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Diet and Disease
Signs and Symptoms
By: Dan Remley, Ph.D., Regional Nutrition Specialist, February 2001
Adapted from Novo Nordisk educational material
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Hypoglycemia (Low blood sugar) 

  • Shaking 
  • Fast Heartbeat 
  • Sweating 
  • Impaired Vision 
  • Anxious v Dizziness 
  • Hunger 
  • Weakness, Fatigue 
  • Headache 
  • Irritable

What should you do if blood sugar is low? Test your blood sugar. Treat low blood sugar with 15 gm Carbohydrates such as cup juice, hard candy, glucose tablets, or glucose gel. If symptoms persist after 15 minutes or if reading is still low, treat again. Follow up with regular meal or a snack after symptoms go away. If symptoms don't stop call your doctor.

Hyperglycemia (High Blood Sugar)

  • Blurred Vision 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Frequent Urination 
  • Dry Skin 
  • Extreme Thirst 
  • Hunger 
  • Nausea

What can you do? Test your blood sugar. If symptoms don't stop call your doctor. Test for ketones if blood sugar is over 250, and call your doctor.

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