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Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia: Know the Difference

Last updated 4 years ago

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, the diabetes care team at your community hospital can help you understand your condition. You’ll need to learn terms such as “hyperglycemia” and “hypoglycemia.” Hyperglycemia occurs when your blood glucose levels are too high. This can occur if you’re stressed out, if you ate too much, if you exercised too little, or if you haven’t used enough insulin. Hypoglycemia is the opposite problem. It occurs when your blood sugar levels are too low. It may be a side effect of your diabetes medications or it may be caused by not eating enough.

You can learn more about diabetes management by watching this video. You’ll hear about the symptoms of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, and you’ll watch what this mom does to address hypoglycemia in her son.

The care team at Memorial Hospital of Tampa can help you learn how to live well with diabetes. Families in the South Tampa area are invited to call our community hospital at (813) 873-6400 with any questions they may have.


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