Signs of Low Blood Sugar and Type 2 Diabetes
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is not just a concern for people with type 1 diabetes. Although it does not happen as often, people with type 2 diabetes also can be at risk and should be familiar with the signs of low blood sugar.
Blood sugar levels are considered too low when they drop below 70 mg/dL. Sometimes, people can experience symptoms at higher blood sugar levels, especially if their blood sugars have been elevated for an extended period of time.
When blood sugars drop below 70 mg/dL, the body may not have enough blood sugar (glucose) to provide for energy needs. If symptoms become severe without treatment or correction, low blood sugar levels can cause harm or even death. Knowing the signs and how to treat low blood sugar can help you avoid emergencies.
Increased Risks and Causes
Children, Older Adults, and Those With Hypoglycemia Unawareness
Those at higher risk for hypoglycemia include children, older adults, and those people who cannot identify low blood sugars—a term referred to as hypoglycemia unawareness. Hypoglycemia unawareness can occur if you are someone who experiences low blood sugars frequently. The frequency of low blood sugar can make the body desensitized to symptoms.The inability to feel symptoms, such as sweating, shaking, increased heart beat, anxiety or hunger, can make you incapable of treating the low which can result in unconsciousness or even death.
Therefore, it's important to know if you are at risk so that you can prevent and treat low blood sugars quickly and safely.
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