Low blood sugar can be treated with:
If your blood glucose level is below your target or less than 70, eat or drink 15 grams of carbohydrates right away in the form of:
- 4 Glucose tablets or 1 glucose gel
- 1 tablespoon of sugar, honey, or corn syrup
- 1/2 cup of fruit juice—not low-calorie or reduced sugar*
- 1/2 can (4 to 6 ounces) of soda—not low-calorie or reduced sugar
- 2 tablespoons of raisins
Wait 15 minutes and check your blood glucose again. If your glucose level is still low, eat or drink another 15 grams of glucose or carbohydrates.
Check your blood glucose again after another 15 minutes. Repeat these steps until your glucose level is back to normal.
If your next meal is more than 1 hour away, have a snack to keep your blood glucose level in your target range. Try biscuits or a piece of fruit.
*People who have kidney disease shouldn’t drink orange juice for their 15 grams of carbohydrates because it contains a lot of potassium. Apple, grape, or cranberry juice are good options.