Learn more about the symptoms of low blood sugar.
on their own.
As your brain is deprived of glucose, it’s main energy source, thinking becomes more difficult, Dr. Adimoolam explains.
In the severe stages of hypoglycemia, Dr. Adimoolam says that you may start to have seizures.
12. Passing out.
If you go long enough without treatment, it’s possible to lose consciousness, Dr. Adimoolam says.
You can treat a hypoglycemic attack by eating or drinking something with sugar that can be quickly processed by your body.
If you do have diabetes, your doctor has probably already discussed methods of alleviating hypoglycemia, including drinking fruit juice, eating a sugary snack, or taking a glucose tablet, Dr. Adimoolam explains. You should also be sure to monitor your glucose levels closely to prevent low blood sugar as much as possible.
But for those who are “healthy overall and just losing steam, it’s good to have something that provides a bit of carbohydrates to get your blood sugar up,” Cording says. Adding
—like an apple with peanut butter—can also help stabilize your blood sugar levels and keep them that way until your next meal, she adds.
And if you notice you get shaky when it’s been a while since your last meal and it goes away when you eat something, take an overall look at your
. “I notice this happens more frequently with people who try to eat very small meals,” Cording says.
“Eating well-balanced, larger meals seems to bode well for blood sugar control.”
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of low blood sugar regularly, talk to your doctor to make sure you don’t have an underlying medical problem.
The treatment for low blood sugar depends on the underlying cause. So your doctor will first
do a blood test
to see what your blood glucose levels actually are. That will help determine whether you’re dealing with undiagnosed diabetes, another health condition that’s messing with your blood sugar, or something else entirely.
“If I have a patient tell me they’re worried but they’re not diabetic I would tell them, ‘Let’s monitor your blood sugars, let’s see if you truly are hypoglycemic and understand a pattern,” Dr. Adimoolam says. If they notice they’re getting symptoms when they wake up in the morning because they ate an early dinner, she would recommend having a snack before bed. Or if they’re a distance runner who has symptoms midway through their run, Dr. Adimoolam would point them in the direction of a carb-heavy snack or electrolyte supplement that has some glucose in it to replenish while running.
But if you already know you have diabetes and you’re experiencing hypoglycemia more often, check in with your doctor for other ways to manage your blood sugar.
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