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Hypoglycemia in a Person with Diabetes

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia is a serious condition that happens when your blood glucose (sugar) level drops too low. The blood sugar level is usually too high in a person with diabetes, but the level can also drop too low. It is important to follow your diabetes management plan to keep your blood sugar level steady.

What increases my risk for hypoglycemia?

What are the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia?

How do I check my blood sugar level?

How do I manage hypoglycemia?

Always carefully follow your healthcare provider's instructions on how to treat low blood sugar levels. The following are general guidelines:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How do I prevent hypoglycemia?

Have someone call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor or diabetes care team provider?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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Further information

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