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Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., B.S.N, C.D.E
Nancy Klobassa Davidson is a registered nurse who has worked in diabetes education for 17 years. She is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) and is currently in graduate school working on a Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) and health care education.
Nancy works with adults who have type 1, type 2 and other forms of diabetes. Nancy is coordinator of the Diabetes Unit's intensive insulin therapy program within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nancy has worked extensively with insulin pump therapy and continuous interstitial glucose sensing.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., M.S.N.
Peggy Moreland is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Peggy graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. A certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.), Peggy enjoys working with patients to set and achieve diabetes self-management goals.
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April 2, 2010
Use the rule of 15 to treat low blood glucose
By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N.
This week's blog will be short and sweet. Pun on words, sorry.
I'll review the American Diabetes Association's rule of 15 for treating low blood glucose and list the number of jelly beans it takes to equal 15 grams of carbohydrate per a specific brand of jelly bean.
If your blood glucose is 70 mg/dL (3.9mmol/L) or below, use the rule of 15 to treat hypoglycemia.
- Treat with 15 grams of carbohydrate
- Check blood glucose in 15 minutes
If your blood glucose is still less than 70mg/dL, eat another 15 grams of carbohydrate and re-check blood glucose in 15 minutes. Repeat as needed until blood glucose is in goal range.
These items contain 15 grams of carbohydrate:
- Glucose tablets (3 five-gram tablets or 4 gram tablets)
- Tube of glucose gel
- 4 ounces fruit juice
- 4 ounces sugar sweetened soda pop
- 5 Life Savers
As for jelly beans, see below totals to get approximately 15 grams of carbohydrate:
|Jelly Belly's (regular)||15 beans|
|Brach's "||5-6 beans|
|Starburst's "||10 beans|
Don't use sugar free jelly beans to treat low blood glucose.
- Carry carbohydrate at all times to treat hypoglycemia.
- Wear a diabetes identification bracelet or necklace at all times.
Hoppy, Hoppy Easter