Treating a Low Blood Sugar...Without Over-Treating
Over treating low blood sugars? We’ve all done it!
When our blood sugars are low it’s a hell of a scary feeling — for several reasons.
- We’re afraid we are going to pass out
- It literally feels like we are losing control of our body and also feels like an out of body experience
- The hunger accompanying a low blood sugar is insatiable — so is the fear
Nobody in their right mind wants to feel like that. But if you live with diabetes, its part of your reality. So of course we tend to over-treat by overeating and then feel like crap an hour later because our blood sugar has spiked. As of late, I’ve been trying not to “go to town” when it comes to correcting a low blood sugar.
How to not "over treat" low blood glucose
Instead, I’ve been trying my best to treat a low blood sugar with measured amounts of “meds” in the form of juice boxes or glucose tabs that have 15 and 20 grams of carbs per serving and then waiting 15 minutes to see how I feel. Yep, the old 15/15 rule.
The majority of juice boxes have between 15 and 20 grams of carbs (always read the nutritional label to be sure!). I drink an entire juice box, wait 15 minutes, then check my blood sugar before I treat again. I do the same with glucose tabs. Glucose tabs have 4 grams of carbs each. If my blood sugar is low, I’ll down 4 or 5 glucose tabs as medicine, then wait 15 minutes to see if my blood sugar is on the way up. If it isn’t, I take more.
Every person is different, every low blood sugar is different. Sometimes you need more than 15 or 20 grams of carbs ASAP. Sometimes 15 or 20 grams hits the spot. For me, using glucose tabs and juice boxes to treat makes it easier for me to not overeat and allows me to feel more in control.
What about you?
Do you live with any sleep disorders (eg. insomnia, sleep apnea, RLS) in addition to your diabetes?