Avoiding the LOWS in Glucose Levels
Millions of Americans have diabetes, and they work hard every day to maintain good control of their disease. They make healthy food choices, get out for their daily walk, keep their doctor appointments, and monitor their glucose levels at home with a meter. But even with attention to their diabetes care, sometimes the blood glucose levels can go too low. This is called hypoglycemia. It is annoying at the least, and life threatening at the most serious.
If someone has passed out from low blood glucose and/or cannot drink/eat without assistance, call 911 immediately. Do not try to force food/beverages into them.
Both the person with diabetes, and their family, friends and co-workers should know the symptoms of LOW blood glucose:
shaky, nervous, anxious
sweating, chills, clamminess
irritable or impatient
lack of coordination, clumsiness
bizarre behavior that is out of character
If you or someone you know has diabetes, remember the Rule of 15 for treatment:
1) If there is a low blood glucose reaction take/give 15 grams fast-acting carbohydrate (glucose tablets, regular soda, fruit juice); wait 15 minutes, and retest glucose.
2) If the glucose reading is still low (under 70), then repeat by taking/giving another 15 grams fast-acting carbohydrate. This continues until the glucose readings are between 70-99.