forms. Heart conditions, low blood pressure and stroke may also be causes of fainting.

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