If the glucose percentage in the bloodstream drops below about 80mg/dl, a person’s body loses the fuel it needs to operate the muscles, run the brain, and operate other essential functions. Physical symptoms provide clues that this level drop is underway. A person can either use a meter to verify the condition. Or preferably, take immediate action to boost the glucose level by ingesting sugary foods. If the person is losing consciousness, there are ways for professionals to inject glucagon to bypass the digestive system and restore a healthy blood glucose level.
1. What is low blood sugar
Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, occurs when the body doesn’t have enough sugar in the bloodstream to keep its functions operating normally. It is transported in the bloodstream much as oxygen is, and is also a vital substance. When blood sugar drops too low, muscles become weak, and thinking becomes confused. Eventually, coma and death can result.
Low blood sugar can be confused with many other conditions, from alcohol intoxication to stroke and dementia. Since it is usually easy to test blood sugar and supply a sweet beverage or food, these should be performed, and emergency personnel called if needed for additional concerns. Frequent low blood sugar events can be harmful to the body, so patients should ensure that their medications and eating habits keep their sugar levels stable, whether they are diabetic, hypoglycemic, or have another related condition.