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What Should A Diabetes Eat If Blood Sugar Is Low?

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Low Blood Sugar

People with diabetes get hypoglycemia () when their bodies don't have enough sugar to use as fuel. It can happen for several reasons, including diet, some medications and conditions, and exercise. If you get hypoglycemia, write down the date and time when it happened and what you did. Share your record with your doctor, so she can look for a pattern and adjust your medications. Call your doctor if you have more than one unexplained low blood sugar reaction in a week. Most people feel symptoms of hypoglycemia when their blood sugar is 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or lower. Each person with diabetes may have different symptoms of hypoglycemia. You'll learn to spot yours. Early symptoms include: Confusion Dizziness Feeling shaky Hunger Headaches Irritability Pounding heart; racing pulse Pale skin Sweating Trembling Weakness Anxiety Without treatment, you might get more severe symptoms, including: Poor coordination Poor concentration Numbness in mouth and tongue Passing out Ask your doctor if any of your medicines can cause low blood sugar. Insulin treatment can cause low blood sugar, and so can a type of diabetes medications called "sulfonylureas." Commonly used sulfonylureas i Continue reading >>

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  1. leana1967

    Low Blood Sugar And What Not To Eat OR Drink TO Brig It Back Up Fast

    I am looking for advise on this: my husband had a low sugar reading this am i let him have a tablespoon of peanut butter and a little of our tea with real sugar 68 within 15 minutes i had it up to 74 his normal target range is 80 to 150 and we live in an assisted living facility because of special needs. he was seen drinking the tea by the Staff , they stated he needs to be drinking water to get his sugar up not tea, and to keep from getting dehydrated I agree about the dehydration… but i'm upset because i have been raised around diabetics all my life ; and this is a first for me being told you drink water to bring sugar back up I told them no he could not have water because that would drop it down more, so am i doing wrong all my life i have been told peanut butter or any thing with sugar but I ave never heard that for raising sugar to lower sugar yes but to raise it whats right and what do we not need to eat or drink when your sugar is low ( now they have me concerned and confused ) please advise and or suggest

  2. Gabby

    Here is a great discussion on what you should do for a low. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discussions/general/16969-15-15-rule-do-you-know-it
    As many have said, water doesn't raise your levels. You are right, so trust what you know. If you want to raise it quick, just use about 15 grams of a fast acting carb like OJ or sugar or glucose tablets. Then once it's going up, you can add the peanut butter or some regular food items to help keep it up and stop the rapid rise.

  3. O'Karen

    I have a problem with my sugar level dropping because I forget to eat… I just don't feel hungry often. I will suck on a lifesaver mint or a hard candy and it will bring it up fine. My daughter complains, but it works for me!

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