How Fast Should Blood Sugar Come Up After Drinking Orange Juice?

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Whether you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or you simply struggle with unstable blood-sugar levels, you can probably identify when your glucose level gets too low. Common symptoms of low-blood sugar include anxiety, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, sweating and headaches. Drinking one-half cup of orange juice can quickly correct your low blood-sugar problem.

General Rule

The American Diabetes Association recommends that you wait 15 minutes after drinking one-half cup of orange juice to re-check your blood-sugar level. Your blood sugar should return to a normal level within 15 minutes. If it’s still low, drink another one-half cup of orange juice and wait another 15 minutes before re-checking your sugar. Keep in mind, however, that 100 percent of the juice does not convert to glucose within those 15 minutes, so your blood-sugar level may rise even higher within the next hour.

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