Low blood sugar levels, also known as hypoglycemia, occurs when the level of glucose in your blood drops too low. Typically, hypoglycemia occurs in those with diabetes and can be a result of skipping or delaying a meal, intense exercise or taking too high a dose of medication for diabetes.

See also: What is Diabetes?


One way to check your glucose levels is with a diabetes test - this can be done with your local doctor or with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s Diabetes Test can help you monitor how well your diabetes is being managed and also identify pre-diabetes if a diagnosis hasn’t already been made. Your test will be sent to the same lab used by hospitals and doctors and online results will be available to you within 5 days.



Symptoms of low blood sugar


Though symptoms of low blood sugar are known to differ from person to person, there are some common and early indicators that you should look out for, these include[1] :

  • Feeling hungry
  • Sweating
  • Tingling lips
  • Feeling shaky or trembling
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling tired

What can happen if low blood sugar isn’t treated?


If low blood sugar goes untreated, your symptoms may escalate and you may experience[2] :

  • Weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech or clumsiness

You can monitor your blood sugar levels regularly with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s Diabetes Test measures your HbA1c levels which can help determine the amount of sugar in your blood.

You should consider taking the test if:

  • You have diabetes type 1 or type 2
  • You have a family history of diabetes
  • You are presenting with symptoms of diabetes


References

  1. NHS. Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). Online: NHS.uk, 2017
  2. NHS. Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). Online: NHS.uk, 2017