PreventionBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Jan. 20, 2015
If you have diabetes, carefully follow the diabetes management plan you and your doctor have developed. If you're taking new medications, changing your eating or medication schedules, or adding new exercise, talk to your doctor about how these changes might affect your diabetes management and your risk of low blood sugar.
A continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is an option for some people, particularly those with hypoglycemia unawareness. These devices insert a tiny wire under the skin that sends blood glucose readings to a receiver every five minutes or so. If blood sugar levels are dropping too low, the CGM alerts you with an alarm.
Be sure to always have a fast-acting carbohydrate with you, such as juice or glucose tablets, so you can treat a falling blood sugar before it dips dangerously low.
- If you don't have diabetes but have recurring episodes of hypoglycemia, eating frequent small meals throughout the day is a stopgap measure to help prevent your blood sugar levels from getting too low. However, this approach isn't an advisable long-term strategy. Work with your doctor to identity and treat the underlying cause of hypoglycemia.
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