Guarding Against Low Blood Sugar
 

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Guard against low blood glucose

Hypoglycemia5 is blood glucose levels that fall into the low side of the Diabetes Danger Zone (less than 70 mg/dL (3.9 mmol/L).

Detecting low blood glucose
Taking insulin sometimes puts you at risk for hypoglycemia or low blood glucose. The American Diabetes Association defines hypoglycemia as blood glucose levels less than 70 mg/dL (3.9 mmol/L). If left untreated, hypoglycemia can result in unconsciousness or even a coma. Be extra careful and stay prepared.

Regular monitoring helps you spot patterns to try to avoid high and low blood glucose, reduce complications of diabetes, and help control your diabetes.

Be prepared for hypoglycemia

  • Self-monitor blood glucose. It's the only way to know for certain if your glucose is too low.

  • Self-monitor before you inject insulin. Insulin lowers your blood glucose level and you want to make sure your glucose doesn't fall too low overnight.

  • Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms. Common symptoms include feeling shaky, sweaty or dizzy; clumsiness; confusion; changes in mood.

  • Know how to bring your glucose back into the Diabetes Safe Zone. If you are hypoglycemic, follow your doctor's instructions. Record the event on a log sheet with the time, test result, and what you think caused it. Share these details with your doctor.

   
 

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