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Question:

From Israel:

What happens when your blood sugar level drops too low? How low is too low?

Answer:

When your blood sugar drops too low, it deprives your brain of sugar that it needs. Most people have symptoms like feeling shaky, sweaty, hungry, tired, sleepy, or dizzy. If this continues, it can develop into the person feeling confused, and impairing motor activities like walking. If low blood sugar continues without treatment, the person may loose consciousness, or have a seizure.

For people with diabetes, a blood glucose level of below 70 mg/dl is usually considered too low. People without diabetes can tolerate blood sugar levels a little lower, like around 60 mg/dl without problems.

People with diabetes should know the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar, and how to treat them by giving the right amount of sugar, by drinking juice, or taking glucose tablets or gels.

JW

[Editor's comment: See Hypoglycemia, Guidelines for Treating Lows by Age, Glucagon Emergency Kit, and Emergency Glucose for more information. JSH]

Original posting 26 Feb 1998
Posted to Hypoglycemia

  
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