DOCTOR'S VIEW ARCHIVE

Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar) Symptoms and Diabetes

Medical Author: Ruchi Mathur, M.D.
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

I am fortunate to have a team of great nurses and a wonderful nutritionist in my office. As I was on my way into see a patient, I overheard one of our nurses going into great deal of detail educating a young patient with diabetes about the concerns of low blood sugar. Her conversation reminded me that this is a subject of great importance to patients with diabetes. I will take this opportunity to highlight information on issues related to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) such as:

  • What are the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia?
  • When should you be concerned?
  • What to do for diabetes treatment?
  • When you should seek medical attention.

Despite significant advances in diabetes treatment, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar or glucose) is still a common problem among patients who are trying to achieve better control of their blood sugar. Medical research has found that low blood sugar occurred more commonly in patients who adhered to a strict control of their blood sugar. While this approach affords them better outcomes for complications such as eye disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage, these patients also endured more episodes of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).