Diabetes and the Fear of Hypoglycemia
Keeping track of your blood sugar level is crucial when you are diabetic. You are always told that you need to try and keep your levels as normal as possible and not to let them get too high. But, it is just as important that they do not drop to low as well. The fuel for your body comes from the blood sugar in your body and when it is too low you are going to run out of energy and you are at risk for hypoglycemia. It is important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms in order to be able to act fast and reverse the process.
Things to watch out for are burry vision or double vision, confusion and or the ability to remember things as well. Uncommon occurrences that can also happen are seizures and losing consciousness. These symptoms tend to occur due to the affect that low blood sugar has on the brain. Other symptoms that you may have are tremors, hunger, sweating, and anxiety and heart palpitations. It is important to keep in mind that many of these signs and symptoms may be related to other conditions. So if you are experiencing any of them the first thing that you should do is to check your blood sugar levels. This will help you to know what direction you need to go in. It is possible that you may have an underlying condition that has not yet been diagnosed.
There are different causes to hypoglycemia and one of them may be if your blood sugar levels are too high and you take medication in order to lower it which can cause your levels to drop too low. Another cause may be that you have taken your medication but did not eat the right amount of food or perhaps you over did it just a bit when exercising which can also cause a drop in your blood sugar levels. Checking your levels before you eat or exercise can help keep it normal.
In order to treat hypoglycemia it is important to have an immediate treatment in order to get the blood sugar levels where they need to be. Secondly, it is vital to understand what caused the episode in the first place in order to make the necessary adjustments whether in your medication, eating habits, exercising plan or a combination of all to prevent you from having another episode. This can be crucial in being able to keep you healthy and your blood sugar levels from acting like a yo-yo.
If you notice symptoms it is vital that you act quickly to reverse it. If you let hypoglycemia go untreated it can be fatal. There is the possibility of seizures, you could lose consciousness and it can even result in death. Telling someone that is close to you and that may live with you what the signs and symptoms are means that they will be able to help if you cannot help yourself.
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