Dangers of Low Blood Sugar – Hypoglycemia

Most people, especially children, have a penchant for sweet foods. From childhood up to adulthood, majority of these people would retain their sweet tooth, and as we all know, too much of something can bring some danger. Having too much sugar in the body can be dangerous and can lead to some serious diseases like diabetes.

Diabetes and Blood Sugar
People who have been diagnosed with diabetes are faced with the great challenge of maintaining their blood sugar levels at a normal rate because when this increases, it can be fatal to them. Indeed, it can be really challenging to resist the charms of your favorite chocolate bar or the decadent cheesecake in your refrigerator, but you must follow your doctor's advice to keep your body safe from any harm especially when you are diabetic. Maintaining a normal blood sugar level is hard to do, but diabetics also have to deal with the opposite situation of having high blood sugar level. Doctors call this situation hypoglycemia, where blood sugar levels are abnormally very low.

Hypoglycemia
Hypoglycemia is equally life-threatening as high blood sugar levels. The glucose, a kind of sugar, is an essential nutrient for the body. It is a source of energy which is constantly needed by the body's cells. Hypoglycemia is not so common and is not usually experienced by most diabetic adults or diabetic children ten years old and older, but it does happen. This condition should be quickly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible, otherwise it can get worse very quickly and lead to more serious problems including death.

Causes
Food, especially those which contain carbohydrates, is the source of all blood sugars in the body. Hypoglycemia can result from the situation wherein a diabetic person has not eaten any food for quite a while. Also, it can happen when diabetics deliberately avoid consuming foods containing carbohydrates.

Exercise is also generally recommended to diabetics aside from reducing sugar intake. But sometimes, excessive exercise can cause blood sugar problems. Muscles require energy when you exercise, and sugar is one vital source of energy, and so low blood sugar levels can take place after you get too involved in an exercise. Insufficient blood glucose cannot supply the needed energy of your active body.

Symptoms
When blood sugar levels become too low, this will affect the brain. You may experience confusion and inability to perform tasks. Also, some other symptoms are sweating, anxiety, heart palpitations, hunger pangs, blurred vision and other visual problems. The quick solution for this is to eat or drink a fast-acting glucose food item. You can opt for half a glass of fruit juices, five to six pieces of hard candy, a teaspoon of honey or sugar, milk or a glucose tablet.

 


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