Diabetes or Hypoglycemia
Observing Diabetes or Hypoglycemia in the Classroom
Faculty might observe the following in students with diabetes or hypoglycemia:
- May appear unfocused or non-responsive if blood sugar drops too low
- May need to eat or drink during class to maintain sugar levels
- May need to leave class for a few minutes to check sugar levels or take medication
- May exhibit shaking and sweating if blood sugar drops too low
- American Diabetes Association
- National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
- NIH, Medline Plus: Hypoglycemia
Related Functional Characteristics
Dietary Needs : Students with diabetes or hypoglycemia have special dietary needs including monitoring carbohydrates and eating to maintain sugar levels.
Numbness : Students with diabetes may have permanent numbness due to diabetic neuropathy; this numbness can occur anywhere but is most common in the toes, feet, legs, hands, and arms.
Service Animal Needs : Students with diabetes or hypoglycemia may have service animals to alert them to the symptoms of a drop in blood sugar.
The Building Accepting Campus Communities (BACC) project was funded by the US Department of Education Office of Secondary Education grant #P333A080070-09. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on gender, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.