Low Blood Glucose Hypoglycemia

Low blood glucose can make you feel shaky, weak, confused, irritable, hungry, or tired. You may sweat a lot or get a headache. If you have these symptoms, check your blood glucose. If it is below 70, have one of the following right away:

• 1 serving of glucose gel—the amount equal to 15 grams of carbohydrate

• 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of a regular (not diet) soft drink

• 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey

After 15 minutes, check your blood glucose again. If it's still too low, have another serving. Repeat these steps until your blood glucose level is 70 or higher. If it will be an hour or more before your next meal, have a snack as well.

The Food Pyramid

Fats and sweets

Fats and sweets

Starches

The food pyramid can help you make wise food choices. It divides foods into groups, based on what they contain. Eat more from the groups at the bottom of the pyramid, and less from the groups at the top. Foods from the starches, fruits, vegetables, and milk groups are highest in carbohydrate. They affect your blood glucose levels the most. See pages 9, 10, and 11 to find out how much to eat from each food group.

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