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How Much Do You Know About Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)?

Ready to show off that big brain of yours?

  1. First things first, what is hypoglycemia?

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    When your blood sugar gets too low.

    Hypoglycemia occurs when your blood sugar (glucose) level is lower than normal. Your glucose is your body's main energy source.

    Woman checking blood sugar.
  2. Which of these
    is NOT
    a symptom
    of hypoglycemia?

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    Ringing in both ears.

    It probably just means your music is too loud, or ear ghosts. Watch out for those.

  3. What should you eat if your blood sugar levels are too low?

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    Wrong! 

    Candy or a sugary drink.

    Follow the “Rule of 15” by eating 15 grams of carbohydrates or simple sugars, and then rechecking your blood sugar level after 15 minutes. If your blood sugar is still low, consume another 15 grams of carbohydrates and recheck again after 15 minutes. Continue to do this until your blood sugar is at your target level.

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  4. How many
    ER visits does
    hypoglycemia
    cause per year?

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    100,000

    That's a lot of ER visits!

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  5. What are the best ways to prep for low blood sugar episodes?

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    All of these!

    Just like Mom always said, you can never be too prepared! More info here.

  6. True or false?
    Only people with
    diabetes can
    get hypoglycemia.

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    False!

    There are lots of factors that lead to hypoglycemia! The most common risk factors include: taking certain diabetes medications, consuming an excessive amount of alcohol, age, and having irregular eating habits — such as skipping a meal or eating less than usual (if using a sulfonylurea or insulin). Even increased physical activity without enough nutrition can contribute.

  7. What type of doctors
    are experts in
    diabetes' care?

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    Wrong! 

    Endocrinologist

    These specially trained doctors are qualified to diagnose and treat diabetes and hormone-related diseases and conditions.

  8. Hypoglycemia
    Alert Dogs are:

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    Trained to sense changing blood sugar levels!

    Diabetic Alert Dogs let their owners know when a hypoglycemic low or high blood sugar event is coming on. Their humans can then take steps to return their blood sugar to normal. These special dogs are trained to react to the smell of chemical changes produced by blood sugar highs and lows. Pretty smart pups, right?

  9. When should you check your blood sugar levels?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    All of these!

    You should also always keep a few pieces of hard candy or a sugary drink nearby, plus an emergency hypoglycemia rescue kit. More info here!

  10. What are some common
    risk factors that lead to hypoglycemia?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    All of these!

    Risks include: Taking certain diabetes medications. If you are taking diabetes medications, talk to your clinician to find out how this may affect you. Consuming an excessive amount of alcohol. Age. Speak with your clinician to find out how this may affect you. Having irregular eating habits, such as skipping a meal or eating less than usual (if using a sulfonylurea or insulin). Increasing your physical activity without enough nutrition. More info here!

Didn't ace this quiz? Don't worry! Learn more at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology.

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