There is no set time to experience low blood sugar levels in daily life. A condition caused by very low sugar levels, hypoglycemia is a type of diabetes where the blood sugar levels are at 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or 3.9 millimoles per liter (mmol/L) or below and requires immediate treatment.
The symptoms of the condition are listed below:
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Since hypoglycemia can be dangerous if not treated immediately, we have curated a list of the do’s and don’ts for managing low blood sugar levels.
● Keep something in carbs
Nearly anyone can experience hypoglycemia at anytime. Hence, it becomes important to stay prepared. It is advisable to keep something that is sweet or has carbohydrate count of 15 grams. Glucose tablets, fruit juice, candies, or even regular soda could be kept in hand. In fact, you can also keep honey, glucose, or jelly as an alternative.
● Rest, eat, check, repeat if needed
Firstly, if you experience low blood sugar levels, sit and rest for a while. Eat something with carbs and wait for 10 -15 minutes. Check your glucose levels thereafter and even then if the reading shows signs of hypoglycemia, take another of carbs and then retest.
● Be careful thereafter
There are high chances of experiencing another round of low blood sugar levels, also known as rebound hypoglycemia, after you consume something with carbs. It is therefore recommended to contact your doctor or relative for help.
● Call your diabetes educator
If this is not the first time you are experiencing hypoglycemia but on a regular basis or several times a week and really wish to not let this happen again, it is then time to contact your diabetes educator. Your educator can then make changes in your diabetes diet and provide a full diabetes plan.
● Wear some type of medical ID
The symptoms of hypoglycemia are common with a lot of other health complications and therefore is important to inform people about your condition in order to get the right medication during an emergency. Alternatively, you can keep a note about your condition in your wallet or wear a badge with all the information including medications can be provided.
● Carry your glucometer everywhere
As mentioned above, hypoglycemia can occur anytime to anyone. Moreover, since the symptoms of the condition are quite similar to other health complications, it is important to check your sugar levels at the right time to provide the right kind of treatment.
● Tell your loved ones in advance about your condition
It is important to let your people know about your condition and inform them about your medications, Moreover, you should pursue them in familiarizing the places where you keep your glucose tablets and medications provided by your diabetes educator. In fact, it is recommended to inform your family or friends in advance to prevent any future complications.
● Ignore the warning signs
Never go easy on the symptoms of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels. The condition needs to be treated immediately. In fact, if you have experienced low blood sugar levels before, it is advised to measure your blood sugar as soon as you notice if even one of the symptoms.
● Ignore a low blood sugar level reading
Even if you don’t notice any signs of hypoglycemia but after monitoring your sugar level see a drop in your reading, please note you are experiencing low blood sugar levels. It is important to then do something about it and treat it.
● Opt for protein over carbs
Although protein is good for a lot of things, never opt for protein over carbs during a case of hypoglycemia. In fact, opting for good carbs in such a case is equally important. Avoid sweet treats such as ice cream for later and instead go for fast-acting glucose sources such as glucose tablets or juices.
AS mentioned above, the chances of experiencing rebound hypoglycemia after low-blood sugar levels are high. Hence, going behind the wheels will not be a great idea. Check your levels and only drive if they are in the normal range.
Three glucose tablets would constitute 15 grams of carbohydrate. Since it is difficult to understand the limit of intake during hypoglycemia, it is advisable to reduce the amount you eat. Do not opt for overcorrecting the situation by overeating and causing blood sugar to rise.
● Sleep without checking sugar levels
Knowing your blood sugar before sleeping and taking necessary steps involved can reduce the risk of hypoglycemia at night. For kids, it is recommended to check your sugar levels after talking to your educator and figure out what works best for them.
● Strenuous activity
Do not indulge in any kind of physical activity right after experiencing hypoglycemia. In a condition where the body has low blood sugar levels, using more glucose will only worsen the situation. In fact, it is advised to not participate in any strenuous activity until 24 to 48 hours of experiencing a drop in sugar levels.
Experiencing hypoglycemia can cause anxiousness since it can be extremely dangerous if left untreated. However, with advance planning and preparation, anybody can be sufficient to manage low blood sugar episode effectively and efficiently.
Disclaimer: All information, content, and material of this article is for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider.