Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Low Glucose Home Care

Home care for hypoglycemia includes:

  • Drink a beverage that contains sugar.
  • Eat a high carbohydrate snack.
  • Recheck your blood sugar.
  • Notify your doctor if episodes of hypoglycemia continue.

Low Glucose Type 1 Diabetes

Home care for hypoglycemia in those who have type 1 diabetes includes:

  • Always wear a medical alert bracelet.
  • Ask your doctor about treatment with glucagon if you are at risk for insulin reactions.
  • Ask your doctor about using a sliding scale for insulin based on your blood sugars.
  • Carry fast-acting carbohydrates with you when you exercise.
  • Check your blood sugar as directed.
  • Check your blood sugar at the first signs of hypoglycemia.
  • Do not exercise immediately after taking regular insulin.
  • Do not increase your insulin dosage without taking to your doctor first.
  • Exercise with a partner who knows what to do if your blood sugar drops.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions for insulin dosage, diet and exercise.
  • Take extra glucose by mouth at the first signs of hypoglycemia.
  • Eat sugar as soon as you have symptoms of hypoglycemia, and then check your blood sugar.
    • 50 calories of sugar should be taken every 15 minutes until the blood sugar level is 100 mg/dL or more.
    • Monitor your blood sugar every 1-2 hours for 12 hours.

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Low Glucose Type 2 Diabetes

Home care for hypoglycemia in those who have type 2 diabetes includes:

  • Always wear a medical alert bracelet.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions for diabetes pills, diet and exercise.
  • Check your blood sugar as directed.
  • Check your blood sugar at the first signs of hypoglycemia.
  • Do not change the dose of your diabetes medicine without asking your doctor first.
  • Carry sugar with you when you exercise.
  • Take extra glucose by mouth at the first signs of hypoglycemia.
  • Eat sugar as soon as you have symptoms of hypoglycemia, and then check your blood sugar.
    • Call your doctor immediately.
    • 50 calories of sugar should be taken every 15 minutes until the blood sugar level is 100 mg/dL or more.
    • Monitor your blood sugar every 1-2 hours for 12 hours.

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Low Glucose Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have hypoglycemia and any of the following:

Continue to Low Glucose Prevention

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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