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Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia) (cont.)

Prevention

Hypoglycemia prevention is done best through proper use of diabetic medications and proper nutrition and mealtimes.

  • Carefully choose the right size of syringe for the insulin injection.
  • Never consume more than the prescribed dose of medications (oral hypoglycemic agents). For example, if the patient's blood sugar level is high, do not take two pills if only one pill was prescribed. Such doubling or similarly excessive use of medication can cause serious hypoglycemia.
  • Eat on time and never miss meals.
  • Keep track of what is eaten in relation to how much exercise the person gets. If the person has diabetes have diabetes, vigorous exercise without reasonable food intake can cause hypoglycemia. However, do not avoid exercise simply due to the potential risk of hypoglycemia. The benefits of exercise far outweigh the small risk of serious hypoglycemia.
  • Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol.
  • Be sure to eat adequate amounts of food.

Medically reviewed by James Felicetta, M.D. American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/1/2014

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