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How do I manage my hypoglycemia on a daily basis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
To control hypoglycemia, which is a blood glucose (sugar) level less than 70mg/dl, you must monitor blood glucose levels closely. In addition, the amount of carbohydrates that are consumed (eaten) throughout the day need to be closely counted to ensure that blood glucose levels do not drop. A glucose meter (glucometer) or blood sugar monitor can be used at home to monitor blood glucose levels.
Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

If you have diabetes, the best way to manage episodes of hypoglycemia is to manage your diabetes. This means following your doctor's treatment plan carefully. This may include taking your medications, monitoring your blood sugar, eating healthy meals at regular intervals, and exercising. Carry glucose tablets, sugary foods, and (if your doctor recommends) a glucagon kit with you at all times, and make sure family and friends around you know what to do in case of an emergency.

If you do not have diabetes but experience occasional hypoglycemia, eating several small meals rather than three large ones may help avoid episodes of low blood sugar. Some people find it helpful to consult a dietician about a diet that will help manage their hypoglycemia.

Hypoglycemia occurs when you have low blood glucose and can happen from time to time to everyone who has diabetes:

You can cope with hypoglycemia using the following tactics:

  • Check blood glucose levels to determine when your level is low.
  • Learn to identify the symptoms of hypoglycemia so you can treat it quickly.
  • Treat hypoglycemia by raising your blood glucose level with some form of sugar.

Hypoglycemia, sometimes called an insulin reaction, can happen even during those times when you're doing all you can to manage your diabetes. So, although many times you can't prevent it from happening, hypoglycemia can be treated before it gets worse. For this reason, it's important to know what hypoglycemia is, what symptoms of hypoglycemia are, and how to treat hypoglycemia.

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