Avoiding hypos

 

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We all have hypos sometimes, but here are some things you can do to try and make sure you don't have too many.

 

  • Make sure you eatallallyour meals and snacks - and at therightrighttime.
  • Think about whether you need to eat an extra snackbeforebeforerunning around a lot or playing games (your nurse or dietitian can tell you).
  • If you feel you might be hypo,don't ignore itdon't ignore it. Check your levels with your meter.
  • AlwaysAlwayscarry some fast-acting foods like glucose tablets, sweets or a sugary drink with you - just in case you start to feel hypo.

I do all the things on this list, but I still have hypos sometimes. Why?Sometimes hypos just happen and we don't know why. So don't worry about it or feel guilty. But do talk about it with your mum and dad, and your doctor or nurse. 

Should I carry anything else with me, apart from fast-acting foods?Yes. As well as always having some fast-acting foods with you in case you start to feel hypo, you should also always carry a card, a bracelet or a necklace with you that tells people you have diabetes. Your nurse can tell you how to get these.

What if my hypo is so bad I can't help myself get better?If you can't help yourself, your parents or whoever is looking after you will know how to help you. They might give you some sugary food or drink to help you feel better. Or, they might give you a special injection that will help. 

Why do I need an extra snack before bed?

Even when we're sleeping our bodies need glucose (sugar). Some people need to have something to eat at bedtime to make sure they don't run out of glucose in the night. 

Remember

  • There are easy things you can do to help yourself avoid having a hypo.
  • Your family and people taking care of you, like your teacher, will also be able to help you take care of you when you have a hypo.
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