Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) means that the level of
sugar (glucose) in your blood has dropped below what your body needs to
function normally. When your blood sugar level drops below 70
milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), you will usually
have symptoms of low blood sugar, which can develop
Check your blood sugar level often after you have taken steps
to raise it to make sure your level returns to and remains normal. A low blood
sugar level may soon recur, even though it has been treated. For example, the
long-acting insulin can continue to reduce blood sugar levels for up to 36
hours after an episode of low blood sugar.
Home blood sugar testing will help you identify a low
blood sugar level.
If your episodes of low blood sugar levels are
occurring more frequently, a visit to your doctor is needed.
April 25, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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