Hypoglycemia

It is important to choose the right food or beverage when treating hypoglycemia. The right choice is something that will raise blood glucose quickly and bring it back up to normal.

The usual recommendation is 15 grams of fast-acting carbohydrate. These carbohydrates are easily converted to sugar in the body.  

15 grams of fast-acting carbohydrate:   

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) fruit juice 
  • 7 saltine crackers 
  • 4 glucose tablets  
  • 1 slice white bread 
  • 4 ounces (1/2cup) regular soda 
  • 8 lifesavers candy 

Fifteen minutes after treating your hypoglycemia, you need to re-check your blood glucose. If there has not been any rise in your glucose, take another 15 grams of carbohydrate. If your blood glucose has begun to rise but not reached 70 mg/dl, check again in another 15 minutes and treat again if it is still below 70 mg/dl. 

Being skilled at counting carbs can help in the treatment of hypoglycemia. The more you weigh and the lower your blood glucose, the more carbohydrate you will need to eat bring your glucose up to a safe range.  

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