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Signs Low Blood Sugar- How To Stop A Hypo

Signs Low Blood Sugar (Hypo)

Hypoglycemia (a ‘Hypo’) is the inability to metabolise blood sugars, resulting in a decreased and inadequate glucose level, affecting the body’s ability to function normally. This is a medical emergency. A diabetic will suffer hypo if their blood sugar levels fall below their normal level. They can appear: Sweaty Trembling Weak Sleepy Confused Agitated Aggressive Disoriented with a lowered level of consciousness If a hypo is prolonged permanent brain damage can occur. These symptoms can appear with little or no warning and left untreated can have serious consequences and even death.

Signs Of Hypoglycemia (Hypo)

A low blood sugar causes different symptoms for everybody. You’ll learn how it makes you feel if you keep getting it, although your symptoms may change over time.

Early signs of a low blood sugar include:             

  • Feeling shaky
  • Being nervous or anxious
  • Sweating, chills and clamminess
  • Irritability or impatience
  • Confusion
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • Hunger
  • Nausea
  • Color draining from the skin (pallor)
  • Feeling Sleepy
  • Feeling weak or having no energy
  • Blurred/impaired vision
  • Tingling or numbness in the lips, tongue, or cheeks
  • Headaches
  • Coordination problems, clumsiness
  • Nightmares or crying out during sleep

If not treated, you may then get other symptoms, such as:

  • weakness
  • blurred vision
  • difficulty concentrating
  • confusion
  • unusual behaviour, slurred speech or clumsiness (like being drunk)
  • feeling sleepy
  • seizures (fits)
  • collapsing or passing out

Hypos can also occur while sleeping, which may wake you up during the night or cause headaches, tiredness or damp sheets (from sweat) in the morning.

For more information on Hypoglycemia please read this post

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Thanks

Garry (Type 1)

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