Hypoglycaemia is defined as a blood glucose level below 4.0

A 'hypo' can occur for a number of reasons. Most commonly. 

  • Too much insulin

  • Unplanned exercise

  • Missed meals

  • Drinking alcohol

Hypoglycaemia needs to be treated with quick acting food:

  • A glass of juice

  • 5-7 jelly beans

  • a glass of soft drink (NOT diet)

  • a glass of cordial (NOT diet)

  • 2 Teaspoons honey or sugar

Once above 4.0 follow  with longer acting food:

  • Glass of milk/milo

  • Toast/raisin toast

  • Sandwich

Low blood glucose is considered a medical emergency and should be treated immediately