Hypoglycemia

  • Alternative Names

    Insulin shock; Low blood sugar


    Prevention

    If you have diabetes, make sure you follow your doctor's advice regarding diet, medications, and exercise.

    If you have a history of hypoglycemia, you should keep a snack or drink containing sugar available at all times to take as soon as symptoms appear. If symptoms do not improve in 15 minutes, eat more food. A glucagon kit is available for those who have episodes of hypoglycemia that don't respond well to other types of treatment.


    References

    Cryer PE, Davis SN, Shamoon H. Hypoglycemia in diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2003; 26(6): 1902-1912.

    American Diabetes Association. Standards of medical care in diabetes--2010. Diabetes Care. 2010;33 Supl 1:S11-S61.