Hypoglycemia: How Low Can You Go?
Some people with diabetes develop "hypoglycemic unawareness." Here's what you need to know.
To prevent hypoglycemia, the ADA recommends increasing the number of times you check blood sugar levels (particularly before driving), educating family and friends about the condition and how to help you, wearing an ID bracelet that identifies you as a person with diabetes, and filling a prescription for glucagon and making sure those around you know how to use it.
Most important, work with your doctor, who may recommend a continuous glucose sensor that measures blood sugar every few minutes. "The idea is to do away with low blood sugar for a period of weeks or months," says Buse, which will "sort of [reset] your body so you'll recognize the signs of hypoglycemia" if it happens again.