You start to feel jittery. Your vision blurs, and you feel as if you may pass out. For anyone living with diabetes, low blood sugar levels are dangerous, and treating low blood sugar quickly is a priority. Follow quick and easy steps to treat low blood sugar.
- Check your blood sugar often, especially before or after participating in any physical activity.
- Keep a supply of quick carbs on hand in case of an emergency. A small cup of juice or a few graham crackers may be all you need to boost your blood sugar.
- Don’t panic. Eating a box of chocolates or chugging a can of soda to combat low blood sugar will do more harm than good.
- Wait. Allow your blood sugar to return to normal before eating a large meal or doing anything too physically taxing.
- Write it down. Taking notes of when your blood sugar tends to be low, the food you ate, and how you corrected the drop will prepare you for future occurrences. For anyone, especially young people, learning how to manage the disease in time of stress is an important step to becoming comfortable with diabetes.
Learn the basics of insulin and know the importance of treating low blood sugar quickly.
The Johnston Health Diabetes Center can help you manage the disease. To speak with a diabetes educator, call the Johnston Health Education Department at 919-938-7736. The office is open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located in the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield.