Recognizing Other Symptoms of Hypoglycemia
Although it's possible that you could not have the physical and mood symptoms associated with hypoglycemia, the mental symptoms will still show up. These include:
- Trouble concentrating
- Slowed speech
- Slowed thinking
- Lack of coordination
When these symptoms start to appear, you'll be at a blood glucose level where you can still treat hypoglycemia on your own. Mental symptoms of low blood sugar are more subtle than the classic symptoms. But if you are aware of the times of day when your blood sugar normally drops, you can watch for them.
Preventing Hypoglycemic Unawareness
The only specific way to prevent hypoglycemic awareness from developing is to avoid low blood sugar episodes as much as possible. These steps may help:
- Check your blood glucose levels often.
- Talk with your doctor about your target blood glucose level.
- Recheck and treat low or dropping sugar levels, even if you feel OK. Avoid activities such as driving.
- Let your friends and family know about the possibility of hypoglycemic unawareness and teach them the signs they should watch for.