Do you experience lightheadedness or confusion when you wake up from fasting overnight? It could be because of low blood sugar in the morning which is particularly valid for those who have been managing diabetes.
This phenomenon of experiencing low blood sugar is known as hypoglycemia, according to Health Shots, and should not be taken lightly.
Let’s dive into the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar in the morning in honour of World Diabetes Day, established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), in response to a growing health threat posed by diabetes.
According to WHO, about 422 million people are living with diabetes worldwide with at least 1.5 million deaths directly attributed to this condition every year. Hence, more awareness about how to recognise low blood sugar and what to do about it is crucial.
According to endocrinologist and diabetes specialist Dr Nithya Abraham, hypoglycemia is a condition “characterised by a decrease in the levels of glucose in the bloodstream, usually below 70 milligrams per deciliter.”
This can affect people with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, as well as those without diabetes who may have other underlying health issues.
While you might not experience all the symptoms of low blood sugar, there are some common ones to watch for.