Facts About Hypoglycemia; Causes, Symptoms and Preventions

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Hypoglycemia, as defined, is a medical condition that occurs when the level of the blood sugar (glucose) falls below a normal level. In addition, Glucose, a form of sugar is the body’s main fuel. However, Carbohydrates are dietary sources of glucose, during digestion glucose is absorbed into the blood stream. Also, when blood levels of glucose drop too low to fuel the body’s activities, Hypoglycemia is said to have occurred.

Did You Know?

Hypoglycemia unawareness is dangerous to both the person experiencing it and those around him. This is also because he doesn’t realise that his blood sugar is low. However, someone with this condition may not know that he is not thinking clearly.

Furthermore, that a mild case of blood sugar falls below normal level can be treated through eating or drinking of fast acting carbohydrates such as fruit juice, glucose tablets, sweets or sugary drinks.

Hypoglycemia may either be classified into two; which can be reactive or nonreactive, each of this has different causes.

Causes of Hypoglycemia?

Alcohol intake

Delayed meals

Exercise

High dose of insulin tablets

Eating foods low in sugar on an empty stomach

Excessive production of insulin in the pancreas after a meal (reactive one)

Severe illness

 

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia?

Pale face

Cold sweats

Fatigue

Headache

Hunger

Loss of consciousness in extreme cases

Anxiety

Dizzy feeling

Increased pulse rate

Blurred vision

 

Complications That May Result From Hypoglycemia?

Brain failure

Neurological conditions

Coma in severe cases

Brain death

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Prevention of Hypoglycemia?

Eat foods that are high in complex carbohydrates

Eat foods rich in fibre

Avoid alcohol

Get enough sleep

Eat regularly

Check blood glucose level regularly

See a physician, should in the case of symptoms persist.

 

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