Check your blood sugar whenever you have symptoms of low blood sugar. If your blood sugar is below 70 mg/dL, treat yourself right away. Eat something that has about 15 grams of carbohydrates. Examples are:
- 3 glucose tablets
- A 1/2 cup (4 ounces) fruit juice or regular, non-diet soda
- 5 or 6 hard candies
- 1 tablespoon sugar, plain or dissolved in water
- 1 tablespoon honey or syrup
Wait about 15 minutes before eating any more. Be careful not to eat too much. This can cause high blood sugar and weight gain.
Check your blood sugar.
If you don't feel better in 15 minutes, and your blood sugar is still low (less than 70 mg/dL), eat something with 15 grams of carbohydrate again.
You may need to eat a snack with carbohydrates and protein if:
- Your blood sugar is in a safer range (over 70 mg/dL), and
- Your next meal is more than an hour away
Ask your doctor or nurse how to manage this situation.
If these steps for raising your blood sugar do not work, call your doctor right away.