The last blog outlines the symptoms of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Every person with diabetes should have an action plan just in case your blood sugar gets too low. Also, include the people around you in your planning.

The first thing to do is to test your blood sugar. If it is less than 70 (mg/dl), that’s low blood sugar by definition. However, blood sugar levels vary from person to person, so ask your doctor what your range should be. If it is low, take action.

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    • Next, Eat or drink some fast-acting carbs.

Consume about 15 g of carbs.

  • 4 oz real orange juice

  • 4 oz regular (not diet) soda

  • 1 tbsp sugar that has been dissolved in water

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey

  • 6 hard candies, gun drops or jelly beans

  • 1 tbsp icing/ frosting for a cake

  • 2 tbsp raisins

  • ½ cup applesauce

  • 3 or 4 glucose tabs or tube of glucose gel. (It is advised that you always carry glucose tablets.)

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    • Now, wait, and retest.

Wait for 15 minutes, then retest your blood sugar. If it has gone up to 100 mg/dl or more, you’re good. If it hasn’t…

    • Repeat

If it is still too low, eat another 15 g of carbs. Then, wait 15 minutes, retest and continue until blood sugar levels are corrected.

    • Once blood sugar levels are normal.

When you are feeling better, eat protein to stabilize those blood sugar levels in that normal range. Try some peanuts, peanut butter, ham, turkey or cheese. But otherwise, resume your normal activities.

If your blood sugar is not cooperating, call the doctor to ask for an immediate appointment, or go to a clinic or ER. Untreated hypoglycemia can cause seizures or unconsciousness, so don’t mess with it.

Take care of yourself. You’re worth it.

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