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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?
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)
Symptoms of Hypoglycemia?
Loss of consciousness in extreme cases
Increased pulse rate
Complications That May Result From Hypoglycemia?
Coma in severe cases
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Prevention of Hypoglycemia?
Eat foods that are high in complex carbohydrates
Eat foods rich in fibre
Get enough sleep
Check blood glucose level regularly
See a physician, should in the case of symptoms persist.
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