|What is the cause of hypoglycemia (Low blood sugar)?
Too much insulin or anti-diabetic tablets, missing a meal, too much exercise or diarrhoea
can all cause hypoglycemia.
|What are the symptoms of Hyperglycemia?
Tremors, sweating, anxiety, hot and cold sensation, hunger, weakness and palpitation maybe
the early symptoms of hypoglycemia. Headache, blurred or double vision and numbness around
the lips or tongue can occur. There may also be changes in the mood or behavior which
maybe more obvious to people in the family who are close to the person affected. If left
untreated, it could lead to confusion, drowsiness and coma.
|Why is hypoglycemia more important than hyperglycemia or
increased blood sugar?
Hypoglycemia is more important because it could result in serious problems and even death,
quicker than due to high blood sugar.
|What is the treatment for Hypoglycemia/
Once it is suspected that the person has low blood sugar, any drink containing glucose,
eg; water, fruit juice or bottled drink mixed with glucose can be given. If the person
does not recover, immediate hospitalisation is advised. Relatives and friends should be
aware of the symptoms and treatment of low blood sugar.
See also: Diabetic Diet