Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia) | NIDDK (2023)

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  • What is low blood glucose?
  • How common is low blood glucose?
  • Who is more likely to develop low blood glucose?
  • What are the symptoms of low blood glucose?
  • What are the complications of low blood glucose?
  • What causes low blood glucose in people with diabetes?
  • How can I prevent low blood glucose if I have diabetes?
  • How do I treat low blood glucose?
  • What if I have severe low blood glucose and can’t treat myself?
  • Clinical Trials for Low Blood Glucose

What is low blood glucose?

Low blood glucose, also called low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, occurs when the level of glucosein your blood drops below what is healthy for you. For many people with diabetes, this means a blood glucose reading lower than 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).1 Your number might be different, so check with your doctor or health care team to find out what blood glucose level is low for you.

How common is low blood glucose?

Low blood glucose is common among people with type 1 diabetesand among people with type 2 diabeteswho take insulinor some other diabetes medicines. In a large global study of people with diabetes who take insulin, 4 in 5 people with type 1 diabetes and nearly half of those with type 2 diabetes reported a low blood sugar event at least once over a 4-week period.2

Severely low blood glucose, defined as when your blood glucose level drops so low you can’t treat it yourself, is less common. Among U.S. adults with diabetes who take insulin or some diabetes medicines that help the pancreasrelease insulin into the blood, 2 in 100 may develop severely low blood glucose each year.3

Who is more likely to develop low blood glucose?

You are more likely to develop low blood glucose if you4

  • have type 1 diabetes
  • take insulin or some other diabetes medicines
  • are age 65 or older5
  • had low blood glucose before
  • have other health problems, such as kidney disease, heart disease, or cognitive impairment

What are the symptoms of low blood glucose?

Symptoms of low blood glucose tend to come on quickly and can vary from person to person. As Table 1 below shows, symptoms can range from mild to severe.

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Table 1. Symptoms of low blood glucose6

Mild-to-Moderate Severe

If your blood glucose level is low, you may feel

  • shaky or jittery
  • hungry
  • tired
  • dizzy, lightheaded, confused, or irritable
  • your heart is beating too fast or not steadily
  • you have a headache
  • you can’t see or speak clearly

If your blood glucose level is very low, your brain may stop working as it should. You may

  • lose consciousness
  • have a seizure

Severe hypoglycemia is dangerous and needs to be treated right away.

Low blood glucose during sleep

Your blood glucose level can drop while you sleep and stay low for several hours, causing serious problems.7 Symptoms of low blood glucose while you sleep can include

  • crying out or having nightmares
  • sweating enough to make your pajamas or sheets damp
  • feeling tired, irritable, or confused after waking up

Although you may not wake up or notice any symptoms, low blood glucose can interfere with your sleep, which may affect your quality of life, mood, and ability to work. Having low blood glucose during sleep can also make you less likely to notice and respond to symptoms of low blood glucose during the day.

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What are the complications of low blood glucose?

Mild-to-moderate low blood glucose can be easily treated. But severely low blood glucose can cause serious complications, including passing out, coma, or death.

Repeated episodes of low blood glucose can lead to

  • high blood glucose levels, if worry or fear of low blood glucose keeps you from taking the medicines you need to manage your diabetes8
  • hypoglycemia unawareness, a condition in which you don’t notice any symptoms of low blood glucose until your blood glucose level has dropped very low

What causes low blood glucose in people with diabetes?

Low blood glucose levels can be a side effect of insulin or some other medicines that help your pancreas release insulin into your blood. Taking these can lower your blood glucose level.

Two types of diabetes pills can cause low blood glucose

  • sulfonylureas, usually taken once or twice per day, which increase insulin over several hours
  • meglitinides, taken before meals to promote a short-term increase in insulin

Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia) | NIDDK (1)Insulin and some other diabetes medicines can lower your blood glucose level.

