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Aug
13

Low Glucose

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Millions of people suffer from low glucose whether it is a Diabetic that took too much insulin and did not have a meal ready to be eaten after taking the insulin or whether it is someone that happens to have low blood sugar from time to time.  If you are a medical professional hopefully you will consider taking a PALS course in the near future.  It will help increase your knowledge of pediatrics and the different types of emergencies that are presented in life.

It is always advisable to help prevent low blood glucose to have glucose tablets available at all times.  It is hard to predict when one will have an episode of low glucose.  The PALS class covers information relevant to children and how to intervene in making a healthier outcome.  Low glucose can effect children as well.  Also, try to have frequent small meals throughout the day.

Also, if you are a diabetic and your medications have been increased or changed it is imperative that you check your blood sugars more frequently.  However, a PALS course does not cover pediatric emergencies with low glucose, but it does cover respiratory emergencies and a low glucose level certainly could fall into this situation.

A friend reported that her husband had an episode during his sleep where he displayed moaning and thrashing his arms over on her.  He complained of feeling “hot”.  When she felt his arm as it laid on her, she noticed it was clammy, sticky and sweaty.  He is a diabetic.  She got up and checked his blood sugar and it was 38.  Normal is 70-110.  He was awake enough to drink a glass of milk and eat a few graham crackers.  Before going back to sleep, she rechecked his blood sugar and it was 80 after 30 minutes of him eating.

Do not get someone to try and eat if they are comatose.  This could cause them to choke or aspirate.  PALS course will teach you how to handle a child that is choking.  Consider this class especially if you are a health care professional in an emergency room department.  Check your glucose levels frequently, eat healthy and eat frequent small meals, and keep follow up appointments with your physician.

Categories : Diabetes, Heart Smart

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