Low blood sugar occurs when the blood sugar levels in the body dip below 70mg/dL
One can experience, headaches, dizziness, anxiety, hunger, shakiness, pale skin, irregular or rapid heart beat and crankiness. In much worse cases the patient can experience confusion, blurred vision or even pass out or have seizure.
In diabetics, low blood sugar is caused by taking a certain insulin medication called sulfonylureas, or by not eating regular timely meals. mixing alcohol with medication can also trigger hypoglycemia. In non-diabetics, reactive hypoglycemia is caused by having stomach surgey, rare enzyme defects or having prediabetes. Fasting hypoglycemia can be triggered by certain drugs like aspirin, disease of the kidneys, liver, heart or pancreas, and by excessive alcohol consumption.
Immediately eat a hard candy, glucose or juice and test your blood sugar level every 15 minutes until it comes back to normal (above 70g/dL).
A quick fix for low blood sugar levels inculde a small apple, orange or banana, a handful of grapes, half a cup of granola, raisins, or half a bagel. Limit caffeine and try avoiding alcohol altogether.
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