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Diabetes and Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)

Hypoglycemia is the term for low blood sugar (or blood glucose). Glucose is the “fuel” that your brain and body need to function properly.

It’s important to maintain levels of blood sugar that are healthy: not too high and not too low. If hypoglycemia is not corrected right away, it can quickly worsen. You may become very confused and unable to manage your condition. In severe cases, you may even lose consciousness, have a seizure, or go into a coma.

Hypoglycemia can happen if you do not eat when you need to or as much as you need, or if you skip a meal, drink too much alcohol, exercise more than usual, or if you have diabetes.

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The Hormone Foundation

Dr. Lysette Iglesias M.D.

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