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Diabetes Management: Tips for Treating Hypoglycemia

Diabetes Management: Tips for Treating Hypoglycemia
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By    |   Monday, 22 January 2018 09:26 AM

Every time you eat, glucose in the body rises, and the pancreas produces insulin to absorb it to stop your blood sugar from getting too high. Diabetics, however, are prone to suffering from hypoglycemia: excessive insulin production that can lower blood sugar below healthy levels.

Fortunately, Type 2 diabetics can help prevent the risk of a hypoglycemic reaction and keep their blood sugar stabilized. Here’s how:

Learn the symptoms: According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), some effects of hypoglycemia -- also known as insulin shock -- include shakiness, weakness, faintness, headaches, mental dullness, and confusion. Knowing the signs beforehand makes it easier to recognize them.

Monitor your blood sugar: Most hypoglycemic episodes occur when blood sugar is below 70 mg/dL. Test your blood glucose frequently and wear a glucose monitor to keep your levels on point.

Know your medications: Your diabetes medication may actually be the culprit behind a hypoglycemic episodes, says Dr. Erika Gebel Berg. After taking medicines or insulin injections, pay attention to blood sugar at least one to two hours afterwards, when the risk of low blood sugar is at its highest.

Keep glucose-friendly snacks handy: Have a quick acting glucose source on hand, like glucose tablets or juice, notes Blue Cross Blue Shield. Test your blood sugar again, then eat another protein-rich snack 15 minutes later to stabilize it.

Increase meal frequency: Not overeating, but the amount of meals you have. The PCRM recommends more than three small meals a day fortified with whole grains, vegetables, legumes and protein to prevent hypoglycemic symptoms. Never skip meals after taking insulin.

Drink, sleep, exercise: They don’t necessarily need to be in that order. Staying hydrated and getting enough sleep can prevent low blood sugar, as can physical activity. Pace yourself if you plan to exercise; anything too strenuous can lower glucose.

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