Sudden Low Blood Sugar – Rescue Tips
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can happen for many reasons like:
- Delaying or skipping a meal
- Eating too little at a meal
- Getting more exercise than usual
- Taking too much diabetes medicine
- Drinking alcohol
When the blood sugar is too low, the body tries to go into a rescue act by releasing a lot of adrenaline, the hormone released in times of stress (fight or flight response). Adrenaline releases glucose from body stores, increases heart rate and increases sweating.
- Excessive Sweating
- Pale and cold skin
- Shaking of hands / Tremors
- Extreme hunger
- Excessive yawning without cause
- Blurred vision
If any of these symptoms appear, check your blood sugar with the help of a glucometer (precautions while using a Glucometer). If your blood sugar is at or below 70 mg/dL, you may take any one of these items to tide over Hypoglycemia. This way you get the requisite 15gms of carbohydrate required to get the blood glucose level back to the normal range.
- 1/2 glass of Fruit juice
- Sugar or honey
- Milk with sugar
- Hard candy
- A scoop of ice-cream
- Glucose Powder/Tablets (2-4 tablets)
- Fizzy drinks but not the diet ones
Test your blood sugar again 15 minutes later. If it is still below 70 mg/dL, then take another 15 grams of carbohydrate and if you still do not feel better, consult your doctor.
If you cannot test your blood sugar right away but you feel symptoms of low blood sugar, eat one of the items listed above.