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If it happens when you are asleep, low blood
glucose may cause sweating, restless sleep or
nightmares. You might wake up with a
headache or feeling tired and irritable.
Take steps to treat yourself right away. And
make sure family and friends call 911 if you
become unconscious.
Q:
What should I do if I think my blood
glucose levels are low?
A:
First, check your blood glucose. If you don’t
have a meter with you, it’s better to act fast
than to wait.
If your levels are lower than 70 mg/dl, the
quickest way to bring them up is by eating
some sugar. Try fve or six pieces of hard
candy, a serving of glucose gel or half a cup
of regular pop.
Recheck your blood glucose in 15 minutes. If
it’s still lower than 70 mg/dl, try a quick fx
again. Repeat until your blood glucose levels
return to normal.
Q:
What is hypoglycemia?
A:
Hypoglycemia is a condition that occurs when
your blood glucose levels drop too low. The
condition can get worse and even become
life-threatening if it isn’t treated.
Several factors can lower blood glucose,
contributing to hypoglycemia. These include
skipping meals, exercising more than usual
and drinking alcohol heavily or on an empty
stomach.
Q:
How can I prevent hypoglycemia?
A:
Controlling your diabetes is the best way to
prevent hypoglycemia. Check your blood
glucose levels as often as recommended.
Always take your diabetes medication. And try
to stick to your meal plan and exercise
schedule.*
Q:
What are the warning signs of
hypoglycemia?
A:
Symptoms of hypoglycemia include shakiness,
hunger and sweating. You may also feel dizzy,
or you might faint. Or you may feel confused
and have trouble speaking.
Ask a Nurse Health Coach
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*For most people, beginning a light, low-intensity workout program is safe. However, if you are new to exercising, have been inactive
for an extended period of time, have any medical issues or are looking to start an intense exercise program, you should speak to your
doctor frst.