March 30, 2007, Newsletter Issue #96: Treatment of Hypoglycemia

Tip of the Week

When you first feel the symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) you should treat it. You know your body better than anyone.

In general, treat a hypoglycemic reaction immediately with 15 grams of a fast-acting carbohydrate source. This source should not contain fat, since that delays absorption.

What is "15 grams of carbohydrate"? Easy to find sources are 1/2 cup orange juice or regular soda, 1 cup skim milk, or 1 TBSP of honey. 15 grams of carbs can also be found in glucose tablets, available at your local pharmacy.

Follow this with a protein, to provide for blood sugar stability, and to decrease the risk of a sudden drop 20 minutes after treatment.

Key tips:

1) Know the symptoms
2) Understand the treatment
3) Have a plan

Remember to notify your physician if you have low blood sugar two days in a row, or three times during one week. They can help you adjust your diet, activity or medications to reduce this potentially harmful effect.

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