Hormones and Glands

Hypoglycemia Definition

Hypoglycemia is the medical term for an abnormally low blood sugar (glucose) level below 70mg/dL. Although the blood glucose levels do fluctuate during the course of the day, it is usually maintained within a normal range. The most common reason behind hypoglycemia is due to the intake of drugs especially anti-diabetic drugs and other less common causes include insulin-secreting tumors and severe liver or kidney disease. To prevent permanent brain damage, hypoglycemic coma and death, the blood sugar level must be normalized with high sugary  foods like candy or intravenous glucose administration. The management of the underlying problem is essential to prevent repeat attacks of hypoglycemia.