Effects of Ibuprofen on Blood Suger in Diabetics

Updated April 17, 2017

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce enough, or properly use, insulin. Insulin is a naturally occurring hormone that absorbs glucose, or blood sugar, and turns it into energy for your body. Diabetics who suffer from kidney disease and those who take diabetic medicine should careful taking ibuprofen because it may cause low blood sugar.

Types of Diabetes

There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. In type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, the body's has an inability to produce insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, cells in the body either ignore insulin or insulin production is low.

Diabetic Complications

When insulin production is low or nonexistent, or if the body does not recognise insulin, sugar cannot be carried from the blood to the cells for energy. When sugar pools in the blood instead of going to cells, complications such as kidney disease and nerve damage can result.

Ibuprofen and Blood Sugar

Ibuprofen can cause low blood sugar when combined with drugs used to treat diabetes, such as Orinase and Diabinase. According to Sarah Miller Johnston, professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of Montana, ibuprofen may also be problematic when used by those with kidney failure, which afflicts many diabetics.

Low Blood Sugar Symptoms

Symptoms of low blood sugar can range from mild ones like nausea and trembling to more severe ones such as blurred vision and confusion. Prolonged periods of low blood sugar can cause seizures and comas.

Ibuprofen Facts

Ibruprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (or NSAID) used as a pain reliever, fever reducer and arthritis treatment. Common trade names for ibuprofen are Motrin and Advil.

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Based in New York City, Adrian Archer has been writing professionally since 2009. While he strives for his big break as a screenwriter, he makes his mark with health and electronics-related articles. Archer holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from the University of North Carolina.