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Low Blood Glucose Levels

The medical term for low blood glucose levels are is hypoglycemia or 'hypo'.

You have to be very careful of this happening to you if you take insulin or are on some types of diabetes medication.

It can happen if you:

Cross Miss Eating Your Meal Miss Eating your Meal

Cross Don't Eat Enough Carbohydrate Don’t eat enough carbohydrate

Cross Too Much Medication Too Much InsulinHave taken too much Medication or Insulin

Cross You have lots of alcohol You have lots of Alcohol

The symptoms you may start to feel could be:

Tiredness
Tiredness
Confusion
Confusion
Teary
Teary
Sweaty
Sweaty

You may be having a 'hypo' which is another name for low blood glucose levels

If you feel like this, you are very sick and need to:

Stop and Tell Someone Stop and tell someone how you feel

Ask Someone to Check Your Blood Glucose Level Ask someone to check your Blood Glucose Level

Eat Something Sugary Eat something Sugary to like Jelly Beans or Drink 1/2 Glass of Lemonade

Wait and Retest is Needed Wait 10 -15 minutes, and

  • If you are not feeling better
  • You will need do another blood glucose test, and
  • Have some more sugar to eat or drink

Eat some FoodIf you feel better you need to eat a piece of fruit, biscuit or a sandwich

Check Your Blood Glucose Again Try and check your blood glucose level again to make sure your blood glucose levels are getting higher

Blood Glucose Level If your blood glucose level is good you can go back to what you were doing

Ambulance If your blood glucose levels do not get higher and your symptoms become worse, ask someone to call an ambulance.

High Blood Glucose Levels

The medical name for high blood glucose is hyperglycemia. High blood glucose levels can happen if you:

No If You Don't Take Your Medicaiton If You Don't Take Your InsulinDon't take your Diabetes Medication or Insulin

Eat Too Much Fatty or Sugary Food Eat too much Fatty or Sugary Food

NoDon't Exercise Don't Exercise

Drink Too Much Alcohol Drink Too Much Alcohol

Have a Cold, Vomiting or Diarrhea Have a Cold, Vomiting or Diarrhea

The symptoms you may start to feel are:

Need to go to the Toilet a Lot
The need to go to the Toilet a lot to pass Urine
Tiredness
Tiredness
Thirst
Thirsty

You may have hyperglycemia. This is high blood glucose level If you feel like this, you are very sick and need to:

Stop and Tell Someone Stop and tell someone how you feel

Check Your Blood Glucose Level Ask someone to check your blood glucose level

Check Your Medication Check Your InsulinCheck you have taken your diabetes medication or insulin

Drink some water

Visit the Doctor You may need to visit your doctor

Call the Ambulance If your blood glucose levels are very high and your symptoms become worse you may need to ask someone to call an ambulance.

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