Hypoglycemia

What is it?

Hypoglycemia, also called low blood glucose or low blood sugar, occurs when blood glucose drops below normal levels. Glucose, an important source of energy for the body, comes from food. Carbohydrates are the main dietary source of glucose.

Normal blood sugars range from 70-100 with blood sugars around 140 being normal up to two hours after eating.

Treatment
  • Hypoglycemia can happen suddenly. It is usually mild and can be treated quickly and easily by eating or drinking a small amount of glucose-rich food.
  • Dextrose.
  • Limit alcohol intake;┬áDrinking alcoholic beverages, especially on an empty stomach, can cause hypoglycemia, even a day or two later.
  • Stay with patient
  • Repeat blood sugars
Symptoms
  • Hunger
  • Shakiness
  • Nervousness
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Anxiety
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death
Labs

STAT labs must be ordered and drawn for BG’s under 50