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Hy­po­gly­caemia means low glu­cose in the blood.

For peo­ple with diabetes, low blood sugar (hy­po­gly­caemia) oc­curs when there is too much in­sulin and not enough sugar in the blood.

A num­ber of fac­tors can cause hy­po­gly­caemia in peo­ple with diabetes, in­clud­ing tak­ing too much in­sulin, miss­ing a meal, al­co­hol consumption or stren­u­ous ex­er­cise.

Signs of hy­po­gly­caemia vary, but can in­clude weak­ness, trem­bling or shak­ing, sweat­ing, headache, light­head­ed­ness, lack of con­cen­tra­tion and a rapid pulse. If left un­treated, signs may con­tinue to drowsi­ness, coma and fit­ting.

The op­po­site of hy­po­gly­caemia is hy­per­gly­caemia, which oc­curs when blood glu­cose lev­els are too high.

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