Blood Sugar Symptoms and Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a serious disease in which the pancreas stops producing the hormone insulin. The result is that your body can’t convert sugar into energy. There is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes and there is currently no known cure. Two of the potential warning signs of diabetes are low blood sugar—or hypoglycemia—and high blood-sugar—or hyperglycemia.

Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia) Symptoms

Let’s start with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and look at blood sugar drop symptoms. Although symptoms may overlap, some of the signs of low blood sugar include dizziness, sweating, shaking, poor coordination, hunger, nausea, and irritability.

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High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia) Symptoms

When it comes to hyperglycemia (or sugar shock), you may feel thirsty, have to urinate more frequently, find your vision blurry, feel exhausted, have stomach pain, or notice a fruity or wine-like odor on your breath.

Learn more about high blood sugar (hyperglycemia).

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See your doctor if you experience high or low blood sugar symptoms

If your blood sugar drops to severely low levels it can lead to convulsions, coma or death. Prolonged high blood sugar can lead to eye, organ and other complications or diabetic ketoacidosis, which is also life-threatening. That’s why it’s important to see your doctor, explain which of the blood-sugar symptoms you’re feeling, and go from there.