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Hypoglycemia (or hypoglycemic) unawareness is the inability to
recognize early symptoms of low blood sugar until they become severe. Once
symptoms reach this stage, urgent treatment is needed to prevent further
progression and life-threatening health problems, such as a seizure or
Severe symptoms of low blood sugar include confusion, slurred
speech, unsteadiness when standing or walking, muscle twitching, and
personality changes. People with diabetes who tightly control their blood sugar
levels are more likely to have episodes of low blood sugar. Frequent and severe
low blood sugar episodes are likely to evolve into hypoglycemia unawareness.
Once a person has had one hypoglycemia unawareness episode, more are likely to
September 20, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
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