What Do You Do When Your Sugar Levels Drop Dangerously Low?
Hypoglycemia or low sugar levels can be extremely dangerous and are something diabetics need to keep an eye out for just as much as sugar spikes.
What Causes Low Sugar?
Hypoglycemia (or blood sugar levels lower than 70mg/dl) is common in diabetics and results from a variety of factors, the most common of which are diet, medications, certain conditions and exercise.
What Symptoms Should I Look Out For?
Warning signs include:
- Feeling shaky
- Pounding heart
- Racing pulse
- Poor concentration
- Difficulty in coordination
- Numbness in mouth and tongue
- Passing out
What Should I do if My Blood Sugar Seems to be Dropping?
Firstly, don’t panic. Call out to a family member, friend or colleague to assist you so that they can help revive you in case things take a bad turn. Immediately eat 15-20 grams of fast acting carbohydrates such as a few hard-boiled sweets, a glucose tablet, a few spoons of honey or drink ½ a glass of fruit juice. Sit down in a well-ventilated area and ensure that your clothing is not constricting. Wait for 15 minutes and monitor your blood sugar level. If the level is below 70mg/dl, give yourself another dose of sugar until you feel better. In extreme situations, you might need your friend or colleague to give you a glucagon shot.
As a diabetic, it is advised not to skip any meals so that the risk of such episodes is minimized. Also, as a precaution always ensure you have some form of sugar at hand so that you can boost your blood sugar levels should they take a sudden dive. Ensure that your colleagues and family members know you are diabetic and have a doctor’s number handy should you go into a shock.