The following may also lower your blood glucose level

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  • Not eating or drinking enough carbohydrates(carbs). When you eat foods or drink beverages that contain carbohydrates, your digestive system breaks down the sugars and starches into glucose. Glucose then enters your bloodstream and raises your blood glucose level. If you don’t eat enough carbohydrates or skip or delay any meals, your blood glucose level could drop lower than what is healthy for you.
  • Fasting. Continuing to take medicines that lower your glucose level while fasting for a medical procedure or for other purposes can also increase the risk for low blood glucose.
  • Increasing physical activity. Increasing your physical activity level beyond your usual routine can lower your blood glucose level for up to 24 hours after the activity. Learn more about diabetes, eating, and physical activity.
  • Drinking too much alcohol without enough food. Alcohol makes it harder for your body to keep your blood glucose level steady, especially if you haven’t eaten in a while. Alcohol can also keep you from feeling the first symptoms of low blood glucose, which can lead to severe symptoms.
  • Being sick. When you’re sick, you may not be able to eat as much or keep food down, which can lower blood glucose.

How can I prevent low blood glucose if I have diabetes?

If you take insulin or other medicines that lower blood glucose, the following actions may help you prevent low blood glucose levels.

  • Ask your doctor or health care team how to check your blood glucose level. The most common way to do so is by using a blood glucose meter. If you have hypoglycemia unawareness or have low blood glucose often, a continuous glucose monitor(CGM) may be a good option. The CGM measures your blood glucose level at regular times and can sound an alarm if it drops below your target range.
  • Make sure your regular eating plan includes meals, snacks, and beverages with enough carbohydrates to help keep your blood glucose level in your target range. Carry a source of fast-acting carbohydrate, such as glucose tablets or a juice box, with you. Also, if you drink alcoholic beverages, it’s safer to eat some food at the same time.
  • Be safe during exercise or physical activity. Physical activity can lower your blood glucose during the activity and for hours afterward. You may need to check your blood glucose before, during, and after physical activity and adjust your medicine or carbohydrate intake to prevent low blood glucose. For example, you might eat a snack before physical activity to prevent low blood glucose.
  • Work with your doctor or health care team to prevent low blood glucose. Ask your team if any of your diabetes medicines can cause low blood glucose and how you can prevent and treat symptoms. Work with your doctor or health care team to adjust your diabetes management plan as needed.

Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia) | NIDDK (2)Some CGMs let you track your blood glucose levels using a small sensor attached to your arm or abdomen and view the information on your smartphone.

How do I treat low blood glucose?

Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia) | NIDDK (3)If your blood glucose is below your target, take 15 to 20 grams of glucose or carbohydrates right away.

If you begin to feel one or more symptoms of low blood glucose, check your blood glucose level. If your blood glucose level is below your target or less than 70 mg/dL, follow these steps

  1. Eat or drink 15 to 20 grams of glucose or carbohydrates right away. Examples include
    • four glucose tablets or one tube of glucose gel.
    • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of fruit juice—not low-calorie or reduced-sugar juice. If you have kidney disease, don’t drink orange juice because it has a lot of potassium. Apple, grape, or cranberry juice are good options.
    • 1/2 can (4 to 6 ounces) of soda—not low-calorie or reduced-sugar soda.
    • 1 tablespoon of sugar, honey, or corn syrup.
  2. Wait 15 minutes and check your blood glucose level again. If your glucose level is still low, eat or drink another 15 to 20 grams of glucose or carbohydrates.
  3. Check your blood glucose level again after another 15 minutes. Repeat these steps until your glucose level is back to your target range.
  4. If your next meal is more than 1 hour away, have a snack to keep your blood glucose level within a range that is healthy for you. Try crackers or a piece of fruit.

Treating low blood glucose if you take medicines that slow down digestion

Some diabetes medicines slow down the digestion of carbohydrates to keep blood glucose levels from rising too high after you eat. If you develop low blood glucose while taking these medicines, you will need to take glucose tablets or glucose gel right away. Eating or drinking other sources of carbohydrates won’t raise your blood glucose level quickly enough.

What if I have severe low blood glucose and can’t treat myself?

Glucagon—a hormone that raises blood glucose levels—is the best way to treat severely low blood glucose. Available as an injection or a nasal spray, glucagon will quickly raise your blood glucose level. Your doctor can prescribe you a glucagon kit for use in case of an emergency.

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If your blood glucose level drops very low, you won’t be able to treat it by yourself. Be prepared to address severely low blood glucose by

  • talking with your doctor or health care team about when and how to use a glucagon emergency kit. If you have an emergency kit, regularly check the date on the package to make sure it hasn’t expired.
  • teaching your family, friends, and coworkers when and how to give you glucagon. Tell them to call 911 right away after giving you glucagon or if you don’t have a glucagon emergency kit with you.
  • wearing a medical alert identification bracelet or pendant. A medical alert ID tells other people that you have diabetes and need care right away. Getting prompt care can help prevent the serious problems that low blood glucose levels can cause.

