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All About Hypoglycemia (low Blood Sugar)

Hypoglycemia refers to an abnormally low level of sugar, or glucose, in the blood. Hypoglycemia is not a disease in itself, it is a sign of a health problem. The brain uses a lot of energy and needs glucose to function. Because the brain cannot store or manufacture glucose, it needs a continuous supply. Signs of low blood sugar include hunger, trembling, heart racing, nausea, and sweating. Hypoglycemia is commonly linked with diabetes, but many other conditions can also cause low blood sugar. This article will discuss the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of hypoglycemia, and the difference between hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. We will also look at how to prevent it. Here are some key points about hypoglycemia. More detail is in the main article. Hypoglycemia is not a disease but a symptom of another condition. Early symptoms include hunger, sweating, and trembling. A common cause is diabetes. Alcohol abuse and kidney disorders can also lower blood sugar levels. What is hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia is a condition where there is not enough glucose, or sugar, in the blood. Levels of blood sugar are below 4 mmol/L (72mg/dL). Adults and children with mild hypoglycemia may experience the Continue reading >>

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  1. sammyk

    Hi I am not a diabetic but after getting shaky and feeling odd I tested myself with my husband's monitor and my blood sugar was 3.8. Is this normal for a non diabetic or does it need to be discussed with my gp ?
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  2. hanadr

    sammy
    non-diabetics CAN experience hypos, but 3.8 is far from dangerous. It's probably pretty common in non-diabetics to drop into the 2s and 3 after exercise and if missing meals. It only becomes dangerous under the influence of blood sugar reducing medication, when it CAN keep dropping. Otherwise, the liver will release glucose to correct the problem.
    Despite the tendency for people to panic if bg drops below 4. that is a purely arbitrary number, chosen to make the mantra "4's the floor!" it has no metabolic significance.
    Although I've searched for years, I've NEVER found verifiable evidence of anyone actually dieing from hypo. Not even a diabetic. There is some evidence that occasionally a driver has hypoed, lost control of a vehicle and either killed him/herself or someone else.
    It's possible that a phenomenon called "dead in bed" syndrome, which rarely kills a diabetic is a hypo, but there's no evidence of that.
    In other words a slightly low blood sugar in a person not using hypoglycaemic medicines is HARMLESS and will correct itself if you have your breakfast or if you don't.
    Hana

  3. sammyk

    Thanks for the replies. Was 6 hours after I had eaten and once ibhad some food it soon went back up and was 8.9 once had eaten.
    Maybe I will just mention it to my gp
    Sam
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