Hypoglycemia: Take Charge of Your Lows

With a little understanding of the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, you can take steps to treat it before your blood sugar gets too low.


Do you worry about the danger of blood sugar lows -- also known as hypoglycemia? Get ready for some good news. "The frequency of having severe hypoglycemia, even for people who take insulin, is exceedingly low," says William Polonsky, Ph.D., CDE, founder and chief executive officer of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute and author of Diabetes Burnout (American Diabetes Association, 1999).

However, even mild or moderate hypoglycemia can be unsettling and should be treated . By understanding how hypoglycemia occurs, you'll know the fastest ways to treat it or prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Time to brush up with a little Hypoglycemia 101. Note: It's a good idea to share hypoglycemia information with family members, friends, and coworkers, in case you experience symptoms and need help.

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