Several things can cause hypoglycemia, including diet and some medications. Certain medical conditions can also make hypoglycemia more common in people with diabetes. Exercise may also trigger hypoglycemia.
When you have diabetes, it can feel like your daily to-do list is endless. You're tracking your blood sugars, medications, diet, and exercise.
That can be a lot to take care of every day. It can make you feel burned out.
"When you have a chronic illness, everybody wants a day off from that, or a week or a month off," says David Spero, RN, author of Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisis.
But you can't do that with diabetes. So how do you avoid diabetes burnout and keep a positive mindset?
Some days will...
You shouldn't get hypoglycemia if you take alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, biguanides (such as metformin), and thiazolidinediones alone, but it can happen when you take them with other diabetes medicines.
Diet and Hypoglycemia
You can also get hypoglycemia if you take too much insulin for the amount of carbohydrates you eat or drink.
For instance, it can happen after you eat a meal that has a lot of simple sugars, or if you miss a snack or don't eat a full meal, or if you eat later than usual, or if you drink alcohol without eating any food.
It's important to not skip meals if you have diabetes, particularly if you're taking diabetes medications.
Hypoglycemia Treatment in Diabetes
If you have diabetes and think you have hypoglycemia, check your blood sugar level.
If you have blood sugar levels that often drop after meals that include a lot of simple sugars, change your diet. Avoid sugary foods, and eat frequent small meals during the day.
If you get low blood sugar when you haven't eaten, have a snack before bedtime, such as a protein or a more complex carbohydrate.
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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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