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What should I do to be prepared for a hypoglycemia reaction?

You’re best prepared for low blood glucose if you carry around a measured amount (15 grams) of “pocket carbohydrate.” The easiest and most convenient fast-acting carbohydrate is found in glucose tablets or gel, which comes in a variety of flavors. Check the annual Diabetes Forecast Consumer Guide for a list of current over-the-counter products for treating low blood glucose. Usually, two to five glucose tablets or one package of glucose gel will bring quick relief, but check the instructions and dosing on the package to make sure. You should wear medical identification that you have diabetes such as an ID bracelet. Identification cards can also be requested free from the American Diabetes Association’s Center for Information and Community.

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