Anyone with diabetes has more than likely experienced low blood glucose, or hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is sometimes called an insulin reaction because too much insulin or too quick of a response from an insulin dosage or diabetes pills can cause the episode. Too much exercise without eating or missing meals or snacks can also cause hypoglycemia in diabetics. Weakness, tiredness and shakiness are some of the main symptoms of a low blood sugar episode. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), hypoglycemia can be treated by following its guidelines and should be followed at the first onset of symptoms.
Check your blood glucose level to see if it is below 70 mg/dL. If you are unable to check it, treat the symptoms just as a precaution.
Learn the symptoms, including shakiness/weakness, dizziness, sweating, hunger, headache, pale skin, mood and behavior changes, clumsiness, seizure, confusion and tingling around your mouth.
Treat it immediately by consuming some type of sugar, like three or four glucose tablets, three to five hard candies you can chew quickly or one-half cup of juice or regular soda pop.
Wait 15 to 20 minutes and check blood glucose levels again, and if they're still low, treat again. Eat a normal meal or snack once levels are above 100 mg/dL or within 30 minutes after symptoms go away. Keep one type of sugar food or snack with you at all times to treat other episodes quickly.