Managing cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) : an by Dana S Hardin; Carol Brunzell; Kathleen Schissel; Terri

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Even if the package is unopened, glucagon expires after one year. Periodically check the expiration date on your glucagon and replace it when necessary. You should always wear an identification bracelet or necklace stating that you have diabetes. This is the first thing that emergency personnel look for, and it tells them that a patient might need glucagon or intravenous sugar. It is also very important that you include your CF diagnosis on your identification bracelet. Hypoglycemia and Driving People with diabetes are not restricted from driving; however, if you are taking insulin, you need to do everything possible to prevent yourself from developing hypoglycemia while you are driving.

5. One alcoholic beverage for women, and two alcoholic beverages for men are generally considered safe. 5 ounces of distilled spirits, cordials, or liqueurs 6. Check your blood sugar after drinking alcohol to determine your individual response to alcohol. 7. Your other CF medications may interact with alcohol, check with your physician about medications and alcohol. 34 Managing Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes (CFRD) ■ Use of Artificial Sweeteners Artificial sweeteners are considered safe to use on a daily basis.

Several cookie-like bars are commercially available (such as Nite Bite Bars™). These uncooked starch bars should not be used to treat severely low blood sugar (blood sugar <60 mg/dl), because they will not raise your blood sugar quickly. Always treat an acutely low blood sugar with a simple sugar as outlined in the following section. 38 Managing Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes (CFRD) ■ Treatment of Hypoglycemia The best treatment for severely low blood sugar is to eat or drink a quick acting sugar source.

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