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The Basics of Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is a very staid condition that should be taken seriously when it happens.

· Type 1 Diabetes,Type 2 Diabetes,Carbohydrates

People with diabetes get hypoglycemia or “low blood sugar” when their bodies don't have enough sugar to be  used as a reserve. It happens when your blood sugar levels are 70 mg / dl or less. 

Reasons behind having hypoglycemia:

There are many reasons behind having hypoglycemia (include photos)

  1. Excessive insulin or oral meds intake

  2. Improper timing of insulin injections

  3. Inadequate food intake

  4. Delay in having daily snacks

  5. Increased exercise intensity or duration

Symptoms of hypoglycemia:

  1. Severe Headache

  2. Fatigue

  3. Shakiness

  4. Sweating

  5. Rapid heartbeat

  6. Dizziness

The symptoms diabetics face during hypoglycemia are headaches, fatigue, shakiness, sweating,rapid heartbeat and dizziness.

Solutions for hypoglycemia:

  • First, try to ingest 15 g of carbohydrate or glucose tablet

  • Then, Self-monitor your blood glucose levels after 15 min

  • If hypoglycemia continued, re- ingest 15 g of carbohydrate  

  • Recheck your  levels after 15 mins as well

  • After that, you MUST consume a meal or small snacks and never starve yourself.

Examples of food that contains 15 g of CHO:

  • ½ cup of water with 1 tbs  of sugar or honey

  • ½ cup orange or apple juice

  • ½ cup of soda

  • 1 cup of fat free milk

  • 3 small candies

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