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Managing Hypoglycemia

July 7, 2015 by  
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blood sugar monitor showing a low blood sugar reading necessary for managing hypoglycemia

Managing hypoglycemia is possible with proper diabetes management. Exercise, diet, and proper use of medication play a key role in preventing low blood sugar.

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which your blood sugar is abnormally low, usually less than 70mg/dl. Signs of hypoglycemia include; weakness, fatigue, shakiness, anxiety, lightheadedness, confusion, headaches, impaired vision, rapid heartbeat, nausea, and a change in mood. These symptoms can come on very quickly. It is important that if you become hypoglycemic, you adjust your blood glucose levels quickly.  Severe hypoglycemia can potentially lead to accidents, injuries, coma, and death.

To treat hypoglycemia you should consume 15-20 grams of simple carbohydrates. Wait about 15 minutes and recheck your blood glucose. If your blood glucose is still low you should repeat the process until you are back in the normal range. It is very important that you discuss with your doctor what “normal” means for you as well as the best way for you to achieve it. Some commonly used simple carbohydrates are; glucose tablets, fast acting gel, hard candies, a half cup of regular soda or sports drink, 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey, 2 tablespoons of raisins, or 8 ounces of milk. After your blood glucose returns to normal you should eat a small snack if you will not be eating a meal for at least an hour.

The best way to prevent hypoglycemia is through good diabetes management. A drop in blood glucose is more likely to happen after you take insulin, skip a meal or snack, or when you exercise strenuously. Be sure to talk to your doctor about setting up a meal plan and what types of exercise are best for you.

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