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How do you treat lows?
3 weeks ago  ::  Sep 08, 2014 - 12:25AM #10
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After much trial and error, I have found that skittles are the best way to combat low blood sugar with almost exact math.  Each skittle is 1 GC (gram carb) and for me 1 GC, bring up my BS 3.  So if I am at 50 and want to get to 80, I eat 10 skittles (10(skittles) x 3 (# per 1GC)=30). Its almost perfect science.  Also, skittles have a little bit of fat in them so they keep your BS where you have brought it up to and dont drop back down like some other high sugar candies ie gummi bears etc.

I hope this helps, I used to ravage my whole fridge until i felt the feeling of the low subside.  Now, I know exactly what to do.  You can even pre-portion them so whe you are really low and disoriented it is easier to do the math.

9 months ago  ::  Feb 05, 2014 - 11:35AM #9
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I've had t1d for 41 years.  When I was a kid and experienced lows, I ate anything and everything in the refrigerator or cabinet I could find to nosh on until the hypoglycemic symptoms subsided!  Along the way I learned how wrong THAT was!  I have been using glucose tablets for years.  i should own stock in the manufacturing companies since I go through them so quickly! Recently, I've found that glucose tablets don't work very well, nor very quickly.  I can't figure out why they aren't raising my blood sugar very well when needed even though I take enough to raise it to 100!  I have resorted to using juices that are sold in those teeny packs, ea. box has about 15g CHO.  If I am going to continue being active afterwards, I drink two of them and add a protein such as a cheese stick or a spoonful of nut butter.  Sometimes I get it right.  Sometimes I don't.  Glucose tablets work sometimes, sometimes they don't.  I've got to say that is a recent change.  It used to be very predictable using glucose tablets when needed.  If bg was in the 40s' or 50's I'd take about 3 or four tablets and I'd be back up to 100 or higher.  Not so anymore.  Yet if I take 1 when I'm in the 65+ range, bg will shoot up to 130 or 140!  I think it's crazy.  Probably hormone related.  I'm in the age range for hormone fluctuations..... 

11 months ago  ::  Dec 07, 2013 - 2:47PM #8
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I use glucose tabs when I am below 60, and some candy when 60-80. I carry a tube of glucose tabs everywhere I go, and I have a tube at arms reach at night. I like jelly beans if my low is not below 60, they work very fast. A glucose tab usually raises my BG about 15 points, so I can determine how many tabs I need to raise my BG to about 100. That is how I avoid a high BG after treating a low.

11 months ago  ::  Dec 06, 2013 - 2:36PM #7
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Glucous tablet user here. I have also used juice or fresh fruit to bring mine up depending on how low it was at the time. Once in a great while I will have some candy, but I find when I do that, I spike, then fall again. So that isn't an option to often.


11 months ago  ::  Dec 05, 2013 - 9:57AM #6
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Type 1 30 Yrs. In my earlier years with Diabetes I would treat my lows with Cookies Soda candy and Just about anything loaded with sugar, and of course I would spike real high afterwards because I didn’t understand counting Carbs and what I should be using to treat my lows. What works best for me now is 100% real juice, Grape is my best weapon. Now that I have an Insulin Pump and CGM I can see my lows coming so I'm better prepared to treat, and I now know how many Carbs to consume so that I want yo yo up and down. Take care of yourself and test often !     Ronbo

1 year ago  ::  May 15, 2013 - 5:12AM #5
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I drink orange juice or if not that I eat glucose biscuits. Even banana is a good choice.

1 year ago  ::  Apr 27, 2013 - 10:44PM #4
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I use low fat milk usually 8 oz for me, it has 10 carbs and it is quick and has that instant full belly feeling, it quiets the jitters and the I don't know what to eat yet dilemma,  After that you could eat half an apple or orange or a whole tangerine.

2 years ago  ::  Feb 17, 2013 - 12:08PM #3
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I use sugar cubes  now. I have a corn allergy so there went the glucose tabs since the dextrose in them

is made from corn. Also can use those little boxes of raisins and the Go Go Squeeze tubes of apple sauce.

These right now are one of my favorite things. They are easy to carry and come in different

apple sauce flavors and don't hve to be refrigerated.

Another thing that works are the soft mints as long as they don't have corn in them.

2 years ago  ::  Feb 05, 2013 - 9:20AM #2
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Sugar packets mixed in water of just swallowed.  Basically like glucose tabs but without all the dust and chewing.   

I get so hungry with lows and really like the small single packet of Rice Krispy treats.  Each one has 18g carb and it fills me up.

Lows definitely make you gain weight.  There's not a low-cal way to treat them.  If you're trying to be healthy a banana is a good choice.  It's quick sugar and is at least a fruit. 


2 years ago  ::  Jan 18, 2013 - 1:02PM #1
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How do you treat lows? I've had diabetes for almost 28 years. When I was much younger, I treated them with glucose tabs, but (1) I hate them- all the flavors and (2) I need at least 25 carbs to get blood sugars up, so they weren't cutting it.

At some point in my life, I started drinking juice for lows. Now, between trying to get better control of my diabetes, and trying to lose weight and exercise, I'm drinking a LOT of juice. I think today alone, I drank at least 32oz of juice (Usually juicy juice if at home, Minute maid boxes while out). This isn't helping me with losing weight. I know this works, so I've stuck with it for so many years, but I'm wondering what others use that works FAST for lows. I'm a SAHM to 3 little ones, so having lows during the day when I'm home alone, or busy running errands, I need something that works fast (And yes, I'm working with my endo to have less lows.) 
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