Life Beyond Diabetes Blog

Understanding Low Blood Sugar

Oct 08, 2019
Do you know what low blood sugar feels like?

People experience it in many different ways. Recognizing your body’s response to low blood sugar is an important of overall diabetes health.

Low blood sugar is called Hypoglycemia. People with Type 2 Diabetes usually only experience hypoglycemia if they’re taking insulin or taking a medication that causes their pancreas to release insulin. These medications are called insulin secretagogues and include the drug classes sulfonylureas and glinides. The most commonly prescribed drugs in these classes are Glimepiride, Glipizide, and Glyburide. Occasionally people taking other drugs for Type 2 experience hypoglycemia, but it’s not as common.

If you take insulin or one of the other drugs that causes an increase in insulin, you’re at risk for experiencing hypoglycemia and it’s important to be able to recognize and treat low blood sugar.

Symptoms of hypoglycemia vary from person to person and even between...

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