- Article: How to manage hypoglycaemia
- Author: Jill Hill is a diabetes nurse consultant, Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust.
- Hypoglycaemia is common and can occur in people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes who use insulin or oral medications that stimulate insulin production
- Maintaining well-controlled blood glucose levels can reduce the risk of diabetes complications
- Hypo-glycaemia is mild if people can treat it themselves, and severe if they require the help of a third party
- Some patients have “hypoglycaemia unawareness” – they have no symptoms and may lose consciousness without warning
- Anyone using a treatment that can cause hypoglycaemia should be warned about this risk and when it can occur
- How would you treat a patient who you suspect has hypoglycaemia but has lost consciousness?
- What advice would you give a patient who has repeated episodes for hypoglycaemia?
- Some patients have “hypoglycaemia unawareness” – they may lose consciousness without warning. How could you support a patient who is told they cannot drive because of this problem?
- What are the clinical signs of hypoglycaemia?
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