HYPOGLYCEMIA FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
A person suffering from hypoglycemia may display any or all of the following symptoms: Fatigue.Irritability.Dizziness.Lightheadedness.Headache.Fainting spells.Depression.Weakness in the legs.Anxiety.Cravings for sweets.Confusion.Night sweats.Swollen feet.A feeling of tightness in the chest.Constant hunger.Pain in various parts of the body (especially the eyes).Nervous habits.Mental disturbances.Insomnia.Aggressiveness.Loss of temper easily. If blood sugar levels drop below 40 milligrams (mg) of glucose per 100 cubic centimeters (cc) or deciliter (dL) of blood (80 to 100 is normal), and individual may become unconsciousness. People with hypoglycemia can become very aggressive and lose their tempers easily. Any or all of these symptoms may occur a few hours after eating sweets or fats. The onset and severity of symptoms are directly related to the length of time since the last meal was eaten and the type of foods that meal contained.
The symptoms of low blood sugar may be mild, moderate, or severe. Mild Hypoglycemia can cause nausea, a jittery or nervous feeling, cold, clammy, wet skin, excessive sweating not caused by exercise, extreme hunger, numbness or tingling of the fingertips or lips, trembling, and a rapid heartbeat (tachycardia). Symptoms of mild low blood sugar usually develop when blood glucose falls below 60 to 65 mg/dL.
Moderate Hypoglycemia often makes you feel mood changes, such as irritability, restlessness, anxiety, or angry. Confusion, difficulty in thinking, or inability to concentrate may occur. You may have blurred vision, feel unsteady, have poor coordination, and have difficulty walking (such as staggering) and talking (slurred speech). Weakness, lack of energy, fatigue, lethargy, or drowsiness may occur. Symptoms of moderate hypoglycemia will affect the nervous system as the blood sugar continues to fall below 50 mg/dL.
Severe Hypoglycemia symptoms occur when blood sugar falls below 30 mg/dL and can lead to loss of consciousness or coma, seizures or convulsions, and low body temperature (hypothermia). Coma may be fatal. Prolonged severe hypoglycemia can cause irreversible brain damage and heart problems, especially if you already have coronary artery disease. If emergency medical treatment is not provided, severe hypoglycemia can be fatal. Some medications may mask symptoms of low blood sugar, including beta-blockers, which are often used to treat heart conditions and high blood pressure. Frequent and significant drops in blood sugar can keep you from noticing early symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia unawareness), such as tremor, fast heartbeat, and sweating. However, if you have hypoglycemia unawareness, you will notice later symptoms of the central nervous system – including irritability and confusion – if blood sugar drops low enough.
If you have hypoglycemia unawareness, it is important for you and your family to watch for changes in your mental state that signal hypoglycemia so the condition can be treated before loss of consciousness or seizures occur. You may want to check your blood sugar more frequently than usual.
Note: Different people may develop symptoms of mild, moderate, or severe hypoglycemia at varying blood sugar levels. While the blood sugar levels listed above are typical, they may not apply to everyone. If your blood sugar drops suddenly, you may develop symptoms even if your level is in the normal range.
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