Managing Low Blood Sugar

Most people associate diabetes with having high blood sugar. However, low blood sugar is often a side effect of many diabetes medications and can be dangerous. Symptoms of low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, include feeling shaky, sleepy, dizzy, confused or nervous, sweating a lot, or feeling clammy. To avoid hypoglycemia, it is important to take your medication as directed, avoid skipping meals, and check your blood sugar regularly, as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. If you start experiencing symptoms, it is recommended that you consume about 15 g of simple carbohydrates (3-4 glucose tablets, ½ can of regular soda, ~4 oz of fruit juice, or 3-4 pieces of hard candy).