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Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) symptoms and treatment

Be aware of how to recognize and treat low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Know how to spot the symptoms early with this helpful infographic you can download and share.

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Infographic detailing low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) warning signs, including shaking, dizziness, headache, and hunger

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Low blood glucose warning signs

  • Trembling or shaking
  • Light headedness or dizziness
  • Headache
  • Hunger
  • Numb lips or fingers
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Crying
  • Irritability
  • Lack of concentration or behaving strangely

Think you may be low?

Perform a blood glucose test. If you have low blood glucose, follow the 15-15 rule:

  1. Eat or drink 15 grams of fast-acting carbs
  2. Wait 10 to 15 minutes
  3. Check blood glucose and, if it's still low, repeat

Diabetes Australia. Hypoglycaemia. Available at: www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/hypoglycaemeia. Accessed June 30, 2015.

Medline Plus. 15/15 rule. Available at: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/19815.htm. Accessed June 30, 2015.

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