Clinical Trials for Low Blood Glucose

The NIDDK conducts and supports clinical trials in many diseases and conditions, including diabetes. The trials look to find new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease and improve quality of life.

What are clinical trials for low blood glucose?

Clinical trials—and other types of clinical studies—are part of medical research and involve people like you. When you volunteer to take part in a clinical study, you help doctors and researchers learn more about disease and improve health care for people in the future.

Researchers are studying many aspects of low blood glucose levels in diabetes, such as

  • how to diagnose and treat low blood glucose among people with diabetes
  • medicines that can treat symptoms of low blood glucose in people with hypoglycemia unawareness
  • educational approaches to reduce fear of low blood glucose, which can make it harder for you to control your diabetes

Find out if clinical studies are right for you.

Watch a video of NIDDK Director Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers explaining the importance of participating in clinical trials.

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What clinical studies for low blood glucose are looking for participants?

You can view a filtered list of clinical studies on low blood glucose that are federally funded, open, and recruiting at www.ClinicalTrials.gov. You can expand or narrow the list to include clinical studies from industry, universities, and individuals; however, the National Institutes of Health does not review these studies and cannot ensure they are safe. Always talk with your health care provider before you participate in a clinical study.

References

FAQs

What is considered low blood sugar for hypoglycemia? ›

Blood sugar below 70 mg/dL is considered low. If you think you have low blood sugar, check it. If you aren't able to check it, go ahead and treat it. Untreated low blood sugar can be dangerous, so it's important to know what to do about it and to treat it immediately.

What does it mean to have a low glucose level? ›

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which your blood sugar (glucose) level is lower than the standard range. Glucose is your body's main energy source. Hypoglycemia is often related to diabetes treatment. But other drugs and a variety of conditions — many rare — can cause low blood sugar in people who don't have diabetes.

What level of glucose is dangerously low? ›

However, if your blood sugar gets too low — below 70 mg/DL — it can be dangerous, especially if you have diabetes. This condition is called hypoglycemia and it's especially common among patients with diabetes who take certain types of medications.

What are 4 symptoms of hypoglycemia? ›

Signs and symptoms of low blood glucose(happen quickly)
  • Feeling shaky.
  • Being nervous or anxious.
  • Sweating, chills and clamminess.
  • Irritability or impatience.
  • Confusion.
  • Fast heartbeat.
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy.
  • Hunger.

What is the most common cause of low blood sugar? ›

Low blood sugar is most common among people who take insulin, but it can also occur if you're taking certain oral diabetes medications. Common causes of diabetic hypoglycemia include: Taking too much insulin or diabetes medication. Not eating enough.

What foods to avoid if you have hypoglycemia? ›

Foods that are not suitable for people with hypoglycemia to eat because they can cause your blood sugar levels to fluctuate significantly include:
  • White bread, white rice, and pasta.
  • Trans fats.
  • Sugar-sweetened drinks.
  • Fruit-flavored yogurt.
  • Sweetened breakfast cereals.
  • Honey, agave nectar, and maple syrup.
  • Dried fruit.
6 Jan 2022

Can non diabetics get hypoglycemia? ›

Non-diabetic hypoglycemia, a rare condition, is low blood glucose in people who do not have diabetes. Clinicians usually want to confirm non-diabetic hypoglycemia by verifying classic symptoms along with a low sugar level AND that these symptoms recover after eating sugar.

Can you have low blood sugar and not be diabetic? ›

Can you have hypoglycemia without having diabetes? If you don't have diabetes, hypoglycemia can happen when you don't have enough sugar in your blood or if your body can't stabilize your blood sugar level. This occurs when your level drops below 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).

What happens if blood sugar gets too low while sleeping? ›

If you sleep through nocturnal hypoglycemia, you may experience these symptoms when you wake up. These are signs you had low blood sugar while asleep: having a headache, confusion, or irritability upon waking. feeling tired the following day.

Does low blood sugar make you sleepy? ›

Low blood sugar can also cause fatigue, especially in people who have frequent episodes and do not get enough warning that their blood sugar levels are dropping. A person can still feel fatigued even after treatment for low blood sugar.

