According to the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, the recommended diet to treat hypoglycemia is similar to diets used to treat diabetes: reduced consumption of simple sugars, higher intake of complex carbohydrates and smaller, more frequent meals. The McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois offers several meal and snack suggestions, such as cottage cheese and whole grain crackers, yogurt and fruit, and salad with added nuts or beans.
Pairing a source of protein or fat with every carbohydrate serving is also recommended. When eaten alongside carbohydrates, protein and fat help slow glucose release and prevent blood sugar spikes, according to the McKinley Health Center. High fiber foods such as whole grains also help to stabilize blood sugar.
The American Diabetes Association defines hypoglycemia as abnormally low blood glucose levels. The condition may also be referred to as insulin shock. Signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, according to the ADA, often come on suddenly and should be taken very seriously. These symptoms include shakiness, sweating, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, nausea, impaired vision, fatigue and seizures. The Mayo Clinic states that initial treatment for early symptoms may include consuming simple, rapidly digested sugars such as candy, fruit juice or glucose tablets to quickly raise blood sugar levels. For more severe symptoms, an injection of glucagon or an intravenous glucose drip may be required.