You may have these symptoms when your blood sugar has dropped below 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). When you have had diabetes for many years, you may not always develop symptoms of mild low blood sugar.
Some young children with diabetes cannot recognize symptoms of low blood sugar. Others can, but not every time. To be safe, the parents need to do a home blood sugar test whenever they suspect low blood sugar in a child.
Symptoms may include:
These symptoms may go away shortly after you eat food that contains sugar.
If your blood sugar continues to drop (below 40 mg/dL), your behavior may change. Symptoms may include:
Symptoms of severe low blood sugar (usually below 20 mg/dL) include:
If your blood sugar drops while you are sleeping, your partner or other family members may notice that you are sweating and behaving differently. Signs of low blood sugar at night (nocturnal hypoglycemia) include:
You may wake up with a headache in the morning if your blood sugar was low during the night.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Jennifer Hone, MD, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism|
|Last Revised||July 1, 2011|
Last Revised: July 1, 2011
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