Low blood glucose

Hypoglycaemia

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The condition low blood glucose is also known as hypoglycaemia.

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Low blood glucose (hypoglycaemia, or a 'hypo') can be caused by too much diabetes medication (e.g. insulin), eating too little, a missed or late meal, too much exercise, or drinking alcohol on an empty stomach.

When your blood glucose level drops too low you may feel faint, dizzy, or hungry, have a rapid heartbeat and start sweating.

Hypos need to be treated with food and/or drink that will quickly raise your blood glucose level. If your blood glucose level falls too low for too long, your body won't get the glucose it needs to function and you may lose consciousness and go into a coma, possibly resulting in brain damage or death.

Frequent episodes of hypoglycaemia may mean that your diet, exercise plan and/or diabetes medicines need to be changed.

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