Health Tip: Controlling Your Blood Sugar

(HealthDay News) -- When blood sugar levels get too low, especially among diabetics, it can lead to dangerous symptoms including confusion, fainting and clumsiness.

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse offers these suggestions to help prevent low blood sugar:

  • Always take medications as directed by your doctor. Ask your doctor which medications can contribute to low blood sugar.
  • Never skip meals or snacks, and make sure you eat enough at each meal.
  • Daily exercise is good, but take care to watch your blood sugar by checking it frequently before and after. Make adjustments to your medications before exercise.
  • Alcohol can contribute to low blood sugar, so talk to your doctor about how you can drink safely. Sometimes, alcohol may be acceptable if taken with food.

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