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What should I do first if I have low blood sugar?

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The first thing you should do if you have low blood sugar is eat or drink 15 grams of a fast-acting carbohydrate, such as:

  • Three to four glucose tablets
  • One tube of glucose gel
  • Four to six pieces of hard candy (not sugar-free).
  • 1/2 cup fruit juice
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup soft drink (not sugar-free)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (put it under your tongue so it gets absorbed into your bloodstream faster)

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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