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Heart disease, blindness, stroke, impotence...avoiding these complications is the motivation behind tight diabetes management. In addition to these potential long-term complications, some patients may find themselves adding symptoms like dizziness, unusual hunger and fatigue to this daily list of concerns - an additional worry which may not be necessary.

The challenge of diabetes management is to lower blood glucose levels toward the normal range in order to reduce the risk of long-term complications of the disease. This is done with an overall treatment plan that includes various combinations of proper diet, regular exercise, and insulin treatment or oral antidiabetic medications.

Hypoglycemia is a condition that can occur when blood glucose levels become too low, as a result of a variety of factors like omitted meals, extra exercise, or too great an effect of diabetes medication. In severe cases of hypoglycemia, a patient can lose consciousness or lapse into a coma. Some more common symptoms include:

Updated 10:25 am, October 12, 2011
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