Hypoglycemia Awareness and Type 2 Diabetes


Hypoglycemia (blood sugar lower than 70 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, health issues from hypoglycemia, particularly severe hypoglycemia, are acute. Severe hypoglycemia can result in loss of consciousness and cognitive impairment. In this case, one needs would need emergency assistance. Fortunately, there are new products such as nasal glucagon, Baqsimi, that provide options other than juice and candy that treat severe low blood sugar in an emergency situation or before one happens.

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.

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