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Treating Low Blood Sugar

You are at risk of having a low blood sugar reaction if you: Skip or delay a meal or snack Take too much insulin or eat too few carbohydrates Exercise Drink alcohol, especially without eating carbohydrates Check your blood sugar if you have any of these symptoms: Weakness and/or fatigue Headache Sweating Anxiety Dizziness Shaking Increased heartbeat If your blood sugar is less than 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl): Eat 15 to 30 grams of carbohydrate (sample foods listed below) Wait 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 minutes. Repeat if necessary. Important: If you have frequent low blood sugars speak to your doctor. You may need changes in your medication and/or meal plan. Quick Carbohydrate Guide for Treating Low Blood Sugars If your blood sugar is less than 70 mg/dl, you need 15 to 30 grams of a quickly absorbed carbohydrate, like the ones listed below. Each of the following servings provides 15 grams of carbohydrate. Candies and Other Sweets 5 small gum drops 12 gummy bears 6 large jelly beans 5 Life Savers 15 Skittles 1 Tablespoon honey, Continue reading >>

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  1. Diligent

    Hi to all,
    Today i went for eye screening then walked to coffee shop afterwards walked to car park then went to peaks shopping had lunch then went home i did my blood sugar and it was 23.7 ugh thought exercise supposed to bring it down not up oh but then i did not have time for breakfast could someone please explain the above as i do not get what has happened with my bs.???????? and why.
    I find it hard to understand the reasoning for the above enlightenment please.
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  2. Zurich

    Yes, I would like to know also why after I check immediately after exercising I am 10 points higher that when I started ...
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  3. Lanie G

    Don't worry. It's normal. Moderate or strenuous exercise causes the body to release its hormones into the bloodstream as a response so the body can use this energy. A non-diabetic will release small amounts of insulin and this will keep the blood sugar from rising too much. In a type 2, the blood sugar will initially rise, too, but take a longer time to even out eventually - not as fast as a non-diabetic because we don't produce a lot of insulin or maybe we can't use the insulin effectively. So, after brief strenuous exercise, you'll see blood sugar spikes but if you engage in prolonged activity, you'll see the blood sugar come down. I never test after I exercise because I realize this is a temporary spike. This is not a reason not to exercise. Remember that prolonged exercise will help you keep lower blood sugar levels, and help your lungs, heart and circulation. This explanation was restated from Diabetes Solution by Dr. Richard Bernstein.

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