Hypoglycemia is a condition whereby the blood sugar drops to a very low level. The Ministry of Health states that for hypoglycemia cases, plasma glucose drops to a low level of below 3.9 mmol/L.1 This results in the following symptoms:
Autonomic (physical) symptoms: trembling, palpitations, sweating, anxiety, hunger, nausea & tingling.
Neuroglycopenic (brain function related) symptoms: difficulty concentrating, confusion, vision changes, stroke-like symptoms, drowsiness, vision changes, difficulty speaking, headache, seizures & coma.
Image: Tan Tok Seng Hospital, Singapore. Examples of symptoms of hypoglycemia2
There are 3 simple yet essential strategies to prevent hypoglycemia
If you have low blood sugar levels of less than 4.0mmol/L, you can treat it with the following 15-15 rule:
Eat/drink 15g of carbs.
Wait for 15 minutes.
Check blood sugar.
Repeat Step #1 – #4 if you’re still less than 3.9mmol/L.
Regular monitoring of blood sugar levels can help you avoid hypoglycemia. As you become more aware of your blood sugar levels, you may be able to tell when you might be in a situation close to experiencing hypoglycemia. So when you read your glucose meter, you can take the following actions.
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Blood glucose meters such as OneTouch Select Simple and OneTouch Ultra Plus Flex help to make tracking your blood sugar quick and easy. The OneTouch Ultra Plus Flex meter requires only a tiny drop of blood for a reading. It has a large screen which allows easy reading of the blood sugar levels. The bluetooth technology enables the meter to be synced to your mobile phone and have all the blood sugar records easily accessible to the user to detect and reflect incidences of low sugar levels.
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