Turn the person's head to the side, to prevent choking if he
or she vomits.
Choose the injection site: Step 2
Choose the site to give the
Pinch the skin: Step 3
Find a clean area of skin on the upper arm or thigh. Slightly
pinch a fold of skin between your fingers of one hand. Hold the syringe like a
pencil close to the site, keeping your fingers off the plunger.
Insert the needle: Step 4
Try to keep the syringe at a 90-degree angle to the injection
site. Quickly push the needle all the way into the pinched-up area.
Give the injection: Step 5
Push the plunger to give the medicine. Give the amount of
glucagon that the person's doctor has recommended. After you give the glucagon
shot, immediately call
for emergency care. If emergency help has not arrived within 5 minutes and the
person is still unconscious, give another glucagon
Check the blood sugar level: Step 6
Wait 5 to 10 minutes after giving the injection before
checking the blood sugar. Remember, it can take 15 minutes or longer for the
blood sugar to increase after the injection. Use the lancet device to prick the
side of the finger. Test a small sample of blood to check the blood sugar
level. Repeat this step after 30 minutes to make sure the blood sugar stays in
your target blood sugar range.
Give quick-sugar food: Step 7
If the person becomes more alert, carefully give some
quick-sugar food or liquid. Stay with the person until emergency help arrives.
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Your level is currently
If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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