What Are the Symptoms of Hypoglycemia?

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  • If you’re diabetic or you suspect that you might be hypoglycemic, it’s important that you keep an eye out for the different signs of low blood sugar
  • But if you’re diabetic or you think you’re at risk because of some lifestyle changes you’ve adopted, here are some of the most common symptoms of hypoglycemia you should know

There are numerous signs of hypoglycemia that may be obvious to the naked eye. However, because of the commonness of some of these symptoms, they may be overlooked as nothing more than an ordinary bout of dizziness or nausea. When the symptoms are either ignored or overlooked, there is a chance that hypoglycemia may become worse. If you’re diabetic or you suspect that you might be hypoglycemic, it’s important that you keep an eye out for the different signs of low blood sugar.

Signs You Might Be Suffering From Hypoglycemia

The diagnosis of hypoglycemia may not be as straightforward as you may think because some patients don’t show the most obvious signs. Some patients might even attribute it to normal body changes. But if you’re diabetic or you think you’re at risk because of some lifestyle changes you’ve adopted, here are some of the most common symptoms of hypoglycemia you should know:1

Nervousness: Patients may suffer from anxiety attacks when their blood sugar becomes too low.

The increase in epinephrine also triggers an increase in neuropsychiatric symptoms. This commonly occurs with heart palpitations, sweating and cold clammy skin.

Intense hunger: Hunger is one of the first symptoms of hypoglycemia. This is your body trying to send you the message that it needs glucose but, unfortunately, it is also one of the most ignored symptoms of hypoglycemia.

Trembling: You may start subtly shaking when you’re doing common tasks, including writing or typing, making it harder than usual.

Difficulty communicating: Hypoglycemic patients note that they start having difficulties constructing simple sentences or remembering certain words. In some cases, patients may start speaking monotonously or only respond with a “yes” or “no.”

Weakness: Because the body does not have enough glucose to provide the body with energy, you may start feeling fatigued or tired. You may also have an overwhelming urge to nap.

Palpitations: Low blood sugar may cause your heart to beat faster than normal or beat irregularly.2

Look Out for These Hypoglycemia Symptoms in Your Children

Diagnosing hypoglycemia in children may be tougher to carry out because of the difficulty in pinpointing the telltale symptoms. Parents may often wave the symptoms off as nothing more than moodiness or laziness, especially if the child starts losing interest in play. Children may also have a hard time describing what they’re feeling. If you’re a parent and you’ve noticed some changes in your child’s behavior, here are some of the symptoms you should be looking out for:3

Sudden mood changes. Children with low blood sugar may all of a sudden become moody, start crying without reason or throw temper tantrums.4

Difficulty paying attention. You may notice that your child is having difficulty understanding instructions or concentrating on simple tasks.

Pale skin color and sluggish movements. They may look paler and weaker than normal because of low blood sugar levels. Their body is not able to provide him or her with the normal energy levels, causing your child to become sluggish.

Clumsiness. Hypoglycemic children may become unsteady or jerky when moving around. If you notice that they are having a hard time walking, make sure that you stop them from moving around to avoid accidents.

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