This resource is for people with Diabetes and others who want to understand blood glucose levels.
Many people with diabetes try to keep their blood glucose between 4 and 10 (mmol/l).
Eating the right foods, keeping active and your diabetes treatment, will help keep your blood glucose levels right.
So when do you need to contact your diabetes team?
visit the link below to know when to get your diabetes down
A blood glucose of less than 4 (mmol/l) is low and called a hypo. (Sometimes people say the word hypoglycemia but we shall use hypo). When this happens you may feel shaky, dizzy, sweaty and hungry. If you are able to IT IS BEST TO TEST to know your blood glucose level.
To feel better glucose needs to get into the blood stream quickly. These foods will do this:
- Orange juice x1 about 200mls
- Jelly babies x4 individual sweets
- Glucose tablets x5
- Lucozade about 200mls
- Jelly beans x10 individual sweets
These foods will take too long:
- Glass of milk
- Cup of tea
- Chocolate bar
Please note: Water does not affect your blood glucose levels at all.
Check your glucose 10 minutes after your hypo treatment. View to see the correct treatments.
What can I eat?
Please find details on what to eat in the video transcript attached in the link below
Foods containing carbohydrates
There is an increase in blood glucose levels when carbohydrate foods such as fruit, bread and potatoes are selected.
Foods containing fats and proteins:
Generally proteins and fats do not increase glucose levels in the blood.
Protein such as meat, fish, cheese and eggs do not increase glucose levels in the blood. Fats such as butter and oil also do not affect your blood glucose levels.
Your blood glucose goes up after eating carbohydrate foods, but some foods will make your glucose levels go up more than others. How much you eat is important.
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