Mild & Moderate Hypoglycemia
This is the most common type of hypo. It can be treated by raising your blood glucose levels as quickly as possible. Check your blood glucose level. If it is not below normal, it is probably not a hypo. If you are in doubt, take some glucose.
If you do not treat a mild hypo, your brain will run out of the glucose “fuel” it needs to function normally. Other people may notice your symptoms, although you may not sense the warning signs yourself.
In addition to the warning signs listed in this booklet, you may also exhibit odd signs of behaviour like being bad tempered or rude.
Make sure your family and friends understand how to recognize the signs and know how to react if it happens. They should immediately give you some juice or sugar in some liquid form—but only if you are conscious. Since some people experiencing hypos resist help, tell them they should insist on helping no matter how moody or resistant you may seem at the time. It’s just the hypo “talking”.
Severe hypoglycemia requires the help of others to reverse it.
You may not notice the warning signs, and it may come on rather suddenly.
If you have a severe low blood glucose reaction and can’t treat yourself, someone needs to give you an injection of glucagon. So you need to make sure your family and friends are prepared and know what to do.
An injection will be necessary if they can’t give you a quick source of sugar. If you are unconscious, they must not attempt to give you anything by mouth because of the risk of choking.