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Review the symptoms of low blood sugar if you have diabetes or some other health condition that can cause low blood sugar. Symptoms of low blood sugar include sweating, blurred vision, and confusion. Know the early symptoms. You may not always have the same symptoms.
Share treatment instructions with your partner, coworkers, and friends in case you are too weak or confused to treat your low blood sugar. If your child has diabetes, give this information to teachers, coaches, and other school staff.
When you have low blood sugar, remember the "rule of 15":
Use the following information to help someone who is too weak or confused to treat his or her low blood sugar.
If the person is taking medicine that can continue to cause low blood sugar, stay with the person for a few hours after his or her blood sugar level has returned to the target range.
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Current as of
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical ReviewE. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineRhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Other Works Consulted
Seaquist ER, et al. (2013). Hypoglycemia and diabetes: A report of a workgroup of the American Diabetes Association and The Endocrine Society. Diabetes Care, 36(5): 1384–1395. Available online: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/36/5/1384.full.pdf+html.
Current as of:
April 16, 2019
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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