How Should Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose) Be Treated?


How should hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) be treated?

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  1. If you are experiencing the signs of a low blood sugar level, check your blood sugar immediately.

    If you don’t have your meter with you, treat the symptoms anyway.

    It is better to be safe.

    Low blood sugar can happen quickly, so it is important to treat it right away.

    If your blood sugar drops very low, you may need help from another person.

    Step one: Eat or drink a fast-acting carbohydrate (15 grams):

    • 15 grams of glucose in the form of glucose tablets
    • 15 millilitres (one tablespoon) or three packets of sugar dissolved in water
    • 150 millilitres (⅔ cup) of juice or regular soft drink
    • Six LifeSavers® (one = 2.5 grams of carbohydrate)
    • 15 millilitres (one tablespoon) of honey (do not use for children less than one year old)

    Step two: After treating the symptoms, wait 15 minutes, then check your blood sugar again. If it is still low:

    • Treat again; wait 15 minutes, and check your blood sugar again. Repeat these steps until your blood sugar is above 4 mmol/L.

    Step three: When your blood sugar is above 4 mmol/L:

    • If your next meal is more than one hour away, or you are going to be active, eat a snack, such as half of a sandwich or cheese and crackers (something with 15 grams of carbohydrate and a protein source)
    • Wait 40 minutes after treating a low blood sugar before driving

    Think about why your blood sugar went low and make the necessary changes to avoid low blood sugar again.

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