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Hypoglycemia: What You Should Know?

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Hypoglycemia occurs when the level of glucose (sugar) present in the blood falls below normal, i.e., below 4 mmol/L (72mg/dL). Being aware of the early signs of hypoglycemia can help allow better treatment of low blood glucose levels.

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Awareness is also essential among family and friends so that they can recognise the symptoms sooner.

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia

The main symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Pale looking skin
  • Excessive weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Increased heart rate
  • In extreme cases coma

Who Is at Risk?

People taking the following medications are usually at a higher chance

  • Insulin
  • Sulphonylureas
  • Prandial Glucose Regulators
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Main causes of Hypoglycemia

Even though medications are the major reasons, a number of other factors can increase the risk as well.

  • High insulin dose
  • Delay in meals
  • Physical strain
  • Alcohol consumption

What to Do When Sugar Levels Drop?

  • You should immediately consume about 15 gms of glucose or simple carbs. This can be found in glucose tablets, raisins, a tablespoon of honey, or just some jelly candy or gumdrops.
  • You need to check your blood sugar levels post 15 minutes of consuming some glucose.
  • In case it seems low, try retaking the glucose dosage.
  • Once the sugar levels return to normal, grab a quick snack.
  • In case things don’t improve, rush to your doctor immediately.

If this condition remains untreated it can lead to a seizure or leave you unconscious. It is advisable to keep a glucometer with you at all times. A glucometer helps you monitor and track blood sugar levels anytime, anywhere.

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Shahana Khatoon

Shahana Khatoon

Shahana is a Senior Content Writer at BeatO and talks about Health. She's one of those women who feels too much and hence try to express all of it through her writings.

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