How Much Do You Know About Hypoglycemia?

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If you have diabetes, blood glucose is something you probably have a pretty good understanding of. If you’re new to your diagnosis, you might still be figuring things out. However, over time, most people note that they can actually feel peaks and valleys in their blood sugar levels.

Noticing the symptoms of a hyperglycemic or hypoglycemic event can be incredibly useful. Once you do, you become better able to acknowledge, and therefore treat, fluctuations. This can help you keep your numbers in tighter control.

Why is that important?

Because numbers that are not controlled, over time, can cause serious complications. These complications include kidney disease and failure, retinopathy and even blindness, and nerve damage, known as neuropathy.

And while being able to feel a blood sugar change can be an incredibly useful tool, it’s still extremely important that you regularly check your numbers. Relying solely upon the way you’re feeling to guide your treatment can be dangerous, as there are many symptoms of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia that can be masked or mistaken for something else. For instance, colds, flus, and even being tired can often be misinterpreted as a hypoglycemic event.

So what are the signs?

Take a look at the video below, where they’ll discuss hypoglycemic events, including symptoms, how to prevent them, and potential complications from untreated and ongoing hypoglycemic events.

Make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!

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L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.