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Description:This image depicts a female diabetic patient reading the label on a bottle containing glucose tablets, which she could take in case her blood glucose concentration dropped to an unsafe level.

Glucose tablets are ingested when one’s blood glucose level falls below a level of 70 mg/dl. If you take insulin or diabetes pills, you can have low blood glucose (also called hypoglycemia). Low blood glucose is usually caused by eating less or later than usual, being more active than usual, or taking too much diabetes medicine. Drinking beer, wine, or liquor may also cause low blood glucose or make it worse.
Signs of Low Blood Glucose

Some possible signs of low blood glucose are feeling nervous, shaky, or sweaty. Sometimes people just feel tired.

The signs may be mild at first. But a low glucose level can quickly drop much lower if you don’t treat it. When your glucose level is very low, you may get confused, pass out, or have seizures.

If you have any signs that your glucose may be low, test it right away. If it’s less than 60 to 70 mg/dL, you need to treat it right away. See below for ways to treat low blood glucose.

Treating Low Blood Glucose

If you feel like your blood glucose is getting too low but you can’t test it right then, play it safe—go ahead and treat it. Eat 10 to 15 grams of carbohydrate right away, or in the case of glucose tablets, eat 3 to 4 tabs.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC - National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation; Diabetes Public Health Resource; Diabetes and Me: Be Active
CDC - National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation; Take Charge of Your Diabetes: 3. Keeping Track of Your Blood Glucose
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