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Managing Low and High Blood Sugar

Avoid hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia by checking blood glucose (blood sugar) regularly and knowing the symptoms of each.

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

Hypoglycemia is defined by less than normal blood glucose (usually below 70 milligrams per deciliter). It's an acute complication of diabetes and may be seen in individuals who use insulin or specific kinds of oral diabetes medication. If you take oral diabetes medications, ask your physician or diabetes educator whether hypoglycemia should be a concern for you.

Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)

Hyperglycemia is defined as above normal blood glucose based on the target range set by your care team. Generally, it’s when glucose is above 180 mg/dL consistently. 

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