Blood Sugar – How can I safely raise my blood sugar?

BloodSugarLevelIf you have diabetes, your blood sugar can drop even when you are doing all you can to manage your diabetes.  Your medication could be off, or you may have missed a meal.  Here in Lower Alabama, the level could plunge after an extra game of volley ball at Orange Beach, a hard swim in Gulf Shores, or planting a tree in your Foley yard.

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia

– Dizzy
– Shaky
– Anxious
– Nervous
– Tired
– Grouchy
– Light-headed
– Sweaty
– Hungry
– Confused
– Weak

If you have any of these warning signs, check your blood glucose numbers right away.  Your indicators may be mild at first, but they can get worse if you do not raise the amount of sugar in your blood.

If your blood glucose is below 70 mg/dL or if you have any symptoms, do this right away.

Step 1. Take ONE (1) of the following quick-fix foods.

– 5 or 6 pieces of hard candy
– 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey
– 3 or 4 glucose tablets
– 1 serving of glucose gel (equal to 15 grams of carbohydrate)
– 1 cup of milk
– ½ cup of fruit juice
– ½ cup of regular soda pop (not diet)

Step 2. Wait 15 minutes. Then check your blood again.

Step 3. If your blood sugar is still below 70 mg/dL or if you do not feel better, repeat Step 1 every 15 minutes until your level is 70 mg/dL or above.

Step 4. After your quick-fix foods have raised your blood sugar to 70 mg/dL or above, and if your next meal is 1 hour or more away, eat a snack.  If your next meal is less than an hour away, you may wait until the meal to eat.

Step 5. If you do not feel better, or if your level stays below 70 mg/dL, you should telephone your medical doctor. 

Step 6. Ask your physician about which medications could be less likely to lower your blood glucose level.  Your current physical condition may require an update in the drug or dosage of your subscription.  Write down any symptoms you have and take your doctor the list.

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If you live in Alabama’s Lower Baldwin County – Foley, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Elberta, Bon Secour, Fairhope, Spanish Fort, Daphne – have someone drive you to Doctor Buckmaster’s office just south of Foley at 8159 State Highway 59 #107.

Questions? Come in, call, or ask Doctor Buckmaster Here.

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This column is for information and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for seeing a medical provider for healthcare attention. This web site does not diagnose or treat any medical disease, disorder, ailment, etc., or otherwise practice medicine. Always consult your healthcare provider prior to embarking on or making any changes in any medical or psychiatric problems. Dr. Buckmaster does not receive funding from any pharmaceutical company, but is a self-reliant, independent, solo-practicing physician.

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