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Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the amount of sugar in the blood drops to an abnormally low level It occurs in association with a number of diseases and can affect anyone Blood sugar more formally known as glucose is the fuel all cells in your body uses for heat and energy Hypoglycemia Low Blood Sugar Glucose is produced by the breakdown of glycogen a pancreatic hormone that tends to raise sugar in the blood Glucose enters the cells of your body through insulin Insulin is what lowers the blood sugar Glucose also enters the body in many ways including absorption from the digestive tract and diffusion from the tissue fluids and the liver Glucose leaves the blood by diffusion into tissue fluids by metabolic conversion to glycogen or fat or by oxidation in the tissues to produce energy HypoglycemiaNormally the body maintains a glucose level of about 70-110 milligrams per deciliter of blood Recognizing and Treating Hypoglycemia When these levels drop below normal it causes many organ systems to malfunction Low blood sugar levels especially affect the brain because glucose is the brains major source of fuel Sustained hypoglycemia has been know to cause serious brain damage and even death Hypoglycemia has several different causes The most common is in people with diabetes mellitus Diabetes occurs when the body cannot use glucose for fuel because whether the pancreas is not able to make enough insulin or the insulin is not effective The aim of treatment in diabetes is to lower high blood sugar levels and keep them stable To do this most people take insulin shots or oral drugs Hypoglycemia occurs most often in people with diabetics use too much medication People who have diabetes often refer to hypoglycemia as an insulin reaction A rare cause of hypoglycemia is an auto immune disease in which the body produces antibodies to insulin Marks 153 The levels of insulin in the blood change abnormally as the
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