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Nasal Spray May Give Diabetics Faster Treatment for Low Blood Sugar

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 – A new nasal spray might make rescue care easier for diabetics who are woozy or even unconscious due to severe low blood sugar, a new clinical trial suggests. The nasal spray contains powdered glucagon, a hormone that causes a prompt increase in blood sugar levels. The trial results showed that the nasal spray is nearly as effective in treating hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) as the only option currently available, a glucagon powder that must be mixed with water, drawn into a syringe and then injected into muscle. Because it is almost as effective but much easier to administer to an ailing person, the nasal spray could become the go-to treatment for severe hypoglycemia, said Dr. George Grunberger, a clinical professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He was not involved ... Read more

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Health Tip: Diabetics Who Compete

Posted 6 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Diabetes doesn't have to sideline you from the sport you love. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these safety suggestions: Don't exercise unless your blood sugar level is at least 100 mg/dL, or within one week of a severe episode of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Monitor your blood sugar throughout exercise. Make sure it stays within the range recommended by your doctor. While you exercise, carry with you a form of quickly absorbed glucose. Exercise with a buddy until you are well trained, to help ward off an episode of hypoglycemia. Wear a medical alert bracelet that identifies you as diabetic. Snack and drink before, during and after your workout. Read more

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