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What causes diabetic hypoglycemia?

Mr. Eliot LeBow, CDE, LCSW
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

Hypoglycemia (hy·po·gly·ce·mi·a): The medical condition of having an abnormally low level of sugar in the blood. If left untreated low blood sugars can cause seizures and loss of consciousness (coma).

When ones blood sugar level fall below the target range, it is recognized as low blood sugar. It can reduce for many reasons, including:

  • Missing a meal or snack
  • Not eating enough carbs to cover your insulin
  • Above normal physical activity (vacuuming, grocery shopping, Straphanging (no seats on the bus or Subway car causing your core muscles to kick in, etc.))
  • Exercise
  • Taking too much insulin
  • Heighten Anxiety
  • When your body goes into fight or flight mode
  • Human error
  • Medications that increase your metabolism
  • Stimulants
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine 
  • Taking insulin to long prior to the Chinese delivery guy arriving. 

The immediate consequences are: weakness, sweating, shakiness, hunger, dizziness and nausea, drowsiness, slurred speech and confusion.

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