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How to Treat Diabetes-Related Hypoglycemia

Recognizing and Treating the Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar


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I am type 2 and have experienced some hypoglycemic episodes. I am supposedly abnormal as when I have a reading of 63 and take just 2 grams of carbs my sugars quickly rebound up around 100 - 115. I don't recommend this for anyone. I do recommend you learn what you need and how your own body responds. If I did the 15 grams of carbs my sugars would be up in the upper 200's afterwards. I also found out my glucose levels start to rise within 10 - 15 minutes of stopping exercise, so if I am at an 80 or above I don't even treat myself. Learn how your body responds ! Report
Whoever came up with this "15-15" solution for low blood sugar was NOT a diabetic. When someone's blood sugar is very low, say below 60, time is critical, and more often than not, only 15 grams of carbs will NOT raise the blood sugar enough to be safe. 30-45, even 60 carbs is more realistic to get someone to a "normal" blood sugar level. And further more, why do we make diabetics wait another 15 minutes for adequate relief? Do we make heart attack patients wait for aspirin or nitro? How do I know this? I've been Type I for over 40 years and have had well over 100,000 episodes of hypoglycemia. This treatment has been floating around for far too long and I can't imagine the diabetics that have waited around for another 15 minutes while their blood sugar continued to plummet because of this protocol. This mindset NEEDS to change! No one is going to suffer life-long complications if their blood sugar is slightly elevated after a low, but people have DIED from severe hypoglycemia. Don't wait!!! and DON'T be afraid to eat more than 15 carbs!!! Report
good info Report
Awesome article, thanks! Report
Little steps lead to big changes. Report
I have been having hypos without any symptoms, just know for measuring they chane meds but still have then f.i. todat had 52 Report
Diabetes can be reversed by natural home remedies, despite what some people might say. As a 30-year diabetes sufferer, I know how frustrating it can be to find answers. Fortunately, my diabetes is nowhere near what it once was. Just wanted to share a something that helped me out a lot when I was struggling to get better:

Best of luck to everyone!
Great information, I really appreciate it. I have diabetes and would really love to get off of insulin and maybe try some more natural methods. Has anybody used any natural remedies that have worked? Thanks in advance. Report
i have been reading your comments and I am amazed at how low some of you can go. When I get down to 75 I am shaking so badly and my breathing is more like a huffing sound, I cant think to make a decision, I want to just drop to the floor, My hear sweats and pours sweat. I really hate going low. I am type 1 Diabetic on humalog insulin 3 times a day and metformin 2 times a day. Report
I had one incident where I was at a meeting and I knew something was wrong. I felt weak, was sweating, almost faint, and I had a hot and then sudden cold flow over my body. I drank orange juice and almost felt instantly better. That was a scary incident. Report
@CHRIS3874 - its entirely possible to still have low blood sugar even when doing everything right.

Depending on what time of diabetes they have (1 or 2), there could be a myriad of causes including insulin imbalances (too much bolus or basal if on pump, wrong carbohydrate ratio for shots, taking insulin shots too close together), medication (dosage wrong, timing wrong), food (estimating too many carbohydrates, or not eating enough protein), exercise (not eating enough to cover, not dosing properly for it, doing too much), seasonal and hormonal changes, etc.

Diabetes gets the best of any of us sometimes, and the best thing to do is just pick things up and keep going like the article says - treat, recover, have some protein and then go on about our business.

I personally like to treat with 1 mini can of soda pop (27-32 carbs) and 1 tbsp of peanut butter (for the protein and fat to carry my blood sugar) but I have a predisposition to lower blood sugars and with my pump, I get lower faster. Report
In my opinion, the absolute best treatment for hypoglycemia is glucose tablets. There is a known amount of carbohydrate in each tablet, they are quickly absorbed, and they are easy to take with you (purse, pocket, etc.). I don't leave home without them. I'm fortunate that I am very sensitive to a drop in my glucose, and I use the tablets at the first hint of hypoglycemia. Report
When I use to do extreme hiking. That is 4000 ft. elevation gain and at least a couple hours of hiking I would get a headache. I didn't get a headache when reaching high altitudes. But always when I got home from the hike. The headaches would put me to bed. I don't have diabeties right now. But I did have it when I was pregnant, but it was controled by dieting. Then the diabties went away after pregnancy. I would eat and drink while hiking. But I am thinking now that I should bring some orange juice or something that will get into the blood system fast while hiking. That way when I get back from hiking it may help not get these headaches. Also maybe some motran before hiking. I often wonder if the backpack I am wearing causes these headaches. I love the outdoors especially hiking! Report

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