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The 15-15 Rule

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If you notice your blood sugar is trending down or you are nearing hypoglycemia, you should eat a quick snack to get back in range. However, it’s important not to overdo it. Eating too much could raise your blood sugar in the wrong direction. According to the CDC, that’s where the 15-15 rule comes in.


What is the 15-15 Rule?

The 15-15 rule is a process to swiftly treat low blood sugar. Just following these 3 steps.

1. Eat about 15 grams of carbohydrates.
2. W
ait 15 minutes to check your blood sugar.
Repeat until you’re back in range.


What does 15 grams of carbs look like?

It’s helpful to know you have options when deciding how to treat low blood sugar. Take a look at the portions below and pick out your favorites. Remember how much you need to eat to get 15 grams of carbs, and you’ll always have a snack for the 15-15 rule.


15-15 rule infographic


Did some of these snacks stand out to you? If so, make sure you’re well stocked with them in the event of a low to quickly stop hypoglycemia in its tracks with the 15-15 rule.

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