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How To Treat Low Blood Sugar: 7 Tricks Every Diabetic Should Know

What causes hypoglycemia? iStock/Erna Vader Taking certain diabetes medications, skipping meals, not consuming enough carbs, and even too much exercise can throw your blood sugar off balance and cause low blood sugar. Insomnia and excessive alcohol consumption have also been linked to low glucose levels. When blood sugar dips to a level that's too low to sustain normal functioning—in most people, that's below 70 mg/dl—it results in a hypo attack with varying symptoms depending on its severity. People who have recurring bouts of low blood sugar may have no warning signs at all, explains Michael Bergman, MD, endocrinologist and clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. This is known as hypoglycemic unawareness; the longer you’ve had diabetes, the more common it is. On the milder end of the low blood sugar spectrum, you may feel hungry, nauseated, jittery, nervous, and have cold and clammy-feeling skin. Many people also describe the feeling that their heart is racing or pounding. Low blood sugar can happen at night, too, causing nightmares and night sweats. Moderate low blood sugar can cause behavioral changes, making you fearful, confused, or angry. It can a Continue reading >>

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  1. JerkinMilurkin

    Anyone got any annoying stories about the general public complaining about low blood sugar?
    I had a friend tell me about exactly what it felt like to have severely low B/G. He explained everything and he was too stubborn afterwards to admit that he didn't know what he was talking about once I called him out. He explained it like "You wouldn't know what it's like, you've definitely never gone as low as me!" but he wasn't even diabetic, he was just working out.
    My other favorite scenarios are when people are getting tired and start to complain that they probably have low B/G. That that's the reason they can't concentrate...
    Oh, why I can test you right now! If they're low just eat a snack and let's get back to work!

  2. Wdc331

    LOL....I always get secretly annoyed by this too. My SO used to pull the "My blood sugar is low! I need to eat something!" So then one day when she said that, I offered to test her BG. She was 91. She has never complained about having low blood sugar again.

  3. bornewinner

    My wife is the same way, but she KNOWS she is very rarely below 90. One time she was at 78 and felt justified for feeling low, but even then she said she had no earthly idea how I could still be up and functioning at 45 some days.

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