If you think your blood sugar level may be
high or low, do a
home blood sugar test-do not wait until you have
If your doctor has given you specific instructions to
follow for high or low blood sugar levels, be sure to follow those
instructions. Be sure to follow your treatment plan if you get the flu, a cold,
or have surgery.
If you are pregnant and have diabetes, follow your
doctor's instructions for high or low blood sugar levels.
Do you have symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis? Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include:Flushed, hot, dry skin.A strong, fruity breath odor.Restlessness, drowsiness or difficulty waking up. Young children may lack interest in their normal activities.Rapid, deep breathing.Loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and vomiting.Confusion.
Do you have signs of infection? These signs may include:Increased pain, swelling, redness, or warmth around the affected area.Red streaks extending from the affected area.Drainage of pus from the area.
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Your level is currently
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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