Lows and Highs: Break the Cycle ( Diabetes )
It’s a vicious cycle: You treat a low blood glucose reaction and your blood glucose skyrockets well above normal levels. This happens for two reasons. First, your body releases hormones that naturally combat low blood glucose. Second, the food you eat raises your blood glucose.
Many people with diabetes eat or drink too much after a low blood glucose reading. Low blood glucose causes intense hunger. These factors can cause high blood glucoses two to four hours or longer after eating. It’s important to drink only a small amount (1/2 glass) of juice or milk, or take glucose tablets, and then recheck your blood glucose in 30 minutes. If you eat a larger amount of food, then cover the food with extra regular insulin.