What happens if hypoglycemia is left untreated? ›

If hypoglycemia remains untreated, it can lead to any of the severe symptoms mentioned above, such as seizures, unconsciousness, and, eventually, death. This is why it's critical to treat low blood sugar immediately, no matter the cause.

At what sugar level should I go to the hospital? ›

Severe hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia happens when blood sugar levels are too low, usually below 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl). Without treatment, such low levels of blood sugar can lead to seizures and become life-threatening. It is a medical emergency.

How long does it take to recover from low blood sugar? ›

It will usually take around 15 minutes to recover from a mild episode of hypoglycaemia. If you have a blood glucose meter, measure your blood sugar again after 15 to 20 minutes.

At what blood sugar level does damage occur? ›

First, the numbers. “Post-meal blood sugars of 140 mg/dl [milligrams per deciliter] and higher, and fasting blood sugars over 100 mg/dl [can] cause permanent organ damage and cause diabetes to progress,” Ruhl writes.

How do you test for hypoglycemia? ›

If you have signs or symptoms of low blood sugar, check your blood sugar level with a blood glucose meter — a small device that measures and displays your blood sugar level. You have hypoglycemia when your blood sugar level drops below 70 mg/dL (3.9 mmol/L ).

Can hypoglycemia go away? ›

The good news is that this condition can often be reversed — allowing people to once again notice the signs of low blood glucose — if hypoglycemia is avoided for a few weeks through careful monitoring of blood glucose.

What blood sugar level is too low for type 2 diabetes? ›

Such high levels tend to be uncommon in type 2 diabetes. Blood sugar levels below 3.3 mmol/l (60 mg/dl) are considered to be too low.

What should I do after low blood sugar? ›

If you have hypoglycemia symptoms, do the following: Eat or drink 15 to 20 grams of fast-acting carbohydrates. These are sugary foods or drinks without protein or fat that are easily converted to sugar in the body. Try glucose tablets or gel, fruit juice, regular (not diet) soda, honey, or sugary candy.

How can you prevent hypoglycemia? ›

Preventing Hypoglycemia
  1. Follow your meal plan.
  2. Eat at least three evenly spaced meals each day with between-meal snacks as prescribed.
  3. Plan your meals no more than 4 to 5 hours apart.
  4. Exercise 30 minutes to 1 hour after meals. ...
  5. Double-check your insulin and dose of diabetes medicine before taking it.
27 Jan 2022

What raises blood sugar quickly? ›

Your doctor may tell you to have really sugary foods or drinks (like regular soda, orange juice, or cake frosting) or might give you glucose tablets or gel to take — all of these can help to raise your blood sugar level fast, which is what you need to do when it's low. Wait about 10 minutes to let the sugar work.

Should Hypoglycemics drink coffee? ›

Do not have drinks or foods that contain caffeine. Examples are coffee, tea, and certain types of sodas. Caffeine may cause you to have the same symptoms as hypoglycemia, and may cause you to feel worse. Limit or do not drink alcohol.

Does anxiety cause hypoglycemia? ›

Though anxiety and hypoglycemia are related, an anxiety disorder cannot cause hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia, however, can cause anxiety. It is important to be able to distinguish anxiety from a hypoglycemia so that your symptoms can be treated in a timely manner.

What autoimmune disease causes hypoglycemia? ›

Summary. Insulin autoimmune syndrome is a rare condition that causes low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This occurs because the body begins to make a specific kind of protein called antibodies to attack insulin. Insulin is a naturally occurring hormone that is responsible for keeping blood sugar at a normal level.

What meds cause hypoglycemia? ›

Medicines that can cause drug-induced low blood sugar include:
  • Beta-blockers (such as atenolol, or propranolol overdose)
  • Cibenzoline and quinidine (heart arrhythmia drugs)
  • Glinides (such as nateglinide and repaglinide)
  • Indomethacin (a pain reliever)
  • Insulin.
  • Metformin when used with sulfonylureas.
11 Oct 2020

What kind of tumor causes reactive hypoglycemia? ›

Insulinomas are tumors in your pancreas. They make extra insulin, more than your body can use. Insulinomas can cause hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar.

