Information on Low Blood Sugar
The condition is commonly referred to as insulin reaction,
although it is medically called hypoglycemia. It is characterized by a severe
decrease of glucose levels in the blood. Those who are on insulin are usually
worried that it may cause their sugar blood levels to become severely low.
Mildly low levels are best described as annoying but if the levels get severely
low it may be a really dangerous medical situation.
Low levels of sugar in the
blood are a good indication of having too much insulin. These conditions
require the person to consult a doctor or a physician as soon as possible. The
most common symptoms usually involve sweating, disorientation, shaking,
impaired reactions, and impaired mental awareness. Other symptoms may include
irritability, stress, lack of coordination, and confusion.
It is not uncommon for a person who suffers the aforementioned symptoms to deny having any problems. Those who experience one reaction are very likely to experience another one in the next 24 hours approximately.
The symptoms of hypoglycemia may occur every time a person
uses insulin and in some cases they may occur when a person takes certain
medications that stimulate the production of insulin.
The severity and the
amount of the symptoms may vary from person to person. The symptoms are
actually caused by low levels of sugar in the blood, but glucagon and
adrenaline whose main purpose is to raise the levels of sugar in the blood also
trigger certain symptoms. If a person experiences the symptoms the sugar levels
need to be raised immediately by fast carbohydrates or glucose tablets.
extensive list of symptoms of an insulin reaction includes tingling, faster
heart rate, personality change, shaking, confusion, loss of consciousness, poor
concentration, sweating, seizures, irritability, tiredness, frequent sighing,
headache, pale appearance, hunger, dizziness, vomiting, numbness of the lips,
blurred vision and nausea. Sometimes a person may wake up in the middle of the
night experiencing certain symptoms of the condition. These include waking up
in a very alert condition, nightmares, waking up with an extremely fast heart rate,
damp night clothes, inability to go back to sleep and restlessness. Certain
symptoms may also occur in the morning.
These include waking up with a headache, ketones in the urine, absence of glucose in the urine, very high blood sugar levels after breakfast, waking up with a headache, and a loss of short term memory.