Health Tip: Help Prevent Low Blood Sugar

-- Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can occur even when you're doing your best to manage diabetes, the American Diabetes Association says.

Recognizing the possible symptoms of hypoglycemia -- including shakiness, dizziness, sweating and hunger -- and checking your sugar often are key to recognizing and treating the condition promptly.

The ADA offers this advice:

  • Check blood glucose levels frequently, and check at different times of day.
  • Check blood glucose before you drive; eat a snack and re-check if your levels are below 100 mg/dl.
  • Talk to your health care team about your low blood glucose episodes and what can be done to prevent and treat them.
  • Make sure that friends, family and co-workers understand hypoglycemia and what to do if it happens to you.
  • Wear a diabetes identification bracelet.
  • Take a class on blood glucose awareness.

Posted: July 2012


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