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Review the symptoms of low blood glucose (sugar) if you have diabetes or some other health condition that can cause low blood glucose. Symptoms of low blood glucose include sweating, blurred vision, hunger and confusion. Know your early symptoms. You may not always have the same symptoms, or any symptoms at all.
Tell your partner, co-workers, and friends how to treat your low blood glucose, in case you're too weak or confused to treat it yourself. If your child has diabetes, give this information to teachers, coaches, and other school or child care staff.
If your blood glucose continues to be below 4.0 mmol/L or you are getting more sleepy and less alert, call 911 or other emergency services immediately. If possible, have someone stay with you until your blood glucose is above 4.0 mmol/L or until emergency help arrives.
If you have low blood glucose, share this with others. If your child has diabetes, give this to teachers, coaches, and other school staff.
While many adults use 15 grams of carbohydrate, children usually need less. Check with your doctor or diabetes educator for the amount that is right for your child before giving this handout to family and friends.
Use the following information to help someone who can't follow instructions or is too weak or confused to treat their low blood glucose. If the person takes medicine that can cause low blood glucose, stay with the person for a few hours after their blood glucose level has returned to the target range.
Adaptation Date: 1/10/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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