“The 15-15 Rule” is a mnemonic used by American Diabetes Association. Many people tend to want to eat as much as they can until they feel better. This can cause blood glucose levels to shoot way up. Using the step-wise approach of the “15-15 Rule” can help you avoid this, preventing high blood glucose levels.
When a person is having signs of Hypoglycemia, he/she is advised to check the sugar level using a glucose monitor (if available at home).
If the glucose level is below 70mg/dl, he/she is advised to Consume 15gms of Carbohydrates and check glucose levels after 15 minutes.This step is repeated until the glucose level reaches above 70mg/dl.
Once the blood glucose is back to normal, it is advised to eat a meal or snack to make sure it doesn’t lower again.
Make a note about any episodes of low blood glucose and talk with your health care team about why it happened. They can suggest ways to avoid low blood glucose in the future.