Tips to Evade Low Blood Sugar in Diabetics

by Medindia Content Team on  December 26, 2007 at 4:16 PM Diabetes News
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Tips to Evade Low Blood Sugar in Diabetics
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Joyce Barnett, a registered dietician and assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, says that even a small drop in blood sugar in diabetics can prove disastrous while driving.

She emphasises the importance of not skipping meals or scheduled snacks when taking insulin, as this increases hypoglycemia.

Barnett suggests to people with diabetes to always keep with them carbohydrate-rich foods -- such as Glucose tabs, hard candy, and regular not diet sodas—in case their blood sugar drops.  

"If somebody's blood glucose levels drop, the general guideline is to eat or drink 15 grams of a carbohydrate-rich food or beverage, wait 15 minutes, then test again," Barnett says.

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