Does hypoglycemia cause weight gain? ›

Hypoglycemia and Weight Gain

People with hypoglycemia may find they gain weight because they use food to raise their blood sugar, Elizabeth Halprin, MD, clinical director of adult diabetes at Harvard's Joslin Diabetes Center, tells LIVESTRONG.com. "This means patients are eating more calories than they would normally."

What causes reactive hypoglycemia in non diabetics? ›

Reactive hypoglycemia (postprandial hypoglycemia) typically happens within a few hours of eating a meal and is caused by insulin overproduction.

Will you wake up if your blood sugar is low? ›

If you think you're at risk for low blood sugar overnight, have a snack before bed. You may wake up when you have low blood sugar, but you shouldn't rely on that. A continuous glucose monitor (CGM) can alert you with an alarm if your blood sugar gets low while you're sleeping.

How do I keep my blood sugar stable all day? ›

12 Simple Tips to Prevent Blood Sugar Spikes
  1. Go low-carb. Carbohydrates (carbs) are what cause blood sugar to rise. ...
  2. Eat fewer refined carbs. ...
  3. Reduce your sugar intake. ...
  4. Keep a healthy weight. ...
  5. Exercise more. ...
  6. Eat more fiber. ...
  7. Drink more water. ...
  8. Introduce some vinegar into your diet.

Does low blood sugar make you cold? ›

Low Blood Sugar Symptoms

The warning signs of hypoglycemia may vary from person to person, but it's important to know about and be alert to all of them, including: Feeling very shaky or trembling. Weakness or dizziness. Sweating or feeling cold and clammy.

What causes blood sugar to drop at night? ›

Pressure induced sensor error, REM sleep, and meal and alcohol timing can all contribute to low glucose levels at night.

Why am I always tired and have no energy? ›

You may be too exhausted even to manage your daily affairs. In most cases, there's a reason for the fatigue. It might be allergic rhinitis, anemia, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease (COPD), a bacterial or viral infection, or some other health condition.

What happens when blood sugar drops below 50? ›

If hypoglycemia becomes severe, you may not be able to safely swallow food or drink. By this point, your blood glucose level is less than 54 mg/dL—often below 40 mg/dL. You may feel very confused, pass out, or have a seizure. Without prompt treatment, severe hypoglycemia may lead to a coma or even death.

At what sugar level is diabetic coma? ›

A diabetic coma could happen when your blood sugar gets too high -- 600 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or more -- causing you to become very dehydrated. It usually affects people with type 2 diabetes that isn't well-controlled. It's common among those who are elderly, chronically ill, and disabled.

When should I call an ambulance for low blood sugar? ›

An ambulance will be needed if someone has either very high or very low blood sugar levels that presents an immediate danger and neither they nor anyone around is confidently able to treat them. Ketoacidosis and Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome are both life threatening conditions.

Why does sugar keep dropping? ›

Your blood sugar can drop quickly if you don't eat enough food or you skip meals. It can also happen if you take too much medicine (insulin or pills), exercise more than usual, or take certain medicines that lower blood sugar. Do not drink alcohol if you have problems noticing the early signs of low blood sugar.

How does it feel when your sugar drops? ›

Low blood sugar facts

Most people will feel the effects and symptoms of low blood sugar when blood glucose levels are lower than 50 mg/dL. Symptoms and signs include nervousness, dizziness, trembling, sweating, hunger, weakness, and palpitations. Severe cases may lead to seizures and loss of consciousness.

How low blood sugar affects the brain? ›

Hypoglycemia and the Brain

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) happens when your blood sugar levels drop below 70 mg/dL and can be extremely dangerous if left untreated. When your brain doesn't get enough sugar, it shuts down the oxygen to the brain.

Does hypoglycemia cause brain damage? ›

Both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia can cause brain injury. However, the way these two conditions cause neurological damage does differ. In general, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is much more dangerous. Extremely low blood sugar can do permanent damage and cause a severe acquired brain injury (ABI) in a short time.

Can drinking a lot of water lower your blood sugar? ›

Did you know it's Sugar Free February and that drinking water can help to lower blood sugar levels by diluting the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood stream. By drinking water lots of water you can reduce your blood sugar as it indirectly will reduce insulin resistance and help reduce hunger.

