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Hypoglycemia

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Describe what the condition is

Hypoglycemia is a condition caused by a very low level of blood sugar (glucose). This is usually when your blood glucose is less than 70 mg/dL.

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Explain why the condition happens.

When a person with diabetes takes insulin or other diabetic medication. Hypoglycemia may also happen if you don't eat as much food as usual after taking diabetes medication, or if you exercise more than you normally do.

Identify how a person can be affected if the condition is not treated.

If hypoglycemia is not treated or can lead to other symptoms such as confusion and seizures and loss of consciousness

Explain how the condition can be prevented.

To help prevent diabetic hypoglycemia:
Don't skip or delay meals or snacks
Monitor your blood sugar
Record your low glucose reactions

Early signs and symptoms of diabetic hypoglycemia

Shakiness
Dizziness
Sweating
Hunger
Irritability or moodiness
Anxiety or nervousness
Headache

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