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Together, you can review all your data to figure out the cause of the lows. Speak with your doctor about whether you should buy a glucagon kit and how and when to use it. This is called hypoglycemia unawareness. Hypoglycemia unawareness puts the person at increased risk for severe low blood glucose reactions when they need someone to help them recover.

This may mean increasing your target blood glucose level a new target that needs to be worked out with your diabetes care team. Many people tend to want to eat as much as they can until they feel better. Boyd, Kansagara, and Vijan participated in the discussion for this guideline, but they were recused from voting on the recommendations because of active indirect intellectual conflicts. Usually I notice it with a shift of my head. If you have needed glucagon, let your doctor know so you can discuss ways to prevent severe hypoglycemia in the future.

These are the ones that make me feel weak, shaky, nervous, not want to talk to anyone, and give me a ravenous need to eat everything around me until I feel better. People with hypoglycemia unawareness need to take extra care to check blood glucose frequently.

This helps your body re-learn how to react to low blood glucose levels. These are the moments that make us brave. Insulin pumps may also reduce the risk for low blood glucose. Liquids are absorbed much faster than solids, so timing the insulin dose to the absorption of glucose from foods can be tricky. Treating Severe Hypoglycemia Glucagon is a hormone produced in the pancreas that stimulates your liver to release stored glucose into your bloodstream when your blood glucose levels are too low.

Changing insulin doses or the types of food you eat may also do the trick. Get up and go find something or someone to help.

If you add in lows without symptoms and the ones that happen overnight, the number would likely be higher. It will feel like things move slightly slower than they should. If someone is unconscious and glucagon is not available or someone does not know how to use it, call immediately. This is because you can see when blood glucose levels are dropping and can treat it before it gets too low. Timing of insulin based on whether your carbs are from liquids versus solids can affect blood glucose levels.

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This is especially important prior to and during critical tasks such as driving. The intensity, duration, and timing of exercise can all affect the risk for going low.