Your blood sugar changes throughout the day. Ever feel shaky, nervous, anxious, irritable or confused? Experience sweats, chills, increased heart rate, blurred vision, or tingling or numbness of the lips, tongue or cheeks? These are all symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Your body is signaling you to check your blood sugar. Why check? Because when your blood sugar falls low enough, it requires you to take action.
Complete the “Rule of 15” protocol when you have low blood sugar. It’s 4 simple steps and easy to remember:
- Check your blood sugar.
- Drink 4 oz of unsweetened orange juice.
- Wait 15 minutes.
- Eat a protein and a carb e.g. peanut butter cracker or half of a cheese sandwich.
Repeat Steps 1 – 3 until your blood sugar is at least 70mg/dl.
No orange juice available? It’s a great idea to keep portable substitutes with you: 3-4 glucose tabs or peppermints OR 5-6 Lifesavers. Or, you can grab 4 oz. of a regular soda.
If you take Glucotrol, Amaryl, Glipizide, Glimepiride, Prandin, Starlix, or any insulin, you are at risk of low blood sugar. Watch for symptoms but do not worry or stress because, with the “Rule of 15,” it is fast and easy to check and treat your low blood sugar.