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Description:The man pictured here was checking his blood glucose level. This process is known as self-monitoring blood glucose, and it’s a way for people with diabetes to find out how much glucose is in their blood. A drop of blood from the fingertip is placed on a special coated strip of paper that “reads” the amount of glucose in the blood. Many people use an electronic meter to get this reading. This patient looked happy at the test result he read on the electronic glucose meter. His reading would be considered normal if before a meal, it read 70–130 mg/dl (5.0–7.2 mmol/l), and after eating, it read <180 mg/dl (<10.0 mmol/l).
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.

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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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