Hypoglycemia Treatment Brisbane Northside
Having high blood sugar levels is not good for the health, but neither is having low blood sugar levels. It can be a sign of many health problems that could be serious if not paid immediate medical attention. Good thing many people in Brisbane have access to hypoglycemia treatment, one that can be found at Ubuntu Medical Centre.
Hypoglycemia is a health condition where there is an abnormally low level of glucose in the blood at 70 mg/dl or less. Diabetes is the most common cause of hypoglycemia, but lifestyle choices and day-to-day activities could be factors for blood sugar to drop, too.
It is crucial to bring blood sugar levels back to a normal range since the brain needs sugar to function properly. If not, it could lead to blurred vision, difficulty concentrating numbness, and slurred speech. If a person is hypoglycemic for too long, he might get seizures, comatose, or death. Work with a GP to determine if hypoglycemia is caused by diabetes or not, as there are different medical treatments depending on what symptoms the patient currently has.
- The 15/15 Method. If the blood sugar level is between 51-70mg/dl, take 15 grammes of carbohydrates and wait for 15 minutes. Monitor if the blood sugar levels is below 70mg/dl, take another 15 grammes of carbohydrates. Once the glucose levels go back to normal, eat a meal or snack to make sure it becomes stable. Otherwise, go to the nearest doctor.
- Glucagon Kits. For people with severe hypoglycemia, the 15/15 method might not work. Glucagon, a hormone created by the pancreas that stimulates the release of glucose into the bloodstream, is administered to patients via injection when they have intensely low blood sugar levels. Glucagon kits are available only by prescription, and it is important to educate the people around hypoglycemic patients how to administer it to them.
- Regularly Monitor Blood Sugar. Make sure to check blood sugar levels at least four times a day, before and after meals.
- Plan Meals with a Dietician. A dietician might recommend taking carbohydrates as a staple in the patient’s diet and teaching them how to count grammes of carbohydrates. Maintaining a regular eating schedule also helps hypoglycemic patients stabilise their blood sugar levels.
- Limit Alcohol Intake. Alcohol slows down metabolism of glucose in the body, therefore patients must cut back on alcoholic beverages.
- Learn Recovery Measures. Losing consciousness is one symptom of hypoglycemia. Patients must not be given food as it could cause them to choke. Instead, place them into a recovery position and administer them with a glucagon injection. Otherwise, bring them to the nearest hospital.
- Have Medical Identification. Having a medical ID or bracelet that tells someone has hypoglycemia lets healthcare providers know what to do as fast as possible.
- Tell Friends and Family. In case a patient could not administer medication himself, educated friends and family can immensely help the patient recover from serious medical conditions despite the absence of a healthcare provider.
- Keep Glucose Tablets or Hard Candy Nearby. This helps stabilise blood sugar levels in situations where a patient could not eat or drink for a certain period of time. It is important to check blood sugar 15 minutes after eating the tablets or candy, and take another one until blood sugar has turned to normal. Otherwise, seek medical attention.
At Ubuntu Medical, we can also do Blood Testing.