Diabetes: Hypoglycemia Can Be Prevented

Sadly, diabetes can sometimes go hand in hand with hypoglycemia. But if you keep a vigilant eye on your blood sugar you can do quite a bit to protect yourself.

Hypoglycemia is the result of low blood glucose (sugar) levels and high levels of insulin. The Mayo Clinic says that when blood sugar levels drop down lower than 70 mg/dL, or 4 mmol/L, you are experiencing hypoglycemia. Mg/dL stands for milligrams per deciliter. Mmol/L stands for millimoles per liter.

Making a point of watching your blood sugar levels on a regular basis is the best defense. Still, despite conscientious monitoring of your blood glucose levels, you may from time to time have hypoglycemia sneak up on you. This can happen if you have eaten more than normal, or if you're eating later than normal. It can also happen if you've been more physically active than normal.

You'll know when hypoglycemia is beginning to emerge because of it's sometimes dramatic physical, mental, and emotional effects.

You may find you have a headache. You may experience dizziness and shakiness, and start to perspire. Hunger may hit hard. Your face and mouth can become numb or tingling.  Speech may become difficult. Your vision may suffer some impairment. Weakness may overwhelm your muscles. It may be difficult to get them to move the way you want them to.

Emotionally you could shift moods dramatically and abruptly. You could feel panicky or anxious. You could become angry or weepy. Though you may be normally alert, you might now struggle with a sense of confusion.

Alcohol can make keeping healthy blood sugar levels a more complicated state of affairs. But taking care not to have a drink if you haven't eaten recently, and making a point of not drinking too much alcohol will reduce your risk.

If you aren't able to counteract the hypoglycemia quickly enough, in the most severe cases, you could experience seizures or convulsions and lose consciousness.

Hypoglycemia unchecked can potentially lead to disaster. It's wise to protect yourself by keeping a supply of food containing some sugar, or perhaps some glucose tablets, whenever possible.

This paints a pretty bleak picture but hypoglycemia can be protected against with a little care and forethought. Keep to a regular schedule as much as possible when you eat. Maintaining a regular regimen in terms of when you exercise and how much, will also help to control your blood glucose levels. Always monitor your blood glucose level before you are going to exercise.



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