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Signs And Symptoms Of Hypoglycemia
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Signs And Symptoms Of Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia refers to a medical condition arising when the blood sugar levels in the body has dropped to below 4 mol/L. It can happen at any age though common at the extremities (infants and the elderly).

Hypoglycemia is basically caused by a serum glucose level(low blood sugar levels) which in turn is as a result of the following: Over-medication with anti-diabetic pills such as sulfonylurea drugs or insulin; untimely or missed meals; alcohol use; use of medications such as trimethoprim, sulfamethoxazole, beta blockers and pentamidine; cancer involving the liver or that which causes poor oral consumption; severe infections; adrenal insufficiency; liver failure; congenital hyperinsulinism, that is genetic defects during regulation of the release of insulin; congenital conditions arising from increased insulin release; kidney failure; insulinoma; tumours like mesothelioma, fibrosarcoma and hematoma which may generate insulin like factors ;delayed insulin release, that is release after meal absorption has taken place. This causes reactive hypoglycemia.

The Symptoms of hypoglycemia usually appear at blood sugar levels below 60 mg/dL though some people may experience the symptoms above this level. An extreme level of 50 mg/dL and below is likely to affect brain function. Epinephrine hormone is responsible for most of the early symptoms of hypoglycemia since it’s one of the major hormones released during hypoglycemia.

The most common symptoms of hypoglycemia involves the following: trembling, the skin becomes cold, sweaty or clammy, faster heartbeats or pounding (palpitations), sweating, hunger, irritability, paleness,weakness, nervousness, fatigue, numbness of the lips and tongue, goose bumps and blurred vision. However, if the brain is constantly deprived of glucose, a later and severe series of symptoms occur. These symptoms include: double vision, mental confusion, incoherent speech, convulsions, emotional changes, difficulty in thinking, headaches, seizures and a coma. If the coma is significant or if there is a pronounced loss of consciousness, the only solution is death.

It is of much importance to note that in instances of repeated or chronic hypoglycemia, the body loses co-ordination thus it’s paralyzed when it comes to vigorous response. It is in this point view that hypoglycemic people tend to display mild symptoms, or even show no noticeable symptoms.

The diagnosis of hypoglycemia as a medical condition under-taken through assessment of the Whipple’s triad. This involves three features namely:

  • Occurrence of hypoglycemia symptoms.
  • Low plasma glucose concentration.
  • Relief of the prevailing symptoms after the raising of the plasma glucose level.

In conclusion, most cases of hypoglycemia in adults who are under anti-diuretic medication is necessary for proper diagnosis could be executed before a conclusion is found.


Street Talk

Keeping a balanced blood sugar matters for health. Thanks for sharing. Good article.

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  about 8 years ago

thank you Cynthia

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  about 8 years ago

I have had bouts of this, but I don't have diabetes. I have learned that I must eat every three or four hours, making sure protein is in every meal and snack. Lay of the sugar and simple carbs. What drives me crazy is that I can eat a bowl of "good" cereal and two hours later my blood sugar will hit the floor. Scary stuff. The symptoms you mention is spot on....exactly how I feel! Thanks for this informative article.

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  about 8 years ago

Hi Joyce, Thank you for the positive view on my article. Hope you overcome the struggle.

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  about 8 years ago
melissa3  

I enjoyed your article, very informative.

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  about 8 years ago

Thank you Melissa

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  about 8 years ago

Very informative Geoffrey. Great article!

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  about 8 years ago

Thank you very much David

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  about 8 years ago

Nice article, Geoffrey. I think diabetes is the 7 causes of death...Thanks!

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  about 8 years ago

Thank you Divine for the positive comment on my article. I would like to agree with you 100%.

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  about 8 years ago
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