Diabetes Management – Low Blood Glucose Levels and Diabetes

If you are diagnosed with diabetes you will not only have to tackle high blood glucose levels but also low levels. Low blood sugar levels can be equally fatal as high levels. Too little glucose in your blood is also called as hypoglycemia. It may occur suddenly if you take too much medication, skip or delay a meal, or exercise more than usual. If hypoglycemia is not treated, you can pass out or have a seizure. So, if you have symptoms of low blood sugar levels, test your blood to be sure. If you can not test it, trust your symptoms and follow the steps given below.

The symptoms of hypoglycemia are

o Pangs of hunger

o Lack of mental concentration – confusion

o Uncoordinated movements

o Restlessness – emotional instability

o Headache – sinking feeling

o Palpitation – sweating

o Fast breathing

o Stupor – convulsions

What to Do for Low Blood Sugar

1. Chew glucose tablets or hard candies as directed. Or take 2 to 3 teaspoons of sugar or honey. These are all fast-acting sugars.

2. Wait for 15 minutes. Then re-test your glucose if you can. If your blood sugar is still too low, repeat the step one and two. If you are not better after that, get medical help.

3. Once your glucose levels returns to normal, eat. If it's less than 1 hour before your next meal, eat that meal, immediately. If it's more than 1 hour, eat a snack, such as half a sandwich and a glass of milk. Call your doctor if you get low blood sugar often.