Hypoglycemia = Extremely low blood sugar levels

Diabetes mellitus is a condition where the body fails to produce enough insulin.  Insulin helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and if it is not in high enough concentrations, blood sugar levels can increase, causing a condition called hyperglycaemia.

To combat this insulin-deficiency, diabetics control the types and amounts of carbohydrates (sugars and starches) they eat, as well as take insulin injections or tablets.  The insulin levels in the body must be kept within narrow limits, so too much insulin, or not enough sugar will lead to hypoglycaemia.  As you can see, its a balancing act.

Diabetic emergency when blood glucose levels become too low

When blood sugar levels drop too low, you may recognise the following symptoms:

  • weakness
  • faintness
  • muscle tremors
  • hunger
  • confusion
  • sweating
  • pale face
  • strong pulse
  • shallow breathing

A diabetic suffering these symptoms needs to be given sugar and be aware that hypoglycaemia comes on very rapidly.  This will raise blood glucose levels quickly, and prevent a more serious condition.  If the condition improves, the diabetic can be allowed to rest.  However, if symptoms persist, you should call an ambulance.

If the diabetic emergency progresses it can lead to:

  • seizures
  • loss of consciousness

About Andy

Andy writes for a number of health related sites but has always been fascinated by alternative medicine and home remedies. His deep interests in nature and the body's innate ability to heal itself (given the right condition) have lead him to a pivotal time in his life - and so, Holistic Home Fitness was born. While it's relatively new at the moment, Andy wants to build this site into a huge reference site for a more holistic approach to health and fitness.