Repercussions of Hypoglycaemic Conditions
When blood sugar levels drop below the normal level in human bodies, a condition known as Hypoglycaemia develops. The problem occurs when a person has not eaten for many hours or consumed enough carbohydrates in the food intake. This is a dangerous condition as it can occur even when a person is sleeping and could prove fatal if the condition is not treated immediately and with sufficient caution. The symptoms and signs vary from patient to patient according to the degree of diabetes. Some may feel dizzy, shaky or extremely weak, because of hypoglycaemic reactions, while others may feel faint and show signs of anxiety. Hunger pangs are also another indication of this condition.
People who suffer from hypoglycaemic conditions feel hungry constantly. You can hear their stomachs rumble due to gaseous movement in the stomach. The medical term for this is Borborygmus. Hypoglycaemic patients may feel nausea and complain of pain in the upper part of the stomach. Signs of anxiety and nervousness are seen. Patients may lose their coherent speech facilities when the tongue twists.
This hypoglycaemic condition is more dangerous if it occurs during the night, when a person is sleeping rather than in the day. Most often, the patient is unaware of the condition while asleep. The patient may break out in cold sweat, cry out, seem disoriented, listless, tired or have nightmares. These are all the symptoms of hypoglycaemia. These signs manifest themselves due to the sudden drop in sugar levels. Studies reveal that adrenalin, which is a stress hormone and neuroglycopenia that occurs when blood sugar levels drop cause this condition.
Some hypoglycaemic patients report a condition called tachycardia, which results with increase of heart beats. This condition should be referred to the diabetologist if the palpitations doe not reduce after medication. Pupils appear dilated for some patients. Doctors refer to this condition as mydriasis. Patients may complain of blurred, double vision or notice some flashing lights that are directly related to hypoglycaemia. When the oxyhaemoglobin in the blood reduces the pallor of the patient changes and this is attributed to hypoglycaemic reactions. The patient may show signs of anger or feel clammy. Other patients may report a pricking feeling, which is known as Paresthesia, which is directly the result of hypoglycaemic conditions.
Patients, who are advanced in age, may begin to experience neurological dysfunction, such as ataxia, which may result in a stroke. When there is lack of co-ordination with the neuron cells, the muscle movement is arrested causing ataxia. A patient in this condition may look like he has had too much to drink. Body parts become paralysed, when a stroke occurs in severe hypoglycaemic conditions. New born babes visibly jerk and jitter while asleep. Some patients may be affected by epileptic seizures that are formed when the condition is at its worst.
As a consequence of this sudden epileptic seizure, the patient may lose awareness. They may display signs of automatism due to losing their self control. Automatic behaviour is a disorder that is classified under this type of behaviour. Older people may lose their memory and develop amnesia, if they experience emotional stress due to hypoglycaemia. The intensity of the condition varies according to the symptoms and signs. Proper medication and learning how to handle the various symptoms and signs will help a person to keep the condition under control.