What a hypoglycemic attack is like?
Many people may wonder (even some new diabetics) what a hypoglycemia attack or a diabetic low feels like. I’ve had many of them and while I’ve never been so low as to lose consciousness or require hospitalization, none of them have been any fun.
What is a diabetic “low”?
Low blood sugar (glucose) can result from several things:
- Lack of food
- Exercising without eating to replace carbs burned
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Medications, even diabetic medications
- Certain illnesses and disorders
My lows tend to be from not eating enough and then taking my regular insulin injections. This then brings my blood glucose levels down below 70 on my meter. Most (actually all of the time) times I can recognize the feelings of my BGL going down and know what is coming. When that happens, I can check my level earlier and catch it before it gets too low.
However, many of my lows occur in the wee hours of the morning from 1 am to 4 am and I wake up sweating and realize what is happening. These episodes can be quite scary at times. I begin to shake and feel a sense of panic coming on. I fumble with my test strips and my meter. Ever now and then I wake my husband because I’m afraid I may pass out, but usually I get a banana or a small glass of juice and wait it out.
Symptoms of low blood sugar (glucose)
Some of the common symptoms of low blood glucose are:
- Blurred vision
- Fast heartbeat
- Trouble concentrating
- Seizure (convulsions)
- Passing out
Yes, low blood sugar can cause severe damage, even death if not attended to promptly and correctly.
How I experience a low blood glucose event.
Whenever I have had a low glucose event, I first notice that I start to feel different, maybe like a little upset tummy or tummy ache, then I will notice I begin to sweat. Sometimes my sweating is so extreme that I soak my clothing or wake up from sleep with my gown stuck to me and my hair wet. Then I begin to shake and have tremors, not just my hands but all over. I feel anxious and panicky.
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