Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia) Topic Guide
Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar): Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is caused by overmedication, use of certain medications, use of alcohol, missed meals, kidney or liver infection, and more. Common symptoms of hypoglycemia include: trembling, clammy skin, palpitations, anxiety, sweating, hunger, and irritability. Treatment of hypoglycemia in a person with diabetes is glucose (sugar). If the cause is another disease or condition, treatment will depend on the cause of the hypoglycemia.
Diabetic Ketoacidosis Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) occurs when a person with diabetes becomes dehydrated. Causes of diabetic ketoacidosis include infection, missed insulin, or newly diagnosed diabetes. Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include excessive thirst, vomiting, confusion, dry skin, dry mouth, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, and more. Treatment is includes fluid and insulin replacement with possible hospitalization.
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