Diabetes: Dealing With Low Blood Sugar From Insulin
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) occurs in people with diabetes when the sugar (glucose) level in the blood drops below what the body needs to function normally.
- If your blood sugar drops below 70 Reference milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) Opens New Window, you may have symptoms, such as feeling tired, weak, or shaky.
- If your blood sugar drops very low (usually below 20 mg/dL) and you do not get help, you could become confused or drowsy or even lose consciousness and possibly die. If you are pregnant, your baby could be harmed.
- Low blood sugar can develop if you take too much insulin, do not eat enough food or skip meals, exercise without eating enough, or drink too much alcohol (especially on an empty stomach).
- You can usually treat mild—and sometimes moderate—low blood sugar by eating something that contains sugar.
- You should teach your friends and coworkers what to do if your blood sugar is very low.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: September 20, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
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