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Low Blood Glucose

Hypoglycemia means your blood glucose is too low. Because a drop in blood sugar can happen quickly, it is recommended to always have simple carbohydrate snacks available to correct blood glucose. You might have sweating or cold, clammy skin, dizziness, shakiness, or tingling feeling, fast heartbeat, headache, confusion or irritability. If you are feeling any of these symptoms, always check your blood glucose right away. If it is too low:

1. Eat or drink 15 grams of fast-acting carbohydrate (1/2 cup fruit juice, 3-4 glucose tablets)

2. Recheck blood glucose again after 15 minutes. If it is still low, repeat Step 1. Check again after another 15 minutes. If it is still low, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

3. Once your blood sugar rises, eat a small snack if your next meal is not in the next 30-60 minutes.

15-grams of Carbohydrate Snacks:

  • 1 medium fruit
  • 6 oz light yogurt
  • 3 cups popcorn
  • 4 small gingersnaps
  • 5 vanilla wafers
  • 1 ounce pretzels
  • 10 baked potato or tortilla chips
  • 6 saltines
  • 3 squares graham crackers
  • 1 granola bar

Reference: American Diabetes Association (2016). Living Well With Diabetes. (n.p.)