Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)

When the blood sugar levels fall below 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/l).

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia

  • Dizziness

  • Excessive fatigue

  • Excessive hunger

  • Shivering

  • Headache

  • Sweating

  • Anger

  • Increase heart beat

*Hypoglycemia can lead to fainting and unconsciousness.

Treatment of Hypoglycemia

While consciousness

Take 15 gram of simple sugar (half cup of juice or glucose tablets or one tablespoon of sugar dissolved in water). Wait for 15 minutes and measure the blood sugar, if the reading is more than 70mg/dl (3.9 mmol/l) give the patient a snack (to avoid recurrence of hypoglycemia), and if the reading is still less than 70mg/dl (3.9 mmol/l) repeat the process and give another 15 grams of simple sugar.

If unconsciousness

The patient should not be given anything by mouth. Give a Glucagon injection if available or rub the patient’s inner side of cheek with small amount of honey or use the glucose spray, if no response an ambulance should be called.

Prevention of Hypoglycemia

  • Take your meals regularly

  • Take snacks between main meals

  • Take your Medications on time and with the appropriate amount of carbohydrate as advised by your dietitian

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