Low Blood Sugar

This article will explore hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. The typical measurement will be noted, potential mitigation options will be examined, and the long list of indicators will be enumerated. Towards the end, attention will be given to the conditions that mandate emergency help for those with type two diabetes. Low blood sugar can also be called hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is an indicator of low energy in the blood stream, and it is easily rectified by drinking a small amount of juice or soda. In this way, hypoglycemia is easily manageable for individuals with type two diabetes.

Generally, the reading for hypoglycemia will read lower than 50 mg/dL. A consultation with your doctor can help you to manage and minimize the negative repercussions of hypoglycemia. The most common advice is to eat more frequently in small meals. Your body will convert the small food amount quickly, metabolizing them into your blood stream. Insulin is then required to be sure you are getting the energy you need, but that is hyperglycemia, or a high blood sugar count. These lifestyle changes are not always convenient, but the impacts of hypoglycemia are noteworthy. Common indicators of low blood sugar are: cold sweats, confusion, convulsions, coma, double vision or blurred vision, fatigue, general discomfort, uneasiness, and ill felling (malaise), headache, hunger, irritability with the potential for aggression, nervousness, rapid heart rate, and trembling.

For individuals with extremely low blood sugar, they are injected with a glucose or hormone glucagon. In either event, the goal is to increase the blood sugar levels by metabolizing the food that you have, or simply providing more glucose. Hypoglycemia occurs for different reason for those with and without diabetes. For those without diabetes, it is generally caused when you blood sugar is used up to quickly and , glucose is released into your bloodstream too slowly, or too much insulin is released into the bloodstream. For those with diabetes, it generally caused when you give yourself too much insulin, or the same reason as the last for those without diabetes. You don’t eat enough, or you exercise without a corresponding increase in your food intake. Lastly, low blood sugar is caused by imbibing alcohol, a insulin-secreting tumor of the pancreas, or liver disease. Any combination of these factors will also cause hypoglycemia and consultation with your healthcare provider will be able to pinpoint which factor(s) are to blame.

For individuals with type two diabetes, hypoglycemia is a serious condition and needs to be monitored. It is highly recommended that you keep a simple snack kit with you at all time that includes a small portion of food or a drink such a juice or a sugary soda. In this way you can bump you low blood sugar up to regular rates relatively quickly. You should recheck your blood sugar levels 15 minutes after the snack ingestion. Severe cases of low blood sugar can result in a loss of consciousness and coma. If left completely untreated, it can lead to seizures and permanent damage to the nervous system if not treated. For those with diabetes, this is sometimes referred to as insulin shock. These are the worst case scenarios and are uncommon. If you have not improved within the normal 15 minute waiting period, recommendations include emergency room attendance. If you cannot wake someone who has hypoglycemia and they have lost consciousness, you should also seek emergency help immediately.