Treating Low Blood Sugar
Follow the Rule of 15 to help treat low blood sugar:
- Eat something with 15 grams of carbohydrate (simple sugars, such as 3 to 4 glucose tablets, ½ cup of regular [not diet] soda, or ½ cup of orange juice)
- Wait 15 minutes and check your blood sugar again
- If your blood sugar is still low, eat something with 15 grams of carbohydrate again
- Once your blood sugar is normal, eat a meal or snack to prevent low blood sugar from returning
High blood sugar (Hyperglycemia)
The opposite of a hypo is when your blood sugar is too high. In medical terms, this is called hyperglycemia.
What are some of the causes of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)?
- If you have diabetes, you may not have taken enough insulin
- You ate more than planned or were less active than planned
- You have stress from an illness such as a cold or the flu
- You have other stresses, such as family, work, or school issues
What does high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) feel like?
With high blood sugar, you may feel:
- Very thirsty or hungry
- Like you need to pass urine more than usual
- Like your mouth and skin are dry
- Like your vision is blurry
Keep careful track of your blood sugar numbers by writing them down in a Blood Sugar Tracker. You can download one at Cornerstones4Care.com, or low numbers should always be discussed with your diabetes care team at your next visit.