Diabetes and Dizziness: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Is Dizziness After Eating a Sign of Diabetes
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Does anyone in your family have a history of diabetes, and, have you only felt a kind of dizziness after eating food or in general as well?

In this article, we will take a look at the connection between diabetes and feeling dizzy, we will understand more about how to spot the signs and symptoms of a link between feeling dizzy and diabetes, what steps you take to improve your health in such situations and when you immediately need to visit a doctor for medical care.

 So read on and find out more about dizziness after eating and diabetes. 


Dizziness and Diabetes

Dizziness is a symptom where you feel like the room is suddenly spinning, loss of balance. light-headedness, feeling woozy, or feeling faint. Dizziness can be a symptom of diabetes. When your blood sugar level is too high or low it can affect blood flow to your brain leading to dizziness. 

Is Dizziness After Eating a Sign of Diabetes?

There are many reasons that you could feel dizzy, but in the case of people who have diabetes, or for people who are prone to diabetes, dizziness after eating could also be an early sign of diabetes.

Is dizziness a symptom of diabetes?

Dizziness can happen due to a host of reasons such as:

  • Being dehydrated
  • Being on certain medicines that have dizziness as a side effect 
  • Being too exhausted and feeling too tired 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia 
  • High or low blood pressure levels

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How do you know if dizziness is serious?

Here are some signs that will help you understand that the dizziness that you are experiencing is serious and that you need to immediately get medical care and attention:

  • Feeling numbness in your arms or legs 
  • Feeling a loss of sensation in your arms or legs, or a form of paralysis on one or both sides 
  • Pain in the chest 
  • Feeling nausea or vomiting 
  • Feeling sudden and severe episodes of headache
  • Not able to speak properly 
  • Feeling a kind of heaviness on the tongue 
  • Unable to focus on what people around you are saying 
  • Feeling confused or irritable 
  • Increase in your heartbeat 
  • Not being able to see properly or seeing double, also known as double vision 
  • Having problems breathing properly 
  • Fainting 

What does dizziness feel like for people with diabetes?

When you experience dizziness with diabetes, it could often feel like the entire room or the area around you is spinning, you may not be able to focus on one point steadily, you may feel a loss of balance or you may experience difficulty in using certain body parts, such as your hands or legs, in a steady and balanced way.

Here are a few things that you can do when you are feeling dizzy, till the dizzy spell goes away:

  • Lie down till you feel that the dizzy spell has gone away
  • If you are trying to get up from a lying down or a sitting position, hold on to something and get up very very slowly
  • Avoid suddenly bending down, if you have to bend down, slowly bend your knees and try to lower your body in a straight position 
  • If you are lying down and still feel that things around you are spinning, avoid lying down flat and instead, place a pillow or something under your head to keep it elevated
  • Make sure that you get enough rest and that you do not over-exert yourself 
  • Make sure that you drink plenty of water and fluids so that you are not dehydrated 
  • Always make it a point to move slowly and carefully
  • If you have felt dizzy before due to low blood sugar levels, carry something sweet with you that is also safe for your diabetes health, such as a fruit or some glucose powder. You can ask your doctor or medical management team for suggestions 
  • Avoid having beverages such as coffee
  • Avoid having, cut down, or completely give up consuming alcohol and smoking 
  • Check your blood sugar levels, if you are experiencing hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia contact your physician or your diabetes management team, immediately. 


You can use the Fitterfly Wellness App to note and track your symptoms along with your meal and blood sugar entries. This will ensure that your diabetes management team is aware of all changes in your health and personalize your program or flag any situations that would require you to update your doctor.

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