Beware anybody that stands in the way of you and the refrigerator when you’re having a hypo (when your blood glucose levels fall below 4 mmol/L or 72mg/dL). While it’s tempting to eat the entire contents of the fridge, the ‘hypo’ hangover where you terrible for hours and struggle to recover, is a less than desirable outcome.
And while the best way to manage a hypo is to prevent one happening in the first place, preparing for a hypo with suitable options is the next best thing. As soon as your BGLs drop below 4mmol/L (72mg/dL), you need to act, as an untreated hypo can turn into a medical emergency very quickly. If you wear a pump it’s important to suspend insulin delivery until your BGLs are safe again.
No matter what type of insulin you take, treatment for a hypo is the same.
Having a plan in place means you are less likely to get into trouble, but it’s good to let family and co-workers know if you appear drowsy, confused or lose consciousness then they need to call for emergency assistance quickly if they don’t know what to do.
Make sure they understand:NEVER TO GIVE YOU INSULIN!
Ask your diabetes team whether having glucagon on hand as an injection into the muscle in cases of an emergency is a good idea.
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