Low blood sugar is also called hypoglycemia & can become a medical emergency.
What is low blood sugar?
• The amount of sugar in your blood has dropped too low and is usually less than 4.0 mmol/L
• People may have different symptoms or feelings when low
• Lows can feel REALLY bad!
• Symptoms of lows can change over time
• Low blood sugar may become harder to feel if it happens often
What causes a low blood sugar?
• More physical activity than usual
• Less food than usual
• Too much insulin (or medication, such as gliclazide or diamicron)
• Drinking alcohol
What are the symptoms of a low blood sugar?
What to do:
• Carry 3 low blood sugar treatments (fast sugar) and snacks with you at all times, especially in the car and when being active.
• Check your blood sugar before you drive. Do not start driving if your blood sugar is less than 4 mmol/L. For long drives, check your blood sugar every 4 hours. See the Drive Safe with Diabetes (Diabetes Canada 2020) handout.
• Carry extra food when you are more active or reduce your insulin
• Call your Diabetes Educator or health care provider if:
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