Hypoglycemia is a deficiency of glucose in the blood stream, or ‘low blood sugar levels’. The term is used to describe a metabolic disorder that can be diagnosed by recognising a variety of both physical and ‘psychological’ symptoms. Glucose is derived from food and is an important supply of energy for the body and the mind. If blood sugars levels are not stable, your body will react by showing certain symptoms. These signs of hypoglycaemia vary from person to person, however common indicators include:
- Weakness, trembling and shaking
- Lack of concentration
- Hunger and sugar cravings
The most common forms of hypoglycemia occur as a complication of treatment of diabetes with insulin and oral medication. Hypoglycemia is less common in non-diabetic individuals, but it can occur at any age.