February 16, 2015

Hypoglycemia

By: Shreeya S.

Hypoglycemia has caused a lot of trouble to people. It is when the glucose goes below 70 mg/dL. Glucose is blood sugar, depending on the level of blood sugar, you could get hypoglycemia.17% of the world have hypoglycemia and one out of twenty of the people die from it. Occasionally, it occurs in people being treated by diabetes (type one or two). ¬†Glucagon controls the level of glucose in the bloodstream. If the blood sugar is too low, it can cause nauseosus, headaches, dizziness, and if it is severe,you can get a coma or a seizure. There is another type of glucagon which is synthetic and it gets injected in the bloodstream. It is a human version of glucagon, it’s genetically engineered and it is made by a bacteria called E Coli.

Hypoglycemia affects so many people because they can’t do as much. For example: you can not exercise a lot because the glucose stored in your muscle gets burned and that drops the blood sugar level drops, so you can get a hypoglycemic episode. Your body needs to exercise but you have to go at a slow and steady pace. Too much exercise can make your blood sugar go low and you could get hypoglycemia. Another way people have to watch out for hypoglycemia is the quantity of food they eat. People who have hypoglycemia have to eat food which is just the right amount. It is hard to look out for your health because a lot of the food is getting processed and contains a lot of sugar. If you are not cautious, many bad things can happen to you.

It is also a little painful because you has to check your blood sugar level often to find if your glucose level is too high or low. To check the blood sugar level, you prick your finger, then the glucose tester will take the blood in. From there it will tell your glucose level.You have to check it 2-5 times a day. If the glucose tester calculates that the level is below 70 mg/dL, you need more glucagon in your bloodstream. If it is more than 135 mg/dL (hyperglycemia) you need to exercise a lot and lose glucose. The healthy level of blood sugar is between 90 and 110. The glucose tester is a big part of people who have hypoglycemia because they rely on it to help them tell if your glucose level is too low.