How to Prevent Diabetic Hypoglycemia?

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Prevention of diabetic hypoglycemia is not difficult. One need awareness about the problem and learn/understand signs and symptoms of diabetic hypoglycemia, especially the early signs and symptoms. If you understand the early signs and symptoms of diabetic hypoglycemia (if you are a diabetic), it is possible to prevent hypoglycemia and take preventive measure measures for not arising of the problem. If you start management of diabetic hypoglycemia, at the beginning of the problem, it can be stopped easily and worsening of the condition prevented.id-100253650

The following measures can help prevent diabetic hypoglycemia:

  • If you are diabetic and receiving insulin, never skip a meal or delay a meal/snack. Be aware of the quantity of food you consume normally and eat as usual without skipping any meal.
  • Make sure to take your diabetes medications in time and never take more than recommended by your doctor, it might lead to hypoglycemia.
  • Monitor your blood glucose level regularly, preferably at home using glucose meter (or glucometer) for convenience. Regular and careful monitoring is the only way to control your blood glucose level appropriately. Depending on the blood sugar control, you may have to check blood sugar several times a week or even several times a day, especially initially for medication dose adjustment.
  • Keep record of your blood glucose level, especially low blood glucose levels. This can help your doctor in planning your medication and help in prevention of hypoglycemia.
  • If you drink alcohol, do not forget to take snacks along with alcohol. Drinking alcohol on empty stomach can cause hypoglycemia, and drinking on empty stomach increase rate of alcohol absorption and lead to alcohol intoxication.
  • If you increase physical activity, you need to adjust (increase) your food intake. This food adjustment should according to your blood glucose level record.
  • If you are diabetic, carry some form of identification so that people will know you are diabetic in case of emergency. This measure is of great help in case of emergency. A bracelet or a medical identification card about your diabetic status is useful in such case.
  • Also, carry some glucose rich food items such as candy, glucose biscuits etc. This can be of great help to you in case of emergency and diabetic hypoglycemia is always an emergency.

 

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