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Hypoglycemia

What are the symptoms of hypoglycemia?

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  • Symptoms of hypoglycemia include the following:
    • Shakiness
    • Dizziness
    • Sweating
    • Hunger
    • Headache
    • Pale skin color
    • Sudden moodiness or behavior changes, such as crying for no apparent reason
    • Clumsy or jerky movements
    • Seizure
    • Difficulty paying attention, or confusion
    • Tingling sensations around the mouth
  • It is important to remember that each person's body responds differently to various levels of blood sugar. Mild, severe, and hypoglycemia fall on a continuum. In general, symptoms become more noticeable as blood sugar gets lower. The symptoms of hypoglycemia may include the following:

    • Headache
    • hunger
    • sweating
    • feeling weak
    • fatigue
    • feeling dizzy
    • confusion
    • vision problems
    • speech problems
    • heart palpitations
    • tremor

    if blood sugar continues to fall, symptoms may include seizures and coma. If these symptoms develop, the hypoglycemia has become severe.

  • Symptoms of hypoglycemia include: hunger; nervousness and shakiness; perspiration; dizziness or light-headedness; sleepiness; confusion; difficulty speaking; and feeling anxious or weak. Other symptoms include agitation, increased heart rate, flushing, blurred vision, and loss of consciousness.

    Hypoglycemia can also occur while the individual is sleeping. The individual may cry out or have nightmares, have pajamas or sheets damp from perspiration, or feel tired, irritable, or confused upon waking.

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    • AMichael T. Murray, Naturopathic Medicine, answered

      Sweating, weakness, dizziness, shakiness, and rapid heart rate are examples of symptoms of hypoglycemia (hypo = low; glycemia = blood sugar). Since the brain is critically dependent upon blood sugar as its primary fuel, when hypoglycemia becomes more severe, the brain is seriously affected. In such cases, symptoms of hypoglycemia can range from mild to severe and include such things as: headache, depression, anxiety, irritability, blurred vision, excessive sweating, mental confusion, incoherent speech, bizarre behavior, lack of coordination, and later, if blood sugar goes below critical levels, convulsions, coma, and even death. Insulin- or medication-treated diabetics need to develop a keen awareness of hypoglycemia because serious hypoglycemia episodes can be dangerous. Unfortunately, the bodies of many diabetics become less sensitive to the initial adrenaline-related signs of impending hypoglycemia over time (sweating, weakness, rapid heart rate, etc.). These individuals must develop an ability to monitor subtleties of their brain function instead in an effort to achieve good blood sugar control and avoid catastrophic hypoglycemic episodes.

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    • ARick Sayegh, Internal Medicine, answered on behalf of MDLIVE
      The neurogenic symptoms include tremor, palpitations, and anxiety/arousal (catecholamine-mediated, adrenergic) and sweating, hunger, and paresthesias (acetylcholine-mediated, cholinergic). In the patient without diabetes, the presence of neuroglycopenic symptoms provides more clinically compelling evidence of an underlying hypoglycemic disorder, as the neurogenic symptoms are particularly nonspecific. Recognition of neurogenic symptoms by patients with diabetes can lead to prompt self-treatment.
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