hy·​po·​gly·​ce·​mia | \ ˌhī-pō-glī-ˈsē-mē-ə How to pronounce hypoglycemia (audio) \

Definition of hypoglycemia

: abnormal decrease of sugar in the blood

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hypoglycemic \ ˌhī-​pō-​glī-​ˈsē-​mik How to pronounce hypoglycemic (audio) \ adjective or noun

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Going too long without eating can provoke hypoglycemia, which is when your blood sugar drops too low. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "8 Reasons You're Waking Up Mid-Sleep, and How to Fix Them," 11 Aug. 2018 O’Connell believes this is the range where a person with diabetes can exercise without experiencing dangerous spikes or drops in blood sugar, called hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "New Haven's FitScript Partners With American Diabetes Association," 28 June 2018 Patients who are prone to hypoglycemia can benefit from this slightly less restrictive goal, such as patients over the age of 80, for whom low blood sugar is often less recognized and underreported. Erik Polan, Do, Philly.com, "Q&A: What do I need to know about the new diabetes recommendations?," 13 Mar. 2018 Too little, or hypoglycemia, can cause faintness, unconsciousness, or even death. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Quincy the San Diego Zoo's diabetic koala, gets help from Dexcom," 25 June 2018 Hospital staff determined that the resident had been given too much insulin medication from Aug. 22 through Aug. 25, causing the person to develop hypoglycemia, the DPH citation said. courant.com, "State Fines Nursing Homes Following Injuries To Residents," 18 June 2018 Saco was found March 5 on a road behind Brown’s Lobster Pound, and was treated for malnourishment, dehydration, and hypoglycemia, according to the statement. Alana Levene, BostonGlobe.com, "Gray seals blown ashore in March storms will be released in Sandwich," 13 May 2018 Some worry that restricting carbs can lead to dangerously low blood sugar levels, a condition known as hypoglycemia, and potentially stunt a child’s growth. New York Times, "How a Low-Carb Diet Might Aid People With Type 1 Diabetes," 7 May 2018 On the flip side, problems managing your diabetes can also result in glucose levels that swing in the opposite direction and become too low (hypoglycemia). Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Things That Can Cause Your Blood Sugar to Spike or Drop," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hypoglycemia

circa 1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypoglycemia

borrowed from French hypoglycémie, from hypo- hypo- + glycémie glycemia

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The first known use of hypoglycemia was circa 1894

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variants: or chiefly British hypoglycaemia \ ˌhī-​pō-​glī-​ˈsē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce hypoglycaemia (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypoglycemia

: abnormal decrease of sugar in the blood

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