How Low is Too Low for Blood Sugar Readings

September 18,2017

Without sufficient blood glucose levels in your blood, your body cannot perform its normal functions. Glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream and helps supply cells with the energy needed to function efficiently. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is an annoying condition that can occur in healthy individuals (non-diabetic) who consume too much alcohol, lack certain hormones, have had weight loss surgery, suffer heart, kidney or liver failure, or are have been taking certain antibiotics.

When blood sugar levels drop lower than 50 to 70 milligrams per deciliter, you may have hypoglycemia. But, the actual number can vary from one person to another, as some people's bodies naturally have lower blood sugar levels. Immediate treatment for low blood sugar is important to prevent a more serious medical condition from developing. However, only your doctor can make an accurate diagnosis of cause based on a series of blood glucose readings.

If you are diabetic, you likely already know the warnings signs of low blood sugar. Although everyone reacts differently to fluctuations in blood glucose levels, warning signs of low blood sugar can include:

  • Feeling Anxious or Nervous
  • Shakiness and Weakness
  • Dizziness and Blurred Vision
  • Elevated Heartbeat
  • Sudden Headache
  • Feeling Hungry
  • Sweating (around hair and chest area)
  • Slight nausea or Diarrhea
  • Confusion and Inability to Concentrate
  • Personality Changes

If you need to immediately boost blood sugar levels, you can consume 15 grams of carbohydrates (small glass of orange juice or regular soda) or take the equivalent amount in glucose tablets, which are available at most pharmacies.

To stabilize blood sugar levels, you should eat foods with high complex carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index, such as whole grains, sweet potato, legumes or lentils, non-starchy vegetables or pasta. Since unexplained fluctuations in blood sugar levels can be indicative of a more serious problem, it is important to schedule a check up with a qualified medical provider if symptoms persist. Once your doctor indentifies the cause of your hypoglycemia, he or she can determine the best long-term strategy for controlling your condition. Contact either PrimeMED locations to schedule your appointment today.