HYPOGLYCEMIA - CAUSES, SYMPTOMS AND PREVENTION

Hypoglycemia also known as insulin shock is when the body has low

blood glucose (sugar), meaning the sugar level in the body is low to

support the proper functioning of the system or body.

There are different conditions that can cause hypoglycemia. People

with diabetes are more likely to get affected with hypoglycemia and can also affect people

without diabetes.Hypoglycemia can affect man, woman and children.

Hypoglycemia can be caused by;

     1.   Drugs designed to lower blood sugar levels.

     2.   High intake or production of insulin more than required.

     3.   Drugs or medication taken for diabetes patient.

     4.   Not eating for several hours.

     5.   High consumption of alcohol.

     6.   Deficiency of endocrine (pituitary and adrenal glands disorder).

     7.   Severe diseases such as kidney and liver diseases.

The symptoms of hypoglycemia includes;

     1.   Inability to sleep properly
.
     2.   Tiredness.

     3.   Inability to concentrate properly.

     4.   Headache.

     5.   Difficulties in vision (blurry or double vision).

     6.   The skin looking pale.

     7.   Heavy sweating.

     8.   High demand for food (hunger).

     9.   Lack of coordination.

     10. Irritable feelings.

     11. Heavy heartbeat.

     12.Shaking or dizziness.

Hypoglycemia can be prevented in the following ways;

     1.   Avoid or drink alcohol lightly with doctors advice.

     2.   Do not skip meals.

     3.   Monitor your sugar level.

     4.   Do not starve yourself eat well.

     5.   Do not engage in excessive exercise.

     6.   Consume the exact dosage of medication prescribed.

     7.   Always have emergency supplies such as glucagon injection kit, sugar tablets and candy.

Kindly visit your doctor when any of the symptoms list above are noticed or you are convinced

that you are not feeling well.

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