Living with diabetes is a fine balance between avoiding high blood sugars, which can cause complications, and low blood sugars (hypoglycemia), which can interfere with your quality of life and in some cases cause serious harm.
Managing Low Blood Sugar
If you take insulin or a diabetes medication that increases insulin produced by the pancreas (such as glyburide, gliclazide or repaglinide), you may be at risk of severe hypoglycemia. Read on to learn some things your family and friends can do to help you manage severe low blood sugar.
There are different levels of low blood sugar – mild, moderate and severe – and they are managed differently. It is especially important to know about low blood sugar emergencies so that you or a family member, friend, caregiver or co-worker can help out in this situation.
Glucagon is a hormone released from the pancreas that raises a person’s blood sugar by converting stored glycogen in the liver into glucose.
Having an episode of hypoglycemia is a common fear for people with diabetes. Read about 5 steps you can take to reduce concerns about hypoglycemia in this expert blog.
Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is defined as a blood sugar level of less than 4.0 mmol/L in people with diabetes who are treated with either insulin or medications that cause insulin to be produced such as glyburide or Diamicron®.