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What is hypoglycaemia?
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Hypoglycaemia, or low blood sugar, occurs when the blood sugar level falls to 3.9 mmol/l (70 mg/dL) or below.1 When the blood sugar level is too low, it can’t provide the body’s organs with the energy they need to function.
What are the health risks of hypoglycaemia?
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Hypoglycaemia can cause a range of symptoms including confusion, trembling, sweating, increased heart rate, difficulty with concentration and speech, and in severe cases can lead to a seizure or coma.2-4
What are the symptoms of hypoglycaemia?
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Everyone reacts differently to low blood sugar. If you have a friend or family member living with diabetes you might spot these warning signs:
 
  • Trembling and feeling shaky
  • Sweating
  • Being anxious or irritable
  • Going pale
  • Palpitations and a fast pulse
  • Lips feeling tingly
  • Blurred sight
  • Being hungry
  • Feeling tearful
  • Tiredness
  • Having a headache
  • Lack of concentration5
It’s important to increase low blood sugar straight away when it happens. 
 
You shouldn’t be having a lot of hypos and they shouldn’t be severe. If they are, get in touch with your healthcare team.
 
It can be a good idea to record your hypos, to see if there are any trends or patterns. Knowing this may help your healthcare team find the best diabetes treatment for you.6

Where can I find more information about Diabetes or supporting materials?

 

Hypo Program

The world's first structured hypoglyacaemia education program

 

 
Personalised education and resources to help you take control of hypoglycaemia
For patients, parents, teachers and HCPs

References

1American Diabetes Association. Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes-2019. Diabetes Care 2019;42(Suppl.1): S61-S70.

2Seaquist ER, Anderson J, Childs B, et al. Hypoglycemia and diabetes: a report of a workgroup of the American Diabetes Association and the Endocrine Society. Diabetes Care. 2013;36:1384-95.

3International Hypoglycaemia Study Group. Diagnosis of hypoglycaemia. Available online at http://ihsgonline.com/understanding-hypoglycaemia/diagnosis. Last accessed: February 2019.

4Cryer PE. Hypoglycemia, functional brain failure, and brain death. J Clin Invest. 2007; 117:868-870.

5 https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/complications/hypos. 

6https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/complications/hypos/having-a-hypo

 

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If you are currently on a Novo Nordisk product and suffering from hypoglycaemia, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.