Monday, 21 July 2014

Hypoglycemia (低血糖症)

Hypoglycemia (低血糖)
1.     What is Hypoglycemia?
It is a medical term for Low Blood Sugar.  The principal problems arise from an inadequate supply of glucose to the brain.  The most common forms of hypoglycemia occur as a complication of treatment of diabetes mellitus with insulin.

2.     What is the acceptable glucose level?
In local term, the acceptable glucose is above 4.0 mmol/L. Symptoms of hypoglycemia will develop when the glucose falls below 4 mmol/L

3.     Symptoms of hypoglycemia that I have experienced:
·      Sweating
·      Shaking or trembling
·      Hunger
·      Mood changes such as sad or angry
·      Confusion
·      Anxiety
Other reports mentioned that if blood glucose drops very low, the person may not be able to respond, becomes unconscious or has a seizure.

4.     How to treat hypoglycemia under this circumstances:
·      At home and in the office – Once hypoglycemia is experienced, take 3 spoons of sugar mixed with water to drink.  Alternately, take normal coke as it has high sugar contents.  15 minutes later, check the glucose level to ensure it is above 4.0 mmol/L.  You may need to repeat the same process again if it is still below 4.0 mmol/L.
·      Prior to an exercise – Either take cereals prior to the exercise or bring along a chocolate bar to your workout

As a diabetic, I always carry my Nano, needed strips and lancets wherever I go.