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Hypoglycemia—or low blood sugar (“lows“)—is one of the most difficult, frightening, and stressful aspects of having diabetes.

Low blood sugars can affect your mental and physical health, and learning how to prevent and manage them takes effort, especially if you use insulin or other drugs that can cause them.

The focus of Beyond Type 1’s “Let’s Talk Lows” campaign is hypoglycemia. If you or a loved one suffers from hypoglycemia, this resource addresses the causes, symptoms, and potential therapies.

Let’s talk lows!

Hypoglycemia Basics

blood sugar roller coaster

3 Tips: Getting Off the Blood Sugar Roller Coaster

Stuck on the blood sugar roller coaster for hours? Here are a few tips to get off the ride quickly—or avoid the ride altogether.

How To Help Me With A Low Blood Sugar

Use this easy printable guide to teach everyone you know how to help with a severe low blood sugar.
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Not All Sugars Are the Same: Using Glucose to Treat Hypoglycemia

Learn why treating low blood sugars with glucose can raise your blood sugar faster than using other types of sugar.
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Avoiding Lows While Drinking Alcohol

Did you know alcohol can actually lead to low blood sugars in the hours after you drink? Learn how to stay safe.

What to Eat: Fast-Acting Carbs to Treat Low Blood Sugars

Learn what and how much to eat for your next low blood sugar with this easy fast-acting carbs chart.

4 Things You Need to Know Before Your Next Low Blood Sugar

For everyone who doses insulin, low blood sugar (also called hypoglycemia) is the most immediate and severe possible side effect.
Let's Talk Lows

Let’s Talk Lows

Beyond Type 1 focused on hypoglycemia and severe hypoglycemia during our 'Let's Talk Lows' campaign. We looked at causes, symptoms, fears and treatment options.

Hypoglycemia and How to Treat It

If you take insulin to manage your diabetes, learning how to prevent or safely manage hypoglycemia is a must!

Emergency Glucagon for Severe Hypoglycemia


Emergency Glucagon: Everything You Need to Know

Glucagon is a life-saving hormone that anyone with diabetes taking insulin should have on-hand!MORE

Mini-dosing of Glucagon in Everyday Diabetes Management

If 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

Why Glucagon Might Not Work with Alcohol

You 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
getting emergency glucagon

How to Get Emergency Glucagon: CoPay Cards & Insurance Denials

If 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 Glucagon

Your doctor may not know about emergency glucagon, why you need it, and the newest types available. Here's how to ask for it...MORE

If You Take Insulin, Why Do You Need Glucagon?

Members of the Beyond Type 1 staff share their experiences with the new glucagon options, plus resources on how to get glucagon.MORE

How To Help Me With A Low Blood Sugar

Use this easy printable guide to teach everyone you know how to help with a severe low blood sugar.MORE

If You Take Insulin: You Need a Prescription for Emergency Glucagon

Emergency glucagon is a medication that raise blood sugar levels quickly during severe hypoglycemia.MORE

Exercise + Hypoglycemia

Start Working out with T1D

I’m a big advocate of resistance training. I even compete in fitness competitions so I definitely practice what I preach. I believe that resistance training is the most effective way to get in shape...MORE
exercising with type 1 diabetes

Avoid Exercise Lows: How to Time Your Workouts Around Insulin Doses

Looking for a way to avoid those mid-exercise low blood sugars? This method can help, whether you’re exercising first thing in the morning or later in the day!MORE
endurance exercise with closed loop pump

Tips: Endurance Exercise with a Closed-Loop Pump

Learn how to adjust your closed-loop insulin pump for any type of exercise with type 1 diabetes -- especially endurance training!MORE
How to Adjust Your Insulin Rates for Endurance Training

How to Adjust Your Insulin Rates for Endurance Training

How you adjust your insulin rates for endurance training is a careful and personal process. Here are some tips to help you along the way!MORE

Mental Health + Hypoglycemia

Finding a Diabetes Mental Health Provider

Even though diabetes is a physical condition, it's no secret that sometimes the biggest challenges in living with diabetes are mental. Finding the right mental health provider for you is importan...MORE

Coping with Fear of Hypoglycemia

This 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
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Anxiety in People with Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes

Anxiety in people with diabetes may not be discussed very often, but research finds that it's very common.MORE
low blood sugar anxiety

Low Blood Sugars & Anxiety While Returning to Your Busy Routine

Easing back into "regular" life can increase your anxiety about low blood sugars and diabetes management. Here are a few tips to help:MORE

At School + Hypoglycemia

6 Must-knows for the College Sick Day with T1D

The 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

Your Child Can Exercise Safely with T1D

Learn helpful guidelines for when to reduce your child's insulin intake, increase carbohydrate, and respond to various blood sugar levels.MORE

How to Help Others With Low Blood Sugar Levels at School

If 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

Preparing For Back to School with Type 1 Diabetes

If you have type 1 diabetes, managing your blood sugar levels at school means you need to come prepared for anything at school.MORE

Real Life + Hypoglycemia

Worst Case Scenario

Two years ago, Sara had a worst-case scenario when working with her son's school to manage his type 1 diabetes. Learn from her experience.MORE

Diabetes Disaster Preparedness Plan

Managing diabetes can be even harder when you are dealing with a major storm, loss of electricity and possible evacuation from your home. Building a “diabetes kit” now can save a lot of worry and ...MORE

My Journey with Hypoglycemia Anxiety

Kristi shares the story of her anxiety surrounding hypoglycemia, how she came to name the issue and how she has grown in the face of adversity.MORE
Ginger Vieira tips on over-treating low blood sugars

5 Tips to Stop Over-Treating Low Blood Sugars

Low blood sugars are the worst—but what makes them even more miserable is the desperate urge to eat everything in sight. Here are a few tips to help you break this habit.MORE
managing low blood sugars as a mom with type 1 diabetes

Managing Low Blood Sugars as a Mom with Type 1 Diabetes

Work and family can make it feel like type 1 diabetes management comes third. Here are tips and encouragement to help you make time for your diabetes needs, too!MORE
diabetes astrology

Diabetes Astrology: Snacks for Hypoglycemia Based on Your Zodiac Sign

What are the stars trying to tell you? Here's a little Astrological guidance on which fast-acting carbs to reach for during your next low.MORE
hypoglycemia in senior citizens with diabetes

Preventing + Treating Hypoglycemia in Older Adults with Diabetes

When it comes to low blood sugars, there are a few additional things to consider if you are over 60 years old. Let’s take a look… MORE

Let’s Talk Lows with BT1 Staff

We chat about our scariest hypoglycemia experiences, what we wish more people understood, and how to reinterpret available treatments.

Let’s Talk Lows with Dr. Anne Peters

Anne L. Peters, MD, talks about the difficulties in getting glucagon, when to use it in an emergency, and how it’s now easier than ever to teach loved ones how to use it.


Educational content related to severe hypoglycemia is made possible with support from Xeris Pharmaceuticals, and Amphastar. 

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WRITTEN BY BT1 Editorial Team, POSTED 05/17/20, UPDATED 06/13/24

This piece was authored collaboratively by the Beyond Type 1 Editorial Team.