How to Define Hypoglycemia Unawareness?

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How to define hypoglycemia unawareness?

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Hypoglycemia unawareness is a complication of diabetes.

The patient is unaware of a deep drop in blood sugar, because it fails to trigger the secretion of epinephrine which generates the characteristic symptoms of hypoglycemia to warn the patient of the dropping blood glucose.

Those characteristic symptoms of hypoglycemia may include palpitations, sweating, anxiety and so on.

Hypoglycemia unawareness can result in prolonged exposure to hypoglycemia, resulting in a seizure, loss of consciousness, or brain damage.

The development of hypoglycemia unawareness also makes the control of intensified blood glucose more difficult and puts the patient at risk for getting severe hypoglycemia-related complications.

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