Hypoglycemia Awareness and Type 2 Diabetes


Hypoglycemia (blood sugar lower than 3.9 mmol/L70 mg/dL) doesn’t get discussed much in the Type 2 community, and it’s understandable, right? Our primary concern is usually managing high blood sugar to prevent diabetes-related complications. However, hypoglycemia awareness in the Type 2 community is essential to diabetes care, too.

Why Does Hypoglycemia Awareness in Type 2 Diabetes Matter?

It matters because while hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) can result in health issues over a period of time, severe hypoglycemia can result in immediate loss of consciousness and cognitive impairment. In this case, one would need emergency assistance. Fortunately, there are glucagon options to quickly and safely treat sever hypoglycemia as long as they are used in time – they comes in several forms including the easy to use nasal spray Baqsimi, autoinjectors, prefilled syringes, or a powder that must be mixed with a liquid before injecting.

There are factors that increase the risk of hypoglycemia such as:

  • Physical activity (without adjusting medication dosages and meal/snack times)
  • Skipping meals
  • Illness
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Use of glucose-lowering medication such as insulin and sulfonylureas

Knowing the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia can save your life or the life another with Type 2 diabetes. Read the articles below to educate yourself and others with and without Type 2 diabetes about hypoglycemia, how to treat it, and how to prevent it.

Learn all about Hypoglycemia + Type 2 Diabetes:

Hypoglycemia and How to Treat It

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All About Glucagon

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Severe Hypoglycemia Disaster Preparedness Plan

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Challenging the Importance of Hypoglycemia in T2D

A debate between two distinguished professors from the University of Edinburgh and Washington University in St. Louis about the seriousness of hypoglycemia in Type 2 diabetes. Their thoughts just may ...MORE

Hypoglycemia and Outdoor Activities

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Is Hypoglycemia Prevalent in Type 2 Diabetes?

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All About Nasal Glucagon

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Take Insulin? 4 Things You Need to Know Before Your Next Low Blood Sugar

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Oral Medications and The Risk of Hypoglycemia

Some oral medications have a higher risk of hypoglycemia than others. Read which oral medications are more likely to cause low blood sugar. MORE

Outdoor Sports + Hypoglycemia with Amy Hess-Fischl

Learn about how to prepare for hypoglycemia when playing outdoor sports, or other physical activities, with diabetes educator, Amy Hess-Fischl.MORE

Fitness + Hypoglycemia with Liz Cambron, Ph.D.

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T1D + T2D Perspectives on Hypoglycemia w/ Ginger + Taylor

Beyond Type 1 staff member, Ginger Vieira, and Type 2 Podcast Host and Advocate, Taylor Daniele, joined Beyond Type 2 to discuss their experiences with hypoglycemia from a Type 1 and Type 2 perspectiv...MORE

Nocturnal Hypoglycemia: What to Know

Constance Brown-Riggs, CDCES, discusses nocturnal hypoglycemia, nasal glucagon, and how to relieve fears of nighttime lows.MORE

Hypoglycemia Patient Stories:

Hypoglycemia, Food, and Type 2 Diabetes w/ Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis shares his experiences with hypoglycemia, how it's impacted his life with food + T2D, and why Xeris Gvoke HypoPen is his safety net.MORE

Staying Ready with Nasal Glucagon

T2D Mark Hanlon discussed his experiences with hypoglycemia and how he is staying ready with Baqsimi to prepare for future emergencies. MORE

Nasal Glucagon Gives Me Peace of Mind

For a person relatively newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, Alicia Meader talks about the importance of diabetes education, patient advocacy, as well as her life with diabetes, as if she’d bee...MORE

How Hypoglycemia Disrupts My Life

Think hypoglycemia isn't a big deal for people with Type 2? Shanerica's story on how it disrupts her life will convince you otheriwse.MORE

I Learned to Prevent Hypoglycemia

Luis had a hypoglycemia episode so severe he's not even sure how he survived. This experience led him to educate himself on hypoglycemia and how to prevent it. Read our interview with him below t...MORE

I Had to Learn About Severe Hypoglycemia on My Own 

Ceci Garcia was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes on her 23rd birthday. Since then, she's dealt with frequent hypoglycemia episodes and learned about Glucagon and severe hypoglycemia on her own. MORE

Overcoming Hypoglycemia to Own My Diabetes

Cindy Lou has been living with Type 2 diabetes for nearly 5 years. With no knowledge of hypoglycemia, her first experience with it was clinically defined as severe hypoglycemia. Over the years she...MORE

I Didn’t Know Glucagon was an Option

Jenita Stubblefield has been living with Type 2 diabetes since 1995. She recalls her episodes and just recently learned that Glucagon is an option to treat hypoglycemia. Read her story here. MORE

How I Found Myself in an Unexpected Hypoglycemia Crisis

Adrian Marquez has been living with Type 2 diabetes for over 7 years, however, while learning about his condition, he experienced an episode of hypoglycemia. Adrian has been featured in our #BeyondPow...MORE

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