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Hypoglycaemic Awareness Week
04 October 2017

Hypoglycaemia Awareness Week display at Ipswich HospitalMembers of our specialist diabetes team have been promoting National Hypoglycaemic Awareness Week.

The team were on hand today to discuss how to detect a hypo (low blood sugar), how to treat one and what action should be taken to maintain a normal blood sugar after a hypoglycaemic episode.

Hypoglycaemic episodes are common in people with diabetes when their glucose levels drop. Such episodes can happen when the balance of medication taken (especially Insulin), the food consumed or the amount of physical activity a person does is not right.

Hypos can happen quickly and there are a number of different symptoms including trembling and feeling shaky, sweating, being anxious or irritable, going pale, palpitations or a fast pulse, lips feeling tingly, blurred sight, being hungry, feeling tearful, tiredness, having a headache, lack of concentration.

Diabetes specialist nurse Rachael-Marie Round, said: “As part of National Hypoglycaemic Awareness Week and we have been promoting prevention and prompt treatment of hypos. We have been educating staff on how to treat a hypo and ensuring they are given adequate information on the subject.”