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How do you quickly raise low blood sugar levels?

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The best way to raise low blood sugar levels quickly is to eat a small amount of easy-absorbing carbohydrate foods, according to University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. These are foods that contain simple carbohydrate, but are also low in protein and fat, which can delay absorption.

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Blood sugar levels below 70 mg/dl are considered low and need to be raised to avoid dangerous, unwanted symptoms, as stated by UCSF Medical Center. The symptoms of low blood sugar include, dizziness, headache, weakness, fatigue, anxiety and shaking. Eating a small amount of a quick absorbing carbohydrate food helps raise blood sugar levels before they become dangerously low.

  1. Check blood sugar
  2. If low blood sugar is suspected, check blood sugar levels with a glucose meter. When the level is below 70 mg/dl, it is essential to raise it fast.

  3. Eat a quick absorbing carbohydrate
  4. Eat about 15 grams worth of a quickly absorbed simple sugar. Some of these foods include, 3 to 4 glucose tablets, a small tube of glucose gel, 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey, 1/2 cup of juice or a small apple or orange. Those prone to low sugar levels need to carry a quick absorbing carbohydrate at all times to ensure that they are never caught without something to eat.

  5. Wait and retest blood sugars
  6. Wait 15 minutes and retest blood sugar levels again. If the levels are still below 100 mg/dl, then eat another 15 grams of simple carbohydrates to raise them further. Repeat the process again after another 15 minutes if blood sugar is still low.

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