Hypoglycemia symptoms usually show up fast, in different stages of severity. This varies from person to person. There is no specific order in which the symptoms appear, if even transpiring at all. Symptoms may be similar from episode to episode, but could vary due to previous incidences, the speed at which the sugar levels are dropping and the severity of the hypoglycemia.
Severe hypoglycemia is when your blood glucose level becomes so low that you are unable to treat yourself and need help from another person. Severe hypoglycemia is dangerous and needs to be treated right away.
Hypoglycemia symptoms appear from two sources.
Hypoglycemia symptoms can manifest during sleeping, for example:
These might not necessarily be hypoglycemic symptoms, but could be signs of hypoglycemia during the night
Enough episodes of hypoglycemia can lead to hypoglycemia unawareness. Test regularly and test when any signs or symptoms manifest. Take corrective action as soon as it occurs.
Make those around you (co-workers, friends and family) aware of your disease. They must know what the hypoglycemic symptoms are, how to recognize it and what to do about it when you are unable to treat yourself.
Hypoglycemia severe enough to cause seizure or unconsciousness can be reversed without obvious brain damage. However, permanent brain damage or death can occur in a single episode with prolonged, untreated unconsciousness. Treat all severe episodes of hypoglycemia as if fatal.
Find much more detail on preventing, recognising and coping with hypoglycemia in Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution
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