Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hypoglycemia vs. Hyperglycemia

Here are some ideas how to handle your blood sugar:
When blood sugar drops too low (hypoglycemia), you can suddenly feel weak, worried, irritated, confused, shaky and hungry. If you have any of those symptoms, check your blood sugar right away. If the level is 70mg/dl or lower, drink or eat something to prevent fainting or seizure.
Once cup of milk or half cup of fruit juice is an ideal intake, then check your blood sugar again after 15 minutes.
If it's still not higher than 70 mg/dl, eat something else like a small box of raisins or 5 pieces of hard candy. Repeat it again until your blood sugar comes back to normal.

Prevent hypoglycemia:
  • don't skip meals/snacks
  • take your diabetes medicine on time.
  • check your blood sugar regularly.
  • don't drink a lot of alcohol.
When your blood sugar soars higher than 180 mg/dl (hyperglycemia), some warning signs are:
blurry vision, thirsty, upset stomach and urinating often.
Check your blood sugar if these happens and if your blood sugar is high, take your prescribed medicines right away. Call your doctor right away if it goes higher than 240 mg/dl for more than a day.

Prevent hyperglycemia:
  • Be sure you keep taking your medicine even if you're sick because sickness and infection can cause your blood sugar to rise.
  • Avoid stress. Too much can raise it as well.
  • Always exercise.
  • Follow your meal plan closely.