Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

What is Hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia means low blood sugar (blood sugars below 4.0 mmol). 

For more information on this subject, see our patient handout on hypoglycemia.

What are the symptoms of hypoglycemia?

You may experience one or more of the following:

  • Shaky/trembling
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Sudden hunger
  • Confusion
  • Irritability

When you have any of these symptoms always test your blood sugar. If you cannot test, assume your blood sugar is low.

What should I do if I have hypoglycemia?

1. Treat with one of these quick sugars (15 gm carbohydrate):

  • 15 grams glucose tablets (check product label)
  •  ⅔ cup regular pop or fruit juice
  • 6 lifesavers or  8 jelly beans
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 packets of sugar
  • 2 packages “Rockets”

2. Wait 15 minutes and check your blood sugar again. If it remains low then treat again with one of the quick sugars listed above.

3. If it is more than 1 hour before your next meal, have a small snack of 15 gm carbohydrate and protein i.e. ½ sandwich or 6 crackers/peanut butter.

Remember: Always have quick sugar in your pocket, purse, vehicle and at your bedside.


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