Hypoglycemia

Deficiency of glucose in the bloodstream

Explanation

Hypoglycemia is basically low blood sugar. After eating, your blood absorbs glucose. If you eat more sugar than your body needs, your liver stores the extra. When blood sugar levels begin to fall, hormones tell your liver to release glucose. This causes blood sugar to rise. That doesn't happen in people with hypoglycemia. Their blood sugar can become dangerously low.

Symptoms

Symptoms include hunger, shakiness, dizziness, confusion, difficulty speaking, anxiety, and weakness.

Treatments

Hypoglycemia may be treated by consuming food high in sugar or prescriptions like glucagon injections.

Jenny Strohecker