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Be Prepared for the Unexpected

An important part of living with diabetes is planning for the unexpected. These pointers listed below will help you plan properly.


In case of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose), be prepared. Keep your blood glucose monitor with you and always carry a glucose source. To learn more, read our article on hypoglycemia.

Pack a snack for unexpected meal delays. Make sure that you always have some healthy foods in your purse, briefcase, gym bag or your car. You never know how your day changes. Healthy foods include fresh fruit, dried apricots, dried apples, raisins and nuts. There are also meal replacement bar options. Discuss these with your healthcare professional.

Check the menu ahead of time. If you're going to a friend's place or out to a restaurant for dinner, check the menu ahead of time. It will allow you to plan for healthier food choices. If you've decided what you're going to eat before you get to the restaurant or event, you'll be less tempted to opt for a less healthy choice.

Pair alcohol with food. If you choose to consume alcohol, make sure you have some food along with it. Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach. If you take bedtime insulin, make sure to eat a bedtime snack that includes protein and carbohydrate to lower the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) during the night.