Five foods to fight hypoglycemia

Diabetics, if your blood sugar level drops below 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and you experience those unwanted signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, it is advisable to consume foods that absorb into the bloodstream quickly to bring up your low blood sugar levels.

Hypoglycemia may be due to various causes that may be known or unknown to us. But, raising low blood glucose levels is the first thing we should aim at.

So, let us learn what to eat when you get hypoglycemic.

Below are five different options that can boost your sugar quickly:

Sugary beverages

Any sugary drink equivalent to 15 gm of glucose/sugar of your choice is all you need. Half a cup of fruit juice (Paper Boat Aamras Juice, Tropicana Guava Delight) or regular soda drink that are not labeled diet or zero-calorie, are excellent source of rapidly absorbed carbohydrate. The fact that they contain mostly carbohydrates and no other nutrients means that these beverages get into the bloodstream quickly. Alternatively, you can have one cup milk, glucose water or any sugary syrup (Karo Light Corn Syrup)

Candies

Hard candies work well to raise blood sugar and are easy to carry in your pockets/purse, especially, when you are not at home. Candies such as peppermints and fruit-flavored (Nestle Fox’S Candy, Skittles Crazy Sours) work best. They are mainly made of sugar and very little protein or fat that helps in quick absorption into the bloodstream. Read the nutrition facts to determine how many candies are needed to make 15 grams of sugar. Generally a small handful or 6-8 candies in number may be sufficient.

Food items direct from your kitchen

Generally, we have?sugar, jaggery (Palm Jaggery) or honey (Forever Bee Honey) stocked up in our kitchens at all time.?These are a great source of fast-absorbing carbohydrate. Just take 1 tablespoon of your choice to make up to those 15 grams. Because these are simple forms of carbohydrate, they will increase blood sugar very quickly. However, you may also opt for low fat cheese, slice of whole grain bread with peanut butter (Alpino Peanut Butter)

Fruits and dry fruits

Half a cup of chopped fresh fruits or raisins (Solimo Premium Raisins) and other dried fruit (Carnival Safavi Saudi Dates) 2 tablespoons are a good sources. You can even go for fruit preparations, yogurt with fruits, jellies (Alpenliebe Just Jelly Guava Pouch), jam (Bonne Maman Peach Preserve) etc.

Glucose tablets/gels

You can take 3-4 tablets of glucose (Flash G Glucose Energy Tablets)?to overcome your hypoglycemia. Glucose gel packs are also effective option,especially for those who cannot chew hard candies or tablets. You may take 1 tube of glucose gel to fight your hypoglycemia

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

1.??????? Whichever item you chose to raise your blood sugar level, try not to over treat yourself. This may shoot up your blood sugar levels. Take only 15gm of sugars or carbohydrates initially.

2.??????? Do a sugar test after 15 minutes of having anything sugary to check if the sugars have reached the desired level. If you’re still below 70, try another dose of sugar. Check again until your blood sugar reaches normal range.

3.??????? Ensure you check the nutrition label of the packed items before you pick them to eat. Foods with lot of fat, sugar and carbohydrates like chocolate or cookies do not work as quickly as other items

4.?????? If your next meal is still more than an hour away, eat a small snack to prevent another hypoglycemic episode.

5.??????? Be sure to carry one sugary item?with you before going out of home.

Kawaljit Kaur

Kawaljit is a healthcare professional with an experience of over 15 years in healthcare operations. Her last corporate position was Vice President-Operations at Centre for Sight. As a writer, she has an expertise in writing medical contents and those related to present healthcare scenarios for various platforms that include medical professionals, healthcare companies, web health portals, hospitals and at present also heading the editorial team of a healthcare magazine.