Hypoglycemia is most common in people who inject insulin or who take certain tablets (called sulphonylureas) to manage their diabetes.
A hypoglycaemic event is defined as blood glucose levels less than 4mmol/L whether the person has symptoms or not.
Common symptoms of hypoglycaemia include:
- Shaking, weakness
- Lack of concentration
- Changes in mood
- Headache, dizziness
To treat hypoglycaemia, an individual should eat short acting carbohydrates (15gms). For example:
- 6-7 jellybeans or
- 3 teaspoons sugar/honey or
- ½ can soft drink
Followed by longer acting carbohydrate. For example:
- A slice of bread of
- A glass of milk or
- A piece of fruit
Green Dispensary’s credentialled diabetes educators are available throughout all stores to assist with further education and strategies to help manage Type 1 and 2 diabetes.