Knowing how to treat hypoglycemia is important, because it can happen suddenly and without warning. Since hypoglycemia is having a drop in, or low levels of blood glucose, the physical symptoms can include anything from dizziness to fainting. Here are a few treatments you can use if this happens to you:
- Eat a small portion of carbohydrates or sugar. This can be in the form of candy, bread, milk, or soda (not diet). After 15 minutes, this should raise your blood glucose to a safe level and you won’t feel as shaky.
- Avoid caffeine. Caffeine can heighten the effects of hypoglycemia if you don’t create a buffer against it. You can lessen the effects of caffeine by eating protein or vitamins, such as in meats and vegetables.
- Be careful when exercising. Since exercising gets the heart pumping, it also makes you digest and use up your glucose faster. If you are prone to bouts of hypoglycemia, take a snack with you when you exercise and eat it if you start feeling weak.
- Try to keep your blood glucose even throughout the day. This can be achieved by eating smaller but more numerous meals each day; instead of a few large ones. This makes it so your body won’t have to dip into its glucose reserves as often, which will keep your energy up and may even help to maintain weight.
- If you are a diabetic. If you are a diabetic it is especially important to pay attention to the signs of hypoglycemia, as your body will not use its reserves of glucose willingly, so you will have to administer more if you start feeling weak.