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- What is hypoglycemia?
- Who is at risk for hypoglycemia?
- I thought high blood sugar was bad. Why is low blood sugar also bad?
- Can the body protect itself from hypoglycemia?
- What are symptoms of hypoglycemia and how low is too low?
- How is hypoglycemia treated?
- Is there anything else that should be done to manage hypoglycemia?
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Is there anything else that should be done to manage hypoglycemia?
Yes. People with diabetes should wear identification stating they have diabetes and whether they have recurrent hypoglycemia. Those at risk for hypoglycemia should be counseled on checking blood sugars before they drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or do anything physically taxing. In addition, it is important to carry a quick-acting glucose source (such as those mentioned above) at all times, and keep a source in their car, office, and by their bedside. Efforts should be made to minimize the hypoglycemic effects of medication regimens and to avoid variable surges in exercise, activity, and alcohol consumption.
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