Hypo Guide Sheet

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If you take tablets or you are on insulin to control your Diabetes, alcohol can lower your blood sugar levels and potentially lead to hypoglycaemia. It is vital that you eat enough to counteract any alcohol you drink and preferably drink in moderation, perhaps just occasionally with a meal. Alcohol does not necessarily have an immediate affect on your levels; normally, when drinking alcohol your blood sugar level may rise initially and potentially fall later on - the delayed drop could cause a Hypo.

If you wish to drink, be responsible and sensible and consider your blood sugar levels both before and after consuming alcohol. Be aware also that if you have a Hypo, some of the symptoms such as slurred speech and confusion may give the impression that you are drunk.

Symptoms of a Diabetic Hypo Mind Map

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'Hypo' is the

Greek
word for
'shortage of'
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