Treating a hypo

Straight away have one of these fast-acting carbohydrate foods:

  • glucose tablets
  • some fruit juice, cola or lemonade (not diet drinks)
  • some sweets (something like jelly babies)


Then, if you need to, have one of these starchy foods (your doctor or nurse will tell you if you need to):

  • some fruit
  • half a sandwich
  • biscuits and milk
  • a small bowl of cereal
  • the next meal, if it is time for it



  • Most hypos are easily treated by eating or drinking some fast-acting carbohydrate straight away and sometimes some slow-acting carbohydrate (something like half a sandwich).
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