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Hypoglycemia And Low Blood Sugar | Symptoms And Causes

What are the symptoms of hypoglycemia? While each child may experience symptoms of hypoglycemia differently, the most common include: shakiness dizziness sweating hunger headache irritability pale skin color sudden moodiness or behavior changes, such as crying for no apparent reason clumsy or jerky movements difficulty paying attention or confusion What causes hypoglycemia? The vast majority of episodes of hypoglycemia in children and adolescents occur when a child with diabetes takes too much insulin, eats too little, or exercises strenuously or for a prolonged period of time. For young children who do not have diabetes, hypoglycemia may be caused by: Single episodes: Stomach flu, or another illness that may cause them to not eat enough fasting for a prolonged period of time prolonged strenuous exercise and lack of food Recurrent episodes: accelerated starvation, also known as “ketotic hypoglycemia,” a tendency for children without diabetes, or any other known cause of hypoglycemia, to experience repeated hypoglycemic episodes. medications your child may be taking a congenital (present at birth) error in metabolism or unusual disorder such as hypopituitarism or hyperinsulinism Continue reading >>

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  1. Alazay Moore

    I've had countless people get nervous when my sugar drops. I don't know about you, but when my sugar drops I sweat profusely, shake like a alcoholic going through withdrawals, and mumble when I speak. I also get confused and can't think clearly, so I'm sure when I try to talk I don't make a whole lot of sense. Often times I get extremely agitated as well, so I might get loud when speaking. I'm sure all of this can cause someone to get a little nervous, especially if they lack knowledge of the disease. I've been asked “You're not gonna die, are you?” And “Do I need to call 911?” This is all because they're not aware if this is a serious, potentially deadly situation or not.

  2. Lisa Vaas

    A similar anecdote:
    Once, visiting a friend, I asked if I could store my insulin in her refrigerator. You know, as in, that little glass bottle that’s no bigger than your thumb?
    Later, I overheard this short exchange between my friend’s roommate and one of her roommate’s friends as they were opening the refrigerator:
    “What’s that?”
    “Her friend’s insulin.”
    INSULIN!!! EWWWWW!!!!! That yucky, gross, disgusting, repellent, life-saving drug. It’s almost as bad as those hideous sticks people shove under their armpits to hobble around on when they’ve broken their legs, right? So ungraceful. Next thing you know, I’ll be storing that smelly penicillin stuff in there.
    I suppose we could give the gigglers the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they’re ignorant about how dire the consequences are of hypoglycemia. Perhaps they haven’t been educated that candy or glucose can be life-saving in such situations. Similarly, maybe those easily skeeved women in my anecdote didn’t even know what insulin is. Perhaps it conjures up images of injections, as it should, and perhaps their disgust was one of those visceral reactions we get to things we’re phobic about. Me? I can’t bear to watch scenes of injections on TV or in movies. I turn away when needle penetrates flesh or vein.

    It’s impossible to say. Perhaps the only way to find out why such people are made nervous, or are repelled, by serious medical conditions and the drugs used to treat them, is to simply ask them.

  3. Clare Romund

    I think the simple answer is that although people are aware of your diabetes and care about you, they don’t understand it. There is still a lot of stigma and misconception about what diabetes is, what causes it, and how to manage it.
    Personally, I find that many of the people in my life get super-cautious about offering me certain types of foods, namely sweets. I have been questioned about my dietary choices by my non-diabetic friends and family.
    I usually will set them straight. I let them know that I appreciate their concern; it shows that they care about me and my well-being. But I also let them know that although I have diabetes, there aren’t any foods or beverages that will kill or hurt me, as long as I test my sugar regularly and give myself enough insulin to cover the carbs that I’m consuming.

    Those who are REALLY close to me will get some extra info on what a diabetic “situation” might look like to them, and what to do in those events. I preface it with “You will probably never have to deal with this, but…”

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