Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can happen in an instant – and not just to people with diabetes.
“Hypoglycemia is typically linked to diabetes, but not always,” says Ahmad Z. Sheikh, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD, endocrinologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “A person’s blood glucose can drop to unsafe levels from some combinations of medications, too much physical activity, skipping or delaying meals, and alcohol. Although many people can learn to manage or even treat the condition, it can definitely be scary in the moment.”
Hypoglycemia symptoms include: hunger, light-headedness, nervousness, anxiety, tiredness, weakness, confusion, sweating, shaking, vision problems and sleep problems.
Diabetes patients and others who are prone to this condition should carefully monitor their glucose level throughout the day to keep it above 70 mg/dL. Diets, medications and exercise routines should be cleared with a physician.