What Does Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia Mean?

What Does Hyperglycemia And Hypoglycemia Mean?

Hyperglycemia means your blood glucose is higher than it should be and hypoglycemia means your blood glucose is lower than it should be. 

In both cases you will have different symptoms.

How do I know if my blood glucose is too high or too low?

Over time, you will be able to tell whether your glucose levels are high or low depending on your symptoms.

What do I do if my blood glucose is low?

Hypoglycemia means your blood glucose is under 70 mg/dL any time.

Your blood glucose can go low for different reasons such as taking too much insulin or missing meals or exercise. If your blood glucose goes low, less than 70 mg/dl,  you have to control it by following these simple steps:

Repeat these steps up to 3 times until your blood sugar is at least 70 mg/dL.

If your blood glucose is still too low after repeating 3 times, call your GluCare team or call for emergency assistance.

What happens if I can’t eat or swallow?

Sometimes when your blood sugar goes really low you will not be able to eat or swallow. If this happens  there is a strong medicine called glucagon that will quickly raise your blood sugar. You should consider having your family members learn how to give you Glucagon in case of an emergency in which you would have difficulty giving it to yourself.

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