What is Hypoglycemia?

What is hypoglycemia? 

Hypoglycemia happens when your blood sugar levels fall too low (generally less than 70mg/dL).

Because hypoglycemia can occur quickly, it’s considered dangerous. Symptoms of hypoglycemia may differ from one patient to the next, so it’s important that you recognize your own symptoms when your blood sugar levels drop.

If you are experiencing hypoglycemia the only easy way to know for sure is to check your blood sugar levels.

Some of the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia include:

  • Shakiness
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Sweating and chills
  • Irritability
  • Rapid heartbeat and lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Hunger and nausea
  • Sleepiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Unusual headaches
  • Lack of coordination
  • Seizures and/or unconsciousness

If you feel you are experiencing any of these symptoms, eat 15-20 grams of sugar (4 teaspoons = 16g,), 3-4 glucose tablets, 4 oz. of regular juice, or ½ 12 oz. can of regular soda. If symptoms persist, eat another similar snack. Once your blood sugar levels are greater than 70 mg/dl, eat a small snack if your next main meal is more than an hour away.

If you have symptoms and are unable to check your blood sugar for any reason, treat yourself for hypoglycemia. Unchecked and untreated, hypoglycemia can cause accidents, injuries, coma, and even death.

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