Signs And Symptoms Of Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is characterized by blood glucose levels lower than 70 mg/dl. More than 404,467 individuals presented at the emergency room with symptoms of hypoglycemia between 1999-2011. 429,850 individuals were hospitalized with hypoglycemia between 1999-2011 (NCBI). It appears that the hypoglycemic episodes are continuing to increase, while hyperglycemia crisis are decreasing. This has mainly been accredited to improved education on diabetes, medication management, and glucose monitoring.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Diaphoresis (excessive sweating)
  • Unexplained Hunger
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Jitteriness
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Nightmares
  • Confusion

Many menopausal women will mistake hypoglycemia symptoms for menopausal symptoms, because they will wake up during the night soaked in perspirations.

Severe Hypoglycemic Episodes

  • Muscle Weakness/Fatigue
  • Slurred Speech
  • Diplopia (double vision) or Blurred Vision
  • Sudden Drowsiness
  • Seizures
  • Uncontrolled Muscle Movements
  • Unconsciousness
  • Death