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Hypoglycemia and Diabetes

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which a person’s blood sugar has dropped to a dangerously low level. While it is defined as any level lower than 72 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), it can vary depending on a person’s age and health. Diabetics are particularly at risk for hypoglycemia.

“In the long term, hypoglycemia causes unnecessary stress on the heart and can lead to cardiovascular problems,” says Ahmad Z. Sheikh, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD, endocrinologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “In the short term, it could put you at risk for having a car accident or creating other unsafe situations.”

Ahmad Zaki Sheikh, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD
Ahmad Zaki Sheikh, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD

For diabetics, it is important to keep blood sugar tightly controlled. Large spikes and dips in blood sugar levels are not healthy. “We are fortunate to have different classes of medications that help diabetics lower their blood sugar without causing hypoglycemia,” says Sheikh.

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