TREAT­ING LOW BLOOD GLU­COSE

Diabetes Care Guide (English) - - RETAIL NEWS -

Eat or drink 15 g of ‘fast act­ing’ car­bo­hy­drate right away, such as:

● 15 g glu­cose tablet (pre­ferred treat­ment), or

● 1 tbsp su­gar dis­solved in 175 ml wa­ter. Glu­cose tablets are the pre­ferred treat­ment.

● 3/4 cup orange or ap­ple juice or reg­u­lar soft drink

● 1 small box of raisins

● 1 tbsp of honey

● 3 dex­trosols or 6 Life­savers

Wait 10 to 15 min­utes and recheck blood glu­cose

You should be feel­ing bet­ter. If you are not feel­ing bet­ter, or your glu­cose level is still less than 4 mmol/L, re­peat 15 g of ‘fast act­ing’ car­bo­hy­drate. If your next meal is more than an hour away, eat a snack of a starch and pro­tein (cheese and six crack­ers, half of a peanut but­ter or meat sand­wich).

If blood glu­cose is se­verely low (less than 2.8 mmol/L) and you are con­scious:

● Take 20 g of car­bo­hy­drate, prefer­ably as glu­cose tablets.

● Wait 15 min­utes and re-check blood glu­cose.

● If you are not feel­ing bet­ter or your glu­cose level is less than 4 mmol/L, re­peat 15 g of fast act­ing car­bo­hy­drate.

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