Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar can affect people with diabetes. This is when the bodies don’t have enough sugar to use as energy. This condition can occur for several reasons, such as diet and certain medication and condition, and exercise.
One preventive measure a patient suffering from hypoglycemia can do is to write down the time and date when it occurred. This will help a medical practitioner to adjust intake medication to stop the occurrence of hypoglycemia.
Signs and symptoms may vary from one person to the other. Each person with diagnosed diabetes may experience different signs of hypoglycemia.
Early signs and symptoms are:
- Feeling shaky
- Increased heart rate
- Profusely sweating
- Pale skin
If left alone, the symptoms can become severe, symptoms include:
- There will be poor coordination
- Concentration is affected
- There is numbness in the mouth and tongue
- Fainting or passing out episodes
- Nightmares or bad dreams
Some medications for diabetes can cause low blood sugar. Insulin treatment is known to cause low blood sugar and so as another form of diabetes medications.
Diet also plays a role in lowering blood sugar out of proportion. If you move and exercise a lot and is taking too much insulin compared to the number of carbohydrates you eat or drink, hypoglycemia can occur.
Hypoglycemia can occur if:
- Eat a meal that has a lot of simple sugars
- Did not eat a full meal and missing a snack
- Eat later than usual
- Drinking alcohol without eating any food
It is important that if an individual is taking medication for diabetes, meals should not be missed.
If you have hypoglycemia it’s important that you monitor and recognize the symptoms and take down when it occurred.
If you think you are suffering from Hypoglycemia you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Hypoglycemia as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).