Emergency Glucagon: Everything You Need to Know
Glucagon is a hormone that tells your liver to release its stored sugar (also known as glycogen) into your bloodstream. Emergency glucagon treatments can raise your blood sugar during severe hypoglycemia.
Anyone who takes insulin (or another medication that can cause low blood sugars) should have an emergency glucagon treatment.
Here, you can learn everything you need to know about glucagon!
Learn what glucagon is and how it can be used during severe low blood sugars.
GlucagonGlucagon raises your blood sugar (treating hypoglycemia) while insulin lowers it (treating hyperglycemia or preventing it when taken before eating).MORE
Hypoglycemia and How to Treat ItIf you take insulin to manage your diabetes, learning how to prevent or safely manage hypoglycemia is a must!MORE
How to Get Emergency Glucagon: CoPay Cards & Insurance DenialsIf you take insulin or a medication that can cause low blood sugar, having an emergency glucagon treatment is a must -- it could save your life. Here, we’ll look at getting insurance coverage for em...MORE
How to Ask Your Primary Care Provider for GlucagonYour doctor may not know about emergency glucagon, why you need it, and the newest types available. Here's how to ask for it...MORE
Newer Types of Glucagon
While there was only one type of emergency glucagon for decades, there are several newer and easier-to-use options available today!
Mini-dosing of Glucagon in Everyday Diabetes ManagementIf the pancreas of someone without Type 1 uses glucagon naturally to help maintain stability of blood sugars, can people with Type 1 also benefit from using glucagon in non-emergency situations? What ...MORE
All About Gvoke HypoPen®Anyone who takes insulin and other medications that cause low blood sugar should know about the premixed insulin Gvoke HypoPen.MORE
Zegalogue® Is Now Commercially Available In The United StatesZegalogue®, also known as dasiglucagon, is now commercially available in the U.S. for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia.MORE
When to Use Glucagon
Let’s talk about when glucagon can be used to reverse severe low blood sugar and save your life.
When Should You *Actually* Use Glucagon?I was taught that glucagon is only ever used after someone with diabetes has passed out from a low blood sugar. Turns out, that's not true.MORE
Save a Life: It’s Time to Learn About GlucagonEasy as an EpiPen, learn how to save a life with glucagon — because someone you know can have severe hypoglycemia, even if you don't know it!MORE
Can EMTs + Paramedics Administer Emergency Glucagon for Severe Hypoglycemia?Despite today’s modern 1-step glucagon options, the rules on who can administer glucagon have not been updated. MORE
Can Emergency Responders in Your Town Administer Glucagon?Not every emergency responder can administer glucagon. Find out whether an EMT near you can—and what to do if they can’t!MORE
Easing Worry and Anxiety
Low blood sugars are scary. Keeping glucagon with you at all times can help you cope with anxiety and worry about severe lows.
Coping with Fear of HypoglycemiaThis panel features opinions from a psychologist, CDE and patient regarding fears of hypoglycemia and ways they can be assuaged -- one of which involves having tools at your disposal. MORE
Low Blood Sugars & Anxiety While Returning to Your Busy RoutineEasing back into "regular" life can increase your anxiety about low blood sugars and diabetes management. Here are a few tips to help:MORE
Prepared for School with Glucagon
Whether you’re in kindergarten or close to graduating college, glucagon is a must!
Low Box for College/UniversityKnow the symptoms of hypoglycemia and how to treat it. Also, teach others so that they can help you if you need it. Make sure to always have low snacks on you and a low box in a central location that ...MORE
The RA’s Guide to Type 1 DiabetesAs an RN, here is everything you need to know about your resident with type 1 diabetes and how you can be helpful to their success in college/university.MORE
10 Things Mom Says to do at CollegeWatching you head to college would be plenty difficult if you still had a stellar-working pancreas, but there are extra worries and concerns we carry because we know the demands your T1 will put on yo...MORE
6 Must-knows for the College Sick Day with T1DThe day you send your T1D kiddo to college is a stressful one. Here is my advice on the 6 must-knows for your T1D college sick day.MORE
Low Blood Sugars at School: Spot the Symptoms & How to HelpIf your classmate or student has type 1 diabetes, you can support them by learning how to spot the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar.MORE
Backup Supplies and a Low Box: Back to School with Type 1 DiabetesIf you have type 1 diabetes, managing your blood sugars at school means you need to be prepared for anything.MORE
Prepared for Everyday Life with Glucagon
Wherever you go, it’s always nice to have glucagon nearby.
Daily Diabetes Care KitThe type 1 diabetes (T1D) Daily Kit is full of the everyday supplies that you need living day-to-day with type 1 diabetes. For emergency care tips, check out the Natural Disaster Emergency Kit. Your d...MORE
Food Poisoning Risks with Type 1 DiabetesDiabetes can cause the body to have a delayed reaction when recognizing a foreign body or bacteria. This can result in the food borne pathogen lingering in your digestive system for awhile prior to it...MORE
Your Type 1 Guide to Music FestivalsAs with any event that includes being exposed to the elements, large crowds, and lots of physical exertion, those with Type 1 diabetes should always be prepared and take extra precautions before the f...MORE
T1D Camping EssentialsIf you are traveling to the mountains, the lake, or the woods this summer, what activity could be more fun and freeing than pitching a tent and camping for a couple of nights with friends and family? ...MORE
Doing it Your Way—Packing Diabetes SuppliesThey had more supplies — more duplicates in preparation for failure. Maybe twenty-two years in, I was still doing this all wrong?MORE
Why Glucagon Might Not Work with AlcoholYou may have heard that glucagon is ineffective in treating low blood sugar when you're drinking. But why doesn't glucagon work with alcohol? Turns out, there are actual biological processe...MORE
Why Glucagon is a Must-Have for Sick Days with DiabetesGetting sick when you have type 1 diabetes can easily complicate things. Glucagon is your best defense when it comes to sick day management. Here's why.MORE
A Frightening Lack of Glucagon Access in MexicoWhen I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in a public hospital — Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) — I did not receive much explanation about hypoglycemia. All the information I received...MORE
The First Time I Called 911 After 51 Years of Type 1 DiabetesLisa Stoller has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 50 years before she ever needed emergency glucagon for severe hypoglycemia.MORE
Interviews About Glucagon
Discussing glucagon with patients, doctors and industry leaders.