Hypoglycemia Treatment

Treatment for low blood glucose depends on your symptoms and causes

Written by Amy Hess-Fischl MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE
Reviewed by Brigid Gregg MD

Your treatment plan for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) depends on what is causing your blood sugar level to drop too low. As you can learn in the causes article, hypoglycemia causes fall into two categories: low blood glucose caused by diabetes and low blood glucose not caused by diabetes.

Diabetes-related Hypoglycemia
If your hypoglycemia is caused by certain medications used for diabetes (people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes can become hypoglycemic), your healthcare professional may suggest several things to help you treat hypoglycemia when it happens. He or she may also suggest adjustments in your diabetes treatment plan to help you prevent hypoglycemia.

The doctor may suggest:

Safety tip: Wear medical identification (e.g., a bracelet or necklace) that tells others you have diabetes. Then, if you do become hypoglycemic, people may be better able to help you.

Contact your endocrinologist or healthcare professional to discuss your health changes, concerns, and/or questions.

Hypoglycemia Not Caused by Diabetes
If you experience multiple episodes of hypoglycemia and you don't have diabetes, your doctor will try to figure out what's causing your blood glucose to go too low. With that information, he or she is better able to suggest a treatment plan.

Your treatment plan may include lifestyle changes to help you avoid hypoglycemia. You'll also need to learn how to treat hypoglycemia as soon as you notice symptoms.

Hypoglycemia treatments may include:

Contact your endocrinologist or healthcare professional to discuss your health changes, concerns, and/or questions.

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