Hypoglycemia

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a common problem in people with diabetes. Dr. Edward Hill discusses hypoglycemia and signs of the condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hypoglycemia means low blood glucose, or blood sugar. Your body needs glucose to have enough energy.

After you eat, your blood absorbs glucose. If you eat more sugar than your body needs, your muscles and liver store the extra. When your blood sugar begins to fall, a hormone tells your liver to release glucose.

In most people, this raises blood sugar. If it doesnt, you have hypoglycemia, and your blood sugar can be dangerously low.

Signs of hypoglycemia include:

Hunger

Shakiness

Dizziness

Confusion

Difficulty speaking, and

Feeling anxious or weak

In people with diabetes, hypoglycemia is often a side effect of diabetes medicines. Eating or drinking something with carbohydrates can help. If it happens often, your health care provider may need to change your treatment plan.

You can also have low blood sugar without having diabetes. Causes include certain medicines or diseases, hormone or enzyme deficiencies, and tumors. Lab tests can help find the cause. The kind of treatment depends on why you have low blood sugar.

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