5 Indications That You May Be Hypoglycemic

Hypoglycemia is a common condition characterized by an abnormally low blood sugar level. Because sugar acts as fuel for our bodies, a low blood sugar level can produce a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.  In many cases, hypoglycemia occurs as a complication of diabetes treatment. As a result, it is important for people with diabetes to learn to recognize the symptoms of hypoglycemia and know what to do when those symptoms occur:

  1. Sudden Tiredness, Weakness, or Shakiness
    These are the textbook indications of low blood sugar, but they can be tricky to notice sometimes. Weakness, particularly in the arms or legs, or a feeling of being jittery or trembling could also mean it’s time to eat.
  2. Emotional Instability
    Physical symptoms aren’t the only signs of low blood sugar. Symptoms of changing blood sugar levels might also include things such as feeling suddenly overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, irritated, or like you could burst into tears.
  3. Hot Flashes
    Breaking into a cold sweat for no reason? Low blood sugar may be to blame. The stress on your body means that it has to work harder, and a cold sweat is a classic sign that your body is having to work too hard to function.
  4. Nausea or Dizziness
    Hypoglycemia can bring on feelings of nausea or extreme hunger. Traditionally, eating sugar helps raise blood sugar levels, but try to eat a balanced snack or meal soon afterward, to avoid a repeat sugar crash.
  5. Confusion
    When your blood sugar is low, it can make you a little spacey. Slurred speech or confusion are more serious signs of dangerously low blood sugar, and should not be taken lightly.

Insulin is the hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the metabolism of sugar. Since hypoglycemia may be an indication that there is too much insulin in the blood, the condition is sometimes called an insulin reaction.  Occasionally, hypoglycemia may indicate the presence of underlying disease, including inherited metabolic disorders. It may also occur as a result taking certain medications, including some that are not for diabetes.

If you suspect you are suffering from hypoglycemia, schedule an appointment with your primary care physician for a physical. If you’re a recently diagnosed diabetic who needs help managing the disease try to find free diabetes education classes near you.

Source: 5 Signs You May Have Hypoglycemia at HealthCentral

5 thoughts on “5 Indications That You May Be Hypoglycemic

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  2. Amy Marshall

    Thanks, this is helpful. I’ve been worried that I’m hypoglycemic since I was a teenager, when I would have ‘spells’ of dizziness or faintness and peanut butter would help… My mother apparently had it too… I notice if I don’t eat enough carbs, I can get totally confused and emotional, but no blood tests have ever found anything… Maybe I’m borderline?

    1. BSHR Post author

      Hi Amy!

      Our diabetes educators want to emphasize that the only way to know for sure if your blood sugar is, in fact, low (< 70 mg/dL) is to check it with a meter. These meters can be purchased for as low as $9 (Reli-On meters at Walmart).

      There could be other reasons for your dizziness, like anemia, so our diabetes experts also recommend that you see your primary care physician to get to the source of your problem.

      We hope you feel better soon. Please keep us updated!

      Stay healthy,

    1. BSHR Post author

      Hi, Calen!

      We suggest that you get in touch with your primary care physician to discuss your individual risk of developing diabetes. If you need help finding a doctor in Hampton Roads, please visit our physician search tool or call our dedicated physician referral line at (757) 889-CARE!

      Stay healthy!

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