What happens when blood sugar drops below 50? ›

If hypoglycemia becomes severe, you may not be able to safely swallow food or drink. By this point, your blood glucose level is less than 54 mg/dL—often below 40 mg/dL. You may feel very confused, pass out, or have a seizure. Without prompt treatment, severe hypoglycemia may lead to a coma or even death.

Can I be hypoglycemic without being diabetic? ›

Non-diabetic hypoglycemia, a rare condition, is low blood glucose in people who do not have diabetes. Clinicians usually want to confirm non-diabetic hypoglycemia by verifying classic symptoms along with a low sugar level AND that these symptoms recover after eating sugar.

What happens if blood sugar gets too low while sleeping? ›

If you sleep through nocturnal hypoglycemia, you may experience these symptoms when you wake up. These are signs you had low blood sugar while asleep: having a headache, confusion, or irritability upon waking. feeling tired the following day.

At what sugar level should I go to the hospital? ›

Severe hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia happens when blood sugar levels are too low, usually below 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl). Without treatment, such low levels of blood sugar can lead to seizures and become life-threatening. It is a medical emergency.

What blood sugar level is an emergency? ›

According to the University of Michigan, blood sugar levels of 300 mg/dL or more can be dangerous. They recommend calling a doctor if you have two readings in a row of 300 or more.

How low can your blood sugar go before you pass out? ›

You may become too weak or confused to eat something with sugar to raise your blood sugar level. If your blood sugar level drops very low (usually below 2.8 mmol/L), you may pass out (lose consciousness) or be unable to swallow. Or you may have a seizure or stroke.

What is the first organ affected by hypoglycemia? ›

The brain is one of the first organs to be affected by hypoglycemia. Shortage of glucose in the brain, or neuroglycopenia, results in a gradual loss of cognitive functions causing slower reaction time, blurred speech, loss of consciousness, seizures, and ultimately death, as the hypoglycemia progresses.

What metabolic diseases cause hypoglycemia? ›

Fasting hypoglycaemia may be caused by IEM that were already diagnosed in childhood and persist into adulthood: glycogen storage disease (GSD) type I, III, 0, VI and IX; glucose transporter 2 deficiency; fatty acid oxidation; ketogenesis disorders; and gluconeogenesis disorders.

What autoimmune disease causes hypoglycemia? ›

Summary. Insulin autoimmune syndrome is a rare condition that causes low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This occurs because the body begins to make a specific kind of protein called antibodies to attack insulin. Insulin is a naturally occurring hormone that is responsible for keeping blood sugar at a normal level.

How do doctors test for hypoglycemia? ›

To check for reactive hypoglycemia, you may have to take a test called a mixed-meal tolerance test (MMTT). For this, you take a special drink that raises your blood glucose. The doctor will check your blood glucose levels over the next few hours.

What foods to avoid if you have hypoglycemia? ›

Foods that are not suitable for people with hypoglycemia to eat because they can cause your blood sugar levels to fluctuate significantly include:
  • White bread, white rice, and pasta.
  • Trans fats.
  • Sugar-sweetened drinks.
  • Fruit-flavored yogurt.
  • Sweetened breakfast cereals.
  • Honey, agave nectar, and maple syrup.
  • Dried fruit.
6 Jan 2022

Can anxiety cause low blood sugar? ›

"Relative" low blood sugar in people without diabetes might also be linked to anxiety, meaning a true low blood sugar of less than 55 mg/dL isn't necessary to experience anxiety symptoms or exacerbation.

What should I do after low blood sugar? ›

If you have hypoglycemia symptoms, do the following: Eat or drink 15 to 20 grams of fast-acting carbohydrates. These are sugary foods or drinks without protein or fat that are easily converted to sugar in the body. Try glucose tablets or gel, fruit juice, regular (not diet) soda, honey, or sugary candy.

How do I keep my blood sugar stable all day? ›

12 Simple Tips to Prevent Blood Sugar Spikes
  1. Go low-carb. Carbohydrates (carbs) are what cause blood sugar to rise. ...
  2. Eat fewer refined carbs. ...
  3. Reduce your sugar intake. ...
  4. Keep a healthy weight. ...
  5. Exercise more. ...
  6. Eat more fiber. ...
  7. Drink more water. ...
  8. Introduce some vinegar into your diet.

What causes blood sugar to drop at night? ›

Pressure induced sensor error, REM sleep, and meal and alcohol timing can all contribute to low glucose levels at night.

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