Managing Your Weight While Correcting Lows (Continued)
You Don't Want to Over Correct a Low with Too Much Carbohydrate
One symptoms of hypoglycemia can be intense hunger. This may cause you to eat 30, 45, 60, or more grams of carbohydrate in a short period of time. Consuming 15-20 grams of carbohydrate and checking your blood sugar again in 15 minutes is the best way to correct a low without gaining weight.
Hypoglycemia is also not the time to binge on candy, cookies, and other high calorie, high fat foods. These "treats" take longer to raise your blood sugar than glucose products and usually contain calories that do not raise blood sugar levels effectively. You are almost certain to eat too much of them waiting for your blood sugar to rise and consume unnecessary extra calories that will cause weight gain — and excess weight gain lowers the ability of insulin to keep blood sugar in check.
If you have a lot of lows, talk with your healthcare professional about changes in your diet and medication that may help prevent them. When you do have a low, correcting with pure glucose rather than food will help keep extra calories to a minimum.
Remember, losing a small amount of weight — about 7 percent of your total body weight — can help improve your diabetes. It may reduce the amount of medication you need and improve other health related conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
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