Symptoms of Hypoglycemia

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What are the symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)?

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia

It is important to be able to recognize the symptoms of hypoglycemia, in order to treat it quickly. Glucose feeds all of the organs in the body, including the brain. Low blood sugar, for prolonged periods can result in injury to your organs.

"Mild" hypoglycemia is characterized as hypoglycemia that occurs when the person is still able to self-treat. This is in contrast to a "severe" hypoglycemic reaction, in which the person cannot self-treat and needs outside help.

The symptoms of hypoglycemia include:

1) Feeling shaky or nervous
2) Fatigue
3) Blurred vision, or visual changes,
such as sparks or auras
4) Difficulty concentrating or in doing
tasks which are normally easy for you
5) Sweating
6) Pale, clammy skin
7) Slurred speech
8) Rapid pulse

If you experience these symptoms, or just "don't feel right," the best course of action is to suspect hypoglycemia, check your blood sugar, and then treat it. This is especially true if you are on medication that can lower blood sugar levels.

Keep track of your blood sugars and notify your doctor if you have low blood sugars two days in a row, or three times during one week. They can help you adjust your diet, exercise or medications to stabilize your sugars.

   

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