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How can I prevent hypoglycemia if I have diabetes?

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Ways you can prevent hypoglycemia if you have diabetes 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 four to five hours apart.
  • Exercise 30 minutes to one 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.

SOURCES: 

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): “Hypoglycemia.”

American Diabetes Association: “Hypoglycemia.”

Zammitt, N. , 2005. Diabetes Care

Boyle P. , February 2007. Southern Medical Journal

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 21, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): “Hypoglycemia.”

American Diabetes Association: “Hypoglycemia.”

Zammitt, N. , 2005. Diabetes Care

Boyle P. , February 2007. Southern Medical Journal

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 21, 2018

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