How To Treat Low Blood Sugar (Diabetes Type 2)
Hello, I am Ty Mason of thediabetescouncil.com,
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,
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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
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
Take too much insulin or eat too few carbohydrates.
We have all made a mistake in our dosage of
You take it when half asleep or just in a
Don’t try to pretend you didn’t make this
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
Trust me, I know from experience.
When you exercise, you are burning off carbs
This is great, but know that with your exercise
comes a possibility for your blood sugar to
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
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
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
Weakness and/or fatigue
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
Repeat if necessary.
Important: If you have frequent low blood
sugars speak to your doctor.
You may need changes in your medication and/or
Quick Carbohydrate Guide for Treating Low
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
5 small gum drops
12 gummy bears
6 large jelly beans
5 Life Savers
1 Tablespoon honey, jam or jelly
1 Tablespoon sugar in water
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
1 small apple
1 small orange
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons of raisins
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
If you have type 1 diabetes and you do not
take care of low blood glucose, you may pass
If you do, a drug called glucagon should be
injected into your skin, like you do with
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
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.
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