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Beware of Hypos: Tips for Prevention


Aug 1, 1998

Hypoglycemia is technically a blood sugar level below 60 mg/dl. The effects of hypoglycemia, however, can strike people at different blood sugar levels. Hypos can be caused by tight control, too much insulin, too little food or too much exercise. Alcohol consumption or slowed digestion of food from the stomach can also cause a hypo.

Did you know that many states have laws requiring that physicians report to the health department any patient who suffers from a condition that may involve lapses of consciousness? The health department then must report that person to the Department of Motor Vehicles. An episode of hypoglycemic unconsciousness will not automatically result in the loss of a driver's license if it is an isolated event and the person has the support of his doctor. If the person lacks medical supervision or causes an accident, however, the DMV may in many cases suspend an individual's drivers license.

To avoid a hypo while driving have glucose tablets or other fast acting carbs available in your car at all times.

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia:

  • Trembling
  • A feeling of lightheadedness or dizziness
  • A rapid heartbeat
  • Blurry vision
  • Sudden hunger
  • Sudden fatigue
  • Feeling "out of your body"
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Confusion
  • Headache

Categories: Blood Sugar, Food, Hypoglycemia Unawareness, Insulin, Low Blood Sugar



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