What are the Warning Signs of Hypoglycemia?

Diabetes is a condition which is caused by an imbalance of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Diabetic emergencies can appear in two forms hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (hyperglycemia).

What is Hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) occurs when blood sugar levels drop rapidly. Hypoglycemia is especially common in patients who take extra insulin or medication to lower blood sugar levels.

Common causes of low blood sugar levels include:

  • Alcohol
  • Skipping or delaying meals and snacks.
  • Not eating enough carbohydrate (starchy) food.
  • Too much insulin or diabetes tablets.
  • Extra physical activity without eating extra food.

What are the Warning Signs of Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia can cause many different signs and symptoms. In severe cases, hypoglycemia can mimic other medical emergencies such as a stroke.

  • Pale
  • Profuse sweating
  • Hunger
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling sensation around the mouth and lips
  • Slurred speech
  • Confused or aggressive – may appear to be drunk
  • Rapid pulse (tachycardia)
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Seizures
  • Reduced level of consciousness

John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid and CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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