What to do if you experience signs of hypoglycemia? The most simple and effective solution is to either have sugar in the raw form or suck a candy. It helps in increasing your blood glucose levels immediately. Most of us are aware of the first-aid tips for hypoglycemia and dos and don'ts to follow when the blood glucose level falls below normal. But not many know that there are three forms of hypoglycemia. Dr Pradeep Gadge diabetologist, Gadge Diabetes Centre, Mumbai explains in detail about the types of hypoglycemia and when it is a sign of a medical emergency.
The three types of hypoglycemia are -- Mild, Moderate and Severe
Mild hypoglycemia: It is a condition where the patient recognises the symptoms of hypoglycemia and is able to treat it on his/her own. It could be to reach out to sugar or drink sugary beverages to up the glucose levels.
Moderate hypoglycemia: In this, you might experience the symptoms of hypoglycemia but cannot treat it on your own. You need someone like a family member or a caregiver to help you out. Hence, the caregiver can feed the patient with sugar-loaded foods to increase the blood glucose levels.
Severe hypoglycemia: It is the serious condition, in which the patient might go into a comatose stage. It is a sign of a medical emergency. If the person experiences the symptoms of hypoglycemia, then the attendee or caregiver should not try to forcefully feed the patient with sugar. This is because it can lead to aspiration of glucose into the lungs, which can lead to further health complications. The only solution in such a case is to take the patient to the nearest hospital and give intravenous glucose (injectable glucose) as that's is the correct treatment option. Also read why can't you have chocolates, biscuits, malted drinks if I have hypoglycemia.