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Preventing Hypoglycemia

If you have diabetes, ways you can prevent hypoglycemia include:

  • Follow your meal plan.
  • Eat at least three evenly spaced meals each day with between-meal snacks as prescribed.
  • Plan your meals no more than 4 to 5 hours apart.
  • Exercise 30 minutes to 1 hour after meals. Check your sugars before and after exercise, and discuss with your doctor what types of changes can be made.
  • Double-check your insulin and dose of diabetes medicine before taking it.
  • If you drink alcohol, be moderate and monitor your blood sugar levels.
  • Know when your medicine is at its peak level.
  • Test your blood sugar as often as directed by your doctor.
  • Carry an identification bracelet that says you have diabetes.

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Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on January 09, 2016
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