10 Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar

Low blood sugar, also referred to as hypoglycemia, occurs when the level of sugar in your blood drops significantly low. When this happens, as sugar is the source of fuel for your body’s cells and functions, your body does not receive the energy that it needs to thrive and operate.

While you may associate this condition with diabetes, people who do not have diabetes can also experience it. If you are a diabetic, hypoglycemia can occur when either your body produces too much glucose on its own or you take in too much prescribed glucose. If you are not a diabetic and become hypoglycemic, it is likely a result of either your body having trouble regulating your blood sugar levels or your body producing too much glucose after eating a meal. Overall, low blood sugar is much more common in diabetics than in non-diabetics.

1. Excess Sweating

While is it considered to be a normal bodily function that occurs when the body overheats from exercise or high temperatures, sweating in excess can also be a sign of low blood sugar. When not associated with physical activity or high environmental temperatures, excess sweating is called hyperhidrosis. When hyperhidrosis occurs, a fight or flight response is activated as a result of decreased glucose levels in the bloodstream. In turn, the body produces an excess amount of adrenaline and/or norepinephrine, which causes the extreme sweating to occur.

Night sweats are also strongly associated with low blood glucose levels, but not necessarily tied to diabetes. You may experience night sweats as a result of a few factors, which include: exercising near bedtime, and drinking alcoholic beverages in the evening. This type of excess sweating is often the most easily regulated, simply by making diet, exercise, and/or glucose adjustments to your evening routine.