Hands shaking, increased heartbeat, clamminess – no we’re not describing how it feels to be nervous. All these are common symptoms of hypoglycemia, or what we commonly know as low blood sugar. Low blood sugar is a part of life for those living with diabetes, and its mild variants are easily manageable.
Understanding about the processes that lead to a state of hypoglycemia, knowing what symptoms to watch out for and exactly how to handle it are all aspects that all diabetes patients and their caregivers should know about.
Keep reading to know more hypoglycemia – it’s cause, symptoms and the best way to be prepared for it.
What Happens In Your Body During Hypoglycemia?
Hypoglycemia as most of us know is a condition characterized by abnormally low levels of blood glucose in the body. Since the brain uses glucose for performing its functions the symptoms include dizziness, blurred vision, headache and other neurological problems. The condition is most commonly seen in diabetes patients as a result of the high dosage of diabetes medication, especially insulin, or a drastic change in diet or exercise. This is because insulin and exercise can potentially lower blood glucose, while certain food can raise it.
Outside of diabetes patients, hypoglycemia is only observed in certain people, such as those who have gastrointestinal surgery, pancreatic conditions, lack of certain hormones, severe alcoholism and/or liver diseases.
Whatever the cause may be, the following are some symptoms that everyone should watch out for are poor coordination, weakness, fainting or convulsions, in addition to the earlier mentioned conditions.
What You Can Do To Be Prepared For Hypoglycemia?
If you have experienced hypoglycemia in the past or is prone to it because one of the mentioned reasons, it’ll do well to always be prepared. In a large number of cases, immediately recognizing the symptoms of a hypoglycemia episode and consuming something sweet can help normalize your glucose levels.
Hypoglycemia is largely preventable by keeping the following pointers in mind, and following through with executing them:
- Alcohol is a consumable that can lower blood glucose levels and hence requires close monitoring. Discussing the permitted quantity with your doctor during the consultation will help in this.
- Paying close attention to your lifestyles such as meal timing, quantity, exercise type and duration can help regulate your blood glucose levels throughout the day. Following a regular and expert-guided lifestyle plan is the best option for this.
- When your doctor recommends certain medications for you, ensure that you don’t adjust the dosage without consulting them first. An expert doctor can help you adjust it without experiencing hypoglycemia or any other complications.
- Always make sure that you have friends or family members who are aware of your health status and any emergency steps that they need to take. The two most important factors in this regard are having your doctor’s contacts and something sweet on hand at all times.
Diabetes in most people is largely manageable. All it requires is a little active participation from the patient’s side. The right treatment plan, a wholesome diet, a challenging yet sustainable workout routine are the corners stones of effective management. But even in such ideal scenarios, a patient being equipped with the above-mentioned pointers about hypoglycemia can help you sustain your further disease management.
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