Can low blood sugar cause death? How does this happen? Learn more at Saral health!
Our lives are plagued by various diseases and in India we see a double burden of both communicable and non-communicable diseases. Lifestyle diseases are now rising and India has become the diabetes capital of the world. Although it is quite common and well known that diabetes essentially involves the inability of the body to utilize glucose, leading to high blood sugar, the other side, i.e., low blood sugar or hypoglycaemia also can affect our daily lives. Low blood sugar can occur due to skipping meals, cancer, alcohol, overmedication, etc.
It is imperative that we maintain a healthy level of glucose in our bodies as no cell in our body can function without glucose. Have you ever noticed that by skipping meals, we feel weak or dizzy? This is a result of low blood sugar and is usually non-severe, and is treated by quickly ingesting anything sweet, even a spoonful of sugar. Single, sudden drops in blood sugar are accompanied with dizziness, hunger, sweating, weakness and irritability and can be self-managed.
However, in cases of repeated episodes of low blood sugar or in case of sudden drastic falls in blood sugar, the above symptoms may be manifested along with increased number of serious consequences. The loss of blood sugar to the brain is one of the first to occur, causing confusion, loss of thinking and comprehension, slowing of reflexes, seizures, blurring of vision and may even cause the person to collapse of fall into a comatose state. This happens when the levels of blood sugar fall to very low levels, causing the body to be unable to function efficiently. It is essential that people with severe hypoglycaemia are immediately rushed to hospitals for treatment, as the instant effect of consuming sugar wouldn’t have much of an effect on them. Their treatment involves high doses of easily digestible glucose tablets or even an intravenous injection of fast acting carbohydrates. Unfortunately, sometimes, the negative effects of low blood sugar can be so severe, that it would irreversibly damage the body’s organs, causing them to shut down, eventually resulting in death.
There are many instances of hypoglycaemia occurring in sleep, leading to a condition commonly known as the “dead in bed” syndrome and people who are prone to this condition and those around them must be vigilant in keeping track of their lifestyles. Ensuring that food is eaten on time, exercise is done and that these individuals maintain low-stress lives can all assist in managing this condition. There are easy ways to manage this disease, among others, and keeping a healthy mind and body significantly plays a role in living disease-free. The effects of stress on hypoglycaemia indicate that the changes of having low blood sugar after skipping a meal, increases in high-stress situations. Maintaining a calm, positive demeanour in these instances by following simple tips and techniques may help in acting fast in occasions where blood sugar levels may fall. Learn more about these techniques of positivity and mindfulness through our blogs at Saral Health. You may find the blog, “Natural Dose of Fitness” interesting in helping you to manage hypoglycaemia.
You may be interested
Activate Your Body’s Self-Recovery Mechanism Through Unique Saral 4-ScienceSaral Health - June 21, 2018
Optimal health is the ideal state of mental and physical well-being of a person and not just the absence of illness. It is a state of peak…