Today, we will discuss healthy food options for treating hypoglycemia.
In diabetes, hypoglycemia is the condition where your blood sugar falls below the healthy range. It can differ for each individual, but is usually defined as a blood sugar level below 70 mg/dL.
Glucose tablets and glucose gel are the usual treatment options for low blood sugar.
Although both options are very effective, there are some people who might have an allergy or intolerance to the ingredients, and others simply do not care for the taste.
Glucagon is another treatment option for hypoglycemia, however, the treatment is not as common as using glucose tablets and gel.
These are just a few quick food options to treat hypoglycemia courtesy of Healthline:
🔸Blood Sugar Above 80 mg/dl🔸
When your blood sugar is above 80 mg/dL but you are experiencing hypoglycemia symptoms, try all-natural peanut butter or any nut butter with no added sugar.
When your blood sugar is greater than 80 mg/dL, you may be experiencing these symptoms due to rapidly changing blood sugar levels and don't need quick-acting carbohydrates.
Nut butters without added sugar are packed with protein and fat and can help alleviate these symptoms without raising blood sugar levels.
🔸Blood Sugar Between 70-80 mg/dl🔸
If your blood sugar level is between 70 and 80 mg/dL, combine nut butter and a starch like crackers. At this point, your blood sugar is still not low by definition. However, it may be lower than you are comfortable with. In this way, your blood sugar will gradually rise, and the fat and protein in peanut butter will maintain those levels.
🔸Blood Sugar Between 55-70 mg/dl🔸
If your blood sugar is 55–70 mg/dL, try the following:
- Medjool dates
These foods are all fresh or dried fruits having a higher natural sugar content than other fruits. Although some fiber is present, it is minimal and will raise blood sugar quickly and effectively.
🔸Blood Sugar Less Than 55 mg/dl🔸
If your blood sugar is less than 55 mg/dL, try 100 % grape juice, honey, or maple syrup.
During this time you need quick, rapid-acting liquid carbohydrates that contain no fiber, fat, or protein.
If left untreated, severe blood sugar levels can lead to seizures, loss of consciousness, coma, or death.
You should always consult a medical professional before making any changes to your diabetes management.
❓What foods do you use to treat hypoglycemia?
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