Hypoglycaemia or ‘hypos’, occur if blood sugar levels drop too low.
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This can happen if you take too much of your diabetes medication,
diabetic medical supplies including a syringe and insulin bottle
if you delay or miss one of your regular meals or snacks,
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if you have not eaten enough carbohydrates,
if you take part in unplanned or more strenuous exercise than usual
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or if you drink alcohol without food.
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However sometimes there is no obvious cause.
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The warning signs of a hypo can vary from person to person.
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They can include palpitations and muscle tremors
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sweating and cold clammy skin,
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a tingling or numbness in the lips or around the mouth. expression
a pale complexion,
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a pounding or racing heart
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or confusion, restlessness and irritability.
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If you think a person may be experiencing a hypo,
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check in their possessions for a Diabetic's warning Diabetes warning card card, glucose gel,
or an insulin syringe
If recognised early, treatment is usually very simple by taking a fast acting carbohydrate such as a sugary drink or chocolate
Or glucose tablets or gel.
Follow this action by taking a longer acting carbohydrate such as a cereal bar or a sandwich
or, if it is due, your next scheduled meal.
In most cases the body will release its own stores of glucose to raise blood sugar levels to normal
Many people take hypos while sleeping and come to no harm
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For some, if left untreated a person experiencing a ‘hypo’ may become
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Being unconscious can obviously be Unconscious at the very dangerous for wheel example if it occurs while driving
or you could choke if it happens while Unconscious with food eating food.
An ambulance should be called immediately if someone with diabetes is found unconscious;
As they may require an injection of glucagon ‐ a hormone used to raise blood sugar levels. Under no circumstances try to put food or drink in their mouth and place them in the recovery position until help arrives.
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If you are concerned about
any healthcare matter, it is most important that you seek advice from a medical professional
Speak to Doctor
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or a member of our pharmacy team for further guidance
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