Low Blood Sugar

Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) means that the level of sugar in your blood is lower than it should be. Signs of low blood sugar include:

  • Getting sweaty.

  • Feeling hungry.

  • Feeling dizzy or weak.

  • Feeling sleepier than normal.

  • Feeling nervous.

  • Headaches.

  • Having a fast heartbeat.

Low blood sugar can happen fast and can be an emergency. Your doctor can do tests to check your blood sugar level. You can have low blood sugar and not have diabetes.

HOME CARE

  • Check your blood sugar as told by your doctor. If it is less than 70 mg/dl or as told by your doctor, take 1 of the following:

  • 3 to 4 glucose tablets.

  • ½ cup clear juice.

  • ½ cup soda pop, not diet.

  • 1 cup milk.

  • 5 to 6 hard candies.

  • Recheck blood sugar after 15 minutes. Repeat until it is at the right level.

  • Eat a snack if it is more than 1 hour until the next meal.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Do not skip meals. Eat on time.

  • Do not drink alcohol except with meals.

  • Check your blood glucose before driving.

  • Check your blood glucose before and after exercise.

  • Always carry treatment with you, such as glucose pills.

  • Always wear a medical alert bracelet if you have diabetes.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your blood glucose goes below 70 mg/dl or as told by your doctor, and you:

  • Are confused.

  • Are not able to swallow.

  • Pass out (faint).

  • You cannot treat yourself. You may need someone to help you.

  • You have low blood sugar problems often.

  • You have problems from your medicines.

  • You are not feeling better after 3 to 4 days.

  • You have vision changes.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.