What is hypoglycemia?


November 17, 2019

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What is hypoglycemia?

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Hypoglycemia occurs when a person’s blood sugar levels drop below 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl).

Sometimes, hypoglycemia can be life-threatening if a person fails to receive treatment.

Glucose or blood sugar is the body’s primary source of energy.

When blood sugar levels fall too low, the body will not have enough energy to function fully and is called hypoglycemia.


Hypoglycemia may occur from the body producing too much insulin after meals causing blood sugar levels to drop.

A person having hypoglycemia may feel:






Unable to concentrate

Unable to focus their eyes

A person having hypoglycemia may also develop a headache or even lose consciousness.

Health issues that cause hypoglycemia:

Too much alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol will make it difficult for the smooth functioning of the liver. This can also cause temporary hypoglycemia.


Consuming another person’s medication for diabetes can also cause hypoglycemia.

According to research, the easy way to treat mild hypoglycemia:

Take 15 grams of glucose

Measure blood glucose levels

Drink fruit juice

Eat carbohydrates

(With inputs from agencies)

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