Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by abnormally low blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, usually less than 70mg/dl. It may also be referred to as an insulin reaction, or insulin shock. Hypoglycemic symptoms are important clues that you have low blood glucose. Each person’s reaction to hypoglycemia is different, so it’s important that you learn your own signs and symptoms when your blood glucose is low.
Signs and Symptoms of Hypoglycemia
Nervousness or anxiety
Sweating, chills and clamminess
Irritability or impatience
Confusion, including delirium
Lightheadedness or dizziness
Hunger and nausea
Tingling or numbness in the lips or tongue
Weakness or fatigue
Anger, stubbornness, or sadness
Lack of coordination
Nightmares or crying out during sleep
Preventing Low Blood Glucose
Your best bet is to practice good diabetes management and learn to detect hypoglycemia so you can treat it early, before it gets worse.