Hypoglycemia

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hypoglycemia, also called low blood sugar, occurs when your blood glucose level drops too low to provide enough energy for your bodys activities. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the effects of hypoglycemia in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hypoglycemia is the clinical syndrome that results from low blood sugar. The symptoms of hypoglycemia can vary from person to person, as can the severity. In most cases, symptoms resolve when the sugar level returns to the normal range.

Hypoglycemia usually occurs in patients being treated for diabetes. Patients with pre-diabetes who have insulin resistance can also have low sugars.

Patients with hypoglycemia may experience any of these symptoms:

nervousness,

sweating,

intense hunger,

trembling,

weakness,

palpitations, and

speech problems.

The acute treatment of hypoglycemia is ingestion of an easily absorbed sugar. Regular soda, juice, candy, and table sugar are good options. If the person is unconscious, you can rub Karo or other syrups into their gums and mouth. If the patient does not improve, medical attention should be sought immediately.

Hypoglycemia can be prevented by eating frequent small meals during the day and not skipping meals. Diabetics experiencing hypoglycemia may need to have their medications adjusted.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.