Dealing with Hypoglycemia in Diabetics
- 8 Months ago
Hypoglycemia is a clinical condition most commonly seen in people with diabetes. It is characterized by low blood sugar levels, usually less than 70mg/dL.
What are the causes of hypoglycemia in diabetics?
Hypoglycemia in diabetics can be caused by:
• Overdose of insulin
• Skipping of meals or irregular meal timings
• Excessive alcohol intake
• Kidney disease
How does one diagnose hypoglycemia?
The best way to be sure that you are experiencing hypoglycemia is by doing a simple blood test.Signs and symptoms to look for:
Early signs and symptoms of mild hypoglycemia include:
• Sweating and chills
• Rapid Heart beat
• Light headedness or dizziness
• Weakness or fatigue
• Nightmares or crying out during sleep
Signs and symptoms of severe hypoglycemia include:
• Loss of consciousness
How to prevent hypoglycemia?
• Do Self monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG)- Regular self monitoring of blood glucose levels with a glucometer will help you identify the onset of symptoms and avoid hypoglycemia.
• Eat Regularly- Eating every 2 hours will prevent your blood sugar levels from going down.
• Alcohol- Heavy drinking session causes hypoglycemia, so avoid it. Keep your alcohol intake within the recommended limits and always eat something after and with your drink.
• Exercise- Always eat something before any kind of strenuous exercise. Preferably try and include a meal that has a good mix of fibre and starch.
• Be ready- Patients with type1 diabetes should always carry a container of fruit juice or keep a small packet of sugar in the bag, in case of an emergency.
A proper diet regimen with regular follow ups with your doctor will definitely help you keep hypoglycemia away.