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For most people, low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) is when the amount of glucose in your blood drops below 70 mg/dL. You should ask your diabetes care teamDiabetes care teamYour diabetes care team may include a primary care doctor, a diabetes and hormone doctor (endocrinologist), a registered nurse, a diabetes educator, a dietitian, a heart doctor (cardiologist), a foot doctor (podiatrist), an eye doctor (ophthalmologist/optometrist), a kidney doctor (nephrologist), a dentist, a pharmacist, and a mental health professional. what level of blood glucose is too low for you. Low blood glucose is something that you need to be prepared to treat, so it’s important to know the signs.
Low blood glucose can happen suddenly and can occur at any time. In most cases, you will notice the signs and symptoms. It’s important to learn to recognize them early, so something can be done before they get worse.
The symptoms of low blood sugar may include:
Blood sugar should be checked right away if there are any symptoms. If it is low, or if it seems like it might be, follow the “Rule of 15.”
The “Rule of 15” to treat low blood glucose
Once your blood glucose returns to normal, help keep it that way by eating a meal or snack, if your next planned meal is more than an hour or 2 away.
What does “15 grams of carbohydrate” look like?
Always check with your doctor about how to treat your low blood glucose. Tell him or her if it often happens. You may need to work together to change your diabetes care plan.
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The signs of nighttime low blood glucose include:
You may also wake up with a higher blood sugar reading because your body is bouncing back from an overnight low.
Some causes of nighttime low blood glucose:
Avoiding nighttime low blood glucose can mean:
Find out how and when to check your blood glucose levels, including recording your numbers and goals.
Everything you need to know about low blood glucose and its effect on diabetes.
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