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Ten Golden Rules FOR SEVERE HYPOGLYCEMIA PREVENTION

1.  IF YOU THINK THAT CAN HAVE HYPOGLYCEMIA:

•  Drink a glass of juice, sugar water, gluco-sport (15 gr. of carbohydrates and 15 min. waiting).
When possible try to confirm with your meter the glucose value.

2. ALWAYS CARRY WITH YOU GLUCOSE TABLETS OR SACHAROSE…
Wear an ID medal, brazelet or card stating that you have diabetes.

3. NEVER WAIT OR POSTPONE THE TREATMENT OF A HYPOGLYCEMIA EPISODE.
It is a mistake to think, that you can do it later.

4. WHEN SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU SUGGESTS THAT YOU EAT SOMETHING because they think that you may be experiencing a hypo, please follow their advise or at least check your blood sugar.

5. BE SURE that all your significant ones know that you have diabetes and how to identify and treat hypoglycemia.

6. BE AWARE OF NEW SYMPTOMS… and try to avoid repeated episodes of mild hypos.
As you already probably know your symptons may change over time. After having a hypo please think it over and try to make it a learning experience that helps you for the next one.

7. WE HAVE TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION… and develop prevention strategies if:

•  We have eaten less than usual.
If we have exercised more than usual (please remember that exercise may lower your blood glucose hours after finishing exercise).
Some women during menses.
In the week after experiencing a severe hypo episode.

8. TRY TO SLEEP WITH SOMEONE, if it is not possible then you must develop special prevention measures such as checking daily your blood sugar before going to bed and check often 3 a.m. glucose values, specially you may also ask someone to make you a phone call at regular times.

9.

TEACH YOUR FAMILY how to keep cool and how to use the glucagon when you are unconcions, because then, they never must try to feed you. Glucagon injection may be repeated after 10 min when needed. The alcohol ingestion related hypos are not solved with glucagon and they need IV glucose.

10.  ALWAYS KEEP YOUR GLUCAGON UPDATED in the refrigerator and it is advisable better to have a couple of vials.
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