Hypoglycemia in a Person with Diabetes
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Hypoglycemia is a serious condition that happens when your blood glucose (sugar) level drops too low. The blood sugar level is usually too high in a person with diabetes, but the level can also drop too low. It is important to follow your diabetes management plan to keep your blood sugar level steady.
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is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.
You may be given glucose tables or a food or drink with carbohydrate if you have low blood sugar. This will help bring your blood sugar level back up.
A dietitian will plan your meals and snacks while you are in the hospital. You will be given foods that are low in sugar, fat, and cholesterol. A dietitian may also help you to develop a meal plan that you can follow at home.
The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.
- Glucagon is medicine that helps to increase your blood sugar level if you cannot eat or drink a source of glucose. It is often given as a shot.
- Glucose may be given in your IV if you cannot eat or drink a source of glucose. You may also need glucose if you were given glucagon and your blood sugar level still did not return to normal.
Blood glucose tests may be checked 3 times a day or more. This is usually done before meals and at bedtime.
Hypoglycemia needs immediate treatment. Even after treatment, hypoglycemia can happen again. You may have a seizure. Hypoglycemia can be life-threatening if it is not treated.
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