Noticing changes in your health can be scary – so much so, in fact, that a lot of people avoid going to the doctor to get a diagnosis.
They feel like ignorance is bliss. But is it, really?
When people avoid getting a diagnosis, they lose out on finding out what they can do to keep their symptoms in check.
And they miss out on finding out that their condition might not be as serious as they fear.
Today, we’re going to look at a condition – hypoglycemia – that can create some serious symptoms. Thankfully, this condition is fairly easy to treat. But without a diagnosis, you won’t know how to treat it or prevent your symptoms from getting out of control.
Read on to find out more about this condition and what hypoglycemia symptoms should move you to schedule an appointment with your doctor.
What Is Hypoglycemia? Is It Really That Serious?
Hypoglycemia is abnormally low blood sugar. It’s not a disease, but it can be a sign of an underlying health problem.
Our brains feed off of glucose, or sugar. And because our brains are continuously at work, they constantly need to be fed. If we don’t feed them at regular intervals, we can end up with symptoms of low blood sugar.
A number of people experience low blood sugar simply because they haven’t eaten at regular intervals. Others experience hypoglycemia symptoms as a result of diabetes.
Low Blood Sugar Symptoms – How to Tell If You’re Hypoglycemic
How can you tell if the symptoms you’re experiencing are caused by hypoglycemia? If you experience the following symptoms – especially in conjunction – you might have low blood glucose levels.
- Extreme hunger
- Irritability and/or anxiety
- Sweating, trembling, a pale face
- Heart palpitations and/or an accelerated heart rate
- Dizziness and weakness
When the glucose isn’t normalized, it can result in diabetic shock. Symptoms of diabetic shock include:
- Confusion and problems concentrating
- Acting like you’re intoxicated (irrational, disorderly, or belligerent)
- Not being able to eat or drink.
A lot of people are so used to the symptoms of hypoglycemia that they think it’s either normal or simply not a big deal. The problem with this is that two-fold.
First, the cause of the hypoglycemia could be due to diabetes. Undiagnosed diabetes is serious and can put your health and life in danger.
Second, seeing the symptoms as normal can prevent people from taking action to regulate their blood sugar. For example, they might just decide to “power through” their symptoms. Instead of eating something to normalize their glucose levels, they keep going about their day.
In this situation, the symptoms can get worse – either right away or over time. As symptoms intensify, they can result in shock, coma, and death.
If you experience symptoms of hypoglycemia on a regular basis, it’s not worth it to try and power through your symptoms.
Make an appointment with your doctor. They can check your blood sugar levels and see if you have diabetes.
Everyone should be aware of regulating their blood sugar levels, but especially people with diabetes. Failing to do so – which is easy to do if you don’t know you have the disease – can lead to serious problems, including seizures, loss of consciousness, and death.
Who Is At Risk of Developing Low Blood Sugar?
Nearly everyone can have an episode of hypoglycemia from time to time. They simply recognize the symptoms of low blood sugar and know they need to eat something right away to alleviate their symptoms.
There is a group of people who are at greater risk of having low blood sugar – patients with diabetes. If you have diabetes, you know how easy it is for your blood sugar levels to swing from one extreme to another.
Diabetes patients typically need to take insulin to lower their high blood sugar levels. However, at times, their body responds by lowering their blood sugar dramatically, resulting in hypoglycemia symptoms.
Managing diabetes is a balancing act, to be sure. But with modern tools and help/tips from your doctor, you can successfully manage your disease.
Practice Prevention to Prevent Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar
A lot of people avoid going to the doctor when they notice strange symptoms, like hypoglycemia symptoms.
This is understandable – most of us fear getting a life-threatening or life-altering diagnosis. But without a diagnosis, we won’t know how to treat the condition.
With a condition like low blood sugar, you need to know how to treat it so that it doesn’t cause more serious problems down the road.
Of course, the best course of action is prevention. When we eat healthfully and exercise regularly, we have a better chance of keeping our bodies in balance. And when your physiology is in balance, symptoms of hypoglycemia are less likely to impact your life.