What to Know about Hypoglycemia

What to Know about Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia occurs when you have too little sugar in your blood. Diabetes itself does not cause you to have low blood sugar, but some diabetes medications may increase your risk for it. Because low blood sugar can cause you to lose consciousness or have a seizure, it is important that you recognize it and treat it right away.

Here are some signs that you may be hypoglycemic:

* Shakiness or dizziness
* Cold, clammy skin or sweating
* Increase of appetite
* Headache
* Nervousness
* Rapid heartbeat
* Blurred vision
* Confusion or irritability
* Weakness

How You Can Help Combat Hypoglycemia

Here are some helpful tips to monitor and prevent low blood sugar levels:

  • Check your blood sugar regularly (2-4 times a day). If your blood sugar < 70, eat or drink 15 grams of a fast-acting sugar like sugar tablets, fruit juice, or soda.
  • Wait 15 minutes then recheck your blood sugar levels.
  • Keep consuming sugar until your blood glucose normalized (ie is >70) then eat!

Remember: * Don’t skip meals and try your best to eat your meals and snacks at the same times each day * Take your medication at the prescribed times * Always carry a source of fast-acting sugar and snack with you * Make sure your loved ones know about the signs of hypoglycemia

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