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Wife appears to have just had a hypoglycemic attack, this

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wife appears to have just had a hypoglycemic attack, this would be here first. She had a pint of haagan dazz (spelling) ice cream, about an hour later, she crashed. felt like she was going to pass out, was shaking, incredibly weak. she got a little better on her own within a couple of minutes, but still feels really bad. giving her some apple juice (4-6 oz) and a couple of pieces of hard candy. Question is, should she feel better within 20-30 minutes or else see a physician, how much better should she feel and withing how long?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  CamilleRN replied 7 years ago.
Hi and thank you for your question. Do you have a blood glucose meter to be able to monitor her sugars? Yes she should feel better in 20 to 30 minutes,if not, she should be taken to the emergency room for an evaluation.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

no, we do not have one, although she has been told before that she has low blood sugar "issues" and had gestational diabetes (pregnancy), she has never had any real problems bar the basic feeling sluggish if she does not watch her intake. She is feeling somewhat better now, for future purposes, what's the best thing to provide her if this happens again?

Expert:  CamilleRN replied 7 years ago.
I am glad she is feeling better! :-)
She will have to get on a hypoglycemic diet by replacing prepared foods and foods high in fat and sugar with nutritious food and snacks including lean meats, whole grains, vegetables and allowable fruits are recommended. She should eat six small meals a day or three meals with snack in between. Purchase glucose tablets ( available over the counter) and keep some in the car, at work , in her purse and at home. Purchase a glucose meter to have handy and use it a few times a day to record results so that your Doctor can check for a particular pattern that may help in your treatment.
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