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