Thursday, 9 February 2012

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia

Dylan describes his lows as getting "weak knees," meaning that his legs feel like they're going to give out. He also gets shaky, and very pale, with pronounced dark circles under his eyes. Very different from how I feel. (See Exercise Induced Hypoglycemia from earlier this week) In fact, the symptoms of hypoglycemia can vary considerably from one person to the next, so it's critically important to be aware of all of the various possibilities.

When Dyl was first diagnosed, his endo gave us this awesome sheet with pictures of what hypoglycemia can look like, and a similar picture is on the wall in Dylan's classroom, so that his classmates are familiar with how he may appear with low blood sugar.


Any or all of these symptoms are possible, as are others not on this sheet. In fact, symptoms of hypoglycemia can be mild, moderate, or severe, and may include any or all of the following:

Mild Symptoms...
  • sweating
  • shaking
  • hunger
  • pallor
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • mood changes
Moderate Symptoms...
  • irritability
  • blurred/double vision
  • confusion
  • poor coordination
  • headache
  • fatigue/sleepiness
  • nightmares (if sleeping)
Severe Symptoms...
  • unconsciousness
  • convulsions/seizures
  • coma
  • (and if not treated quickly, death)

Know the signs.

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