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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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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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as ofDecember 7, 2017
Current as of:
December 7, 2017
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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