Your body’s primary energy source comes from glucose, a simple sugar found in your bloodstream. A normal range of blood glucose is between 70 to 110 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). If you have an abnormally low level of glucose below 70 mg/dL, you will experience symptoms of hypoglycemia and need treatment. There are many potential reasons for hypoglycemia, and treatment may differ depending on the cause.  Regardless of the cause, it is important to track your symptoms and contact your medical provider for further treatment. Keep reading to learn more about the various causes, symptoms, and treatment for hypoglycemia.

1. Cause

Hypoglycemia occurs if your blood glucose level drops below 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). It is often associated with diabetes, but in some cases, hypoglycemia can happen in people without diabetes. Like a fever, hypoglycemia is not the disease, but an indicator of a deeper health issue.  Hypoglycemia can be seen as a side effect of many different medications. It can also be seen in uncommon metabolic disorders, or in newborn infants who aren’t feeling well.

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