Severe hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia happens when blood sugar levels are too low, usually below 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl). Without treatment, such low levels of blood sugar can lead to seizures and become life-threatening. It is a medical emergency.
When should I go to the ER for low blood sugar?
If the person becomes more sleepy or lethargic, call 911 or other emergency services. Stay with the person until his or her blood sugar level is 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or higher or until emergency help comes.
Can hypoglycemia be a medical emergency?
Severe low blood sugar is a medical emergency. It can cause seizures and brain damage. Severe low blood sugar that causes you to become unconscious is called hypoglycemic or insulin shock.
Should I go to the hospital for hypoglycemia?
You’ll need treatment if your blood sugar has dropped to 70 mg/dL or lower. If you don’t have a glucose meter or monitor available, call your doctor to receive treatment as soon as possible. Contact your doctor or go to the hospital right away if treatment doesn’t help and your symptoms aren’t improving.
What level of hypoglycemia is severe?
There are three levels of hypoglycemia: level 1, glucose values less than 70 mg/dL; level 2, glucose levels less than 54 mg/dL; and level 3, referred to as severe hypoglycemia, in which glucose levels are so low that mental or physical functioning is impaired and the person requires assistance.
At what sugar level should I go to the hospital?
According to the University of Michigan, blood sugar levels of 300 mg/dL or more can be dangerous. They recommend calling a doctor if you have two readings in a row of 300 or more. Call your doctor if you’re worried about any symptoms of high blood sugar.
Does hypoglycemia go away?
Hypoglycemia caused by sulfonylurea or long-acting insulin may take longer to resolve, but usually goes away in one to two days.
What are the warning signs of diabetic ketoacidosis?
You may notice:
- Excessive thirst.
- Frequent urination.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Stomach pain.
- Weakness or fatigue.
- Shortness of breath.
- Fruity-scented breath.
Is Hyperglycemia a medical emergency?
Emergency treatment for severe hyperglycemia
If you have signs and symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis or hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state, you may be treated in the emergency room or admitted to the hospital. Emergency treatment can lower your blood sugar to a normal range.