Hypo – and how to spot it
NHS Southport and Formby Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking if we know how to spot the signs of a ‘hypo’ and how to treat it.
A ‘hypo’ is hypoglycaemia, where the level of sugar (glucose) in your blood drops too low.
It mainly affects people with diabetes, especially if you take insulin, or tablets from the families of tablets called sulfonylureas (such as gliclazide, glimepiride, glipizide) or glinides (such as Repaglinide or Nateglinide).
There are a number of signs to show your blood sugars may be too low:
feeling hungry; sweating; tingling lips; feeling shaky or trembling; dizziness; feeling tired; a fast or pounding heartbeat (palpitations); becoming easily irritated, tearful, stroppy or moody; turning pale.
You can reduce the chance of having hypos by eating regularly and if you drink alcohol to follow advice about sensible drinking.
Dr Douglas Callow, clinical lead for diabetes at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Many people with diabetes will recognise the signs to show that their blood sugars are dropping – their mood will drop, they’ll feel hungry and shaky.
“Someone who knows they’re at risk should carry dextrose tablets or a small carton of smooth orange juice – you want something that works quickly, and that probably isn’t a chocolate bar.”
You can find out more about diabetes on the NHS website: