Hypoglycemia

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Your body needs glucose to have enough energy. Hypoglycemia means low blood glucose, or blood sugar. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition and how it is treated in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a symptom, not a disease. The brain and other tissues in the body use glucose, or sugar, as fuel. You get most of the glucose your body needs from your diet.

When people have low blood sugar, they may feel anxious, irritable, confused, tired, shaky or hungry. They may also have palpitations or tremors.

Medications used to treat diabetes are the most common cause of hypoglycemia. These medications include insulin and drugs that stimulate the pancreas to make insulin for patients with diabetes. Hypoglycemia can also be caused by certain other medications and by heavy alcohol drinking.

Taking glucose tablets, drinking juice or eating food can raise the blood sugar level. Your doctor might prescribe glucagon, which can be given as an injection. If you take a medication that can cause hypoglycemia, your doctor might adjust your medication dose.

Tell your doctor if you have frequent or recurring episodes of hypoglycemia because this may indicate an underlying health problem.

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