How To Treat Low Blood Sugar (Diabetes Type 2)

Hello, I am Ty Mason of thediabetescouncilcom, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes

Today I want to talk about how to treat low blood sugar After you watch the video today, I invite you check out the description box for my new ebook This is one of the most comprehensive diabetes meal planning book you can find It contains diabetes friendly meals/recipes, recipes for different goals such as 800-1800 calories per day meal plan, diabetes meal planning tips and tricks There are also tons of diabetes friendly recipes for everyone! You may think this is a weird question for a diabetes channel to tackle

But a 2015 study by Chloe Eldridge found that “Current evidence shows hypoglycaemia is considerably prevalent amongst people with type 2 diabetes, particularly for those on insulin, yet still fairly common for other treatment regimens This highlights the subsequent need for educational interventions and individualisation of therapies to reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia” First let’s define what we mean by hypoglycemia Hypoglycemia happens when the amount of blood glucose (sugar in the blood) drops to a level that's too low to sustain normal functioning; in most people, this is defined as a blood-sugar level below 70 mg/dl Left untreated, hypoglycemia can lead to a coma and even death

It is very important that those with diabetes monitor sugar levels and treat hypoglycemia when it is present and right away It happens more often than we think So what does it feel like to have hypoglycemia? Let’s look at the most common risks of hypoglycemia, the symptoms and then what you need to do to treat the condition You are at risk of having a low blood sugar reaction if you: Skip or delay a meal or snack This is why it is so important for you to make sure you eat

I know the temptation to lose weight and other factors may cause you to not eat regularly, but it is so important that you eat 3 meals a day and eat your snacks in between meals This is to maintain a steady, even blood sugar level Take too much insulin or eat too few carbohydrates We have all made a mistake in our dosage of insulin You take it when half asleep or just in a hurry

It happens Don’t try to pretend you didn’t make this mistake It is fine! Just correct it Also, in many of my videos I have stated that you must eat carbs That is one reason a very low carb diet is not good for diabetes

It will really mess up your blood glucose regulating system Trust me, I know from experience Exercise When you exercise, you are burning off carbs and sugars This is great, but know that with your exercise comes a possibility for your blood sugar to be low

Get into the habit of checking your blood sugar before, during and after you exercise and be prepared Have a carb snack ready to get that sugar back up Drink alcohol, especially without eating carbohydrates I have done extensive research on this topic I have written about it and I have included the information in several of our videos

If you are going to drink alcohol, you must do so with food Drink with a meal, or at the very least with snacks Alcohol can bring down blood glucose levels drastically and the symptoms of hypoglycemia are often mistaken for drunkenness Even if you are not intoxicated Check your blood sugar if you have any of these symptoms: Weakness and/or fatigue Headache Sweating Anxiety Dizziness Shaking Increased heartbeat 15/15 Rule If after checking your blood sugar and it is less than 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl), you will need to follow the 15/15 rule

Eat 15 grams of then rest for 15 minutes and then recheck your blood sugar If your blood sugar is still less than 100 mg/dl, take another 15 grams of carbohydrate and retest your blood sugar in another 15 minutes Repeat if necessary Important: If you have frequent low blood sugars speak to your doctor You may need changes in your medication and/or meal plan Quick Carbohydrate Guide for Treating Low Blood Sugars If your blood sugar is less than 70 mg/dl, you need 15 grams of a quickly absorbed carbohydrate, like the ones listed below

Each of the following servings provides 15 grams of carbohydrate Candies 5 small gum drops 12 gummy bears 6 large jelly beans 5 Life Savers 15 Skittles 1 Tablespoon honey, jam or jelly 1 Tablespoon sugar in water 4 Starburst Beverages 1/2 cup apple juice 1/2 cup orange or grapefruit juice 1/2 cup pineapple juice 1/2 cup regular soda (not diet) 1/3 cup grape juice 1/3 cup cranberry juice 1/3 cup prune juice 1 cup fat free milk Fruits 1/2 banana 1 small apple 1 small orange 1/2 cup applesauce 2 tablespoons of raisins 15 grapes Other 3 to 4 glucose tablets 1 tube glucose gel The foods I have given you are easily absorbed and will raise blood sugar levels quickly Foods that contain protein or fat — such as chocolate, candy bars, ice cream, cookies, crackers and bread — don't raise blood sugar quickly enough If you have type 1 diabetes and you do not take care of low blood glucose, you may pass out If you do, a drug called glucagon should be injected into your skin, like you do with insulin

This can be done by a family member or friend who has been taught how to do it Since glucagon may cause you to vomit, you should be placed on your side when the injection is given If no one knows how to give the injection, you should be taken to a hospital You need a prescription for a glucagon kit You should awaken about 10 minutes after the glucagon is injected

If you do not, you should be taken at once to a hospital Don’t forget to get my new ebook Like this video and subscribe to our channel so we can continue to bring you informative videos like this one in the future Thanks for watching!

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